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1. Kids Praised for Being Smart Are More Likely to Cheat

An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of obstacles they are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Kids as young as age 3 appear to behave differently when told “You are so smart” vs “You did very well this time.” The study, published in Psychological Science, is co-authored by UC San Diego developmental psychologist Gail Heyman.



2. Tata Institute for Genetics and Society Advances with Building Naming, Inaugural Chair Holders

UC San Diego celebrated the dedication of a new building for the divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences on Sept. 12 with a special announcement. The cutting-edge science building will bear the name Tata Hall for the Sciences, or Tata Hall, in recognition of a $70 million gift from the Tata Trusts, which was committed last year to create the binational Tata Institute for Genetics and Society.



3. UC San Diego Ranked a Top 10 Public University by U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges guidebook ranks the University of California San Diego the nation’s 9th best public university, up one spot, compared to last year. For more than a decade, the publication has included UC San Diego in its list of the nation’s top 10 public universities.



4. High Schoolers Doing Better than Expected with New Graduation Requirement But Many Still Struggle

A new report from the San Diego Education Research Alliance at UC San Diego sheds light on official graduation rates for San Diego Unified School District’s 2016 graduating class, the first cohort to graduate under new “college prep” requirements.



5. Times Higher Education Ranks UC San Diego Fifth Best Public University in the World

UC San Diego has netted the No. 4 spot in the Times Higher Education list of the globe’s best public universities. The campus was named 31st overall among universities worldwide and the nation’s 20th best college based on quality of teaching, knowledge transfer, international outlook and research influence.



6. Zika Virus Targets and Kills Brain Cancer Stem Cells

In developing fetuses, infection by the Zika virus can result in devastating neurological damage, most notably microcephaly and other brain malformations. In a new study, published today in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report the virus specifically targets and kills brain cancer stem cells.



7. School of Global Policy and Strategy Announces New Director for Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

Building on its position as an internationally recognized expert on the Americas, the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy has appointed Rafael Fernandez de Castro as the new director of its Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.



8. Washington Monthly Recognizes UC San Diego as a Top Five U.S. University

Washington Monthly has named the University of California San Diego the second best public university in the U.S. for promoting upward social mobility, producing groundbreaking research and serving the nation’s public interest. The national magazine’s annual rankings recognize what universities are doing for the public good and have consistently rated UC San Diego among the country’s best colleges for over a decade.



9. UC San Diego’s Center for Peace and Security Studies Receives $3.3 Million Grant

How can humans best cooperate in an increasingly complex world? The Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) at the University of California San Diego is working to find out by studying new and emerging modes of conflict – cybersecurity, military automation, weapons of mass destruction, cross-domain deterrence, and intelligence derived from big data. Launched in 2016 by social scientist and foreign policy expert Erik Gartzke, the center has now received a $3.32 million multiyear grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to support its mission and growth.



10. UC San Diego Astronomers Take Flight for Rare Solar Eclipse

They are professional astronomers who travel the globe to study distant galaxies, Earth-like planets around other solar systems and the primordial radiation left over from the “Big Bang,” the explosive beginning of the universe.