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New algorithms help four-legged robots run in the wild

October 4, 2022

New algorithms help four-legged robots run in the wild

A new system of algorithms developed by UC San Diego engineers enables four-legged robots to walk and run on challenging terrain while avoiding both static and moving obstacles. The work brings researchers a step closer to building robots that can perform search and rescue missions or collect information in places that are too dangerous or difficult for humans. Full Story


Franklin Antonio Hall opens its doors

September 29, 2022

Franklin Antonio Hall opens its doors

The UC San Diego campus community turned out in big numbers last Friday to celebrate the opening of the sleek and soaring Franklin Antonio Hall. The 186,000 square foot building is not only innovative in its architecture, it’s also ground-breaking in how research teams are organized within the building. Full Story


A smartphone's camera and flash could help people measure blood oxygen levels at home

September 19, 2022

A smartphone's camera and flash could help people measure blood oxygen levels at home

Monitoring the amount of oxygen in your blood could one day be done using your smartphone, shows a study by the University of California San Diego and University of Washington. Having the ability to monitor oxygen saturation at home or on the go could help patients keep an eye on conditions that make it harder for bodies to absorb oxygen from the lungs, such as asthma and COVID-19. Full Story


$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

September 8, 2022

$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

With a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC San Diego is leading a new effort to support low-income transfer students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. The five-year program, called EMPOWER, will support engineering students at UC San Diego and two nearby community colleges, Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., and Imperial Valley College in Imperial, Calif., working to eliminate opportunity gaps through comprehensive cohort-based, success-promoting programming and significant scholarships. Full Story


New study shows COVID-19 genomic recombination is uncommon but disproportionately occurs in spike protein region

August 11, 2022

New study shows COVID-19 genomic recombination is uncommon but disproportionately occurs in spike protein region

An analysis of millions of SARS-CoV-2 genomes finds that recombination of the virus is uncommon, but when it occurs, it is most often in the spike protein region, the area which allows the virus to attach to and infect host cells. The Nature study was conducted by engineers at UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego. Full Story


Students earn top marks in Mars rover competition

June 22, 2022

Students earn top marks in Mars rover competition

The UC San Diego Yonder Dynamics student team made a triumphant return to the first in-person University Rover Challenge since 2019, claiming 1st place in the science portion of the Mars rover robotics competition, and 8th place overall out of 26 teams from around the world.   Full Story


New phylogenetic tool can handle the SARS-CoV-2 data load

June 22, 2022

New phylogenetic tool can handle the SARS-CoV-2 data load

Researchers at UC San Diego, in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz, have developed a new software tool for tracing and mapping the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that is capable of handling the unprecedented amount of genetic data being generated by the quickly evolving pathogen. The software is used to efficiently and accurately track new variants of this virus on what’s known as a phylogenetic tree: a visual history or map of an organism’s genetic changes and variations over time and geography. Full Story


Class of 2022 honored with Awards of Excellence

June 7, 2022

Class of 2022 honored with Awards of Excellence

The Jacobs School of Engineering will honor the undergraduate class of 2022 at its annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, after the campus convocation. Six students who have made significant contributions to their department and the Jacobs School community will be honored with Awards of Excellence. Full Story


UC San Diego students win 2nd place in nation-wide autonomous, electric go-kart race

June 6, 2022

UC San Diego students win 2nd place in nation-wide autonomous, electric go-kart race

A team of engineering and data science students from UC San Diego came in 2nd place at the  second annual autonomous, electric (EV) GrandPrix go-kart race hosted at Purdue University in May. Chaztine Embucado, an electrical engineering student at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, was part of this year’s team. She shares how she got involved, and what the experience was like, in this Q&A. Full Story


Alumni Q&A: David Loo, serial entrepreneur on his journey and inviting luck into your professional life

May 24, 2022

Alumni Q&A: David Loo, serial entrepreneur on his journey and inviting luck into your professional life

David Loo graduated from UC San Diego in 1991 with a degree in computer engineering. During his 35-year career, he worked his way up from software engineer to founding developer of ServiceNow and CEO of Perspectium, the company he cofounded after leaving ServiceNow. In this Q&A, Loo talks about his journey and gives some advice about how to invite luck into your professional life.   Full Story


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