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Birds, bees and other critters have scruples, and for good reason

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:23
Psychologists find examples of conscientiousness, such as working hard, paying attention to detail and striving to do the right thing, throughout the animal kingdom
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Botanical Garden hosts giant bird’s nest built with natural fiber, digital tools

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:00
Graduate students in architecture work with associate professor M. Paz Gutierrez aim big as they begin to unravel the elaborate construction secrets of the weaver bird
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Yartsev named McKnight Scholar

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:26
Professor Michael Yartsev has been selected to receive a 2017 McKnight Scholar Award, which is granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. Only six awards were granted to a nationwide pool of over 65 applicants. The […]
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MTM team pitches success

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:09
This Master of Translational Medicine team is shining at startup pitch competitions! Maria Artunduaga, Siobhan Rigby, and Stephanie Nemec are developing – outside of their normal MTM project curriculum – a tech-enabled service that helps COPD patients continuously monitor their blood oxygen levels. In partnership with Ana Arias’ lab at UC Berkeley, they aim to mine […]
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Amy Herr selected for Defense Science Study Group

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:43
Professor Amy Herr is one of 16 faculty nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 Defense Science Study Group. This program introduces outstanding science and engineering faculty to the country’s security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues, and has hosted some of the top minds at Berkeley and in the country.
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Microbiologist elected to National Academy of Sciences

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 17:00
Mary Firestone, professor of soil microbiology, joins the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S.
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Waves of lava seen in Io’s largest volcanic crater

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:30
Detailed infrared image of lava lake shows massive overturn of surface during three months' time
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Top graduating senior in ‘crazy race to the finish line’

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 08:30

This Saturday, May 13, Grant Schroeder, 22, an integrative biology major, will address thousands of his peers at a campus wide commencement ceremony as UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior. Instead of cataloging his achievements, his speech will touch on the experiences and vulnerabilities that turned him from methodical to mensch.

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Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 13:57
The new research supports evidence that forests across the mountain range arer naturally much less dense than what's seen today
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Four first-in-animal successes for Magnetic Particle Imaging

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:26
Professor Steve Conolly’s lab continues it’s push to make Magnetic Particle Imaging a reality with four first-in-animal demonstrations published this year. First MPI Pulmonary Embolism (lung perfusion), with UCSF pulmonologist Payam Nahid, MD, comparable to ventilation–perfusion (VQ) scan First MPI cancer detection with LodeSpin/UW particles seen via enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect First MPI Traumatic Brain Injury […]
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Magnetic Insight wins 2017 Luis Villalobos Award

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:54
BioE startup Magnetic Insight was selected by the Angel Capital Association for its 2017 Luis Villalobos Award for ingenuity, creativity, and innovation among startups. Magnetic Insight, founded by PhD alumnus Patrick Goodwill and Professor Steven Conolly, was selected based on competitive differentiation and progress toward bringing a product, service, or solution to market. Magnetic Insight […]
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Amy Herr–Changing the World One Cell at a Time

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:30
Student Meghana Krishnakumar writes about Professor Amy Herr's research for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
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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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