Study Discovers Fundamental Unit of Cell Size in Bacteria

Biologists have long known that bacteria grow faster and bigger when the quality of nutrients becomes better, a principle in microbial physiology known as the “growth law,” which describes the relationship between the average cell size of bacteria and how fast they grow. But the growth law has a major hole: It is unable to explain why bacteria divide when they reach a certain critical size, no matter how much or how little nutrients are available. By applying mathematical models to a large n...
Study Discovers Fundamental Unit of Cell Size in Bacteria

Oleg Shpyrko selected as a recipient of the 2016/17 Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award is a prestigious award bestowed upon up to five members of the Academic Senate, three non-Senate faculty members, and three graduate students at UC San Diego each year. The Distinguished Teaching Award was created because UC San Diego faculty recognize the important role excellent teaching plays at the University. This Award is a tangible expression of UC San Diego's commitment to excellence in teaching and to ensuring that this commitment is maintained. The Committee on Distinguished Teaching seeks to se...
Oleg Shpyrko selected as a recipient of the 2016/17 Distinguished Teaching Award

UC San Diego astrophysicists contribute to major planet discovery

The announcement yesterday that NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope had revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star may be the biggest news of the year for the space agency. But it wasn't only big news at NASA's headquarters in Washington, D.C., where a press conference was held Wednesday afternoon to publicize the achievement. Physics professor Adam Burgasser and his team at UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences played a contributing role in the discovery, which was detailed in a ...
UC San Diego astrophysicists contribute to major planet discovery

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named Professors Tarun Grover and Jeremie Palacci as 2017 Sloan Fellows

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named Professors Tarun Grover and Jeremie Palacci as 2017 Sloan Fellows. They are two of 126 talented young U.S. and Canadian researchers to receive this distinction. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Read more about this at:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named Professors Tarun Grover and Jeremie Palacci as 2017 Sloan Fellows

New Sally Ride Fellowship to Support Women in Physics

Professor Brian Keating and wife, Sarah, provide lead gift to launch fellowship. An explorer, scientist and public servant, the late astronaut Sally Ride dedicated her career to the betterment of human kind. At UC San Diego, where Ride served as a professor, a new graduate fellowship established in her name aims to inspire future generations of boundary-breaking physicists who will contribute to the public good. UC San Diego physics professor Brian Keating and his wife, Sarah Price-Keating, have provided a $50,000 lead gift to fund ...
New Sally Ride Fellowship to Support Women in Physics

5 UC San Diego Physics Researchers named 2016 APS Fellows

Five physicists at the University of California San Diego have been named 2016 Fellows of the American Physical Society, a distinct honor of professional achievement from the nation's largest society of physicists. Richard Averitt, Jose Boedo, Brian Keating, Wouter-Jan Rappel and Massimo Vergassola were honored by the society this week for "exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise," which can include "outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions...
5 UC San Diego Physics Researchers named 2016 APS Fellows

Professor Tenio Popmintchev awarded Science News Young Scientist award

Experimental physics is not for the fainthearted. One tiny error - or a concatenation of many?- can keep a complicated experiment from working smoothly. Fortunately, Tenio Popmintchev has the tenacity for it. Popmintchev, a laser physicist at the JILA institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, thinks nothing of running an experiment for 72 hours straight, or spending years tinkering with a finicky set of high-powered lasers, or shipping the entire setup to Vienna to re-create the experiments with collaborators there. A commitment to d...
Professor Tenio Popmintchev awarded Science News Young Scientist award

Eva-Maria Collins awarded NSF CAREER award

Professor Eva-Maria Collins has been awarded an NSF CAREER award for her proposal "Emergence of Population Diversity from Stem Cell Decision Making in Asexual Planarians." The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a National Science Foundation-wide activity that offers the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organiza...
Eva-Maria Collins awarded NSF CAREER award

UC San Diego hosts 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp

UCSD hosted the 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp this year at on August 13-14, 2016. The two-day intensive workshop, developed by members of the California Professoriate for Access to Physics Careers (CPAPC) and organized this year by Adam Burgasser and members of the Cool Star Lab, is designed to help students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups, plan for application to Physics graduate programs. This includes strategies for choosing programs, how to produce the best application, and how to succeed in the ...
UC San Diego hosts 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp

Migratory birds often use warm, rising atmospheric currents to gain height with little energy expenditure when flying over long distances.

It's a behavior known as thermal soaring that requires complex decision-making within the turbulent environment of a rising column of warm air from the sun baked surface of the earth. But exactly how birds navigate within this ever-changing environment to optimize their thermal soaring was unknown until a team of physicists and biologists at the University of California San Diego took an exacting computational look at the problem. In this week's online version of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists de...
Migratory birds often use warm, rising atmospheric currents to gain height with little energy expenditure when flying over long distances.