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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

STORIES FROM UCSD

Burgeroids and Rainbows
Somewhere over the rainbow there are laws of physics that were poorly understood—until now. A team of computer scientists at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego have recently found a new way to simulate rainbows using computer graphics.
In the process, they also elucidated how some types of rainbows form.

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Creepy Robots
Ever get the heebie-jeebies playing a video game or watching an animated movie, where the human characters are pretty realistic but just not quite right? If yes, then you've probably been a visitor to what's called the "uncanny valley."

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A Whole Lotta Shaking Goin' On
What happens to elevators, stairs, ceilings, partition walls and fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers, during an earthquake? Structural engineers at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are preparing for a series of earthquake tests focused on these nonstructural components.

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College Chatter
Latest College Chatter.

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By the Numbers

1 The spot held by UC San Diego in Washington Monthly magazine's national university rankings.
1 The NCSA's annual Collegiate Power Rankings, UC San Diego
in Division II.
3 Sierra magazine's ranking
of UC San Diego as one of the "coolest" schools for going green.
5 UC San Diego's national
ranking as most popular school for college applicants, according to U.S. News & World Report.
8 UC San Diego's national
ranking as a top public school,
according to U.S. News &
World Report.
33 UC San Diego's international ranking as best university
in the world, according to
Times Higher Education.
83 Number of top doctors
at UC San Diego, the highest
in San Diego, according to
U.S. News & World Report.
6,100 Number of incoming freshmen and transfer students
for fall 2011.

E-CLIPPINGS

HIPPO and Greenhouse Gases
A three-year series of research flights from the Arctic to the Antarctic has produced an unprecedented portrait of greenhouse gases and particles in the atmosphere.

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Oil, Algae and Jobs
Job creation and the reduction of our dependence on foreign oil are at the top of our nation's concerns. And a new program at UC San Diego hopes to address both of these issues.

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WHAT A Nerve!
It may seem like a long evolutionary jump from roundworms to humans. But a recent discovery by UC San Diego biologists of the genes that control the regeneration of nerves in a tiny transparent nematode (roundworm) may provide the key to repair spinal cord injuries and other common kinds of nerve damage such as stroke.

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Tweaking Cell Patterns
Stripes, dots and other patterns that decorate living things from plants to beetles to tigers arise through seemingly complex developmental programs that have proven difficult to untangle. So Terence Hwa, a UC San Diego professor of physics, took a different approach.

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Dark Matter of Life
Researchers have developed a new method to sequence and analyze the dark matter of life—the genomes of thousands of bacteria species previously beyond scientists' reach. These range from microorganisms that produce antibiotics and biofuels to microbes living in the human body.

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Kudos

Dimitri Bassov, chair of UC San Diego's physics department, was awarded the 2012 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids by the American Physical Society.

John T. Chang, assistant professor of medicine, and Nathan Gianneschi, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health.

Bioengineering graduates, Jessica DeQuach, M.S. '09, Ph.D. '10; Che-Ming Jack Hu, M.S. '09, Ph.D. '10; Dan Kagan, M.S. '10, Ph.D. '10; Lauren Hruby Jepson, M.S. '10, Ph.D. '10; and Nathan Lewis, M.S. '08, Ph.D. '10, were 2012 recipients of the annual Siebel Scholars awards.

Clifford Kubiak and Arnold Rheingold, professors of chemistry and biochemistry, won American Chemical Society Awards in inorganic chemistry.

Bill Ping Piu Kuo, Ph.D. '10, student of photonics/electrical engineering, is one of three students worldwide to be honored as a Marconi Young Scholar.

Thomas E. Levy, professor of archaeology, and Albert Yu-Min Lin, Marshall, '04, M.S. '06, Ph.D. '08, Calit2 research scientist, each received the Lowell Thomas Award.

Lei Liang, associate professor of music, has been awarded the Rome Prize.

Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies, was named "Climate Change Communicator of the Year" by the George Mason Center.

John Wixted, '81, professor of psychology, received the Society of Experimental Psychologists most prestigious award, the Howard Crosby Warren Medal.