Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.External News Link: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/04/15/three-faculty-members-among-15-new-searle-scholars/
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Kimura Motoo Foundation, we have created the Kimura Motoo Award. The executive committee has selected the most outstanding scientist, as a recipient, from each of four research fields of evolutionary biology; population genetics, molecular phylogeny, molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics, and human evolution. Population Genetics- Dr.
Why does North America have so many trees and so few elephants? The classic explanation is that the climate changed at the end of the Pleistocene in a way that favored denser forests, which extinguished the last of the megafauna between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago. However, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, Anthony Barnosky, feels there is more to the story.External News Link: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/spring-2016-war-stories/american-mastadon-did-forests-edge-out-megafauna-or
Missing spring break? Tune in to The Graduates to hear about oceanic plants in Hawaii! On Tuesday, April 12th @ 9AM, your host Tesla Monson speaks with ecologist and evolutionary biologist Jun Ying Lim from the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. -
Reporter Mark Adams writes about the exciting space discoveries of 2016 and research being conducted by the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.External News Link: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/the-100-million-hunt-for-alien-life-20160407
Scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that may be the biggest ever spotted. According to the research of Chung-Pei Ma, an astronomer at the UC Berkeley, this find suggests that supermassive black holes maybe be much more common than previously thought.
Photo courtesy of NASA/ESA/D. Coe, J. Anderson and R. van der Marel (Space Telescope Science Institute).External News Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/06/473091314/supermassive-black-holes-may-be-more-common-than-anyone-imagined