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The Division of Physical Sciences is committed to sharing information about its administration, academics, outreach and research—from people to their changemaking activities—with a full-service news and multimedia team. From writing stories and media training, to coordinating press interviews and posting social media news, we cover the physical sciences around the clock, year-round.

For a complete list of news items, see our News Archive below. 



Physics PhD Student Wins Beth Brown Memorial Award
Christian Aganze, a PhD student who works with Professor Adam Burgasser in the Department of Physics, was awarded the Beth Brown Memorial Award for his work on discovering faint stars out of the solar system. The award, supported by the American Astronomical Society and connected with the National Society of Black Physicists meeting, commemorates Brown. She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from the University of Michigan’s astronomy department and served as a role model for students from underrepresented groups.


Physicist Wins Buchalter Cosmology Prize
UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Physics Daniel Green was named the winner of the 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for his paper, “Signals of a Quantum Universe.” His and his co-author Rafael Porto’s research explores ways to test the ultimate origin of structure in the universe, from planets and stars to galaxies and beyond. 


Industry Alum Pays It Forward through Physics Education Outreach
From physics graduate student to successful technical fellow and sciences manager at General Atomics, Larry Woolf shares his story of impact in industry.


Fresh Sea Spray Turns ‘Sour’ after Being Airborne
UC San Diego chemistry researchers find that the smallest fresh sea spray particles become 100,000 times more acidic than the ocean within two minutes.


Physics Professor Earns Prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
UC San Diego’s Adam Burgasser is one of seven former student-athletes to receive the 2021 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. Burgasser, a former diving standout, is now a Department of Physics professor who co-discovered the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.


Physics Professor’s MemComputing Considered for UC Startup Innovation Challenge Prize
Physicist and Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology recipient Professor Max Di Ventra co-founded MemComputing, Inc., which is one of the 10 finalists in the 2021 UC Startup Innovation Challenge.


UC San Diego Tops UC System in Number of DURIP Awards
Physicist Monica Allen is one of the seven scientists at UC San Diego who received a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award from the U.S. Department of Defense. 


On the Frontlines of Science Policymaking
Professor Seth Cohen maneuvers between chemistry labs and service at the White House and beyond, calling scientists to civic duty.


Physical Sciences Dean Announces Undergraduate Student Awards
Dean of Physical Sciences Steven Boggs has announced this year’s winners of the Dean’s Undergraduate Award for Excellence, recognizing their promise in academics and fundamental research.


MemComputing co-founder Dr. Massimiliano Di Ventra wins 2020 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology
Massimiliano Di Ventra has received the 2020 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory. The professor of physics is recognized for his contributions to several areas of nanotechnology and condensed matter theory.


Diamonds May Be Award-Winning Physicist’s Best Friend
Assistant Professor of Physics Chunhui Du is one of 36 scientists and engineers whose creative, basic research proposal was recently selected to receive the U.S. Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award. Du’s nanoscale quantum sensing technique was developed by her and members of the Du Research Group at UC San Diego.


Scientists Use Geometry to Track Cell Migrations
Physicists Wouter-Jan Rappel and Yuansheng Cao in the Department of Physics look beyond chemical cues to follow movement of cells in fruit flies with potential impact for cancer research.


UC San Diego Experts Elected AAAS Fellows in 2020
Dean of Physical Sciences Steven Boggs and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Ted Molinski are recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their respective contributions in astrophysics and organic chemistry.


UC San Diego Leads Research that Earns Gordon Bell Special Prize
Computational Chemist Rommie Amaro and her research team win one of the most coveted awards in supercomputing for research related to COVID-19.


Clearing the Course for Glycans in Development of Flu Drugss
Researchers demonstrate molecular binding mechanism that could change approach to designing influenza treatments.


Energizing Plastics Renewability, Recycling Efforts
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Michael Burkart and Professor of Nanoengineering Jon Pokorski are among the researchers who met the U.S. Department of Energy’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, earning funding for their projects designed to improve plastics recycling technologies.


