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An interview with alum Nikolai Devreaux about Research Expo 2/26/15
An interview with alum Nikolai Devreaux about Research Expo
Nikolai Deveraux earned a bachelor’s in computer science at the Jacobs School in 2001. Now an engineering project manager for ViaSat, he often comes back to campus. One of his favorite campus events is Research Expo, which showcases posters from more than 200 Ph.D. students from the Jacobs School’s six departments, as well as faculty talks. “It’s good for me, both personally and professionally,” Deveraux said. “It’s good for my company. And it’s fun.” We asked him what keeps him coming back.
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New Engineering Research Centers at UC San Diego will be Highlighted at Research Expo 2/24/15
New Engineering Research Centers at UC San Diego will be Highlighted at Research Expo
Professors leading four new research centers at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering will speak at Research Expo on April 16, 2015. The faculty talks will focus on cutting-edge research in wearable sensors, extreme events research, sustainable power and energy, and visual computing. 
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Engineering SISTERS 2/20/15
Engineering SISTERS
How do you build the perfect water filter? With cotton balls or coffee filters? How about sand? And how about decorations: feathers or duct tape? These were the questions groups of girls energetically debated on a warm Thursday afternoon in December at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School in Encinitas. It was all part of a girls-only after school program led by undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego, and funded by a three-year $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is called SISTERS, short for Sustaining Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research in Society, and it reaches more than 130 girls in 5th- and 6th grade at four Encinitas elementary schools, with anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the students live below the poverty line. “We want this program to make a profound and lasting difference in these girls’ lives,” said Mandy Bratton, SISTERS’ principal investigator.  “We hope the engaging curriculum and the interaction with female scientists, engineers and undergraduates will ignite their interest in careers in science and engineering in which women continue to be underrepresented.”
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Students help Boy Scouts earn STEM merit badges 2/9/15
Students help Boy Scouts earn STEM merit badges
They learned about building circuits with blinking LED lights. They learned several (programming) languages. They also earned badges. Dozen of eager Boy Scouts turned out at this year’s IEEE STEM Merit Badge Fair Saturday Jan. 31 on the UC San Diego campus to add some technical skills to their resume—and a few badges to their sash. 
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Engineers Put the 'Squeeze' on Human Stem Cells 2/9/15
Engineers Put the 'Squeeze' on Human Stem Cells
After using optical tweezers to squeeze a tiny bead attached to the outside of a human stem cell, researchers now know how mechanical forces can trigger a key signaling pathway in the cells. The squeeze helps to release calcium ions stored inside the cells and opens up channels in the cell membrane that allow the ions to flow into the cells, according to the study led by University of California, San Diego bioengineer Yingxiao Wang
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Two UC San Diego Scientists Receive Stem Cell Technology Grants 2/3/15
Two UC San Diego Scientists Receive Stem Cell Technology Grants
The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded two University of California, San Diego researchers almost $3 million in combined funding to pursue new technologies intended to accelerate advances moving stem cell therapies out of the lab and into the clinic.
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How whales hear: 3D computer simulations of a baleen whale's head point to skull vibrations 1/28/15
How whales hear: 3D computer simulations of a baleen whale's head point to skull vibrations
Researchers at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, shed new light on how whales are able to hear, and more specifically on the role of the skulls of at least some baleen whales—fin whales to be precise.  In their study, published today in the journal PLOS One, marine biologist Ted W. Cranford of San Diego State and UC San Diego structural engineer Petr Krysl reveal that fin whale skulls have acoustic properties that conduct low frequencies directly into the marine mammals’ ear bones. The researchers digitally recreated in great detail the skull of a juvenile fin whale in order to run simulations that led to their findings—a first in computer simulation history. 
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Improving Signal Amplification in Semiconductors and Other Optoelectronic Devices 1/27/15
Improving Signal Amplification in Semiconductors and Other Optoelectronic Devices
According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a new signal amplification process developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego is “now poised to fuel new generations of electrical and photonic devices – transforming communications, imaging, and computing.” The researchers in UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, led by electrical and computer engineering professor Yuhwa Lo, have discovered a mechanism to amplify signals in optoelectronic systems that is far more efficient than the process long used by the semiconductor industry based on impact ionization.
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