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Amy Herr is first Faculty Director of Bakar Fellows

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:43
Professor Amy Herr has been named the the inaugural faculty director of the Bakar Fellows Program at UC Berkeley. The program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture, to help professors translate their ground-breaking discoveries into practical solutions and contribute to Berkeley's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Herr was a member of the first class of Bakar Fellows in 2012.
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Climate change could kill off parasites, destabilizing ecosystems

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:48
Mass parasite extinction could create more virulent disease or alter the food web
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BioE students featured in MEng newsletter

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:50
Bioengineering MEng students Sneha Balan and Nick Engel are featured on page 4 of the Winter MEng newsletter, for their Early Cancer Detection project and Alumni Innovation Award. Nick is also on the cover.
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Snails travel far and wide, spreading disease along the way

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:52
UC Berkeley-led study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance dispersal of disease-carrying snails.
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Learning to live without plastic

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:00
More than a dozen professors across a range of departments, from gender and women's studies to nuclear engineering, are working to incorporate content related to carbon neutrality, climate change and sustainability into their undergraduate course material.
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Arkin lab method may save lives during blood transfusion

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:42
After severe trauma, some patients in shock develop impaired coagulation. This is difficult to diagnose in crisis and makes blood transfusions dangerously challenging to manage. Professor Adam Arkin and collaborators have used dynamic modeling to demonstrate a method for calculating each patient’s transfusion requirements using only laboratory values that can be easily and quickly obtained in the emergency setting. This personalized information could help hospitals save lives at risk from acute traumatic coagulopathy and massive transfusion mortality.
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Global warming hiatus disproved — again

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:00
Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 45 years
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Fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy and, perhaps, magnetar

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:00
First localization of mysterious bursts pinpoints galaxy 3 billion light years away
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Downing in 2017 30 Under 30

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:41
Congratulations 2013 PhD Tim Downing, now a professor at UC Irvine, named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 for his work examining how extracellular signals can influence the final fate of cells.
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BioE startup helps clean tech rise again

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 16:57
Lygos, a synthetic biology company founded by BioE PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, was featured in a New York Times article on the resurgence of companies using biology to produce cheap, safe and natural materials for fuel, cosmetics and other goods.
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Liepmann lab team wins capstone award

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:50
Master of Engineering student Nicholas Engel won the Alumni Innovation Award at this year’s Fall Capstone Expo! Engel’s project, “Integrating Electronics into BioMEMS”, was developed with Professor Dorian Liepmann. It was selected by a panel of six M.Eng. alumni based upon the importance of the problem addressed, the creativity of the solution, and the impact of the […]
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Turning up the thermostat in tropics shows promise for energy and comfort

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 16:00
Slightly upping indoor temperatures in tropical offices and arming workers with smart fans can save significantly on overall energy costs while maintaining employee comfort.
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From a single genetic mutation, secrets of ‘boy in the bubble’ disease revealed

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/15/2016 - 14:33
UC Berkeley was part of a research team that identified the cause of rare SCID case as a gene never before associated with the deadly immune system disorder
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Two NASA satellites slated for 2017 launch will focus on edge of space

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 16:29
NASA’s ICON and GOLD missions will team up to observe Earth’s ionosphere and upper atmosphere
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BioE startup Lygos raises $13 million

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 15:15
Lygos Biotech, founded by PhD alumni Jeffrey Dietrich and Eric Steen, has raised $13 million in Series A funding to continue their work producing high-value specialty chemicals through synthetic biology. Their process uses domestic sugars instead of petroleum for chemical production, and has already resulted in the world’s first bio-based production of malonic acid.
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Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 08:05
In first 10 months, app provided data on earthquakes in Chile, Japan, China and Oklahoma
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Conservationists widen toolkit for predator management

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 17:07
A new UC Berkeley study shows that many non-lethal methods of predator control can be highly effective in protecting livestock from predators and in turn, saving predators from people
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Herr named to National Academy of Inventors

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:00
Professor Amy Herr has been elected a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She joins only eleven other Berkeley faculty ever elected. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Congratulations!
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Workshop: Switzerland. Evolutionary Biology

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:18

Evolutionary Biology Workshop in the Alps (The previous posting contained a typo in an invited professor’s name, for which we apologize.) The 2017 edition of the Evolutionary Biology Workshop in the Alps will take place on 17-23 June 2017 in Riederfurka, Switzerland. Target participants are PhD students in early stages of PhD and advanced Master students.

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