Behind SWITCHFOOT: The UC San Diego Stories
Q&A with UC San Diego alumni Switchfoot band members reveals fun fact about inspiration from a chemistry course.

In Lin et al., complete isotope compositions of atmospherically deposited nitrate in glacialhydrologic systems across the Tibetan Plateau including Mount Everest are reported. The photo of Mount Everest was taken from the East Rongbuk glacier during the 2016 Mount Everest Scientific Expedition Campaign. Image courtesy of Mang Lin.

Tibetan Snow, Ice Pack New Insights into Environmental, Climatic Change
A recent study of aerosols, snow and ice samples from the Third Pole narrows down the region’s complex nitrogen cycles at work in the atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, and, potentially, the biosphere. Distinguished Professor Mark Thiemens and alumnus Mang Lin conducted the study.


A Chapter of Renewal
Student Success Center coalesces efforts to resurrect underrepresented STEM student group.

Luping Liu, from the Devaraj Research Group at UC San Diego, holds a sample of water from a natural alkaline source—Mono Lake, California. Photo courtesy of Luping Liu.

Making Heads or Tails Out of Phospholipid Synthesis
Breakthrough research adds to the understanding of creating lipids in artificial cells and of the origins and evolution of cellular membranes.


Nobel Laureate, Pioneer in Atmospheric Chemistry Mario Molina Dies
Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awardee and Distinguished Professor Mario Molina will be remembered for dedicating his life to research and working to protect our environment.


Experiments Confirm Sugary Shield Acts to Disguise SARS-CoV-2’s Spike
New results from research led by Computational Chemist and Biophysicist Rommie Amaro allow drug developers to understand areas of the spike most vulnerable to vaccines.

The multiple membranes of yeast cells, imaged using lipid-associated fluorophores. The project uses yeast as a model system to study the distinct membrane compartments found in all eukaryotic cells. Credit: Itay Budin

Ambitious Project to Understand Cellular Evolution Underway
Project focuses on lipids (fat molecules) as the starting point to understand the evolution of eukaryotic cells, carrying implications for human health and disease.

Artist’s illustration of gas and dust as it swirls toward the supermassive black hole—some matter forms a flat "accretion disk" that feeds the black hole directly, while other matter forms numerous compact clouds that can orbit the black hole farther out. Image by Jay Friedlander (NASA/GSFC) and Sibasish Laha (NASA/GSFC), et. al (2020).

Astronomers Take a Closer Look at the Centers of Galaxies
New study reveals a diverse range of types and locations of clouds across various active galactic nuclei and their host galaxies.


How big money is powering a massive hunt for alien intelligence
Physics Professor Shelley Wright contributes a feature photo and details about the Pulsed All-sky Near-infrared Optical SETI (PANOSETI), an all-sky telescope able to detect ultrashort laser pulses across all optical wavelengths, in this Science Magazine article.


Sleuthing Their Way to Discovery with a New Microscope
Chemists Wei Xiong and Haoyuan Wang hunt down tiny molecules that aren’t easy to see, which is why they developed an instrument that magnifies the molecular clarity of hydrogen-bond interactions to boost 


UC San Diego Mathematics Alumnus Gives $100,000
Richard Libby ('80, BA; '82, MA; PhD, UC Santa Cruz, ’90) tallied a lot of zeroes for the benefit of the university’s Department of Mathematics and the Rady School of Management. His enthusiasm for applying mathematics to business finance, particularly market risk assessment, is demonstrated through his gift of $100,000 in support of graduate studies and research. Libby also agreed to additional support of the math department’s most critical needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Machine Learning Helps Plasma Physics Researchers Understand Turbulence Transport
Professor of Physics Patrick Diamond has been advancing fundamental concepts in plasma physics for more than four decades. He recently worked with graduate student Robin Heinonen on a model reduction study that used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center to reveal new insights that could advance fusion energy use.


