March 14, 2014 |
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. This spring's National Football League draft will tell us who the most prized college players are. It's thought to be a good year for quarterbacks. College and university talent in the arts gets no such showcase. Perhaps the nearest thing is the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held each spring in Washington. It's a good year for Southern California playwrights. The Kennedy Center announced Thursday that Jeff Augustin of UC San Diego and Brian Polak of USC have won $1,000 first-place awards for full-length plays, with $500 runner-up awards going to Michael Yichao of the California Institute of the Arts and Kristin Idaszak of UC San Diego.
March 12, 2014 |
A project that could point the way to a new class of drugs to treat influenza won the top prize Tuesday night at the Intel Science Talent Search, netting 17-year-old Eric S. Chen a cool $100,000. Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, combined chemistry, biology and computer modeling to find compounds capable of blocking an enzyme called endonuclease, which the flu virus needs to spread. Despite taking home the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair and the top individual honor at the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology , Chen said he didn't expect to come in first at the Intel competition . “I had no idea I was going to win,” Chen told his hometown newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, after the awards were announced in Washington, D.C. “If I had placed between fifth and 10th, I would have been incredibly happy.” Chen has worked in the lab of Rommie Amaro , an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, since the summer of 2012.
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February 16, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Above the water line, the Point Loma wharf at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is impressive: large, high-tech ships dock there before cruising off to research sea life and climate conditions around the world. The skyline of downtown San Diego skyscrapers looms across the bay. Underwater, however, is a much less glamorous view of the concrete pier and wharf, with rotten and broken pilings, exposed rebar and dangling wooden supports. It is a glimpse, scientists say, of the worrisome decay that could threaten their efforts to better understand tsunamis, seismic faults and the effect of pollution on fish.
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December 2, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - A male student at UC San Diego was slashed in the neck Monday night in an unprovoked attack by what witnesses described as a knife-wielding transient, authorities said. Campus police and San Diego police were scouring the La Jolla campus on foot and by helicopter after the attack, which occured about 7 p.m. near Center Hall.The suspect was described as a 5-foot-4, thin white male in his 50s with a bushy beard. The student's injuries were described as non-life threatening.
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November 4, 2013 |
Thanks to a $100-million donation, UC San Diego will be creating a new clinical center to study how the use of stem cells may help cure or alleviate leukemia, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's disease and other health problems, officials announced Monday. The gift is from T. Denny Sanford , a South Dakota businessman who made a fortune in the banking and credit card industry and has been very generous to various healthcare initiatives. The new Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UC San Diego will integrate researchers affiliated with the UC medical center there and several other nearby organizations in the La Jolla area, including the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Scripps Research Institute and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.
October 6, 2013 |
Scott Desposato was 22 when he and a group of friends biked across the country. They started in San Diego and finished in Washington, D.C. The cross-country trek not only benefited a fundraiser but had a life-long effect on Desposato. The 46-year-old commutes to and from work every day. “There's an incredible sense of freedom when you're on a bike and not in a car,” he said. “One day, I saw a whale off the coast in San Diego. You don't get to see that in your car.” Desposato is now passing on his love for biking to his children.