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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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Capstone team going to Clinton Global Initiative University

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:17

The senior capstone design team of Asad Akbany, Kasper Kuo, Nicholas Leung, and Karen Cheng has been selected to attend the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University in Florida this March.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.

The capstone team worked on a project to detect the operational status of LPG stoves in developing countries, along with client sponsor Lisa Thompson, Assistant Professor at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 and Global Health Sciences Faculty Scholar in Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF.

Their project created an unobtrusive LPG stove usage monitor with wireless data collection capabilities, to help spread the adoption of low-pollution LPG stoves. Traditional cooking stoves can contribute to the high prevalence of respiratory disease due to their emission of carbon monoxide and particulate.

Congratulations team!

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Scientists set quantum speed limit

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:30
Scientists set quantum speed limitThe flip side of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the energy time uncertainty principle, establishes a speed limit for transitions between two states. UC Berkeley physical chemists have now proved this principle for transitions between states that are not entirely distinct, allowing the calculation of speed limits for processes such as quantum computing and tunneling.
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Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:04
Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewideThanks to historical data preserved in UC Berkeley's libraries, campus botanists have been able to compare tree survey data from the 1920s and '30s with forest service data today. They find a decline in large trees and an increase in the density of small trees in forests throughout the state. The large tree decline seems to be caused by water stress.
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Was first nuclear test the start of new human-dominated epoch, the Anthropocene?

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:57
Was first nuclear test the start of new human-dominated epoch, the Anthropocene?Is Earth at the dawn of a new geological epoch dominated by human-influenced geologic and environmental change? Anthony Barnosky is part of a group that proposes that this new era, called the Anthropocene, indeed began at the start of the nuclear era with the 1945 Trinity nuclear bomb test in New Mexico.
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Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:00
Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby starA team of astronomers has found the closest star yet with cool, Earth-size planets that could have the characteristics - solid surface and lukewarm temperatures - conducive to life. The team includes grad student Erik Petigura, Geoff Marcy and colleagues at the universities of Arizona and Hawaii.
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Historic plutonium sample traced to Seaborg, Manhattan Project

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:40
Historic plutonium sample traced to Seaborg, Manhattan ProjectA tiny sliver of plutonium safely stored on the UC Berkeley campus is making news for its connection to a momentous point in history. Nuclear scientists have recently determined with near certainty that the plutonium was created by a team led by the late UC Berkeley chemist Glenn Seaborg as part of the Manhattan Project.
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