Uncontrolled ‘cAMP’ Helps Spark Rare Liver Cancer
UC San Diego researchers engineered fluorescent tools that combine the gene editing technique CRISPR and biosensor technologies to look inside cells in a whole new way. Their findings show that a major protein that binds to the signaling molecule cAMP can form membraneless organelles in human cells.


Virtually Helping Students Succeed
Rapid response times help when it comes to managing a crisis—the coronavirus pandemic is proof of that. To respond quickly and nimbly requires strategy, planning and implementation. Adaptability helps, too. These are approaches practiced by the Division of Physical Sciences’ new Student Success Center in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Astrophysicists Locate 100 New Sunny Neighbors with Citizens’ Help
A new discovery by a Backyard Worlds team of citizen scientists and international astrophysicists, including researchers from UC San Diego, shows that about 100 cool brown dwarfs, never before observed, are in residence in the solar community.


Diamonds, Pencils Inspire Scientists to Create Multipurpose Protein Tool
Findings from a group of researchers, including a UC San Diego team, show how it’s possible to create a protein “multitool.” Their results provide a deeper understanding of how society can develop new materials with unique properties to solve real-world problems.


How Do You Solve a Moon Mystery? Fire a Laser at It
Researchers have used reflective prisms left on the moon’s surface for decades, but they’ve seen problems with their effectiveness. Professor of Physics and Associate Director of CASS Thomas Murphy contributes insights.


Chemist Helps Bridge Underrepresented Minority Gap in Science
Brian Leigh, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently received the American Chemistry Society Bridge Program (ACS-BP) Award, making UC San Diego one of six bridge sites for underrepresented minorities in the nation.


Walking the Walk of Change
Professor Stacey Brydges is named as the first vice chair of equity, diversity, inclusion and climate (VC-EDIC) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Ammonium Nitrate: What Is It and Where Is It Stored in San Diego County?
Chemistry Professor Brian Leigh provides information about ammonium nitrate to NBC7 Reporter Alexis Rivas.



New Science Behind Algae-based Flip-flops

UC San Diego Forging a Sustainable Future with Renewable Products

Scientists Find First Evidence for the Higgs Boson Interaction with Muons

Scientists Explore Signals for a Quantum Universe

Two UC San Diego Chemists Named Finalists for the World’s Top Ph.D. Prize

Chemists, Physicists Create Spongy Droplets to Mimic Cellular Organelles

Mathematician, Engineer receive Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during COVID-19 Pandemic

Band of Astronomers Finds Low Heavy Metal in Brown Dwarf Discoveries

Tribute to the ‘Mathemagican’

$18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego

UC San Diego Physicist Making a Mark

Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus Is Covered In Sugar Shield, UCSD Scientists Figured Out What It Looks Like

From Prison to Physics: ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’

Using Artificial Intelligence to ‘Paint’ the Holographic Universe

To Wear a Mask or Not, Is Not the Question; Research Indicates It’s the Answer

Sugar-Coating Disguise Allows for Coronavirus Infection

Dark Matter Scientists Surprised by Observation of ‘Excess of Events’

UC San Diego Professor Named 2020 Blavatnik National Awards Finalist in Chemistry

Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers

Physics Researcher Awarded Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal

2020 YIP Recipient Monica Allen Earns $450K Research Award

UC San Diego’s Rommie Amaro Wins Support for COVID-19 Research

UC San Diego Chemistry Student Stands Out to U.S. Dept. of Energy

The Psychedelic Science of Pain

Onsite or Online, Good Teaching is Good Teaching

UC San Diego’s Mark Herzik Named 2020 Searle Scholar

Researchers Turn Algae Leftovers into Renewable Products with Flare

‘Molecular Distancing’ Presents Pathway to Remote Chemical Reactions

Physicists Go Out on a Limb to Advance AI Computing

From Physics Undergrad to Rocket Parts Pro—in Reverse

Perspectives on Remote Learning and Teaching

Five UC San Diego Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Four from UC San Diego Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Researchers Make Gemstones with Salty, Soapy Water for the First Time

