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      Danielle Garshott and Sachin Sethi Honored with Founding Faculty Awards

      Danielle Garshott and Sachin Sethi have been selected to receive the 2020-2021 Founding Faculty Awards for Graduate Excellence by UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences.

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      A Door-Opening Gift for Eureka! Scholars

      Biological sciences students who face obstacles on their path to college and career now have increased access to research opportunities through the Eureka! Scholarship Program at UC San Diego, thanks to a program expansion launched by a gift from The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation.

    • Images of 2015 transfer students from START standing together and posing for a photo.

      NIH Funds New Program to Broaden Diversity in Neurobiology

      STARTneuro designed to support and mentor transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds

      Bloodgood, fellow neurobiologist Ashley Juavinett and several of their colleagues have established a multi-year program designed to train and mentor a diverse pool of transfer students interested in pursuing neurobiology.

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      Donté Alexander Stevens Inducted into Bouchet Honors Society

      Five graduate students inducted into Bouchet Honors Society for efforts to improve access and belonging

      Five graduate scholars at UC San Diego have been inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society for their role in cultivating inclusive environments, advocating for traditionally underrepresented students and serving as leaders through academic excellence.

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      Distinct Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Tied to Different Brain Pathways

      Identification of neural circuits clarifies motor vs. cognitive symptoms, aiding efforts to improve treatments

      A new study led by neurobiologists at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues found that specific, identifiable neural pathways are charged with particular functions during stages of Parkinson's.

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      New Blueprint of Brain Connections Reveals Extensive Reach of Central Regulator

      Map of basal ganglia connectivity uncovers key links with implications for range of disorders

      Researchers at the University of California San Diego, Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute and their colleagues have generated a precise map of brain connectivity from the largest output nucleus of the basal ganglia, an area known as the substantia nigra pars reticulata, or SNr.

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      Elina Zúñiga Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

      Elina Zúñiga, a professor of molecular biology in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, has been honored by her peers by being elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

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      UC San Diego Biological Sciences Moves into Top 10 in Global Rankings

      The University of California San Diego ranked 10th in the world in biological sciences in the 2021 edition of the QS World University Rankings released on March 3, 2021. UC San Diego biological sciences moved up one spot from the previous year’s world rankings.

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      ‘Island of Rats’ Recovers

      Island birds, seashore ecosystem return to natural balance after invasive rodent removal

      Along the western edge of Alaska’s Aleutian archipelago, a group of islands that were inadvertently populated with rodents came to earn the ignominious label of the “Rat Islands.” The non-native invaders were accidentally introduced to these islands, and others throughout the Aleutian chain, through shipwrecks dating back to the 1700s and World War II occupation.

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      New ‘Split-drive’ System Puts Scientists in the (Gene) Driver Seat

      Researchers develop tunable system that harnesses the spread of cargo carried by gene drives

      Powerful new genetic engineering methods have given scientists the potential to revolutionize several sectors of global urgency.

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