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Doudna named foreign member of UK’s Royal Society

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:18

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna has been named a foreign member of the prestigious Royal Society, a rare honor for a UC Berkeley faculty member.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/jennifer-doudna-named-foreign-member-of-uks-royal-society/

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Neurophysiologist and philosopher Walter Freeman dies at 89

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:12

It is with great sadness that the Division of Biological Sciences announces the passing of Walter Jackson Freeman III, a neuroscientist and philosopher known for his pioneering work on how the brain generates our perception of the world.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/04/27/neurophysiologist-and-philosopher-walter-freeman-dies-at-89/

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Study finds human activity is major factor driving wildfires

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:23
Berkeley, George Washington study finds human development patterns as important as climate change in causing California wildfires
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Congratulations outstanding GSIs

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:59
The UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Awards are given to the best GSIs of the year, nominated by the course instructor. Congratulations to the Outstanding GSI Award Winners for 2015-16 from BioE courses: Andrew Bremer, Doug Kelkhoff, and Preeya Khanna!
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Campus team honored in EPA RainWorks contest

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:02
A UC Berkeley student team took second place in the E.P.A.'s Campus Rainworks Challenge, a competition looking for innovative stormwater-management solutions on college campuses. The plan would revamp a problematic stretch of Strawberry Creek to reduce flooding, restore ecological diversity and provide a site for teaching and learning.
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Ashok Gadgil, and the search for smarter water, energy strategies

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 09:59
Climate change will mean droughts that could prove catastrophic in some regions, says the Berkeley professor who is leading the U.S. side of a new $64 million collaboration with China to develop ways to conserve water in energy production and use.
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Physicist Robert Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

College of Letters & Science - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:44

UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, will head to Washington, D.C., next month where he will be honored with the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/04/21/birgeneau-wins-prestigious-national-science-board-award/

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Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:25
UC Berkeley chancellor emeritus wins Vannevar Bush Award for extraordinary public service, scientific leadership and relentless support for equity and inclusion in higher education.
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Do gut microbes shape our evolution?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:51
Biologist proposes that microbiota can steer a host's evolution in new directions
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UC Berkeley Lichenologists Profiled by the New York Times

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:43

UC Berkeley scientists uncover more than 100 species of plants, mosses, lichens and more living in redwood trees.

External News Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/19/science/in-towering-redwoods-an-abundance-of-tiny-unseen-life.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&_r=0

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Mellon Foundation extends funding for Global Urban Humanities Initiative

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 15:24
A quest for new ways of understanding urban form and experience.
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IB Grad Student Featured by Graduate Division

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 15:14

IB graduate student Tesla Monson from the Hlusko Lab, host and producer of The Graduates, a science radio talk show, is featured in an article on the Graduate Division website. 
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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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