Industry Leader’s Passion for Chemistry Ferments Career

Math Scientist Powers Up to Solve Energy Grid Problem

To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy

Margaret Burbidge, who explored the universe’s distant reaches, dies at 100

E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100

UC San Diego Distinguished Math Professor Named 2020 SIAM Fellow

Chemistry Professor Honored with 2020 Ernest Guenther Award

UC San Diego Students Share Knowledge that Leads to 11th Grader’s Science Fair Win

Coronavirus Massive Simulations Completed on Frontera Supercomputer

Scientists Observe Superconductivity in Meteorites

UC San Diego Physical Sciences Graduate Programs Rank among the Best

Making Cell Modeling More Realistic

Astronomers Catch Rare Eclipse of a Double Brown Dwarf System

Scientists Look Deeper to See How RNA-editing Enzyme Evolved into a Genome Editor

UC San Diego Faculty Members Win Department of Defense MURI Awards

New Telescopes Aim to Detect Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Distinguished Professor Talks Carbon

American Astronomical Society Announces First Class of AAS Fellows

Burbidge Visiting Professor Uses Physics of Mayonnaise to Develop Electronic Skin

Resetting the Biological Clock with Flip of the Molecular Switch

Researchers Tackle the Flu with Breakthrough Virus Simulations

UC San Diego Physicist Named 2020 Cottrell Scholar

Advice from ‘The Center’: Look for the Opening

UC San Diego Biochemistry Touches the Fashion World

Innovative Telescopes Set to Detect New Signals from Deep Space

UC San Diego Faculty Members Named 2020 Sloan Research Fellows

UC San Diego Astronomers to See More Stars with “2020 Vision”

Large Amounts of Oxygen Detected in Ancient Star’s Atmosphere

UC San Diego Cosmologists Ramp-Up Exploration of the Universe’s Origin, Evolution

New Cages to Trap Molecules Push Boundaries of Protein Design

Materials Research Society Seeks Nominees for Materials Theory Award

Connecting to Student Success through Chemistry

Now Showing: Medicinal Chemistry in 3D


San Diego Math Circle Widens at UC San Diego

The Iron Ocean

Teaching Growth Mindset

Quenching Water Scarcity with a Good Pore

Researchers ‘Handed’ $4M to Boot-Up Mirror Cell Synthesis

Mystery of the Origins of Cosmic Rays Solved

Three Physical Sciences Faculty Named Newest Hellman Fellows

Discovering the Magic Number of Earth Ice Molecules

Artificial Intelligence Tool Predicts Life Expectancy in Heart Failure Patients

Quantitative Biology Opens Trail to Ecological Exploration, Evolutionary Prediction

Two Postdoctoral Fellows Add Expertise, Diversity to Physics Department

Chemistry at Play

The Secrets of Ghost Particle Hunting

Astronomers Catch Wind Rushing Out of Galaxy

Riding the Third Wave of AI without Quantum Computing

Outreaching Science

Making Noise to Heat Up Materials Science

Exploding Shells Boost Immune Response to Brain Cancer

Wired to Think

Scientists Bask in Glow of Fluorescence Gathering

Like Film Editors and Archaeologists, Biochemists Piece Together Genome History

Paying it Forward

Get to know 10 early-career theorists: Tongyan Lin

UC San Diego PhySci at Comic-Con

UC San Diego Chemists Take Aim at Drug Predictions

Applying the Goldilocks Principle to DNA Structure

Borrowing from Astronomy to Rob the Twinkle from Brain Imagery

Standing Out among Stand-Outs

The Glam Clan

Chemists Manipulate the Physics of Digital Devices

Science Engineering Students Prepare for Careers in Industry

A Rocket Man in His Own Right

Physical Sciences Represents in National Science Foundation Graduate Research Awards

Putting a Dent in Food Waste

Hardwiring computers for human-brain efficiency

Supercomputer Simulations Show Black Holes and Their Magnetic Bubbles

Physics Professor Honored with Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

