Last week, the campus community lost an esteemed colleague as IB Professor Emerita Roberta “Robbie” Park passed away peacefully at the age of 87. Roberta had been an invaluable member of the Physical Education program for more than sixty years, from her time as an undergraduate to her service as a faculty member and department chair of the Department of Physical Education (later Human Dynamics, which merged with Integrative Biology in 1997).
Thank you for being part of our community. Please enjoy a holiday message from the College of Natural Resources:
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New research from MCB Assistant Professor Stephan Lammel challenges the long-standing presumption that dopamine exists primarily as a reward in response to pleasurable stimuli. Instead, Lammel's findings indicate that dopamine has a "yin-yang" personality and is released in response to both pleasurable and displeasurable stimuli as a means of changing neural circuits. Those changes then train the brain to either pursue or avoid those stimuli.
This new understanding of the function of dopamine can lead to new approaches in treating certain neurological disorders affected by dopamine, such as Parkinson's and substance addiction.
Geckos are renowned for their acrobatic feats on land and in the air, but a new discovery that they can also run on water puts them in the superhero category, says a University of California, Berkeley, biologist.
Congratulations to Hillel Adesnik, Xavier Darzacq, and Polina Lishko on their promotions to MCB Associate Professors!
Hillel Adesnik studies the dynamics of neural circuits underlying information processing in the cerebral cortex. His lab seeks to understand how cortical microcircuits process sensory information to drive behavior.
Xavier Darzacq studies transcription regulation during cellular differentiation. The Tjian-Darzacq group focuses on the role imposed by nuclear architecture on the molecules regulating transcription, and have developed new techniques to study the organization of proteins in the nucleoplasm.
Polina Lishko studies cell biology of mammalian fertilization. Her research on human sperm cell motility may lead to new forms of male contraceptives.
Advisor Ricky Vides and a CNR student during an advising session at the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs in Mulford Hall. Photo by Natalea Schager.
Three members of the CNR community have been honored with Excellence in Advising Awards from UC Berkeley’s Advising Council. The Excellence in Advising awards recognize exceptional performance and innovation in advising. Recipients are noted for their commitment to providing student-centered, inclusive and transformational advising, their focus on collaboration, and their ability to create and innovate.
- Kay Burns, a graduate student affairs officer in the Energy and Resources Group, received the Mary Slakey Howell Award. UC Berkeley's highest advising award, it recognizes visionary leadership and exceptional contributions and dedication to the advising community.
- James Sallee, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, received the Outstanding Faculty Advising Award.
- Ricky Vides, a CNR undergraduate advisor, received the Outstanding Advisor Award.
All award recipients will be honored at a reception and ceremony on Wednesday, December 12 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall.
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A new study from MCB Associate Professor & HHMI Investigator Andreas Martin reveals how proteasomes convert energy into mechanical motion to break down and recycle proteins. This research on the mechanism of proteasomes could improve treatment of diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and cancer.
The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (Beahrs ELP) in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources provides state-of-the-art training in environmental and natural resource science, policy, management, and leadership to mid-career professionals. In its 19th year, this intensive program will be held from July 12 to August 2, 2019. To learn more about the program and join the alumni network of 670 global environmental practitioners visit the Beahrs ELP website. The deadline to apply is December 10.
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