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12/19/14
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Launches Center for Extreme Events Research
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have launched a new center of excellence focused on developing better ways to protect buildings, bridges, dams and the rest of the built infrastructure, as well as the human body, from extreme events such as blasts from terrorist attacks, mining explosions, car crashes, sports collisions and natural disasters such as landslides and earthquakes. The Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER) at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering brings together a unique combination of experts in experimental and computational research to tackle these problems. As a result, faculty will be able to develop sophisticated simulation tools and validate them experimentally. 
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Sensors company founded by alumni wins award for their innovative products 12/19/14
Sensors company founded by alumni wins award for their innovative products
Electrozyme, a company founded by a team of engineering alumni at the University of California, San Diego, won a Most Innovative New Product Award from CONNECT. The company has deep roots at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, where co-founders Joshua Windmiller and Jared Tangney both earned their Ph.Ds. They also worked closely with the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center and the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the school since 2010. 
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New Minecraft Modding Software Revolutionizes the Way We Teach Kids Coding 12/17/14
New Minecraft Modding Software Revolutionizes the Way We Teach Kids Coding
A new e-learning software, developed by San Diego education start-up ThoughtSTEM, teaches K-12 students how to code by allowing them to write mods (“modifications”) to the popular video game, Minecraft. The software, called LearnToMod, was recently tested by over 1,000 Beta users and 100 teachers, and the final release of LearnToMod is slated for Jan. 15, 2015. ThoughtSTEM was co-founded by computer science Ph.D. students Stephen Foster and Sarah Esper. 
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NSF grant to improve visualization capabilities for the biosciences and geosciences 12/17/14
NSF grant to improve visualization capabilities for the biosciences and geosciences
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is partnering with the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), to expand and enhance visualization capabilities in the bio- and geosciences through a grant from the National Science Foundation.
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12/17/14
UC San Diego Receives $3 Million Award to Help Advance Energy Storage Systems
The University of California, San Diego has been awarded $3 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to help move innovative energy storage technologies out of the lab and into the market. UC San Diego will help test and validate the performance of ARPA-E-funded technologies through a program called Cycling Hardware to Analyze and Ready Grid-Scale Electricity Storage (CHARGES).
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CWC 5G Wireless Forum: The Promise and the Potential of a New User Experience 12/16/14
CWC 5G Wireless Forum: The Promise and the Potential of a New User Experience
What’s certain is that 5G is coming. What’s less certain is what 5G will look like once it arrives.It’s a testament to the excitement building around emerging fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies that with only one month’s notice, 130 key experts from academia, government and industry met at the University of California, San Diego for the recent CWC 5G Forum on Next-Generation Wireless Systems – an opportunity to share insights, best practices and remaining research questions about the emerging systems and applications that are expected to drive 5G user experience.
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Researchers generate tunable photon-pair spectrum using a roomtemperature quantum optics silicon chip 12/15/14
Researchers generate tunable photon-pair spectrum using a roomtemperature quantum optics silicon chip
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated a way to emit and control quantum light generated using a chip made from silicon—one of the most widely used materials
for modern electronics. The UC San Diego researchers recently described their new device’s performance
online in the journal Nature Communications, available via Open Access.
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Student Entrepreneurs Find Success with Smart Earplugs 12/11/14
Student Entrepreneurs Find Success with Smart Earplugs
When Daniel Lee enrolled in Nate Delson’s Product Design and Entrepreneurship class at UC San Diego, becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t on his radar. But a little more than a year later, Lee and two other students at the Jacobs School of Engineering already have raised more than $450,000 through crowdfunding for their start-up company, Hush Technology. Their product? Smart wireless earplugs that block out external sounds but still allow users to hear their alarm clock and important messages via a smartphone app.Lee, a mechanical engineering major, dreamed up the idea for the earplugs—which also double as a sound machine that plays white noise and ocean wave sounds—during Delson’s class. The class also provided him the tools to take his professional destiny in his own hands and start his own company, first at the Moxie Center for Student Entrepreneurship at UC San Diego and then at San Diego’s EvoNexus incubator. The devices will be manufactured here in San Diego.
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