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Yartsev receives Konishi Neuroethology Research Award

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 09:51
New Assistant Professor Michael Yartsev is one of the recipients of the 2015 Konishi Neuroethology Research Award. The awards from the International Society for Neuroethology are intended  to promote research by early career investigators. Congratulations!
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It don’t mean a thing if the brain ain’t got that swing

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:00
New study paves way for treating brain disorders
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Simple technology makes CRISPR gene editing cheaper

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:00
Technique can quickly turn entire genomes into thousands of probes
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Ashvin Vishwanath, Ian Agol named Simons Investigators

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:06
$100,000, five-year grants support research in math and physics
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Genome Analysis Pinpoints Arrival and Spread of First Americans

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 08:09

The analysis, using the most comprehensive genetic data set from Native Americans to date, was conducted using three different statistical models, two of them created by UC Berkeley researchers. The first, developed by the lab of Yun Song, a UC Berkeley associate professor of statistics and of electrical engineering and computer sciences, takes into account the full DNA information available from the genomes in the study.

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Enigmatic dark matter may not be as strange as we think

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:49
A new theory proposed by Hitoshi Murayama and others says dark matter — the glue of the universe — may be similar to well-known pions
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Genome analysis pinpoints arrival and spread of first Americans

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 09:00
Siberians moved into North America less than 23,000 years ago
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Internet investor Yuri Milner joins with Berkeley in $100 million search for extraterrestrial intelligence

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 03:00
In search of extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe: Internet investor Yuri Milner joins with Berkeley to vastly expand the effort
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Curbing America’s ‘addiction’ to air conditioning

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:35
Modern America is afflicted with an “addiction to air conditioning,” says Gail Brager, UC Berkeley architecture professor and associate director of the Center for the Built Envornment. And that dependence, she adds, has consequences for
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Q&A: The high cost of marijuana’s ‘quasi-legal’ status

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:00
In a Q&A on a new study showing that marijuana growers are harming California's environment, coauthor Mary Power, a UC Berkeley scientist, talks about environmental damage, inconsistent laws and the difference between growing pot to make a living or to make a killing.
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The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:00
If you can't tell a smile from a scowl, you're probably not getting enough sleep
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Healy Lab grows beating human heart tissue from stem cells

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 09:50
Researchers in Professor Kevin Healy’s lab have developed a template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, creating a system that could serve as a model for early heart development and as a drug-screening tool to make pregnancies safer.
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Healy Lab grows beating human heart tissue from stem cells

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 08:37
Researchers in Professor Kevin Healy's lab have developed a template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, creating a system that could serve as a model for early heart development and as a drug-screening tool to make pregnancies safer.
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Karen Chapple to talk on ties between state tax policy, environmental goals

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:00
In Bacon Lectureship, planning professor will explore links between taxes, climate goals.
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Ultra-low-cost solution to a big water problem

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 16:00
Engineering grad student's proposal for cleaning up toxic groundwater in India wins Designing Solutions for Poverty contest.
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An art folly, ‘Invisible Barn,’ materializes in Sagehen woods

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:27
Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station a barn covered with reflective panels that make the structure nearly disappear among the surrounding pines. A similar structure was first installed in NYC last year as an art folly, but the enthusiasm of Sagehen director Jeff Brown convinced the firm to bring the art piece to Truckee.
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A Walk on the Wild (Edibles) Side

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 13:30

"When I went foraging with Philip Stark and Tom Carlson for what became the first of the California Matters series of videos, I had an idea of what to expect. ...I learned about eating dandelion leaves, roots, and the base where they met, as well as crowns and even the little balls of unbloomed flowers (actually the best part, sautéed). I learned, too, about milkweed, a plant that can be eaten at several stages."

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Welcome new Chair, Dan Fletcher!

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:14

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Daniel Fletcher as Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. After four years of dynamic service, Professor Kevin Healy has chosen to step down as Chair and return his focus to teaching and research. 

“Bioengineering offers new approaches to tackling pressing problems in health, energy, and the environment, as well as new routes to discovery of fundamental principles of biological systems. I look forward to working with the faculty and students in our department and across campus to serve society and advance knowledge through bioengineering.” – Professor Daniel Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher, Ph.D. is the Purnendu Chatterjee Professor of Bioengineering and Biophysics at UC Berkeley, where his research explores organizational principles of the cell membrane and cytoskeleton, mechanotransduction in cancer and infectious diseases, and development of biomedical technologies for global health.

He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University, a D.Phil. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the Stanford University School of Medicine, he began his faculty career in the Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, where he continues to teach courses on optics, microscopy, and cell mechanics.

Prof. Fletcher’s research has received numerous awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, a Tech Laureate Award from the San Jose Tech Museum, and a “Best of What’s New” designation by Popular Science magazine. He has served as a White House Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and previously held the Lester John and Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professorship at UC Berkeley.

Prof. Fletcher’s mobile phone-based biomedical technologies, known as “CellScope”, are being tested in multiple countries for disease diagnostic applications and have been supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and other sources. He and his laboratory are known for development of new optical and force microscopy tools to study cell mechanics, and for innovative research on the membrane and cytoskeletal structures that animate cell movements, work supported by the NIH, NSF, and DOE.

Prof. Fletcher is also Deputy Director of the Physical Biosciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; a faculty affiliate of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Blum Center for Developing Economies, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), and the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND); as well as a member of the Bioengineering, Biophysics, and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Groups at UC Berkeley.

 

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Welcome new Chair, Dan Fletcher!

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:48
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Daniel Fletcher as Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. After four years of dynamic service, Professor Kevin Healy has chosen to step down as Chair and return his focus to teaching and research.  “Bioengineering offers new approaches to tackling pressing problems in health, […]
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Research profile: Small salmon, big threat

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:14
 Small salmon, big threatDrought and the growing water demands of agriculture and a changing climate are creating a “knife edge” of survival for young salmon and steelhead, says UC Berkeley fish ecologist Stephanie Carlson. She is working to determine minimum water levels needed to sustain the fish.
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