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Healy receives Humboldt Research Award

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:10
Professor Kevin Healy has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research by nomination from a peer. In addition, Healy is invited to carry out research projects of his choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.
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My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:04

Co-directors Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg will introduce the 4/22 screening, and introduce and lead a discussion following the 4/28 screening.

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Walter Alvarez: A geologist ponders the improbability of life

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:18
In his new book, the originator of the theory that a comet or asteroid killed off the dinosaurs discusses the origins of life itself
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Rare supernova discovery ushers in new era for cosmology

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:37
Gravitational lens reveals magnified Type Ia supernova from across the universe
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Capstone team takes 2nd at Big Ideas

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:46
The bioengineering senior capstone design team of Matt Chan, Karthik Prasad, and Sara Sampson took 2nd place in the Global Health category of the Berkeley Big Ideas competition.  Team Vitalize is developing a wireless vital sign monitoring device tailored for low resource settings to enable the rapid recognition and management of sepsis. Although sepsis-related death is […]
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Capstone team wins Honorable Mention in Big Ideas!

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:42
The Bioengineering senior capstone design team of Maxine Arnush, Priya Bhattacharjee, Josh Chen, and Richard Xu has received an Honorable Mention in the Hardware for Good category of the annual Berkeley Big Ideas competition. Their project addresses autonomic nervous system (ANS) disorders, which often go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed by physicians, especially in pediatric patients with less […]
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New UC/Vox video series takes on climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:24
Why are humans so bad at thinking about climate change? That provocative question opens the new series, Climate Lab, which looks at solutions to a daunting challenge
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A successful 2017 Bioengineering High School Competition

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:38
The annual Bioengineering High School Competition, run by our Bioengineering Honor Society, featured a keynote speech by Professor Tejal Desai, BioE PhD alumna and Chair of the UCSF Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences. Read more about the competition at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
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MEng Capstone Project Highlight: Applied Rejuvenative Therapies

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:57
A team of BioE Master of Engineering students is working on aging and rejuvenation in the Conboy Lab.
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April 29-30 symposium explores mystery of dinosaurs’ death

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:51
Was it a comet or asteroid, volcanic eruptions, both or neither. Come find out.
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Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:00
The key component is an extremely porous material called a metal-organic framework that absorbs 20 percent of its weight in water from low-humidity air
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Capstone team takes a bite out of Shark Tank

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:01
The capstone team of Darya Fadavi, Jeffrey Feng, and Noreen Wauford was one of only three teams to win Accelerator Awards in the UCSF Surgical Innovations Shark Tank event. They will receive $25,000 in seed funding plus engineering and development support to advance their project, "Quantitative Assessment of Degree & Spatial Extent of Pain Nerve Block." They were the only winning team with student members, and co-presented with their UCSF mentors, Professors Matthew Haight and Merlin Larson.
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Scientists join director at April 15 U.S. premiere of climate doc Tomorrow

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:00
Climate tipping points inspired upbeat documentary about climate change and efforts to fight it
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West Coast rollout of updated ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 17:00
California was the first to try ShakeAlert in 2016. Now Washington and Oregon will be able to test what will become a fully integrated West Coast early warning system.
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M.Eng. Capstone Project Highlight: Prevention of Early Breastfeeding Cessation

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:37
Bioengineering Master of Engineering students are developing a revolutionary breast cream to help mothers continue breastfeeding their newborn children.
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Yosemite documentary features Berkeley sequoia researchers

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:25

BS Nature documentary that first aired March 29 and is now available for streaming explores the impact of climate change on Yosemite National Park, and features two UC Berkeley biologists who climb to the tops of giant sequoias to understand what the future holds for these ancient trees.

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When human illness rises, the environment suffers, too

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00
Sick people can also create health problems for the environment, as a new study of the fishing community around Kenya’s Lake Victoria shows.
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Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00
Strategic siting of wind and solar farms can reduce need for fossil fuel and hydropower
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BioE startup mFluiDx publishes their detection chip in Science

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:55
mFluiDx, a startup founded by BioE PhD alum Charlie Yeh and currently in the CITRIS Foundry incubator, has published their development of a portable, self-powered, low-cost nucleic acid detection chip. This simple chip allows rapid quantitative digital nucleic acid detection directly from small human blood samples, an alternative to real-time PCR testing in remote or low-resource settings.
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