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Campus launches Rose Hills Innovator Program

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 13:36
UC Berkeley has launched the Rose Hills Innovator Program, a new initiative to support distinguished early-career faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program aims to strengthen the efforts of campus researchers by providing seed support for projects with exceptionally high scientific promise and the potential to generate significant follow-on funding.

Lab coats being distributed free at Memorial Stadium this week

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 09:27
The Office of Environment, Health and Safety is distributing free personal-protective equipment to all campus lab researchers through Feb. 27 at Memorial Stadium. Researchers may register online for a half-hour time slot.

Geographic variation of human gut microbes tied to obesity

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 09:04
Obese people have a different balance of microbes in their guts, researches have shown. Now UC Berkeley and University of Arizona researchers have found that people living in northern latitudes have a greater proportion of bacteria associated with obesity than do people living farther south.

Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Caltech unite to boost number of minority Ph.D. students, faculty

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 02:00
The California Alliance, led by UC Berkeley, is setting a new course for diversifying the postdoctoral and faculty ranks at top-tier research universities nationwide.

Rebecca Hernandez: ‘What I see can be me’

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 01:55
Stanford Ph.D. student Rebecca Hernandez mentors other students but longs for a mentor to help her prepare for a career trajectory that leads to being a professor at a top-tier research university.

Sidney Hill: Physical sciences need minority students’ talents

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 01:55
While in the first grade in his rural North Carolina town, Sidney Hill discovered what he said was the “sheer joy” of science while explaining in class the differences between a solid, a liquid and a gas. Science continued to wow him as he grew, providing him with realizations about the physical world around him, and the motivation to pursue […]

Jeremy Brown: Mentors make a difference

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 01:55
 As a fifth-year Ph.D. student in geophysics at Stanford University, Jeremy Brown is pretty convinced of his career path. It’s not academia, he said, but the private sector, likely an oil or gas company where he could do energy exploration. “I’ve been really happy doing the Ph.D. It’s good to develop a research base, to tackle problems for a long […]

New evidence that chronic stress predisposes brain to mental illness

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:32
Biologist Daniela Kaufer and her colleagues have shown that chronic stress makes stem cells in the brain produce more myelin-producing cells and fewer neurons, possibly affecting connections between cells as well as memory and learning. This could explain why stress leads to mental illness later in life.

2014 Clark Kerr Award goes to UCSD’s Marye Anne Fox

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:02
The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate has named Marye Anne Fox of UC San Diego for the 2014 Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. UCSD's chancellor emerita and a distinguished professor there in chemistry and biochemistry, Fox is being honored for working "tirelessly and effectively to strengthen science education and science policy."

Bakar Fellows Program seeks early-career faculty pursuing innovative research

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:37
The Bakar Fellows Program, which supports innovative research by young UC Berkeley faculty whose work has commercial applications, is inviting professors in the sciences to apply for its its 2104-15 cohort. Read a profile of Bakar Fellow Lydia Sohn and her research on breast cancer metastasis here.

Center targets ‘hidden health crisis’ of unhealthy workplaces

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:00
UC Berkeley's Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces is connecting researchers in a variety of fields with businesses, agencies and nonprofits in a concerted effort to target what its director calls a "national health crisis."

Key protein in photosynthesis likely evolved before oxygen

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 16:47
Virginia Tech and UC Berkeley researchers discover that thioredoxin, a critical protein in photosynthesis, likely developed on Earth long before oxygen became available. Thioredoxin, the researchers found, plays an important role in methanogens, an ancient type of microbe found in deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

Running with genetic scissors: how a breakthrough technology works

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 17:00
Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who discovered a revolutionary gene snipping technique that is having a major impact on genetics and gene therapy, has discovered the source of the technique's amazing efficiency and specificity. She and Samuel Sternberg discovered that the molecular scissors, adapted from bacteria, home in on bits of DNA unique to higher organisms.

Zettl awarded Foresight Feynman Prize in experimental nanoscience

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:10
Physics professor Alex Zettl is the winner of the 2013 Feynman Prize for Experiment, announced Jan. 23, 2014, by the Foresignt Institute. The prize, honoring the late physicist Richard Feynman, is given annually to honor those working toward one of the physicist's dreams for nanotechnology: an atomic scale molecular manufacturing system.

Researchers find drug-resistant ICU microbes in preemie guts

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 17:00
UC Berkeley researchers Brandon Brooks & Jill Banfield found that premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) have the same microbes in their guts as are found on sterilized surfaces in the NICU. These microbes carry antibiotic resistance genes, which may mean they are less healthy than the microbes newborns would normally receive from their mothers.

Spring 2014 coming attractions: legacies of war, collaborative art, Cal Day and robots with heart

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:40
The gamut of events offered at UC Berkeley is a perennial feast for hungry minds, and this semester’s lineup is no exception.

Researchers open door to new HIV therapy

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:10
UC Berkeley structural biologist James Hurley and NIH colleague Juan Bonifacino have identified a new target for possible anti-AIDS drugs that would complement the current cocktail of drugs used to keep HIV in check.

New data science master’s program kicks off

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:54
The School of Information this week welcomed 27 new students into its innovative new master's program in data science.

Berkeley, Arizona team to fire rocket into Northern Lights

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:17
John Bonnell of UC Berkeley and Marilia Samara of the Southwest Research Institute in Arizona are planning to launch a sounding rocket into the night sky over Alaska to study curls in the Northern Lights. The NASA-funded Ground-to-Rocket Electron-Electrodynamics Correlative Experiment could reveal how these curls form as ionized particles from the sun strike the atmosphere.

Why state’s water woes could be just beginning

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:54
Berkeley paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram, co-author of The West Without Water, says California faces what could be its most severe drought in half a millennium.