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1. Alumnus Taner Halicioglu Kicks off Campaign for UC San Diego with $75 Million Gift

A $75 million gift from Facebook pioneer Taner Halicioglu will establish the Halicioglu Institute for Data Science at UC San Diego. The computer science alumnus hopes that the new institute will promote a cross-disciplinary field that is considered the backbone of many other disciplines.

2. Elizabeth Phu, School of Global Policy and Strategy ’00

In honor of Women’s History month, This Week is launching an occasional series of stories highlighting UC San Diego alumnae and the difference they are making in the world

3. UC San Diego’s 2017 Earth Month Celebration: Using Science to Protect the Planet

Sustainability, environmentalism and taking action against the threat of climate change will be at the center of UC San Diego’s Earth Month celebration throughout the month of April. This year’s theme, UC San Diego: Using Science to Protect the Planet, will be weaved into events designed to educate and engage the campus and surrounding community.

4. Visualizing the Future of Surgery

Before Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy, chief of colon and rectal surgery at UC San Diego Health, took a scalpel to Larry Smarr, director of Calit2, she first took a virtual tour of his large intestine. It encompassed an entire room.

5. How 3D Printing Could One Day Save Lives

In the past decade, UC San Diego engineers have 3D printed a variety of devices ranging from rocket engines, to robots, to structures inspired by the seahorse’s tail. Now, nanoengineers have added a new item to that list: a 3D printed blood vessel network.

6. UC San Diego Astrophysicists Contribute to Major Planet Discovery

The announcement yesterday that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope had revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star was the biggest news of the year for the space agency.

7. A Pendant Fit for a King

The jewel—a jade pendant worn on a king’s chest during key religious ceremonies—was first unearthed in 2015. It is now housed at the Central Bank of Belize, along with other national treasures. Braswell recently published a paper in the Cambridge University journal Ancient Mesoamerica detailing the jewel’s significance. A second paper, in the Journal of Field Archaeology, describes the excavations.

8. New Grant Boosts UC San Diego-Led Malaria Research Program

An international research team, led by principal investigator Elizabeth A. Winzeler, PhD, professor in the pediatric division of host-microbe systems and therapeutics at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues have received a three-year, $4.7 million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance their development of improved therapies for malaria eradication and elimination.

9. Engineering Undergraduates Use DNA Origami to Target Cancer

A team of engineering students has a cancer-fighting idea up its sleeve—and the sleeve is nanoscale. The idea is based on a new cutting-edge research tool called DNA origami in which scientists literally fold the molecules of life into two- and three-dimensional shapes. The UC San Diego team plans to compete in Harvard's BIOMOD 2017 competition—a molecular design competition for undergraduates.

10. Through the Looking Glass

Aira is a remote assistive technology platform that combines wearable smart device technology—such as Google Glass—with personalized service. It connects visually impaired users with remote agents to interpret the data stream from smart glasses and assist them in navigating their way around their environment. When an Aira user needs assistance, he or she dons the glasses and has the ability to connect with an agent instantly by pushing a button to trigger an alert.