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New mushroom discovered on campus — the first since 1985

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:16
New mushroom discovered on campus — the first since 1985For the first time in 30 years, a new species of mushroom has been discovered on the UC Berkeley campus, to the delight of the researchers who found it. Else Vellinga and Nhu Nguyen, the researchers, named it Helvella dryophila,
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Eko Devices wins at the AMA and advances in Extreme Tech Challenge

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:36
BioE capstone startup Eko Devices won the People's Choice Award at the American Heart Association's 1st health tech competition, and is a semi-finalist in the 2014 Extreme Tech Challenge. Go Eko!
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Bioengineer Zeleznick selected for Silicon Valley Bank Trek

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:25
Bioengineering undergraduate Zachary Zeleznick was one of only eighteen U.S. students selected to participate in the 2014 Silicon Valley Bank Trek. The Trek brings together top student innovators for a 3-day series of events with their Trek Guides, a "who's who" of influential investors and entrepreneurs in the tech community, building a network of peers and advisors. Congratulations Zachary!
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National Medal of Science ceremony streamed live from White House Nov. 20

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:13
National Medal of Science ceremony streamed live from White House Nov. 20President Barack Obama will honor three UC Berkeley faculty members on Thursday, Nov. 20, at a White House ceremony for the 19 new winners of the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology & Innovation.
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Education professor Barbara White dies at age 64

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:07
Education professor Barbara White dies at age 64Professor Barbara White, a faculty member at UC Berkeley for 25 years whose broad ranging academic background encompassed education, computer science, psychology, and mathematics, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 64.
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$45 million in grants fund new cybersecurity centers at UC Berkeley, MIT and Stanford

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:30
$45 million in grants fund new cybersecurity centers at UC Berkeley,  MIT and StanfordBerkeley's new Center for Long-Term CyberSecurity will map out what the cybersecurity problem will mean a few years down the road, and to stimulate interdisciplinary research efforts that will make a difference in resolving the threat.
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Foragers find bounty of edibles in urban food deserts

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:00
Foragers find bounty of edibles in urban food desertsUrban residents in neighborhoods lacking stores with fresh, affordable produce need to look no further than their own yards to find wild edibles to add to the dinner table. Two Berkeley professors and a team of students are foraging in three East Bay communities as part of a unique project that is surveying, logging data, testing soil and aiming to educate neighborhoods about the value of these greens.
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Diana Bautista receives Young Investigator Award from neuroscience society

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:48
Diana Bautista receives Young Investigator Award from neuroscience societyThe Society for Neuroscience presented a Young Investigator Award to Diana Bautista, UC Berkeley assistant professor of integrative biology, at its annual meeting Nov. 17 in Washington, DC. The $15,000 award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by young neuroscientists who have recently received advanced professional degree.
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Lightning expected to increase by 50 percent with global warming

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:00
Lightning expected to increase by 50 percent with global warmingUC Berkeley atmospheric scientist David Romps and his colleagues looked at predictions of precipitation and cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models and concluded that global warming will generate 50 percent more lightning strikes across the U.S. by the end of the 21st century.
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ICON satellite cleared for development to study ionosphere

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:44
ICON satellite cleared for development to study ionosphereNASA has given the go-ahead for UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory to develop the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, mission, which will explore a swath of Earth's atmosphere where weather close to the ground impacts the dynamic space environment above. SSL's Thomas Immel is mission leader .
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Amateur, professional astronomers alike thrilled by extreme storms on Uranus

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:00
Amateur, professional astronomers alike thrilled by extreme storms on UranusA team led by Berkeley astronomer Imke de Pater has been observing Uranus regularly for years, and recently found that the normally bland face of the planet has become increasingly stormy, with enormous cloud systems so bright that for the first time ever, amateur astronomers are able to see details in the planet's hazy blue-green atmosphere.
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Jennifer Doudna, cosmology teams named 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 09:01
Jennifer Doudna, cosmology teams named 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners Jennifer Doudna was named a winner of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at a star-studded gala in Silicon Valley on Nov. 9, while Saul Perlmutter and former Berkeley post-doc Adam Riess accepted the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics on behalf of the two teams they led.
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Live streaming of Breakthrough Prize symposia Nov. 10

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:13
Live streaming of Breakthrough Prize symposia Nov. 10Students, faculty and staff are invited to watch a streaming webcast of the Breakthrough Prize Symposia on Monday, Nov. 10, where more than 20 scientific luminaries will discuss the latest discoveries in fundamental physics, mathematics and the life sciences. UC Berkeley, Stanford and UC San Francisco are symposia partners.
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UC reverses engines on Lick Observatory funding

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 14:22
UC reverses engines on Lick Observatory fundingUC has changed its mind and will continue funding the 126-year-old Lick Observatory, used by students, faculty and international scientists alike.
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Synthetic biology could be boon to space travel

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:35
Research from Professor Adam Arkin and postdoc Amor Menezes shows that genetically engineered microbes could help make manned missions to Mars, the moon and other planets more practical. This is the cover story for this month's Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
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Synthetic biology could be big boost to interplanetary space travel

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 15:43
Synthetic biology could be big boost to interplanetary space travelAmor Menezes of QB3 and Adam Arkin of bioengineering and Berkeley Lab argue that synthetic biology can assist in our travel to other planets, with genetically engineered microbes helping to produce fuel, food, medicines and building materials on site, so that astronauts do not have to carry all supplies from Earth.
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Coexist or perish, wildfire analysis says

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:00
Coexist or perish, wildfire analysis saysAn international team of fire experts led by UC Berkeley's Max Moritz concluded that it is time to stop fighting fires and instead develop strategies to coexist with fire. For example, zoning and building codes and evacuation protocols should be developed to allow people to live with fire, just as they now live with earthquakes and tornadoes.
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How important is long-distance travel in the spread of epidemics?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:14
How important is long-distance travel in the spread of epidemics?A new model of epidemic spread by biophysicists Oskar Hallatschek of UC Berkeley and Daniel Fisher of Stanford shows that how common long-range jumps are makes a big difference in the dispersal of a disease, that is, whether you get slow, rippling spread or metastatic spread.
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Creating the coldest cubic meter in the universe

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:20
Creating the coldest cubic meter in the universeIn an underground laboratory in Italy, an international team of scientists has created a cooled chamber about the size of a vending machine chilled to near absolute zero in preparation for an experiment that will study neutrinos, ghost-like particles that could hold the key to the existence of matter around us. UC Berkeley & LBNL physicist Yury Kolomensky is the team's U.S. spokesperson.
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Li named BMES Fellow

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:27

Song LiProfessor Song Li has been elected to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Class of 2014 Fellows. 

Fellow status is awarded to members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering, and a record of membership and participation in the Society. Public recognition of Professor Li and the Class of 2014 Fellows was held during the BMES Annual Meeting, October 22-25, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

Congratulation Professor Li!

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