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In Memoriam: Roberta Park

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:02

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).

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Evidence supporting EPA’s obligation to regulate greenhouse gases stronger than ever

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:00
Scientists detail increasing evidence that human-caused climate change is endangering U.S. health and welfare, justifying EPA's endangerment finding
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Series A funding for Magnetic Insight

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:05
Congrats to alumnus Patrick Goodwill and Prof Steve Conolly for securing Series A funding for their startup, Magnetic Insight. The $18M will support commercial growth of Magnetic Particle Imaging in cell therapy, vascular, and oncology applications.
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Holiday Greetings from the College of Natural Resources

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:24

Thank you for being part of our community. Please enjoy a holiday message from the College of Natural Resources: 

 

Image:  CNR students with a tree Date:  Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 16:30 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 16:30 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left

2018 capstones complete – congratulations seniors!

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:19
Congratulations to our capstone seniors on finishing their BioE 192 senior projects!  This year students worked with seven clinical faculty at UCSF, UCSF Fresno, and Stanford to address problems including blood loss in low-resource conflict zones, robust approaches to draining ascites fluid from patients suffering from alcoholic liver disease, the user interface for individuals with […]
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Sports Tech – Cal Athletics and Engineering

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:06
The Sports Tech Challenger Class, a collaboration between Cal Athletics and the College of Engineering, put athletes and engineers to work this fall developing base technologies or applications that improve athletic performance.
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Lammel: Dopamine's Yin-Yang Personality

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:44

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.

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Acrobatic geckos can even race on water’s surface

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:29

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.

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Adesnik, Darzacq & Lishko Promoted to Associate Professors

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 19:46

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.

Three in CNR recognized for advising excellence

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:58
An advisor and a student in the College of Natural Resources

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.

Learn more and see all award recipients on the Advising Council website.

Image:  An advisor and a student in the College of Natural Resources Date:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:00 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:00 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left News/Story tag(s):  Honors and Awards

In Memoriam: Joanne Ikeda

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:12
Image:  Headshot of Joanne Ikeda in front of trees Date:  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 16:15 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 16:15 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left

Martin Reveals Mechanism of Proteasomes

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 15:29

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.

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Gene Rochlin, who warned of overreliance on technology, dies at 80

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:54
Image:  Headshot of Gene Rochlin as his desk Date:  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 09:45 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 09:45 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left

New quantum materials could take computing devices beyond the semiconductor era

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:00
Quantum materials, so-called mutliferroics, are promising candidates for new type of memory and logic circuits
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Environmental leadership course: applications due December 10

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:51
A group of people pose for a photo in front of Giannini Hall

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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Rising waters could be a major obstacle for A’s Howard Terminal stadium

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:58
Environmental design professor Kristina Hill, an expert in rising sea levels, says it won't be easy building so close to the estuary
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Fire + water: Restoring natural fire to California’s mountains

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:17
UC Berkeley environmental engineer Sally Thompson has found that letting smaller fires burn in California's wildlands has meant better water supplies downstream
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Allen Goldstein elected AAAS fellow

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:12
Image:  Headshot of Allen Goldstein Date:  Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 08:00 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 08:00 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left News/Story tag(s):  Honors and Awards

Three faculty members elected AAAS fellows

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:00
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the nation’s largest scientific organization
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Meet our new faculty: Sabeeha Merchant, biology

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:52
Sabeeha Merchant is a new professor of plant and microbial biology and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley
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