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Top graduating senior finds nirvana in pure math

College of Letters & Science - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:52

Congratulations to Kaavya Valiveti on being named Berkeley's top graduating senior and winning the University Medal.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/05/03/medalist2016/

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Top graduating senior finds nirvana in pure math

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:00
University Medalist Kaavya Valiveti is breaking gender barriers in a male-dominated field
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2016 Departmental Fellows

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 16:14
Congratulations to our 2016 recipients of departmental fellowships! Donor-funded fellowships are an important vehicle for supporting our outstanding students. Independent funding allows them to work on pioneering research not yet funded by faculty grants, and to pursue their interests and passions. Our heartfelt thanks to the generous donors who have endowed these fellowships!
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Scientists map brain’s thesaurus to help decode inner thoughts

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:22

UC Berkeley scientists have built a “semantic atlas” that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language. The atlas identifies brain areas that respond to words that have similar meanings.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/04/27/brain-thesaurus/

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Doudna named foreign member of UK’s Royal Society

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:18

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna has been named a foreign member of the prestigious Royal Society, a rare honor for a UC Berkeley faculty member.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/jennifer-doudna-named-foreign-member-of-uks-royal-society/

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Neurophysiologist and philosopher Walter Freeman dies at 89

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:12

It is with great sadness that the Division of Biological Sciences announces the passing of Walter Jackson Freeman III, a neuroscientist and philosopher known for his pioneering work on how the brain generates our perception of the world.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/04/27/neurophysiologist-and-philosopher-walter-freeman-dies-at-89/

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Study finds human activity is major factor driving wildfires

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:23
Berkeley, George Washington study finds human development patterns as important as climate change in causing California wildfires
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Congratulations outstanding GSIs

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:59
The UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award Winners for 2015-16 from BioE courses: Andrew Bremer, Doug Kelkhoff, and Preeya Khanna!
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Campus team honored in EPA RainWorks contest

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:02
A UC Berkeley student team took second place in the E.P.A.'s Campus Rainworks Challenge, a competition looking for innovative stormwater-management solutions on college campuses. The plan would revamp a problematic stretch of Strawberry Creek to reduce flooding, restore ecological diversity and provide a site for teaching and learning.
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Ashok Gadgil, and the search for smarter water, energy strategies

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 09:59
Climate change will mean droughts that could prove catastrophic in some regions, says the Berkeley professor who is leading the U.S. side of a new $64 million collaboration with China to develop ways to conserve water in energy production and use.
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Physicist Robert Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

College of Letters & Science - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:44

UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, will head to Washington, D.C., next month where he will be honored with the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/04/21/birgeneau-wins-prestigious-national-science-board-award/

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Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:25
UC Berkeley chancellor emeritus wins Vannevar Bush Award for extraordinary public service, scientific leadership and relentless support for equity and inclusion in higher education.
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Do gut microbes shape our evolution?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:51
Biologist proposes that microbiota can steer a host's evolution in new directions
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UC Berkeley Lichenologists Profiled by the New York Times

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:43

UC Berkeley scientists uncover more than 100 species of plants, mosses, lichens and more living in redwood trees.

External News Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/19/science/in-towering-redwoods-an-abundance-of-tiny-unseen-life.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&_r=0

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Mellon Foundation extends funding for Global Urban Humanities Initiative

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 15:24
A quest for new ways of understanding urban form and experience.
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IB Grad Student Featured by Graduate Division

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 15:14

IB graduate student Tesla Monson from the Hlusko Lab, host and producer of The Graduates, a science radio talk show, is featured in an article on the Graduate Division website. 
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Study helps map path to improved cassava production

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:36
A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and climate tolerance into the root crop, a staple and major source of calories for a billion people
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Three Berkeley faculty members among 15 new Searle Scholars

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 09:35

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/

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