UC San Diego Announces Margaret Burbidge Visiting Professorship

Scientists Observe Rare Decay Process in the Universe

Alumna Writes Story Featured in NYT Magazine

Taking a Bite Out of the Flu

Enjoy the Ride

Talking Shop on Guidepost

Magnets with ‘Magic Angle’ Offer New Way to Study Jelly States of Genes

POLARBEAR-2 Telescope Sees First Light

The Invisible Dance of CRISPR-Cas9

Chemists Cook Up Elusive Molecule for the First Time

Scientists ‘Game’ for Remote-control Chemistry of the Future

Scientists discover how Proteins interact along Metabolic Pathway

Chemists Use MASCoT to Create New Metalloproteins

Scientists Confirm Events that Occurred One Second after the Big Bang

Galaxy Gardener

Math Research adds up to 2019 Sloan Fellowship

Astronomers Invite Citizens to Crowd-Source New Worlds

Researchers Flood Boundaries of Chemistry

IUPAC Names Vicki Grassian among 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

Atmospheric Chemist Kim Prather elected to National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Biochemists make ‘Elbow Room’ for Nanostructures with new Toolkit

Researchers Limit Experimental Free Will to Fake Quantum Entanglement

Sticky Science

Thinking on Egg Shells

Neal Devaraj Wins Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry

‘Phat’ on potential, Lipidomics is gaining Weight


Scientists Surf Peptides with New POOL

UC San Diego Strikes New NSF Funding with Laser Speed

New Study Might Help Unlock Secrets of the Flu

Synthetic Cells Command New Powers of Communication

Division Scientists Earn Spots on List of Highly Cited Researchers

Chemist Stands Boldly Among New AAAS Fellows

Physicists Brainstorm World’s 21st-Century Energy Challenges

Chemists Suited to Break Rule, Devise New Chemical Tool

NIH Awards $15 million to Research Team led by Physics Professor

Scientists Extend Mechanism for Cracking Biochemical Code

The Amazon Science Book of the Year Goes to…

Astrophysicist Enlightens Campus, Community with Portable Planetarium

UC San Diego Hosts First Cal-Bridge Professional Development Workshop

Four UC San Diegans Named 2018 APS Fellows

High School Journalists ‘Space Out’ with UC San Diego Astrophysicist

Physical Sciences to Honor Late Founding Faculty Member George Feher

Physicists ‘Condense’ Diversity, Outreach, Blue Jeans’ Dye in NSF Research

Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

Nobel Prize-winning Chemist Opines about California Climate Summit

New National Training Program Aims to Mainstream Glycosciences

Physicists Race to Demystify Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Science

UC San Diego Climbs to No. 2 in the Nation for Quality Education at the Right Price

Two Grad Students’ Chance Meeting Leads to Research Breakthrough

Chemistry Research ‘Rocks’ New Data about Ancient Life

Scientists Introduce New Way to Mimic ‘Machine of Machines’

Physical Sciences at Comic-Con

UC San Diego Researchers Charge Quest to End ‘Voltage Fade’

Professor Judy Kim Named 2018 Fellow of the American Chemical Society

UC San Diego Partners with Warner Bros. to Celebrate Iconic Film at Comic-Con

Physicists Practice ‘Spin Control’ to Improve Information Processing

UC San Diego Physicist Named a 2018 Simons Investigator

Scientists Present New Cold Facts about Antifreeze Proteins

UC San Diego Chemists Develop New Strategy for ‘Hard-to-Study’ Lipids

Chemistry Professor Wins Blavatnik Award for Outstanding Young Scientists

Scientists Go to Great Heights to Understand Changes in Earth’s Atmosphere

‘Gold Standard’ Research Presents Promise for Plasmonic Devices

Scientists Race to Outpace Lethal Bacterial Infections

Distinguished Math Professor’s Road to Success Takes her Full Circle

Physicists’ Room-Temperature Research Leads to ‘Exciting’ Possibilities for Science

Chemist Makes List of Finalists for 2018 Blavatnik National Awards

Chemists Fashion New Biomaterial Design

Scientists, Middle School Students Share Research Space

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs with Alison Coil

Vicki Grassian Named ‘Chemical Pioneer’

