2016 I-House Annual Celebration & Awards Gala to Honor Dr. Marian Diamond and I-House Alumni Faculty of UC Berkeley
BERKELEY, CA – I-House alumni and friends will gather March 31st under the iconic dome of International House Berkeley for its 28th Annual Celebration and Awards Gala. The evening is the largest annual fundraising event for the non-profit which for 86 years has promoted intercultural respect and understanding in the local community and to its residential community of nearly 600 students from around the world and across the U.S.
UC Berkeley cancer immunologists are teaming up with colleagues working on infectious disease to create a new Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative, fueled by $7.5 million in funding from Aduro Biotech, Inc., a Berkeley company that develops immunotherapies for cancer and other diseases.External News Link: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/28/aduro-biotech-helps-launch-new-immunotherapy-vaccine-effort/
“A bromance can be a good thing,” said lead author Elizabeth Kirby, who started work on the study while a doctoral student at UC Berkeley and continued it after assuming a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. “Males are getting a bad rap when you look at animal models of social interactions, because they are assumed to be instinctively aggressive. But even rats can have a good cuddle – essentially a male-male bromance – to help recover from a bad day.”
Stress can have a negative influence on the human brain, but increasingly it is the ability to withstand severe stress that is the focus of research.
UC Berkeley scientists have captured unique images of problem-solving in action by tapping into the minds of mice. The study shows rapid rewiring in the rodents’ frontal brains after they learn by trial and error.External News Link: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/07/problem-solving-in-action/
Joyce Chery, a Graduate Student in Associate Professor Chelsea Specht's lab, is one of 10 UC Berkeley semi-finalists in the 2016 UC-wide Grand Slam Competition. She will give a 3 minute TED-style talk on March 28th. Please come out and support her!
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New research led by scientists at UC Berkeley shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative disorder.External News Link: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/02/pet-scans-alzheimers-tau-amyloid/
Vice President Joe Biden visited UCSF on Feb. 27 as part of his ‘cancer moonshot’ tour, where he heard from scientists such as UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, the co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool now being applied to cancer research.External News Link: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/29/doudna-joins-biden-during-bay-area-stop-on-cancer-listening-tour/
Over the course of her career, Diamond, a professor emeritus of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, demonstrated that an enriched environment builds better brains and helped establish the idea that the brain changes throughout our lifetimes. Now 89, Diamond is the subject of a new one-hour documentary, My Love Affair with the Brain: the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, that will get its local premiere Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.External News Link: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/26/brain-scientist-marian-diamond-subject-of-new-documentary/