Milky Way’s origins are not what they seem

 In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists and collaborators at UC San Diego have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter.  Using supercomputer simulations, the research team found a major and unexpected new mode for how galaxies, including our own Milky Way, acquired their matter: intergalactic transfer. The simulation...
Milky Way’s origins are not what they seem

Jason Leonard wins Springer Thesis Award

Jason Leonard has been selected as a Springer Thesis Award recipient. Jason’s thesis, “Exciton transport phenomena in GaAs coupled quantum wells” concerns the physics of indirect excitons. Springer Theses series recognizes Outstanding Ph.D. Research. Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in this series. Each thesis is chosen for its scientific excellence and impact...
Jason Leonard wins  Springer Thesis Award

Ph.D student Chelsey Dorow has won 2017-2018 STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship

Chelsey Dorow, UCSD Physics graduate student, has been selected as an Honorary 2017-2018 STEM Chateaubriand Fellow. Chelsey studies the physics of indirect excitons. The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities. This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in partnership with American universities and French research organizations. The Chateau...
Ph.D student Chelsey Dorow has won 2017-2018 STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship

Daniel Klein named 2016-17 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member

Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society was inaugurated on Thursday, September 15, 2005 with a simulcast ceremony held at Yale University and How...
Daniel Klein named 2016-17  Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member

Daniella C.Bardalez Gagliuffi named 2016-17 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member

Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society was inaugurated on Thursday, September 15, 2005 with a simulcast ceremony held at Yale University and Howard University. As the co-founding chapters, ...
Daniella C.Bardalez Gagliuffi named 2016-17  Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member

Mojegan Azadi named 2016-17 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member

Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society was inaugurated on Thursday, September 15, 2005 with a simulcast ceremony held at Yale University and How...
Mojegan Azadi named 2016-17  Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member

2016 Physics Nobel Prize Winner Duncan Haldane Gives Talk at UCSD

Duncan Haldane was Professor of Physics at UCSD from 1987 to 1990, during which time he did the research that resulted in the groundbreaking paper "Model for a Quantum Hall Effect  without Landau Levels", Physical Review Letters Vol. 61, p. 2015 (1988). The paper provided deep new insights into the role of topology in condensed matter, in particular leading to the recent discovery of a new class of quantum materials, "topological insulators". This paper, together with Haldane's pioneering work in the early 80'...
2016 Physics Nobel Prize Winner Duncan Haldane Gives Talk at UCSD

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