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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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the Bioengineering High School Competition

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:20
The Bioengineering Honor Society hosted their third annual Bioengineering High School Competition (BioEHSC) at UC Berkeley last Saturday, April 9. BioEHSC is intended to help high school students explore bioengineering, the application of engineering principles to biological or medical systems. Nearly a hundred high school students all over the Bay Area worked for six weeks to […]
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Montgomery Slatkin is honored with the Kimura Motoo Award

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 07:08

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.

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The secret language of microbes

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:00
Different strains of fungus 'speak' different dialects, showing that microbial communication is more complex than once thought
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Bolt Threads SXSW interview

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:28
Check out this great interview with PhD alum and Bolt Threads founder David Breslauer at SXSW!
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SurgiSun team presents at Bay Area Global Health Challenge

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 15:57
The capstone team SurgiSun made it to the semifinals of the Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge, competing against graduate and postdoc-level innovation teams. Amy Lyden and Neha Kumar presented “SurgiSun: A Surgical Light for the Developing World” at the showcase held at UC Berkeley on April 8th.
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Capstone team competing at Rice 360

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 15:29
The ForSight capstone team of Amanda Haack, Zane Liu, Ian Lin, and Ashu Shrestha will be competing this week at the Rice 360° Sixth Annual Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition. Good Luck ForSight!
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Improving the odds for kidney transplant success

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:11
An MTM student team was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative University for their low-cost kidney transplant monitor.
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UC Berkeley scientists explore the mysteries of the fossil record

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:56

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

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Yartsev named 2016 Searle Scholar

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:14
Professor Michael Yartsev has been named a 2016 Searle Scholar! The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.
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Tune in to The Graduates to hear about Oceanic plants in Hawaii!

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 08:21

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. -

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Rolling Stone Magazine Profiles UC Berkeley's Breakthrough Listen Project

College of Letters & Science - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:46

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

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UC Berkeley Astronomer Finds That Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Anyone Imagined

College of Letters & Science - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:31

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

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Space weather satellite ICON on course for summer 2017 launch

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:00
Mission led by UC Berkeley will study impact of Earth's weather on space weather
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Supermassive black holes may be lurking everywhere in the universe

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 09:00
Surprise discovery of 17-billion-solar-mass black hole in sparse area of local universe
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Two BioE undergrads awarded Whitaker Fellowships

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:27
Congratulations to BioE students Amy Lyden and Amanda Haack, recipients of 2016 Whitaker International Fellowships! The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sends biomedical engineering students for one year anywhere outside the U. S. or Canada to conduct research, hold internships, or complete coursework.
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2016 Biodesign Immersion Experience interns selected

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 15:38
Eight bioengineering students have been selected to participate in the 2016 Biodesign Immersion Experience. Created by Professor Amy Herr and funded by grant from the NIH, the BIE is an 8-week summer program that prepares bioengineers to connect engineering innovation and unmet clinical needs. Students have either recently taken or will be taking BioE 192, the senior […]
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