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The Center for Biological Diversity presented its second annual E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation to Tyrone Hayes, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology. Hayes’ research has focused on the threat posed to frogs by pesticides and the role of chemical pollution in the decline of amphibian species worldwide.
Chemist Carolyn Bertozzi & Nobel physicist George Smoot were have been elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Bertozzi was named for creating techniques allowing chemical reactions to take place inside living systems without interfering with normal biochemistry. Smoot created instrumentation for satellites studying the cosmic microwave background radiation.
UC Berkeley graduate student Jean-Michel Mongeau studied how cockroaches use their antennae to maneuver in the dark and discovered the crucial role of tiny hairs on each antenna. He is now putting this to use in designing antennae for cockroach-like robots that may help them maneuver better at high speed.
For more than two decades, UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson has been tracking the marriages of more than 150 middle-aged and older couples, looking into everything from marital conflict to whether there's a happy marriage gene. Levenson discusses his findings with Larissa Branin of UCOP's "Science Today" radio show.
Berkeley biologist Cheryl Kerfeld videotaped the formation of compartments that fix carbon in cyanobacteria, and discovered a unique mechanism that could help in the design of synthetic nanoscale reactors. Kerfeld, an adjunct professor of environmental science, policy and management, was a researcher at DOE's Joint Genome Institute and currently is at Michigan State University.
The UC Natural Reserve System has established a network of climate monitoring stations at 26 protected natural places across California, including Berkeley's Sagehen, Angelo, Hastings, Chickering and Blue Oak reserves. Data from the network will complement a tremendous amount of natural science research throughout the state.
Research on the economic and human impacts of typhoons in the Philippines has produced stunning findings, including the greatly elevated risk of death for baby girls even two years out. The findings may prove valuable for post-disaster recovery efforts, such as those in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the islands Nov. 8.
NASA's newest Mars-bound mission, MAVEN, blasted off promptly at 10:28 a.m. PST Nov. 18, to oohs and aahs from the approximately 75 UC Berkeley staff assembled at the Space Sciences Laboratory to watch their handiwork head to the Red Planet. More than half of the instruments aboard the spacecraft were built at UC Berkeley.