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Three faculty named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:37
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has announced it's inaugural class of 47 faculty investigators from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford, including three Berkeley Bioengineers. Professors Dan Fletcher, Amy Herr and Aaron Streets are among the 13 Berkeley faculty who will receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research.
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Ackerly Elected to Ecological Society of America

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:28
Ackerly In Grass

Professor David Ackerly has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. The ESA cited his contributions "for pioneering the integration of phylogenetic methods into ecology to generate new understanding of the evolutionary processes that contribute to the ecological function and community assembly of plants." Ackerly joins Professor Mary Power, who was elected as a Fellow and also served as President of ESA in 2009-2010.
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MCB Department response to the Executive Order on Immigration

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 08:37

The MCB Department is fully committed to supporting, in every way possible, all members of our department, irrespective of their national origin, religious background, race, color, age, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We are particularly troubled by the recent Executive Order on Immigration because it threatens members of our community and the practice of science. MCB scientists and staff come from many countries and engage in numerous international collaborations. Our research is enhanced by the diversity of perspectives provided by scientists from different backgrounds including international scientists. In addition, everyone’s science benefits when all scientists can travel freely between the U.S. and other countries to communicate directly with each other. We will resist policies that threaten our scientific culture and values. 

Eisen Announces Bid for U.S. Senate

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 09:53

HHMI Investigator and MCB Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Michael Eisen has announced that he will run for U.S. Senate to offer a scientific voice to the political process.

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Connolly Lab wins safety award

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:29
Professor Steven Conolly’s lab has won the 2017 Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award in the Large Physical Sciences Lab category. Winners were selected based on consideration of the lab’s safety inspection results, internal safety communications, and collaboration with EH&S and Department Safety Coordinators.
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Doudna Honored with the Japan Prize

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:18

"Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Japan Prize today for their invention of the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has swept into research labs around the world and is already yielding new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases."

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Arkin and Keasling break ground on the IGI

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:21
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab began construction of the Integrative Genomics Building (IGB), which will house researchers from the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute with those from the Systems Biology Knowledgebase under one roof. Bioengineering professors Adam Arkin, Director of Kbase, and Jay Keasling, Biosciences Associate Laboratory Director, were on hand for the groundbreaking.
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$3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 15:50
Berkeley is leading a global project that will use big data to simulate and track infectious diseases around the world.
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UC, CSU faculty send open letter to Trump on climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:00
More than 2,300 faculty from all disciplines urge action on climate change
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Mofrad lab on the cover of ACS Nano

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:08
Research from Professor Mohammad Mofrad's lab, "Bacterial Networks on Hydrophobic Micropillars", made the cover of the journal ACS Nano this issue.
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CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 13:45
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A chain reaction to spare the air

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:12
Bakar Fellow Jeffrey Long, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has devised a new material that can capture and release CO2 at a lower temperature and in a much greater volume than present-day technologies
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Healy Lab featured on Futurism

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:06
Healy Lab's heart-on-a-chip technology is the subject of a video feature at Futurism.
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Scientists unveil new form of matter: time crystals

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 08:30
By repeatedly tweaking a group of ions, physicists make first example of a non-equilibrium material: a system that repeats in time, rather than space
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Center for Built Environment, turning 20, helps shape building industry

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:58
Its research offers building operators, managers and designers new tools to enhance energy efficiency, environmental quality and livability for residents and workers — from the open-office plan and the cubicle to multifamily structures
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CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:15
Five year, $125 million investment in Innovative Genomics Institute will help improve global food security and the environment
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Sharing Discoveries for Treating Cancer and Infectious Disease

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:33

Researchers studying cancer and infectious disease are joining forces in an attempt to maniupulate the immune response for both invaders through immunotherapy. The recently formed IVRI, Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Institute, is at the forefront of this collaborative work.

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UC Research Forest Lands Expand with Donation

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:11

BERKELEY - The first of three large land donations from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to the University of California has been officially transferred, expanding UC’s research forest lands by 1,459 acres.

Named the “Grouse Ridge Forest” after the dominant feature of the property, the land is located on three parcels in the headwaters of the Yuba River in Nevada County. In conjunction with the land donation to UC, a conservation easement was conveyed to the Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), ensuring the permanent protection of the forest land and important wildlife habitat there.

“As California’s forests experience increased stresses from droughts, beetles, fires, and climate change, we need more “living laboratories” to learn how we can increase the resiliency of these critical watersheds over the next century,” said Bill Stewart, forestry specialist and co-director of the UC Berkeley Center for Forestry (CFF). “This new addition of  research forest land is valuable as another site along a north-south transect of the Sierra Nevada that ensures that research results are broadly applicable and not just valid in one specific location.”   

The University of California now has 6,452 acres of research forests, which are managed by the Center for Forestry. Through research, education and public service, the CFF continues to improve scientific understanding of the interconnected role of California’s forests and state watersheds, renewable wood products, fish and wildlife habitat, scenic and recreational opportunities, and climate benefits. 

These new lands will allow for increased research on the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems, expanded experimentation of forest-management techniques, and broadened outreach efforts to students of all levels, researchers, and the interested public. 

“The importance of research forests as a space for studies on both mitigation of and adaptation to climate change was highlighted again this week with the announcement that we had just had the hottest year on record, for the third year in a row,” said J. Keith Gilless, CNR dean and professor of forest economics.

This is the first time UC has owned a forest property while another entity holds the conservation easement. “The Land Trust is excited for the opportunity to be a partner with the University of California in this endeavor,” said BYLT Executive Director Marty Coleman Hunt in an announcement made by the organization in December. “The forest has been a habitat for wildlife like mountain lion, deer and coyote and will remain so for as long as the forest can support them. As the forest changes over time, the University of California will study how nature adapts, and how the impact of humans can harm or benefit the natural processes.”

The land donation became official with the close of escrow in December 2016. It was originally approved by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council in 2004 as part of PG&E’s bankruptcy settlement, with the goal of ensuring that over 140,000 acres of California's lakes and watershed lands are conserved for the public good and to serve California's young people.

Two more forests have also been pledged to UC by PG&E and are expected to be officially transferred over the next few years: one along Marble Creek in eastern Shasta County and another near along the Bear River that is the dividing line between Placer County and Nevada County. 

Once complete, these three donations will more than double the number of acres of UC research forest lands.  

More information about the Grouse Ridge Forest Conservation Easement can be found on the Bear Yuba Land Trust Website.

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Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:00
Study finds that blinking prompts eye muscles to keep our vision in line
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