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Ph.Ds. learn how to tug at federal purse strings

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 17:00
Students learned skills for communicating with policymakers to help secure research funding
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First-ever nuclear reactor monitor will boost neutrino physics

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 06:00
Designed for non-proliferation monitoring, the Watchman project will test new technologies for next-generation neutrino detectors
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Flash-in-the-pan supernovas explained

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:34
New observations confirm UC Berkeley model of unusual supernova created when stellar material collides with shell sloughed off earlier
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BioE sweeps UCSF Grad Slam

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:17
PhD student Yiqi Cao took first place and the People's Choice award at the 2018 UCSF Grad Slam competition, which challenges students to give a compelling presentation of their research in 3 minutes or less. Cao will now go on to compete in the UC system-wide Grad Slam event. Student Inez Raharjo took 2nd place, landing BioE in all of the top spots. Go BioE!
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Alumni Highlight: Leela Tanikella, Class of 2015

Department of Bioengineering - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 15:25
Leela Tanikella graduated with her MEng degree in Bioengineering in 2015. She currently works at Intuitive Surgical, where she is a Design Controls engineer. Her favorite part of her job is knowing that she is improving the lives of patients who benefit from the technology that she helps develop.
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Want to clean up the environment? Make credit easier to get

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 15:33
Research by Berkeley Haas professor Ross Levine also finds that companies go green not only for the sake of the environment, but because it offers benefits to the businesses themselves
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BioE leaps into Top Five grad programs

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:52
US News and World Report has ranked the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering FOURTH among bioengineering graduate programs in the US. This is up two places from the previous year. Go BioE!
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Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:00
Oceans formed before and evolved along with Tharsis volcano, shaping climate history of Mars
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Researchers create a protein ‘mat’ that can soak up pollution

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:00
The mats could one day be used in war zones to decontaminate chemical weapons.
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Putting microfluidics in other people’s hands

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:04
Professor Amy Herr and her lab are highlighted in this Nature Methods Technology Feature, exploring new ways to for researchers to share designs, devices and experience.
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Career Q&A with alumnus Greg Wohlleb of BD Biosciences

Department of Bioengineering - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 15:26
Greg Wohlleb MEng ’16 (BIOE) returned in February 2018 to represent BD Biosciences, chat with students about his work in engineering, and share his advice for getting the job.
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How to make space molecules

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 08:00
Berkeley researchers demonstrate how complex hydrocarbons like pyrene can form around hot giant stars
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How brightly colored spiders evolved on Hawaii again and again … and again

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:01
Stick spiders with similar traits live on different Hawaiian islands but aren't each other's closest relatives; they are a rare instance where a physical form has evolved separately on each island, according to a new study
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Sinking land will exacerbate flooding from sea level rise in Bay Area

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:00
New satellite measurements show that areas around the Bay at risk of inundation could be twice earlier estimates
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Brown fat flexes its muscle to burn energy and calories

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:16
Professors Sanjay Kumar and Kevin Healy, in collaboration with Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Andreas Stahl, have discovered that the same kind of fat cells that help newborn babies regulate their body temperature could be a target for weight-loss drugs in adults.
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A way to grow plants with less water

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:04
Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered a key protein that improves the efficiency of photosynthesis, reducing water use by 25 percent
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BioE alumni startup Senti Bio receives $53 million funding

Department of Bioengineering - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 16:21
Synthetic biology startup Senti Bio, co-founded by PhD alumnus Philip Lee, has now raised $53 million in investments to fund their development of a design platform for synthetic gene circuits that can rapidly design, build, and test various therapeutic circuits.
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Arkin startup Boost Biomes launches with $2.05M seed funding

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:48
Boost Biomes' proprietary DNA sequencing-based discovery platform was developed by the company's cofounders, biotechnology veterans Rob McBride, Jamie Bacher and Adam Arkin, to identify commercially viable microbial products. Boost Biomes' first two products are focused on improving yield in the field and reducing spoilage after harvest, and are being evaluated in commercially relevant trials.
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Terry Johnson – One of the 10 Best Professors at UC Berkeley

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:41
Associate Teaching Professor Terry Johnson has been identified as one of the 10 Best Professors at UC Berkeley by College Magazine.
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Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:59
Zone of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillsides holds reservoir of moisture critical for surviving water shortages
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