UC San Diego has admitted a record 26,502 freshmen and 8,150 transfers for the fall 2015 term. The number of new freshmen is up 1,969 compared to last year and there is also an increase among transfer admits by 874 students. Of the total 34,652 admitted students, the university anticipates enrolling a diverse class of 5,100 freshmen and 2,600 transfers.
A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California. The study, largely supported by the Office of Naval Research, provides the first detailed view into the spatial use of Southern California waters by blue and fin whales, the two largest cetacean species in the world. Both are classified as endangered species.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million grant to support the Simons Array, a new system of three powerful telescopes designed to study the origins of the universe. Led by a team of scientists from UC San Diego, UC Berkeley and the University of Colorado, the Simons Array expands the POLARBEAR project, based in Chile’s Atacama desert, to search for the signature of cosmic inflation—the rapid expansion of the early universe after the Big Bang.