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Lessons for saving our forests

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:01
UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens lost 400 research sites in last year's Sierra Nevada Rim Fire, but the harm to the forest ecosystem is incalculable. Now fires are raging again in Yosemite. Stephens offered advice on how to reduce future catastrophes, in a NewsCenter story that first ran in October 2013; it is reposted here.

Changing how we farm can save evolutionary diversity, study suggests

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:00
A new study by biologists at Stanford University and UC Berkeley highlights the dramatic hit on evolutionary diversity when forests are transformed into agricultural lands. The findings point to using diversified farming as a way to preserve the evolutionary history embodied in wildlife.

Follow noon TweetChat with Janssen Award winner Jennifer Doudna

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:30
Johnson & Johnson will host a TweetChat featuring Jennifer Doudna (@UCBerkeleyNews) and Emmanuel Charpentier from noon to 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 10, on the occasion of their receiving the 2014 Janssen Award in Biomedical Research. The chat will be moderated by former Scientific American Editor-in-Chief John Rennie. Follow @JNJInnovation and submit questions using the hashtag #DPJAward.

Biologists try to dig endangered pupfish out of its hole

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:00
A UC Berkeley biologist is giving important guidance in the efforts to rescue a critically endangered fish found only in Devils Hole, about 60 miles east of Death Valley National Park. It is estimated that fewer than 100 Devils Hole pupfish remain. Considered the world's rarest fish, the wild pupfish faces a 28 to 32 percent risk of extinction over the next 20 years.

Bakar research fellows make their case in Silicon Valley

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:00
Sixteen faculty members from UC Berkeley's Bakar Fellows Program recently took their research ideas to Sand Hill Road — the heart of Silicon Valley's venture capital community — for a coveted meeting with some of the nation's top angel investors.

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:50
Lead author of new study linking honesty to a certain region of the brain says the findings have significant implications for understanding social interaction and cooperation within business organizations and beyond.

Shining light on brain circuits to study learning, memory

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:05
NSF has given Ehud Isacoff, director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, $300,000 over two years to develop a new technology that uses light to tweak the synapses of brain cells to determine how they process information during learning and memory.

Can UC’s Lick Observatory be saved?

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:55
"I’m fighting in part for the next generation," says UC Berkeley Professor of Astronomy Alex Filippenko in a Daily Californian feature on the future of UC's Lick Observatory, near San Jose. UC Office of the President recently announced it plans to phase out funding for the facility by 2018.

Chemist and Manhattan Project alum Robert Connick has died at 97

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:00
Chemistry professor emeritus Robert E. Connick, who studied the chemistry of plutonium while working on the Manhattan Project during World War II, died peacefully at his home in Kensington on Aug. 21. He was 97.