Space Scientists See Clear Skies around ‘Hot’ and ‘Salty’ Planet

Chemists ‘Crystallize’ New Approach to Materials Science

Scientists Sniff Out How the ‘Nose Knows’

Physics Professor Named to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry Alumnus Wins 40 Under 40 Award

UC San Diego Physicist Flexes 'BICEP' to Introduce Controversial New Book

UC San Diego Chemist Stirs Hope for a New Flu Treatment

UC San Diego's 'ZeroGDoc' Recalls Flight with Stephen Hawking

Distinguished Professor Mario Molina Receives Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

Mathematics Professor Contributes to High Profile Study about Mothers who Drink While Pregnant

Astrophysicist Encourages Elon Musk to Boost Inclusion of Women, Minorities at Tesla

Three UC San Diego Physicists Earn Sloan Research Fellowships

UC San Diego Chemists use Light to Pinpoint Gene Expression

Adam Burgasser Contributes to New Findings about Densities of Trappist-1 Planets

UC San Diego Mathematician's Contributions Add Up to Fellowship in New Program Honoring Women

Physical Sciences Adds EDI Leadership Role to Division


Department of Physics' Brian Keating and Kam Arnold to Study Cosmos with Massive New Telescope in South America
Division Researchers Shed Light on Formation of Black Holes and Galaxies
Clarke Center for Human Imagination Hosts Sir Roger Penrose Jan. 19
Mathematics Professor among Three UC San Diego Breakthrough Prize Winners
Chancellor's Postdoctoral Scholar Award goes to Chemistry and Biochemistry Fellow
SUMO' Research at UC San Diego Wrestles with New Way to Read Cellular Function
Six UC San Diego Professors Named 2017 AAAS Fellows
UC San Diego Mathematics Multiplies Excellence by Three
UC San Diego Chemist Named among World's Top 10 'Public Defenders'
Associate Dean Recognized for Incorporating Sustainability in Chemistry Education
Distinguished Chemist Wins 2017 Russell M. Pitzer Award
Chemistry and Biology Researchers Create a More Environmentally Friendly Flip Flop
The Last Woman to Win a Physics Nobel
Department of Physics Celebrates Sheldon “Shelly” Schultz
New Lab at UC San Diego Strengthens Cross-Disciplinary Science
Associate Dean of Physical Sciences to give Tedx talk, Oct 14
Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science
American Chemical Society Honors Retired Chemist Marjorie Caserio
UC San Diego Physicists Travel Path of Totality
Jason Schweinsberg Named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Newly Discovered Exoplanet System Found to be Older Than Our Solar System
Physicist Elizabeth Simmons Named Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Primordial Black Holes May Have Helped to Forge Heavy Elements
Solar Fuels Conference Comes to Campus
Brian Druker ’77, MD ‘81 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree
DJ Patil ’96 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree
UC San Diego Chemists Create the Ultimate Natural Sunscreen
Biological Activity Found to Affect Aerosols Produced from Sea Spray
Jennie Chen in Chemistry & Biochemistry Wins 2017 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award
Nearby Brown Dwarf Appears to be a Free-Floating ‘Planet’
Talking Science
Chemists Receive $7.5 Million to Develop Innovative Uses for Melanin
Oleg Shpyrko Wins 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching Award
Guy Bertrand Wins 2017 Luigi Sacconi Medal
Study Discovers Fundamental Unit of Cell Size in Bacteria
Astronomers Observe Early Stages of Milky Way-like Galaxies in Distant Universe
New Sally Ride Fellowship to Support Women in Physics
Adam Burgasser Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Kamil Godula Named 2017 Cottrell Scholar
UC San Diego Astrophysicists Contribute to Major Planet Discovery
Three Division of Physical Sciences Professors Named 2017 Sloan Research Fellows
In Memoriam: Sheldon Schultz 1933-2017
Astrophysicist Steven Boggs Named Dean of Division of Physical Sciences


