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Discovery of how Taxol works could lead to better anticancer drugs

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:54
Discovery of how Taxol works could lead to better anticancer drugsA team led by biophysicist Eva Nogales has discovered how Taxol, one of the most widely used anticancer drugs, works. The finding could lead to better drugs to attack a variety of fast-growing cancers.

Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets hearing on Hill

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 14:51
Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets hearing on HillDan Werthimer, who directs Berkeley's new SETI Research Center, summarized current efforts to search for extraterrestrial intelligence at a May 21 hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Observations confirm link between massive stars and weird supernovas

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:54
Observations confirm link between massive stars and weird supernovasNearly three decades ago, UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko observed a weird supernova that puzzled him and his colleagues. Some theorized that it was caused by the explosion of an aged but massive star called a Wolf-Rayet star. A supernova observed last year confirms this suspicion.

'Never give up,' NPR White House reporter advises fellow philosophy grads at commencement

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:28

Not realizing her limitations during her student days and in the 15 years since graduating with her undergraduate degree in philosophy helped propel L&S alumna Tamara Keith on a steady upward professional trajectory. The NPR reporter shared her perspective as distinguished speaker at the philosophy department commencement exercises.

External News Link:  http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2014-05-20/nprs-white-house-reporter-tells-grads-secret-her-success-not

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California sees big drop in wintertime fog needed by fruit and nut trees

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:52
By Sarah Yang California's winter tule fog - hated by drivers, but needed by fruit and nut trees - has declined dramatically over the past three decades, raising a red flag for the state's multibillion dollar agricultural industry, according to... Ann Guy

Study: Common drug could prevent injury-related epilepsy

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 05/19/2014 - 13:11

A study published in the Annals of Neurology feature promising results that may bring new hope to people suffering from head injury-induced epilepsy. Daniela Kaufer, L&S associate professor of integrative biology, contributed to the report.

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Majestic Hertz Hall organ makes its commencement debut

College of Letters & Science - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 13:28

Former cathedral organ will debut new student compositions for the first time during commencement exercises for Department of Music graduates. The Noack organ was relocated to Hertz Hall from a Delaware church last year. View a film clip of the classic pipe organ.

External News Link:  http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2014/05/15/hertz-hall-organ/

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Top graduating senior makes a splash in water policy

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 16:39
By Yasmin Anwar Rebecca Peters’ IQ score measured so low in fourth grade that her school did not deem her to be college material. Her parents didn’t buy it, and neither did she. Her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother had... Ann Guy

Meyer Elected to American Philosophical Society

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:09

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Barbara Meyer has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society at their 2014 spring meeting in Philadelphia.

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He Awarded Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 16:15

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Lin He is the 2014 recipient of the Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award. The award is for a recent, significant contribution to carcinogenesis research by an investigator under the age of 40.

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NRDC and Berkeley Food Institute Announce Winners of the 2014 Growing Green Awards

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:30
Awards honor leaders and innovators in sustainable food and agriculture By Jackie Wei, Natural Resources Defense Council SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2014) – Today, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) celebrate four remarkable... Ann Guy

Central Valley groundwater depletion raises Sierra and may trigger small earthquakes

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:04
Central Valley groundwater depletion raises Sierra and may trigger small earthquakesThe weight of water pumped from California's agricultural heartland, the Central Valley, over the past 150 years was enough to allow Earth's crust to rebound upward, raising surrounding mountain ranges, the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, some six inches. Winter rains and summer pumping cause annual up and down movements that could affect earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault.

2013-14 Outstanding GSIs

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 08:49

Congratulations to the MCB Graduate Students who are recipients of UC Berkeley's 2013-2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (OGSI).

Stellar L&S students among finalists for prestigious University Medal

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 08:39

Students majoring in L&S subjects from political science to English were among a select handful considered for the prestigious University Medal, which requires a 3.95 grade point average and a resume illustrating a track record of overcoming challenges and helping others.

External News Link:  http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2014/05/12/university-medal-runners-up/

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Ingolia Selected as Rose Hills Innovator

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:42

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Nicholas Ingolia has been selected as a 2014 Rose Hills Innovator, a program which supports distinguished early-career faculty at UC Berkeley in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Bioengineers win Big Ideas competition

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:23

A team of BioE Master of Engineering students took first place in the campus Big Ideas competition for their ENOSE non-invasive blood sugar monitoring system, while BioE undergraduate capstone teams took 3rd place and an honorable mention.

ENOSE team members Patrick Lyon, Benson Fan, Yayun Chen, Ray Chiu worked with Bioe professor Seung-Wuk Lee to develop a colorimetric sensor that could provide an inexpensive, non-invasive test for determining the level of glucose in a patient’s blood.  The team took first place in the Information Technology for Society category of the campuswide competition, sponsored by the The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

The Aeolus team of Vinayak Viswanadham, Brian Dick, Yumi Suh, Adrian Tabula worked together in BioE professor Amy Herr’s senior capstone design course on a new method for instantly detecting Narcotics-Induced Respiratory Depression in hospital patients. The groups received an honorable mention in the Information Technology for Society category.

Another capstone team working on “Uniting Mother and Child: A Battle Against Postpartum Hemorrhage” took third place in the Global Poverty Alleviation category, sponsored by USAID and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. The work originally done by team members Sandeep Prabhu, Atri Choksi, Alish Manandhar, and  Rebecca Farr aims to reduce the overwhelming rates of maternal mortality associated with PPH in developing countries by creating a pressure detecting and reporting device for the common anti-shock garment.

Congratulations! Read more about the winners at Big Ideas.

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Plunge into water policy earns interdisciplinary studies major the top graduating senior award

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:34

A diehard water and sanitation access warrior, Rebecca Peters, 23, is this year’s winner of the University Medal, which goes to UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior. Peters is graduating with a double major in society and environment and interdisciplinary studies, and a minor in global poverty and practice.

External News Link:  http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2014/05/12/medalist2014/

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Top graduating senior makes a splash in water policy

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 01:00
Top graduating senior makes a splash in water policyRebecca Peters’ IQ score measured so low in fourth grade that her school did not deem her to be college material. Her parents didn’t buy it, and neither did she. Today she's a diehard clean-water-access warrior, the winner of three of America's top 10 scholarships -- and UC Berkeley's top graduating senior Also: University Medal runners-up find ‘turning point’ at Berkeley

Brar Chosen for Cell Magazine Honor

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:40

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gloria Brar has been selected as one of Cell magazines "40 under 40."

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Two MCB Staff Members Receive Top Honors

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:34

Mary Catherine Watten (Academic Personnel) and Tanya Grimes Sullivan (Graduate Affairs) are recipients of the 2014 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award, the most prestigious award given to UC Berkeley staff.

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