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    • Stephen Hedrick

      Immunology Association Names Stephen Hedrick to its Inaugural Class of Distinguished Fellows

      UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences Distinguished Professor Stephen Hedrick has been named to the inaugural class of distinguished fellows by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

    • Emerald Liu wearing a navy polo standing in front of a green colored wall

      Former Navy Jet Tech Takes Student Veterans Under Her Wing

      UC San Diego’s Student Veterans Resource Center serves diverse military-connected students

      The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 roused powerful emotions across the nation. For Emerald Liu, UC San Diego’s Student Veteran of the Year, it was the catalyst in her decision to join the military. Only a freshman in high school at the time, Liu watched on television as the twin towers collapsed amid thick, gray smoke and decided then that she would give back and serve her country.

    • A figure showing the Endoplasmic Reticulum stress surveillance (ERSU)

      Researchers Identify Key Players in Cell Division

      New findings help answer foundational questions about cell genesis and survival

      One of the most fundamental questions in biology lies at the heart of cell division. All living cells have the ability to regenerate through cell division, when a mother cell gives rise to two daughter cells. Although cell division has been studied extensively and is considered an essential process for the continuation and evolution of all living organisms, a central question remains: How are the mother and daughter cell components produced and fully maintained?

    • A figure with three rows of pictures and diagrams depicting the expanding population of chemotactic bacteria

      Quantitative Biology Opens Trail to Ecological Exploration, Evolutionary Prediction

      Two studies reveal new insights about movement of bacterial populations

      One of the best studied topics of molecular biology is bacterial chemotaxis—the movement of bacterial cells in response to chemical stimuli. While scientists at UC San Diego thought they—and the science community in general—knew everything there was to know about how and why bacterial cells moved around, they were surprised to realize how little they understood about how bacteria moved around as a group. New findings on this latest research are published as rare back-to-back articles in Nature, Nov. 6, 2019.

    • Russell Doolittle

      In Memoriam: Russell Doolittle, 1931-2019

      Russell Doolittle, considered an illustrious colleague and treasured faculty member, who made extraordinary contributions to the field of molecular evolution and the study of the clotting of blood, died Friday, October 11, 2019, from complications of metastatic melanoma. He was 88 years old.

    • Carolyn Kurle

      Carolyn Kurle Named Changemaker Faculty Fellow

      Program encourages community engagement in the classroom

      Eight UC San Diego faculty members have been named inaugural 2019-2020 Changemaker Faculty Fellows, a program created in partnership between the Teaching + Learning Commons and the Center for Student Involvement, with the support of the Changemaker Steering Committee. This yearlong faculty development program provides an opportunity for selected faculty members to integrate community engaged service-learning (CESL) into their teaching, research and public service, while being recognized as campus leaders in CESL pedagogy.

    • Susan Golden standing in between two students wearing BioClock Studio jackets

      Waking Up to Why Sleep Health Matters

      UC San Diego students, scientists drive new initiative aimed at helping the public ‘see the light’ on circadian rhythms and sleep health

      At the start of the day, we all do it. We reflexively reach for our phones. As the day winds down, many of us can’t help but do the same. We lie in bed as the luminous glow of our phones—along with TVs and tablets, in many cases—shines into our eyes.

    • Maarten Chrispeels

      Chrispeels Receives Gude Award from Plant Biology Society

      UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences Distinguished Professor Emeritus Maarten Chrispeels has been honored by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) with the 2019 Adolph E. Gude Jr. Award.

    • Headshot of Liz Specht

      Alumna Profile: Doing the Impossible with Alternative Meats

      Liz Specht, Ph.D. '14, Biological Sciences, is the associate director of science and technology at the Good Food Institute, a non-profit organization that supports plant-based and cultivated alternatives to conventional meat products.

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      UC San Diego Biology Ranked Highly by U.S. News and World Report

      Microbiology, Biology-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-Genetics ranked in the top 10

      The University of California San Diego has been named the nation’s sixth best public university, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities. The new list is based on research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration, as well as the number of highly cited papers and doctorates awarded. Overall, UC San Diego was ranked the 19th best university in the world.

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