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UC’s first Nobel Prize presented in Berkeley 75 years ago

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 08:00
UC’s first Nobel Prize presented in Berkeley 75 years agoUC's first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1939 to Ernest Lawrence for the invention of the atom smasher, but the prize ceremony in Sweden was canceled because of looming war in Europe. So Sweden shipped the prize to San Francisco, and the Swedish consul general presented it to Lawrence on Feb. 29, 1940, during a special white-tie ceremony in Wheeler Hall.
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Back to the future: Berkeley and the national parks start a second century of science

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:23
 Berkeley and the national parks start a second century of scienceA conference focusing on the science emphasis of the National Park Service’s centennial will take place March 25-27 at UC Berkeley, exactly a century after an historic conference on campus paved the way for the birth of the NPS. The conference is called "Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century."
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Study IDs key birds that host Lyme disease bacteria in California

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:00
Study IDs key birds that host Lyme disease bacteria in CaliforniaA new UC Berkeley-led study has found that birds are more important than previously recognized as hosts for Lyme disease-causing bacteria in California. Small mammals have been identified in previous studies as wildlife hosts of the Lyme disease spirochete bacterium in California, but fewer studies have looked at the role of birds as reservoirs.
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Why do geysers erupt? Loops in their plumbing

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:44
Why do geysers erupt? Loops in their plumbingVolcanologist Michael Manga and his students have studied geysers in Chile and Yellowstone National Park, threading sensors and cameras into the boiling water, and have come up with an explanation for why geysers erupt periodically. They've even built a laboratory geyser that erupts every 20 minutes. The key: the loops and bends in their plumbing.
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U.S.-Cuba relations: A historic change, but pitfalls ahead

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 15:23
 A historic change, but pitfalls aheadDecember's announcement that Cuba and the United States would take steps toward normalizing relations was historic, but bumps and potholes lie ahead, writes Harley Shaiken, chair of Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), in his introduction to the cover story of the new Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. The magazine can be viewed online.
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Los Gatos: Climb Up an 850-Year-Old Redwood Tree

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:38

Climbing trees is every kid's right of passage, but climbing a 200-foot coastal redwood tree is something else altogether. Yet that's exactly what master tree climbing instructor Tim Kovar and redwood biologist Cameron Williams with the Department of Integrative Biology at UC-Berkeley, will be doing in late March.

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Sloan fellowships give research boost to nine young faculty members

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:00
Sloan fellowships give research boost to nine young faculty membersNine UC Berkeley faculty members were awarded 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships to boost their early-career research. They are Naomi Ginsberg and Thomas Maimone in chemistry; Benjamin Handel in economics; Vivek Shende, Richard Bamler and Lin Lin in mathematics; Helen Bateup and Polina V. Lishko in neuroscience; and James Analytis in physics.
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The Food that Grows from Concrete

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:52

Imagine eating at your favorite restaurant and being told that the salad on your plate was harvested from the cracks in the sidewalk in West Oakland. Would you eat it? Two professors from UC Berkeley think you should. Their project is called Berkeley Open Source Food.

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Astronomers, physicists celebrate as Campbell Hall rises again

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:03
Astronomers, physicists celebrate as Campbell Hall rises againOn Thursday, Feb. 12, the campus celebrated the resurrection of Campbell Hall, the home of the astronomy department with a literal and figurative bridge to the physics department. Aside from new offices & classrooms, the building houses a new precision measurement lab and a new telescope and teaching observatory.
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How a student’s good idea has cut water use and could save money, too

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:04
How a student’s good idea has cut water use and could save money, tooWhen Karen Andrade, a Ph.D. student in the School of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, came to UC Berkeley, she was surprised to discover how challenging it was for outside organizations to partner with students and faculty on research projects. She came up with the idea of Science Shop to fill the gap. Its first project could result in water and cost savings at University Village.
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Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:00
Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talkThe brain's speech area, named after 19th century French physician Pierre Paul Broca, shuts down when we talk out loud, according to a new study that challenges the long-held belief that "Broca's area" governs all aspects of speech production.
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Berkeley, the National Park Service and the Vital Role of Science in the Parks

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 14:43

 “Science for the Parks, the Parks for Science: The Next Century,” a new video collaboration by UC Berkeley and the National Park Service, which takes viewers along with scientists taking the measure of changes in Yosemite. 

UC Berkeley was a key player in decisions made during the founding of Yosemite, and, along with influential alumni, drove the effort to establish the National Park Service. The video was made as part of the NPS’s celebration of its centennial this year, which focuses science in the parks.

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Creating love in the lab: The 36 questions that spark intimacy

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 14:00
 The 36 questions that spark intimacyAround the time of the Summer of Love in 1967, Arthur Aron, then a UC Berkeley graduate student in psychology, kissed fellow student Elaine Spaulding in front of Dwinelle Hall, and formed a romantic and professional partnership. Among the couple's most enduring claims to fame are 36 questions that break down the barriers to intimacy, a fitting topic this Valentine's Day.
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Berkeley, the National Park Service and the vital role of science in the parks

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:23
Berkeley, the National Park Service and the vital role of science in the parks"Science for the Parks, the Parks for Science: The Next Century," a new video collaboration by UC Berkeley and the National Park Service, takes viewers along to see firsthand the value of science in the national parks. Next month, Berkeley is co-hosting a conference on the parks as they enter their second century.
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23-year Rocky Mountain experiment finds dramatic changes due to global warming

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:34
23-year Rocky Mountain experiment finds dramatic changes due to global warmingEnergy & resources professor John Harte has studied a plot of land in the Rocky Mountains for 23 years to determine the effects of warming on the environment, and documented a warming & drying of the soil that leads to fewer wildflowers and more shrubs. Surprisingly, nearby meadows and grasslands are already showing such ecosystem changes due to global warming.
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Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:01
Google gives Lick Observatory $1 millionGoogle Inc. has given $1 million to the UC’s Lick Observatory in what astronomer Alex Filippenko hopes is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for the state. The funds will augment the $1.5 million the UC Office of the President gives annually to operate the mountaintop observatory for the 10-campus UC system.
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Opinion: In sci-fi worlds, the science matters

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:56
 In sci-fi worlds, the science mattersFor sci-fi fan David Litt, a chemistry grad student, it's not OK if the atmosphere around an imagined planet is made of highly explosive gasses. What do sci-fi writers themselves say about plausibility? Read Litt's blog post in Berkeley Science Review.
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Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negative

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:15
Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negativeBiomass conversion to electricity combined with new technologies for capturing and storing carbon, which should become viable within 35 years, could result in a carbon-negative power grid in the Western United States by 2050. That prediction comes from an analysis by UC Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen and grad student Daniel Sanchez of the Energy and Resources Group.
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Greener blue jeans with Dueber Lab

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:58
Learn about work by Professor John Dueber, 2014-15 Bakar Fellow, on synthetic biological indigo dyes.
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Li elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:50

Professor Song Li has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), in honor of his distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering at an international level.

His formal induction will take place in Toronto at the 2015 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in June.

Congratulations Song!

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