Thursday, April 8, 2010

UCSD Systems Biology / Bioinformatics Expert in Science

Bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson is quoted in a story in the careers section of Science Magazine called, "Systems Biology and Bioinformatics: Something for Everyone."

Below is an excerpt from the Science story by Chris Tachibana:

The list of specific areas within systems biology is almost comically long, and includes everything from cutting-edge computer science to traditional life sciences. Fortunately, in this field, collaboration is the name of the game. Galetti Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Bernhard Palsson says systems biology includes "an understanding of networks, biological systems and linear algebra, genomics and genetics, the biochemistry of gene products, and how everything fits into the three-dimensional architecture of the cell." Hlatky says that attacking the complex, nonlinear nature of biology requires "a team of individuals collectively versed in the traditional biological as well as the quantitative sciences, from cell and molecular biology to physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics."

Palsson leads the Systems Biology Research Group within the Department of Bioengineering in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineernig.

San Diego / Southern California Earthquake Map from USGS

USGS ShakeMaps

ShakeMap is a product of the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program in conjunction with regional seismic network operators. ShakeMap sites provide near-real-time maps of ground motion and shaking intensity following significant earthquakes. These maps are used by federal, state, and local organizations, both public and private, for post-earthquake response and recovery, public and scientific information, as well as for preparedness exercises and disaster planning.

Southern California ShakeMap is here.

A full list of the ShakeMaps is below:

btw, the times in the ShakeMaps are given in UTC or "coordinated universal time". At the link below, you can toggle back and forth between UTC and Pacific Time.

Pacific Time in UTC is here.

Pacific Time in "Pacific Time" is here.

Magnitude 7.2, Baja California, April 4, 2010

HPWREN sent around an interesting link from NEES@UCSB about the Magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Baja, California on April 4, 2010. The story is by Hank Ratzesberger, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).

Caption for image above: Ground and downhole acceleration was recorded at depths of 5.5, 8.5, 30 and 100 meters. The Wildlife and other sites operated by NEES@UCSB are among a handful of sites with dense instrumentation at strategic soil layer depths. Highly instrumented and thoroughly characterized, the sites provide a laboratory to test modeling of soil and seismic wave properties.