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Tiny Parasite May Contribute to Declines in Honey Bee Colonies by Infecting Larvae

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on honey bee colonies, which have been undergoing mysterious declines worldwide for the past decade.

In this week’s issue of the journal PLOS ONE, the scientists report that a microsporidian calledNosema ceranae, which has been known to infect adult Asiatic and European honey bees, can also infect honeybee larvae. They also discovered that honey bee larvae infected with the microsporidian have reduced lifespans as adults.

Chih-Ying Su Awarded Hellman Fellowship

Chih-Ying Su, an assistant professor in the Section of Neurobiology, is one of 12 faculty members at UC San Diego who were recently named 2015-2016 Hellman Fellows.

The fellowship awards are designed to provide early-career funding to promising faculty as they progress toward tenure. This year’s awards total approximately $500,000.

Biology Students Join Hundreds of Undergraduates Across Nation to Co-Author Genomics Research Paper

An unusual genomics research paper published this month by 940 students at 63 universities around the nation provided 16 undergraduate biology students at UC San Diego with an opportunity to conduct original research in a classroom setting, while becoming co-authors in a peer‐reviewed scientific journal.

David Kleinfeld Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

David Kleinfeld, a distinguished professor of physics and biology in the Section of Neurobiology, been elected to the 2015 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious honorary society composed of accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

Brenda Bloodgood Wins Inaugural Cal-BRAIN Funding

Brenda Bloodgood, an assistant professor in the Section of Neurobiology, is one of 16 scientists in the state to win inaugural seed grants of $120,000 from Cal-BRAIN, a California research grants program that aims to revolutionize our understanding of the brain.

Julian Schroeder and Russell Lande Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Julian Schroeder, distinguished professor of biology and co-director of UC San Diego Center for Food and Fuel for the 21st Century, and Russell Lande, an emeritus professor of biology who is now a Royal Society Research Professor at Imperial College London, were among five professors at UC San Diego recently elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on U.S. scientists and engineers.

UC San Diego Biological Sciences Ranks 14th in World

Biological Sciences at UC San Diego ranked 14th in the world, according to a study released this week by QS World University Rankings by Subject, which surveyed the reputations of disciplines at 3,551 universities around the world and analyzed the number of citations in peer-reviewed journal papers by subject for each institution.

Surfing into a Greener Future

World’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard produced by UC San Diego biology and chemistry students

UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems have resulted in a partnership with the region’s surfing industry to create the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard.

Lydia Hernandez and Marty Flores Recognized for Outreach and Service

Two Division of Biological Sciences doctoral students, Lydia Hernandez and Marty Flores, are among six UC San Diego graduate students who have been accepted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society for 2014-2015.

Kimberly Cooper and Byungkook Lim Named 2015 Searle Scholars

Kimberly Cooper, an assistant professor in the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Byungkook Lim, an assistant professor in the Section of Neurobiology, are among 15 scientists named 2015 Searle Scholars. These scientists were selected for their potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research over the course of their careers.

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