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Don DePaolo honored for research on Earth’s geochemical structure

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:00
Don DePaolo honored for research on Earth’s geochemical structureDon DePaolo, professor of earth and planetary sciences and LBNL researcher, received the Harry Hess Medal of the American Geophysical Union for groundbreaking research on the geochemical structure of Earth’s mantle, the isotopic and trace element chemistry of oceanic volcanoes, and the origin of granitic igneous rocks.
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GSI's Honor Huntsinger with Mentorship Award

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:11
Photos: Peg Skorpinski The UC Berkeley Graduate Division's Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs was presented to Lynn Huntsinger, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, for providing GSIs with guidance and mentorship in... Ann Guy

Ahoy! Student video blogs from the Cascadia earthquake zone

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 14:52
Ahoy! Student video blogs from the Cascadia earthquake zoneRichard Allen, professor of earth and planetary sciences and director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, is taking 10 students on a research cruise to study the Cascadia subduction zone, a major source of Northwest coast earthquakes. The students hope to send daily video blogs about their experiences and the science of subduction quakes @BerkeleySeismo.
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Puya powering up to flower

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 14:40
Puya powering up to flowerThe Botanical Garden's Puya inches toward flowering, though just when is a puzzle.
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Ünal and Zoncu Named 2014 Pew Scholars

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:57

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Elçin Ünal has been selected as one of 22 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. The award supports promising early-career scientists in the health sciences, particularly young researchers with innovative approaches and ideas. Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Roberto Zoncu has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research, which supports promising early career scientists whose research may accelerate discovery and advance progress to a cure for cancer.

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Three young researchers named 2014 Pew Scholars

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:26
Three young researchers named 2014 Pew ScholarsBERKELEY — Three young UC Berkeley researchers have been selected as 2014 Pew scholars, The Pew Charitable Trusts announced this week. The researchers are: Elçin Ünal, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, who was selected as one of 22 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. The award supports promising early-career scientists in the health sciences, particularly young researchers […]
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Berkeley physicists detect smallest force ever measured

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:10
Berkeley physicists detect smallest force ever measuredUC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab physicists have detected what is believed to be the smallest force ever measured: approximately 42 yoctonewtons. A yoctonewton is one septillionth of a newton and there are approximately 3 x 10^23 yoctonewtons in one ounce of force. They employed a combination of lasers to push and probe a cloud of ultracold atoms.
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Young researcher discovers source of disco clams’ light show

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 15:01
Young researcher discovers source of disco clams’ light showThe disco clam was named for the rhythmic, pulsing light that ripples along the lips of its mantle. UC Berkeley graduate student Lindsey Dougherty now reports that the mirror is actually a highly reflective, densely packed layer of silica spheres a mere 340 nanometers across never before seen in animals.
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Researcher calls report on economic impacts of U.S. climate change ‘like a flashlight at night’

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:00
Researcher calls report on economic impacts of U.S. climate change ‘like a flashlight at night’Solomon Hsiang, a Berkeley researcher on a study of economic impacts of U.S. climate change, reports that the South, the Midwest and the Great Plains will bear the largest economic burden, while states like Oregon and Washington are likely to benefit economically. The study examines climate impacts on mortality, crime, energy, agriculture and labor productivity down to a county-by-county level.
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Bruno Zumino, an architect of supersymmetry, dies at 91

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:43
Bruno Zumino, an architect of supersymmetry, dies at 91Bruno Zumino, a professor emeritus of physics who was best known for developing supersymmetry, a theory now considered as a leading candidate for explaining the fundamental forces of nature, died Sunday, June 22, at his home in Berkeley. He was 91.
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Doudna Win 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:17

Howard Hughes Investigator, Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna and European colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier are the winners of the 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, awarded by Johnson & Johnson. Their collaboration led to the discovery of a new method for precisely manipulating genetic information in ways that should produce new insights in health and disease and may lead to new drug targets.

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Jennifer Doudna shares Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:46
Jennifer Doudna shares Janssen Award for Biomedical ResearchBerkeley's Jennifer Doudna and European colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier are the winners of the 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, awarded by Johnson & Johnson. Their collaboration led to the discovery of a new method for precisely manipulating genetic information in ways that should produce new insights in health and disease and may lead to new drug targets.
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Study sheds light on how plants "put the brakes" on growth

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:35
By Karyn Houston, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology A team of researchers led by the Quail Lab at UC Berkeley has zeroed in on the important process of “attenuation,” the way cells guard against potentially harmful overreactions to the... Ann Guy

Berkeley grad student wins top prize for early-career scientists

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:17
Berkeley grad student wins top prize for early-career scientistsKelly Clancy, a graduate student in biophysics, has won the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation, which comes with a $50,000 cash award. UC Berkeley will also receive an award to support a seminar series.
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Mutually assured destruction key to plant signaling

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:08
Mutually assured destruction key to plant signalingWhen a plant needs to slow down its light gathering after a burst of activity, it adopts a drastic tactic: its photoreceptors, called phytochrome, destroy their regulating molecules, in turn assuring their own destruction. The discovery by Peter Quail of plant & microbial biology could have broad implications for agriculture and cancer research.
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Thorner Co-Editor of Signal Transduction Book

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:04

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jeremy Thorner is a co-editor of a book titled Signal Transduction recently published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Contributors include Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Iswar Hariharan and former MCB graduate student (Thorner Lab) David Julius.

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Three Faculty Members Co-Author Article

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:44

Three members of the MCB department are co-authors on an article recently published in the journal Nature. Senior author Assistant Professor Lin He, together with Assistant Professor Polina Lishko and Professor Richard Harland, describe a new role for non-coding RNAs in formation of cilia.

Information School team app for West African fishermen snags sustainable=fishing prize

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 13:41
Information School team app for West African fishermen snags sustainable=fishing prizeTrolling for real-world solutions to support ocean fisheries, the U.S. State Department sponsored a "Fishackathon" at five sites across the country over the June 14-15 weekend. A team from UC Berkeley's School of Information, working out of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, took home the national grand prize for a mobile app designed to help West African fishermen.
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Study suggests bees more important to crops than fertilizers

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 08:41
Study suggests bees more important to crops than fertilizersNot only do pollinators help increase crop yields, they may be even more important than fertilizers and sufficient water, according to a recent study out of UC Berkeley.

Watch BioE students speak at 2014 Commencement

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 14:11

Two Bioengineering graduates were selected to be the student commencement speakers at the 2014 College of Engineering Commencement ceremonies on May 18, 2014. Rachel Cheng and Helen Sun delivered a dynamic and inspiring tag-team speech to their peers.

See Rachel and Helen speak, starting at minute 11:00 in the video below.

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