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Berkeley Talks: What can be done to protect pollinators

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 17:00
In this episode of Just Food, a podcast by the Berkeley Food Institute, experts discuss what farms can do in response to dwindling bee populations.
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Fuel surplus could cause another destructive wildfire season

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:14
Berkeley professor of fire science Scott Stephens says 2019's heavy rains have left grasslands more susceptible to large wildfires
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What happens when you explode a chemical bond?

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 09:00
New attosecond laser technique yields movie of chemical bond after absorbing light and just before it blows apart
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James Olzmann receives Presidential Early Career Award

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:12
Image:  A smiling photo of James Olazmann. Date:  Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00 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

Glaeser Awarded E.A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:05

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Robert Glaeser on being awarded the 2019–20 Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship!

This annual University of California award recognizes teaching, research, and public service. Glaeser is an international reference point for the physical and technical understanding of electron diffraction and imaging, as well as for his knowledge concerning biological radiation damage. Over the course of his career, he has mentored students and postdocs that have gone on to become leaders in the cryo-electron microscopy field.

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Four Berkeley satellites could be exploring Mars and Earth by 2022

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:50
Scientists and engineers at the Space Sciences Laboratory are building instruments for two NASA missions, each involving twin satellites
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Nine young professors receive Presidential Early Career Awards

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:35
White House announcement highlights the role played by nation's early-career scientists and engineers
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Climate change could fuel next wave of immigrants from Latin America

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 13:57
UC Berkeley Michael Bakal's research suggests that the combination of drought and rising heat could force Guatemalan farmers to head north to feed their families.
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Nomura & Zoncu: A unique approach for enhancing autophagy

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:10

Nomura & Zoncu

New research from the labs of MCB Assistant Professor Roberto Zoncu & MCB, Chemistry, and NST Associate Professor Dan Nomura reveals a newly-discovered small-molecule activator of autophagy called EN6. This research, published in Nature Chemical Biology, reveals a unique approach for enhancing autophagy, which may have implications for the development of novel therapeutics in the future.

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Is wildfire management ‘for the birds’?

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 15:39
Image:  A spotted owl sitting in a tree Date:  Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 15:30 byline:  By Kara Manke Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 15:30 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left News/Story tag(s):  Research News

Is wildfire management ‘for the birds’?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 11:37
Prescribed burning and restoration thinning helped save red-cockaded woodpeckers in the nation’s South. The same strategy could protect spotted owls from wildfires in the West, argues a new paper.
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Scientists scramble to build payload for 2021 moon landing

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 07:00
Space Sciences Laboratory will assemble a science package from spare parts to study electromagnetic fields and dust on the lunar surface
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Welcome to our new Chair!

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:50
It gives us great pleasure to announce Berkeley Bioengineering’s next Department Chair, Professor Sanjay Kumar! Kumar joined our faculty in 2005, and will be taking the reins from Professor Dan Fletcher, who will return to his normal teaching and research duties with our sincere thanks.  Please see messages from both Chairs below. Dear BioE Community, […]
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Meet our recent IB PhD graduates

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 17:55

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Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our most recent PhD graduates and welcoming them as important members of the IB alumni community!

You can view individual alumni profiles highlighting their achievements, professional plans as well as some interesting personal projects here.

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Meet our recent MCB PhD graduates!

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:48

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our most recent PhD graduates and welcoming them as important members of the MCB alumni community!

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Finding Community​: Students of Color Environmental Collective Mentorship Program

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:56
Image:  A group of students poses for a photo in a conference room. Date:  Monday, June 24, 2019 - 18:00 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Monday, June 24, 2019 - 18:00 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left News/Story tag(s):  Student Stories

Does limited underground water storage make plants less susceptible to drought?

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 09:10
Contrary to expectations, plants withstand drought better if adapted to areas of limited below-ground water storage
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Bats’ brains sync when they socialize

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:24
Professor Michael Yartsev's lab has shown that bats’ brain activity is literally in sync when bats engage in social behaviors like grooming, fighting or sniffing each other. This is the first study to observe synchronized brain activity in a non-human species engaging in natural social interactions, and opens the door to future study on how our brains process social interactions.
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Karpen: Dark Centers of Chromosomes Have Ancient DNA

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:00

DNA

A new study co-authored by MCB Professor Gary Karpen describes how the human DNA in centromeres, the central areas of chromosomes, has survived largely unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years.

Because they do not participate in the “crossover” process that occurs when cells divide to form sperm or eggs, centromeres may preserve very ancient stretches of DNA. The researchers found that some DNA at our centromeres may have originated in populations of Neanderthals and ancestral hominids from before modern humans migrated out of Africa.

This research may also provide a way of better understanding the functional importance of chromosomal crossover in sexually-reproducing organisms.

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Astronomers see “warm” glow of Uranus’s rings

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 08:00
First heat images of the rings of Uranus enable scientists to determine their temperature: a frigid -320 Fahrenheit
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