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Congratulations to IB's Class of 2020!

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 08:48

We are so proud of each and every one of you and wish we could celebrate your remarkable achievements in person.

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2020 TheRPs: MCB Celebrates PhD Graduate Research Online

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 07:40


Every year, MCB hosts the Thesis Research Presentations (TheRPs) symposium, giving PhD graduates an opportunity to present their scientific research and acknowledge the people and community who helped them along the way. 

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Drought ‘refuges’ protect young coho salmon from summer heat

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:42
Juvenile coho salmon

A seven-year project tracking young coho salmon in the Russian River watershed found that some habitats support the young fish even in the midst of extended drought. Photo courtesy of the California Sea Grant.

For young coho salmon, summer is not all fun in the sun: Extended heat and drought can sometimes dry up the small freshwater streams where the endangered fish spend the first year of their lives, leaving them trapped in small pools with limited food and oxygen.

As climate change threatens to bring hotter and drier summers to California, a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the California Sea Grant provides conservationists and resource managers with valuable insights on how to continue to protect and restore California’s dwindling coho salmon population.

The research team tracked nearly 20,000 tagged fish in the Russian River watershed over a seven-year period from 2011 to 2017, spanning a time of major drought in California. This watershed is home to a highly endangered population of coho salmon, which nearly collapsed in the early 2000’s, but has been recovering since then through a conservation hatchery program and other efforts.

“We were able to measure survival during this historic drought, which will help us understand how future droughts will impact this population of salmon,” says University of Wisconsin-La Crosse assistant professor Ross Vander Vorste, who conducted the analysis for the study as a UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher in collaboration with California Sea Grant’s Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program.

The researchers discovered that the salmon survival depends in part on how long isolated pools spend disconnected from flowing water: the longer the dry period, the fewer salmon were able to hang on until the wetter months of fall and winter. And though fewer salmon overall survived the drought years, the researchers did find reason for hope. In certain streams and pools, which the researchers call drought “refuges,” salmon survival was similar in both drought and non-drought years.

“A subset of the streams and pools were remarkably resilient to drought,” said Theodore Grantham, a cooperative extension specialist and adjunct professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley. “In other words, in a handful of pools we saw very similar levels of survival in drought and not non-drought years. We weren’t able to pin down why certain pools and certain streams served as drought refuges, but it points to a compelling area of future research.”

The research suggests that maintaining stream connectivity during the summer months –– by limiting water withdrawal for human use, for instance –– could go a long way toward protecting this vulnerable species.

“The work highlights the importance of these intermittent streams generally in supporting this sensitive species population,” Grantham said. “These types of streams are often poorly protected by regulations because they don’t flow for the whole year, but our work shows the importance of managing these streams as valuable ecological resources.”

-This article originally appeared on the Berkeley News website. Read more about the research on the California Sea Grant website.

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Astronomers create cloud atlas for hot, Jupiter-like exoplanets

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 08:47
Of all the exotic clouds proposed for hot Jupiters, the most common should be silicate clouds: essentially molten quartz
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Berkeley Talks: The global politics of waste

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:00
Berkeley professor Kate O'Neill discusses the afterlives of the things we throw away and how China's decision to stop importing paper and plastic has disrupted the global waste economy
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Drought ‘refuges’ protect young coho salmon from summer heat

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:00
A seven-year study of Russian River salmon reveals new tools for protecting the population in the face of climate change
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MEng teams win project awards

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:52
Congratulations to the MEng teams who have won end-of-year capstone awards! The Biomimetic Hydrogels to Enhance Tissue Modelling of Brain Cancer team of Jonathan Evans and Julia Lanoha won the Technical Leadership Capstone Award, the Precision Freezing 3D Bioprinter for Large Scale Tissue Engineering team of Alex Wolcott [BIOE], Martin Banet-Rivet [ME], Pablo Amor [ME] and Ruobin Liu [ME], and the Novel Implant for Regulating Excessive Eye Pressure in Glaucoma Patients team of Charit Mehta [ME], Aishwarya Pamula [BIOE], Sheila Sharifzad [BIOE], won the MEng Alumni Award for the Most Innovative Project.
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Scientists pivot to COVID-19 research, hoping for quick results to deal with pandemic

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:44
Professors Patrick Hsu and Niren Murthy are featured with the emergency funding they have received for urgent COVID-19 research. Hsu is working to apply new CRISPR tools he has discovered to a faster and better diagnosis of COVID-19 infection and potentially new therapeutics, while Murthy is looking for weaknesses in the SARS-CoV-2 proteins that could be leveraged by a small molecule, hopefully knocking out the virus.
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Congratulations 2020 Graduates

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:37
Please join us in celebrating all of our 2020 graduates, who have showed so much dedication and perseverance getting through this wild year. We are so proud of all of you!
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Scientists finally crack nature’s most common chemical bond

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:46
The carbon-hydrogen bond makes up two-thirds of all the bonds in hydrocarbons, yet has defied chemists' attempts to open it up and add new chemical groups. John Hartwig's lab has now cracked that problem.
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Gomez, Kramer & Brohawn Receive 2020 Rennie Fund Awards

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 07:58


Neurobiology faculty Assistant Professor Andrea Gomez, Professor Richard Kramer, and Assistant Professor Stephan Brohawn have been selected to receive funding from the Rennie Fund for the Study of Epilepsy. 

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Congratulations to MCB's Class of 2020!

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 13:28

Congratulations to our MCB Class of 2020 graduates!

We are so proud of each and every one of you and wish we could celebrate your remarkable achievements in person. Read more to enjoy video well wishes from some of the MCB faculty and learn about our 2020 Commencement Honors awardees.

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Read the Spring 2020 IB Insight newsletter

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:53

The IB Insight Spring 2020 newsletter is here! Learn all about what’s new in IB, our new faculty, and what our IB alumni are up to here!

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The Spring MCB Newsletter is Now Available

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 06:29

MCB Transcript Spring 2020 Masthead

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the UC Regents' approval to admit women to the University of California on equal terms with men. To celebrate this milestone, we've dedicated this edition of the MCB Transcript to the remarkable accomplishments of women in our department. 

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MCB Undergraduates Publish Online Magazine

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 05:39

The MCB Undergraduate Student Association (mcbUSA) has published an online magazine entirely authored, designed, and curated by its members. 

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Nayak Named 2020 Searle Scholar

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:51

Congratulations to MCB Assistant Professor Dipti Nayak on being named a 2020 Searle Scholar! 

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Scientists pivot to COVID-19 research, hoping for quick results to deal with pandemic

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:21
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MCB Faculty Receive Funding for Pandemic Research

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 09:50

MCB faculty are among UC Berkeley researchers to receive funding to pursue SARS-CoV-2 research.

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Saving livestock by thinking like a predator

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 12:12
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Saving livestock by thinking like a predator

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:38
Preventing endangered carnivores from eating valuable livestock may require going back to Ecology 101
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