Science News

Welcome Professor Delcassian!

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:40
The Department of Bioengineering is excited to announce that Dr. Derfogail Delcassian will be joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor in January 2021.  Delcassian received her Ph.D. in the Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London, where she performed research under the mentorship of Dr. Iain Dunlop and Professor Molly Stevens. After […]
Categories: Science News

How is the coronavirus spreading around the Bay Area?

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:24
Professor Liana Lareau is using genome sequencing to study how COVID-19 is spreading around the Bay Area.
Categories: Science News

Remembering Bertram Lubin, Former President of Children’s Hospital Oakland

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:49
The bioengineering and Bay Area communities are mourning the loss of Dr. Bert Lubin, former president and CEO of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Lubin was a tireless advocate for bringing the power of engineering to bear on human health, a great champion of the Berkeley-UCSF partnership, and a huge contributor to our campus. He was also a warm and generous person and we are grateful to have known him. The family has asked that donations be made in his name to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Center of Excellence for Immigrant Child and Wellbeing and/or the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Center for Child and Community Health.
Categories: Science News

Patrick Hsu’s COVID-19 antibody test review featured on 60 Minutes

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:20
Early in March, a team of 50 scientists in California did what the FDA had not: they started testing the antibody tests.
Categories: Science News

Lareau receives LGR Seed Funding award for COVID-19 Project

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 23:02
Prof Liana Lareau and collaborator Stacia Wyman have received one of ten Excellence in Research Awards from the Laboratory for Genomics Research (LGR), a collaboration between UC Berkeley/UCSF (IGI) and GlaxoSmithKline. Their project will explore rapid, low-cost, high-throughput viral and metagenome sequencing of COVID-19 patient samples for outbreak surveillance.
Categories: Science News

Meet the UC Berkeley scientists using decontamination to tackle COVID-19’s PPE shortage

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 18:03
Bioengineering graduate student Gabriela Lomeli interviewed five scientists, including four from Professor Amy Herr's lab, who have pivoted their research during COVID-19 to write decontamination guidelines for personal protective equipment.
Categories: Science News

Native Amazonians, Americans and monkeys show similar thinking patterns

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:00
Primates' neural computations shed new light on the evolution of language
Categories: Science News

Berkeley Changemaker Technology Innovation Grant awardees announced

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:39

The Department of Integrative Biology is one of the winners of the first-ever Berkeley Changemaker Technology Innovation Grants. Launched by the office of UC Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bill Allison in the office of Chief Information Officer Larry Conrad, the winning projects, announced today (Thursday, June 25), will share $400,000 in general funds that were earmarked by Conrad in the 2019-2020 school year for information technology (IT

Categories: Science News

Head-Gordon receives COVID-19 research award

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 17:15
Congratulations Professor Teresa Head-Gordon, who has just been selected for one of the new Digital Transformation Institute's awards for research projects to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Head-Gordon has been funded for her project, "Scoring Drugs: Small Molecule Drug Discovery for COVID-19 Using Physics-Inspired Machine Learning."
Categories: Science News

Meet our recent IB PhD graduates!

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:05

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

Categories: Science News

Rogue’s gallery of dusty star systems reveals exoplanet nurseries

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 08:00
A unique, systematic survey of young debris disks around 104 nearby stars turns up 25 stars with evidence of planets
Categories: Science News

A new test can see, almost literally, infectious bacteria

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 11:10
Up to 20% of urinary tract infections, caused by a resistant microbe known as ESBL-producing bacteria, don’t respond to conventional antibiotics. Professor Niren Murthy and colleagues have developed a 30-minute, low-tech test, called DETECT, to identify ESBL-producing bacteria on a patient’s first visit to the doctor.
Categories: Science News

Diluting blood plasma rejuvenates tissue, reverses aging in mice

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/15/2020 - 10:37
New research from Professor Irina Conboy found that diluting the blood plasma of old mice has the same or stronger rejuvenation effects on the brain, liver and muscle as surgical pairing with young mice or young blood exchange. This discovery shifts the dominant model of rejuvenation away from young blood and toward the benefits of removing age-elevated, and potentially harmful, factors in old blood.
Categories: Science News

Pandemic could decimate environmental, outdoor science education programs

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/15/2020 - 08:00
Study finds 11 million children at risk of losing access to the educational and health benefits of environmental education
Categories: Science News

Of virulent viruses and reservoir hosts

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 23:00
As the public health community races to contain the current global pandemic, researchers are working diligently to understand the novel coronavirus
Categories: Science News

In Memoriam: Stephen Glickman, father of world’s only captive hyena colony

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 15:00

Stephen Glickman, a pioneer in behavioral endocrinology and founder of the world’s first colony of captive spotted hyenas — he raised generations of them in a UC Berkeley research facility — died at his home in Berkeley on May 22 from pancreatic cancer. He was 87.

A professor emeritus of psychology and of integrative biology, whose lifelong bond with animals began during his boyhood near the Bronx Zoo in New York, Glickman joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1968.

Categories: Science News

Berkeley Talks: Using peer pressure to fight climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:00
"When you do something, other people see you do it, and they do it, too," says Robert Frank, an economics professor at Cornell University and author of Under the Influence
Categories: Science News

We support #ShutDownSTEM

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 06/10/2020 - 14:11

The Department of Integrative Biology supports its faculty, staff, and students that participate in the #ShutDownSTEM strike today.



Categories: Science News

US can reach 90% clean energy by 2035 without higher costs, report says

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/09/2020 - 17:01
The report by Berkeley's Center for Environmental Public Policy finds an ambitious move to clean energy is do-able — and could bring broad economic, environmental benefits
Categories: Science News

Stephen Glickman, father of world’s only captive hyena colony, dies at 87

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/08/2020 - 10:11
A pioneer in behavioral endocrinology and passionate advocate for hyenas
Categories: Science News