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Breakout: How black hole jets punch out of their galaxies

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 15:01
Astronomers solve mystery of jets produced by supermassive black holes
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NIH funds Biodesign Immersion Experience for 5 more years

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:04
The National Institutes of Health has renewed the R25 grant which funds the Bioengineering Summer Biodesign Immersion Experience, adding up to a full decade of funding for the summer immersion capstone experience for undergraduates. PI Professor Amy Herr founded and directs the summer experience, an innovative 8-week summer program that prepares bioengineers to connect engineering […]
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Study finds global legalization trial escalates elephant poaching

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 00:00
Does legalization really make black markets collapse? New research looking at ivory trade raises questions.
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Yartsev named Pew Scholar

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 14:11
Assistant Professor Michael Yartsev has been named a 2016 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. This prestigious program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The 2016 class of 22 Pew Biomedical Scholars is drawn from top institutions across the country, with each scholar receiving four years of flexible funding to pursue foundational, innovative research.
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Climate change could trigger tropical evacuations, researchers advise

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 05:00
Big changes in store for tropical populations as Earth's temperatures climb
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King Fire Puts UC Research Forest to the Test

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:48
By Ann Brody Guy, College of Natural Resources Final Update: Thursday, 11:30 a.m. It is raining today and Blodgett appears to be out of danger from the King Fire. Mop-up operations continue. King Fire containment is still listed as 38... Ann Guy

Biologists try to dig endangered pupfish out of its hole

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:30
By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — Scientists estimate that fewer than 100 Devils Hole pupfish remain in their Mojave Desert home, but a conservation biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, is giving important guidance in the... Ann Guy

CRS Junior Wins World Food Prize Fellowship

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:51
Nicole Wong, a Conservation and Resource Studies major starting her junior year, completed a prestigious World Food Prize fellowship this summer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California. Wong was one... Ann Guy

Berkeley Faculty Offer Trainings on Critical Environmental Content

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:56
Climate Change Course Launches New Professional Education Program By Ann Brody Guy | August 12, 2014 BERKELEY — With the environmental, social, and economic impacts of climate change at the forefront of the global dialogue, UC Berkeley is launching professional... Ann Guy

Report checks health claims of popular sports, vitamin drinks

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:35
By Sarah Yang | UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — A new report by UC Berkeley researchers questions the health claims of popular energy, sports, tea and fruit drinks on the market. In a report released today (Wednesday, Aug. 6),... Ann Guy

Richard Steinhardt has Died

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:49

We are saddened to announce the death of Professor Emeritus Richard Steinhardt.

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor and organized crime

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00
By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations Berkeley — Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a policy paper led by researchers at the University of... Ann Guy

Berkeley a big part of new UC initiative on global food needs

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:43
By the UC Berkeley Public Affairs team The University of California is launching an initiative to marshal resources across the UC campuses — including Berkeley’s 90 courses, 150 faculty and staff and multiple institutes and centers devoted to the study... Ann Guy

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

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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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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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

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.

Alber Memorial Fund

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 04:21

To honor Professor Tom Alber, the Alber Family and the faculty together have set a goal of raising $50,000 to permanently name a lecture series in his memory. We hope that you will join us in celebrating Tom and that you will consider making a gift to help establish a lecture series that will bear Tom's name in perpetuity.

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