Friday, December 18, 2009
Due to the mandatory system wide furloughs and scheduled holidays, UC San Diego and the Jacobs School of Engineering will be closed from December 19th through January 3rd. The campus will resume normal business operations on Monday, January 4th.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I finally got around to getting my brain around the Brain Observatory at UC San Diego. Jacopo Annese’s Brain Observatory has been all over the news all over the world...the attention peaked recently when Annese and his colleagues "voyaged through the brain of the most famous medical patient in the history of science, Patient H.M., acquiring anatomical images and collecting 2401 paper-thin tissue sections during a 53-hour procedure." (The quote is from the Brain Observatory Web site.)
The story has been all over the news, but I'm partial to Greg Miller's story (prior to the huge media deluge) in the news section of the journal Science...and not just because I used to work there...it's a good story. You can read the PDF of the story at:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Below, I have pasted the Engineering/Physical Sciences Technologies:
Engineering/Physical Sciences Technologies:
High-Efficiency, High-Linearity, Acoustic to Ultrasonic Power Amplifier for Low-Cost Underwater Modem Applications (SD2010-161 and SD2010-817)
A Zero Turn-On Voltage Rectifier for Efficient Wireless Power Supplies and Energy Harvesting (SD2010-135)
A New Method to Synchronize Data Streams Over a Local Area Network (SD2010-035)
Improved Perfusion Imaging Using MRI With Velocity-Selective Arterial Spin Labeling Without Spatial Selectivity (SD2001-175)
Residential Broadband Access (SD2004-122)
Measuring User-Experience in Mobile Gaming Environments (SD2010-171)
A Digitally Controlled High-Frequency, Low-Power, Pulse Width Modulator for Wireless Communications (SD2010-110)
GUSTO: General Architecture Design Utility and Synthesis Tool for Optimization (SD2010-170)
If you are interested in any of the technologies listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the case number in the subject line.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
"Energy is one of the key issues to be solved in order for systems to work more efficiently," said UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering professor Tajana Simunic Rosing, who is leading MuSyC's Large-Scale Systems effort. "At a very small scale such as a brain-machine interface, without energy you cannot do anything at all. At a very large scale such as a data center, if you are not efficient about how you deal with energy, you go bankrupt."
Monday, December 14, 2009
Jacobs School alumnus Albert Lin (Ph.D. 2008)is one of the world's top adventurers, according to National Geographic Adventure magazine. Below are a couple of paragraphs from the Calit2 story on the award.
It’s not often that a materials scientist by training gets to be labeled one of the world’s top adventurers. But that’s the honor bestowed on Calit2 research scholar Albert Yu-Min Lin, 28, in the December 2009-January 2010 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. Lin is affiliated with Calit2’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3).
Lin earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering in 2008. After graduation, “his mother, a former Hong Kong movie star, and his father, an astrophysicist, both urged him to get on with things as soon as possible, to find a job that would allow him to eat more steak, less ramen,” writes Luke Dittrich in the feature article, “Conjuring the Great Khan”, that is part of NG Adventure’s cover story. “Instead, Lin decided to begin his post-[doctoral] graduate career by organizing a high-risk, high-stakes project, one that offered little stability and even less promise of success.”
Read the full story on the Calit2 Web site.
Friday, December 11, 2009
"The average American consumes about 34 gigabytes of data and information each day — an increase of about 350 percent over nearly three decades — according to
a report published Wednesday by researchers at the University of California, San Diego," the NYTimes wrote.
In the Calit2 story, Larry Smarr says:
"What is clear is that we consume orders of magnitude more information than can be stored on hard drives or transmitted over today's Internet," said Internet pioneer Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and a computer science professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. "Even small changes in how Americans consume information would have serious implications for network planners and require large-scale investments."
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The big idea is that the bioengineers are working to re-create the physical consitions and cues within organisms that guide (at least in part) the differentiation process from stem cells to heart cells.
Read the Technology Review story here.
Read the Jacobs School of Engineering summary of the research here.
Below is related video from the Engler lab, which is part of UC San Diego's Institute of Engineering in Medicine.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Here is the cell phone and pollution monitoring story from KPBS.
Friday, December 4, 2009
The CitiSense leadership team (l-r) includes computer science professor William Griswold, computer science professor Ingolf Krueger, School of Medicine/Calit2 professor Kevin Patrick, computer science professor Tajana Simunic Rosing, and computer science professor Hovav Shacham. (Not pictured: computer science professor Sanjoy Dasgupta).
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at the CALIT2 Auditorium at Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Reception: 4:00 PM
Program: 4:30 PM
As we reach the beginning of December, there are looming signs that the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen will not reach an agreement. What lies ahead and how can we reach an agreement to stem the growth in emissions?
Join the Greenovation forum at UC San Diego to learn about a more sustainable approach to sustainability. We will discuss how sensor technology can help achieve sustainability at lower cost. The San Diego region is home to a number of promising sensor companies. Come and join the discussion about how sensor research and commercialization can pave the way for a more sustainable future!
The program will feature the following speakers:
Professor Larry Smarr, Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) and computer science professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Shimon Gersten, Chief Technology Officer, Talon Communications
Professor Jan Kleissl, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Professor Vish Krishnan, Rady School of Management
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://ssi.ucsd.edu/greenovation.
The team—led by investigators from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and School of Medicine—recently published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
“When you are insulin resistant, your metabolism suffers. If you take a TZD for your insulin resistance, will the drug fix the dysfunction in muscle and fat tissues? Will these changes be functionally related to drug efficacy? These are some of the questions we addressed in our new study,” say UC San Diego faculty members Dr. Shankar Subramaniam and Dr. Dorothy Sears, co-corresponding authors of the new paper. The collaborative project involved Dr. Subramaniam’s Bioinformatics and Systems Biology laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering, Dr. Sears and her colleagues in the Department of Medicine, and Pfizer, Inc.