UC San Diego Physicist Leads $1.6 Million Magnetic Neuroimaging Research Effort
Physics Professor Shares ‘Two Supercomputing Achievement’ Awards
UC San Diego Professor Wins Major Prize in Mathematics
Hacking a Revolution in Biology
Nine Physical Sciences Graduate Students Awarded ARCS Foundation Fellowships
Kim Prather Named One of 'Top 50 Women in Analytical Science'
Breaking Ground
Neal Devaraj Receives $1.9 Million NIH Award for Diabetes Study
Rommie Amaro Wins 2016 Corwin Hansch Award
Five UC San Diego Physicists Named APS Fellows
Surfing the World for Microbes
Nobel Prizewinning Physicist Was Professor at UC San Diego
Elizabeth Villa Wins Prestigious NIH Grant
Barbara Sawrey Honored as one of San Diego's Most Inspirational Women
SLAC’s X-ray Laser Glimpses How Electrons Dance with Atomic Nuclei in Materials
Promising Drug Leads Identified to Combat Heart Disease
Biochemists’ Discovery Could Lead to Vaccine Against ‘Flesh-Eating’ Bacteria
UC San Diego Professor Wins Top Academic Prize in Theoretical Chemistry
UC San Diego Chemist Wins 2 Prestigious National Awards
UC San Diego Dean Awarded Prestigious Meteoritical Society Medal
Scientists Determine How Birds Soar to Great Heights
Synthetic Membranes Created to Mimic Properties of Living Cells
James McKernan Named Simons Investigator
X-Ray Snapshot of Butterfly Wings Reveals Underlying Physics of Color
Scientists Design Energy-Carrying Particles Called ‘Topological Plexcitons’
Tehseen Lazzouni a 2016 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Awardee
UC San Diego Chemistry Professor Wins Prestigious California Air Resources Board Honor
$40 Million Observatory to Search for Signals from Early Universe
Researchers Develop New Way to Explore Mathematical Universe
Neal Devaraj named Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Guy Bertrand Wins Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award
New Tool Allows Scientists to Visualize ‘Nanoscale’ Processes
‘Adaptive Protein Crystal’ Could Form New Kind of Protective Material
How DNA Can Take on the Properties of Sand or Toothpaste
Three Earth-Sized Planets Found Orbiting a Tiny Nearby Star
In Memoriam: Walter Kohn 1923-2016
In Memoriam: Ami E. Berkowitz
Two UC San Diego Professors Named Fellows to Prestigious Math Society
Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust Gives $125,000 for Sally Ride Scholarship
Neuronal Structures Associated with Learning and Memory Sprout In Response to Novel Molecules
Breathing is a Rhythm for Life, and More
UC San Diego Biophysicists Discover How Hydra Opens Its Mouth
Clear View of Nanoparticles Helps Researchers Evaluate New Form of Cancer Treatment
Mathematician honored for major contributions to algebraic geometry
Space dust
Molecular Avalanche
Star role models
Campus Conference Welcomes Undergraduate Women in Physics


UC San Diego Professors Elected Fellows of National Academy of Inventors
Precise constraints on primordial magnetism
Researchers Unravel Age-Old Mystery of Why Cells Use Fermentation
Physicists Predict Mechanics of Touch
Brushing Up Peptides Boosts their Potential as Drugs
Simulation illuminates origin of the brightest galaxies
Chemists Devise a New, Versatile Way to Tag RNA
UC San Diego and TSRI Launch New Consortium to Create ‘Virtual Cell’
Astronomers find 'young Jupiter' exoplanet, analyze atmosphere
Trapped light orbits within an intriguing material
Nanospheres deliver safer chemotherapy
Physicists fine-tune control of agile exotic materials
Chemistry Department Recognized for Success in Building a Diverse Faculty
Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics

