University of California, San Diego

The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.

UC San Diego will transform California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service.

The University of California, San Diego is one of the top-ranked public research universities in the nation. This timeline chronicles the development of UC San Diego from the site of a U.S. military training ground and a marine research station to the innovative, vibrant institution that it is today.

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A Miami police officer looks at a driver’s license he requested from a motorist at a DUI checkpoint. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

We have a reliable and easy-to-use test to measure blood alcohol concentration. But right now we don't have a fast, reliable test to gauge whether someone is too doped up to drive.
Cell nucleus with RNA. From www.shutterstock.com

Don’t shoot the messenger: How RNA could keep us young

Aging and cancer appear to be closely linked, as over time, cells accumulate hits in their DNA code. But now research has turned to the role of RNA. Is RNA the key to a longer life?
Productivity hotspots in an otherwise nutrient-poor ocean. High abundances of plankton-eating fish on an Indo-Pacific coral reef. Zafer Kizilkaya

Solving ‘Darwin’s Paradox’: why coral island hotspots exist in an oceanic desert

Scientists say they've answered a long-held question of Darwin's on why islands are so productive – an important step toward planning protections against the effects of climate change.
When we speak of writer’s block, we may actually be talking about a ‘creation block’. M Yashna

Coming up blank: the science of writer’s block

The dreaded blank page haunts every writer. But what happens in your brain when you run dry? And, more importantly, what – if anything – can be done about it?
Would giving disaster victims cash, rather than just supplies, help them get back on their feet faster? Reuters

Gifts of cash may be best way to rebuild lives of disaster victims

When disaster strikes, billions of dollars are spent on food and supplies, with little accounting of whether relief groups bought the right things or what impact they had.
Cannonball Jellyfish in the Gulf of California. Yazmin Flores for GCMP

Boom or bust in a jelly bloom market

In a changing climate, ocean populations sometimes rise and fall in unpredictable waves. Scientists, managers and fishers must make economically and ecologically sound decisions based on long-term outlooks.
Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf photographed in October 2011 from NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft during an Operation IceBridge flight. Michael Studinger/NASA

Shrinking of Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating

Researchers find that ice around Antarctica shrank quickly last decade, raising concerns over this buttress against melting land-based ice and future sea-level rise.
The director of the Paris mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, in the front line Stephane Mahe/Reuters

The cycle of anti-Muslim discrimination in France is likely to worsen

Muslims in France and the French host population are locked in a discriminatory equilibrium. This is the conclusion, summarized in our soon-to-be published book, of a six-year research program that investigates…

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