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‘Raising Ryland’: Alumna Hillary Whittington Gives Voice to Transgender Youth with New Book

For Transgender Day of Visibility, UC San Diego alumna Hillary Whittington returned to campus as a proud mother of two, PTA volunteer, public speaker—and parent of a transgender child. She and her husband, Jeff, were on campus to discuss Hillary’s new book, “Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached.” The memoir tells of both the resistance and support Whittington and her family encountered during their child’s transition from female to male.

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Fermentation Festival Leads to Rapid Response System at Center for Microbiome Innovation

The personalized collections of microorganisms, known as our microbiome, are increasingly recognized for their influences on everything from allergies to obesity. These types of studies typically take months or years—too long for that data to be medically useful. Researchers at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation used a study with the 2016 San Diego Fermentation Festival as a test case for a first-of-its-kind rapid response system.

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Former Cyber Security Grad Students Seal $3 Million Deal for Drone Security Venture

Grant Jordan and Paul Wicks (M.S. ’14) are former students in the Master's program in Computer Science and Engineering at the UC San Diego. In 2015, they co-created a security-related company called SkySafe to protect organizations from illegal or dangerous incursions from commercial drones and their owners. Now, one of the top venture-capital firms in Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, has agreed to lead a $3 million investment in the fledgling company.

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