X-ray Imaging Reveals Secrets In Battery Materials
Nanomaterial assembly imaged in real time
Molecular motion tracked with advanced graphics (video)
Tiger Math
New Nano Materials Inspired by Bird Feathers Play with Light to Create Color
Against the Stream
Surfing into a Greener Future
Chemists create modular system for placing proteins on membranes
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Extends to New Realms
Data structures influence speed of quantum search in unexpected ways
Computational strategy helps to map human epigenome
Chemical senses (Triton feature on the Senses Bureau)
Cosmology Prize Recognizes ‘Inventive’ Proposed Test of Fundamental Physics


Study Sheds Light on What Causes Cells to Divide
Martian meteorite reveals past climate
Cells can use dynamic patterns to pluck signals from noise
Physicists Explain Puzzling Particle Collisions
Marvin Goldberger, physicist and former dean of natural sciences, dies at 92
Galactic Blowout
Cancer training program has supported 300 trainees in 30 years
Real-time readout of neurochemical activity
Viral switches share a shape
Cell membranes self-assemble
Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates
POLARBEAR Detects Curls in the Universe’s Oldest Light
Pharmaceutical Companies to Share Data for Drug Design via New UC San Diego-Led Resource
Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from the early sun
Program predicts placement of chemical tags that control gene activity
Planet hunters (Triton feature)
$9M for biomedical computation
New Nano3 Microscope Will Allow High-Resolution Look Inside Cells
Quantitative Biology approach reveals the importance of physical constraints on critical DNA interaction
Sulfur signals in Antarctic snow reveal clues to climate, past and future
Vanishing viscosity: superfluid gas formed in layers of 2D crystals induces high-temperature superconductivity
Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance
New analysis eliminates potential speed bump in quantum computing
Relaxation helps pack DNA into a virus
Radiation from early universe found key to answer major questions in physics
Phone calls reveal population patterns that census miss
Unveiling the universe's earliest secrets
Discovery could lead to novel therapies for Fragile X syndrome
Cosmologists report evidence for cosmic inflation
Crystals ripple in response to light
The Surface of the Sea is a Sink for Nitrogen Oxides at Night
In memorium: Arthur M. Wolfe 1939-2014
Source of ‘moon curse’ revealed by eclipse


Biosynthesis captured in motion
Quantitative Approaches Provide New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance
Scientists Solve Mystery of Odd Patterns of Oxygen in Solar System’s Earliest Rocks
UC San Diego Researchers Advance Explanation for Star Formation
Quark asymmetries hint at new physics
Three Generations of UC San Diego Physicists Plumb the Microvasculature of the Mammalian Brain
New scheme for quantum computing
Physicists plumb vasculature of mammalian brain
Shape-shifting nanoparticles flip from sphere to net in response to tumor signal
Mathematicians analyze social divisions using cell-phone data
Extreme star formation reveals fleeting phase of galactic evolution
Biological activity alters the ability of sea spray to seed clouds
SDSC’s Gordon Supercomputer Assists in Crunching Large Hadron Collider Data
Dust in Asia and Africa, Snow in the Sierra Nevada
Clues to climate cycles dug from Antarctic snow pit


Even the smallest possible stroke can damage brain tissue and impair cognitive function
New survey of distant galaxies will trace changes over billions of years
Working Inside the Bubble
Chemists develop reversible method of tagging proteins
Halo of neutrinos alters physics of exploding stars
Intense bursts of star formation drive fierce galactic winds
Color-coded markers may help doctors diagnose neural diseases through the eyes
Researchers reveal behaviors of tiniest water droplets
Sally Ride, first woman in space and former California Space Institute Director dies at 61
Hunt for Higgs reveals new particle
Computing grid built for physics benefits a wide range of science
Electrons ripple across atom-thin layers of carbon
Varying drug levels could speed the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria
New member of protein family reveals an ancient role in iron metabolism
UC San Diego Physicists Find Patterns in New State of Matterr 
Discovery Provides Blueprint for New Drugs That Can Inhibit Hepatitis C Virus
Envelope for an artificial cell
Obituary: Jim Arnold, founding chair of chemistry
Obituary: Salah Baouendi, mathematics