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23-year Rocky Mountain experiment finds dramatic changes due to global warming

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:34
23-year Rocky Mountain experiment finds dramatic changes due to global warmingEnergy & resources professor John Harte has studied a plot of land in the Rocky Mountains for 23 years to determine the effects of warming on the environment, and documented a warming & drying of the soil that leads to fewer wildflowers and more shrubs. Surprisingly, nearby meadows and grasslands are already showing such ecosystem changes due to global warming.
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Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:01
Google gives Lick Observatory $1 millionGoogle Inc. has given $1 million to the UC’s Lick Observatory in what astronomer Alex Filippenko hopes is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for the state. The funds will augment the $1.5 million the UC Office of the President gives annually to operate the mountaintop observatory for the 10-campus UC system.
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Opinion: In sci-fi worlds, the science matters

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:56
 In sci-fi worlds, the science mattersFor sci-fi fan David Litt, a chemistry grad student, it's not OK if the atmosphere around an imagined planet is made of highly explosive gasses. What do sci-fi writers themselves say about plausibility? Read Litt's blog post in Berkeley Science Review.
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Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negative

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:15
Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negativeBiomass conversion to electricity combined with new technologies for capturing and storing carbon, which should become viable within 35 years, could result in a carbon-negative power grid in the Western United States by 2050. That prediction comes from an analysis by UC Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen and grad student Daniel Sanchez of the Energy and Resources Group.
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Greener blue jeans with Dueber Lab

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:58
Learn about work by Professor John Dueber, 2014-15 Bakar Fellow, on synthetic biological indigo dyes.
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Li elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:50

Professor Song Li has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), in honor of his distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering at an international level.

His formal induction will take place in Toronto at the 2015 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in June.

Congratulations Song!

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Launch of new genomics initiative draws enthusiastic industry, academic partners

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 14:24
Launch of new genomics initiative draws enthusiastic industry, academic partnersUC Berkeley and UCSF scientists joined colleagues from the biopharmaceutical industry on Feb. 4 to celebrate the launch of the Innovative Genomics Initiative, which aims to perfect gene editing technology discovered at Berkeley and apply it to the development of new drugs to fight disease globally.
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Bakar Fellows Program seeks early-career faculty pursuing innovative research

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:08
Bakar Fellows Program seeks early-career faculty pursuing innovative researchThe Bakar Fellows Program, now entering its fourth year, is inviting applications from other early career professors interested in innovative research that hold commercial promise.
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Capstone team finalist for the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:45

The Bioengineering capstone design team of Hannah Adelsberg, Celia Cheung, Eric Katz, Suzanne Chou has been named a finalist in the 2015 Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge.

The Challenge is a global competition aimed at encouraging students to design products and services to improve the lives of older adults. This year the Challenge is focused on ways to motivate / empower mobility among older adults.

Our capstone team was selected for the HandleBar, the outcome of their project, “Safe Solution to Ascend/Descend Stairs for Elders with Limited Mobility,” developed with client Dr. Janice Schwartz, UCSF Clinical Professor of Medicine, and Research Director of the Jewish Home of San Francisco.

The HandleBar is a ratcheting stair assist railing for older people to safely ascend and descend stairs in their homes allows for increased independence while still encouraging individuals to climb under their own power.The team will compete on April 9th for prizes of up to $10,000.

Congratulations!

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Conboy and Schaffer win Bridging-the-Gap Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:02

Professors Irina Conboy and David Schaffer are receiving a 2015 Bridging-the-Gap Award from the Rogers Family Foundation for their work on “Therapeutic Potential of Combining Small Molecule Signaling Modulators for Neuroregeneration and Rejuvenation.”

Congratulations!

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Add nature, art and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:00
Add nature, art and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatoriesTaking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert’s “Ave Maria” may give a boost to the body’s defense system.
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Edible Ed 101’s food all-stars serve up ambitious spring menu

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:13
Edible Ed 101’s food all-stars serve up ambitious spring menuMichael Pollan's opening lecture for Edible Education 101 at UC Berkeley this spring drew a crowd in person and online Monday. His talk on food and the many ways it matters is now viewable online
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Tyrone Hayes’ Tale of Atrazine, Frogs and Syngenta

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:03

The story of Tyrone Hayes' study of atrazine and Syngenta’s efforts to destroy his credibility, brought to life as a short documentary, “What’s Motivating Hayes,” directed by Jonathan Demme

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Alumna Lee receives NSF CAREER Award

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:33
Congratulations to PhD alumna Somin Eunice Lee, now Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan, recipient of an NSF CAREER award for her research project, “Engineering Plasmonic Nanoantenna Architectures for Efficient Nuclear Delivery."
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Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:19
Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezedUC Berkeley physicists used partially entangled atoms identical to the qubits in a quantum computer to demonstrate more precisely than ever before - to one part in a billion billion - that space is uniform in all directions and not squeezed.
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Nobel laureate and laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:52
Nobel laureate and laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99Charles Hard Townes, a professor emeritus of physics who built the first microwave amplifier -- the maser -- and designed the first laser, died Jan. 27 at the age of 99. After receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics, he went on to pioneer the use of lasers in astronomy.
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Long dry spell doomed Mexican city 1,000 years ago

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:58
Long dry spell doomed Mexican city 1,000 years agoThe former city and now archaeological site called Cantona in the highlands east of Mexico City appears to have been abandoned nearly 1,000 years ago as a result of a prolonged dry spell that lasted about 650 years, according to a new study by geography graduate student Tripti Bhattacharya and professor Roger Byrne.
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Edible Education 101 livestreams tonight

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:23
Edible Education 101 livestreams tonightUC Berkeley professor Michael Pollan kicks off the popular Edible Education 101 course tonight, and his lecture on the modern food system will be livestreamed starting at 6:30 p.m. Guest lecturers this semester include Mark Bittman and Eric Schlosser.
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Lentils, a mighty force for improving the food system

UC Berkeley Science News - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 16:00
Lentils, a mighty force for improving the food system “Lentil Underground,” a new book by a recent Ph.D. and ongoing researcher at UC Berkeley, makes the case that lentils could help restore American farmland and farmers whose soil and profits have been depleted by decades of industrial agriculture.
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Opinion: Making a brain map we can use

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:00
 Making a brain map we can useWhat is the brain, and how can we better understand how it works? On the NPR website "13.7 cosmos & culture," UC Berkeley philosopher Alva Noë thinks out loud about an ambitious project to map the brain's system of connections, cell by cell.
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