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Head-Gordon leads COVID-19 Drug-Delivery Simulation Repository

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 23:43
The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) has launched an open-source website that will allow biomolecular scientists from around the world to share computer-aided drug-testing simulations targeting the protein at the center of COVID-19. Under the leadership of MolSSI co-director Teresa Head-Gordon, a MolSSI team started work on the COVID-19 website in April, after scores of scientists began discussing ways to share simulation modeling data they had on the coronavirus.
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Fitful nightly sleep linked to chronic inflammation, hardened arteries

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:00
Scientists tie disrupted slumber to deadly plaque buildup known as atherosclerosis
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Bakar Fellow Q&A: Can microbes mine for metals?

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:30
Arash Komeili and Carly Grant are exploring whether microbes that sequester iron can be tweaked to extract other valuable metals or remove toxic metals from the environment
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Congratulations to UCMP's Director of Education and Outreach, Dr. Lisa White the newly appointed Chair of the AGU s (American Geophysical Union) Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 13:26

Dr. White joined the UCMP in July 2012 as Director of Education and Outreach. She comes to the UCMP after a 22-year history at San Francisco State University where she held positions of Professor of Geosciences and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.

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Living near oil and gas wells tied to low birth weights in infants

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 06:00
Study of nearly 3 million California births links proximity to active oil and gas well sites with adverse birth outcomes for rural residents
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Message of Support to the MCB Community

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 09:24


A message from the MCB Co-Chairs on our commitment to the department's core values of embracing diversity, inclusion, and dedication to providing an academically enriching and supportive climate for all.

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Congratulations to Caroline Williams on receiving tenure and her promotion to Associate Professor of Integrative Biology.

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:39

Professor Williams research combines field-based natural history and experiments with laboratory-based biochemistry and physiology. She studies how insects and other ectotherms respond to variable environments, using the information to predict how insect populations will change as a result of climate change. Much of her research has focused on winter climate change, and at present she is working on how changing snow cover will impact the physiology, ecology, and evolution of montane beetles.

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Brar Promoted to Associate Professor

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 12:53

Congratulations to Gloria Brar on receiving tenure and her promotion to MCB Associate Professor!

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Searching for quantum weirdness in interactions between light and matter

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:23
Physicists Alessandra Lanzara and Joseph Orenstein were awarded $1.6 million each to poke and probe new types of materials to see what unusual quantum phenomena pop out
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Bakar Fellow Q&A: Better plant engineering with nanotubes

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:10
Markita Landry uses nanotubes to ferry CRISPR-Cas9 molecules into plant cells to edit genes and produce better crops
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Parks Stewardship Forum on the role of parks in education

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:00
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Congratulations to IB's Class of 2020!

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 08:48

We are so proud of each and every one of you and wish we could celebrate your remarkable achievements in person.

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2020 TheRPs: MCB Celebrates PhD Graduate Research Online

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 07:40


Every year, MCB hosts the Thesis Research Presentations (TheRPs) symposium, giving PhD graduates an opportunity to present their scientific research and acknowledge the people and community who helped them along the way. 

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Drought ‘refuges’ protect young coho salmon from summer heat

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:42
Juvenile coho salmon

A seven-year project tracking young coho salmon in the Russian River watershed found that some habitats support the young fish even in the midst of extended drought. Photo courtesy of the California Sea Grant.

For young coho salmon, summer is not all fun in the sun: Extended heat and drought can sometimes dry up the small freshwater streams where the endangered fish spend the first year of their lives, leaving them trapped in small pools with limited food and oxygen.

As climate change threatens to bring hotter and drier summers to California, a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the California Sea Grant provides conservationists and resource managers with valuable insights on how to continue to protect and restore California’s dwindling coho salmon population.

The research team tracked nearly 20,000 tagged fish in the Russian River watershed over a seven-year period from 2011 to 2017, spanning a time of major drought in California. This watershed is home to a highly endangered population of coho salmon, which nearly collapsed in the early 2000’s, but has been recovering since then through a conservation hatchery program and other efforts.

“We were able to measure survival during this historic drought, which will help us understand how future droughts will impact this population of salmon,” says University of Wisconsin-La Crosse assistant professor Ross Vander Vorste, who conducted the analysis for the study as a UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher in collaboration with California Sea Grant’s Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program.

The researchers discovered that the salmon survival depends in part on how long isolated pools spend disconnected from flowing water: the longer the dry period, the fewer salmon were able to hang on until the wetter months of fall and winter. And though fewer salmon overall survived the drought years, the researchers did find reason for hope. In certain streams and pools, which the researchers call drought “refuges,” salmon survival was similar in both drought and non-drought years.

“A subset of the streams and pools were remarkably resilient to drought,” said Theodore Grantham, a cooperative extension specialist and adjunct professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley. “In other words, in a handful of pools we saw very similar levels of survival in drought and not non-drought years. We weren’t able to pin down why certain pools and certain streams served as drought refuges, but it points to a compelling area of future research.”

The research suggests that maintaining stream connectivity during the summer months –– by limiting water withdrawal for human use, for instance –– could go a long way toward protecting this vulnerable species.

“The work highlights the importance of these intermittent streams generally in supporting this sensitive species population,” Grantham said. “These types of streams are often poorly protected by regulations because they don’t flow for the whole year, but our work shows the importance of managing these streams as valuable ecological resources.”

-This article originally appeared on the Berkeley News website. Read more about the research on the California Sea Grant website.

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Astronomers create cloud atlas for hot, Jupiter-like exoplanets

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 08:47
Of all the exotic clouds proposed for hot Jupiters, the most common should be silicate clouds: essentially molten quartz
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Berkeley Talks: The global politics of waste

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:00
Berkeley professor Kate O'Neill discusses the afterlives of the things we throw away and how China's decision to stop importing paper and plastic has disrupted the global waste economy
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Drought ‘refuges’ protect young coho salmon from summer heat

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:00
A seven-year study of Russian River salmon reveals new tools for protecting the population in the face of climate change
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MEng teams win project awards

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:52
Congratulations to the MEng teams who have won end-of-year capstone awards! The Biomimetic Hydrogels to Enhance Tissue Modelling of Brain Cancer team of Jonathan Evans and Julia Lanoha won the Technical Leadership Capstone Award, the Precision Freezing 3D Bioprinter for Large Scale Tissue Engineering team of Alex Wolcott [BIOE], Martin Banet-Rivet [ME], Pablo Amor [ME] and Ruobin Liu [ME], and the Novel Implant for Regulating Excessive Eye Pressure in Glaucoma Patients team of Charit Mehta [ME], Aishwarya Pamula [BIOE], Sheila Sharifzad [BIOE], won the MEng Alumni Award for the Most Innovative Project.
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Scientists pivot to COVID-19 research, hoping for quick results to deal with pandemic

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:44
Professors Patrick Hsu and Niren Murthy are featured with the emergency funding they have received for urgent COVID-19 research. Hsu is working to apply new CRISPR tools he has discovered to a faster and better diagnosis of COVID-19 infection and potentially new therapeutics, while Murthy is looking for weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 proteins that could be leveraged by a small molecule, hopefully knocking out the virus.
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Congratulations 2020 Graduates

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:37
Please join us in celebrating all of our 2020 graduates, who have showed so much dedication and perseverance getting through this wild year. We are so proud of all of you!
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