As part of the Bay Area Science Festival, the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) and Science@Cal are holding a celebration of science and art called "Vision + Light: Extending the Senses."
October 27 & 28
5:30 to 8:30pm
Energy Biosciences Building (2151 Berkeley Way)
FREE with light refreshments
Recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog in Yosemite National Park has now been documented in an expansive study led by UCSB researcher Roland Knapp.
The remarkable recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) has now been documented in an expansive, data-rich study of the species in Yosemite National Park.
New research from UC Berkeley biologist Erica Rosenblum and colleagues shows that after decades of decline — and despite continued exposure to stresses including non-native fish, disease and pesticides — the frog’s abundance across Yosemite has increased sevenfold, and at an annual rate of 11 percent, over the 20-year study period. Those increases, occurring over a large landscape and across hundreds of populations, provide a rare example of amphibian recovery at an ecologically relevant scale.
“This regional species recovery is particularly important as we work to understand whether and when species can rebound if threats to their survival are reduced in this time of rapid environmental change,” Rosenblum said. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.
The findings appear today in the early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research was led by scientists from UC Santa Barbara and conducted at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory in Mammoth Lakes.Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:15byline: Brett Israel, UC Berkeley Media relationsLegacy: section header item: Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 10:15headline_position: Top Leftheadline_color_style: Normalheadline_width: Longcaption_color_style: Normalcaption_position: Bottom Left
The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology welcomes Professor Eric Betzig and Associate Professor Na Ji, who will be joining us in the summer of 2017. Betzig was awarded the Nobel prize in 2014 for developing super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, which allows scientists to look inside cells and visualize the pathways of individual molecules, including those involved in disease. Ji studies optical imaging technology development and its application in neurobiology.
One of the iconic species of the northern California coastline is the redwood tree. The majestic trees are dependent upon another feature emblematic of the area—fog. Plant ecologist Todd Dawson describes how redwoods utilize this seasonal water source and how drought and climate change are impacting these old-growth forests.
The new $600 million Chan Zuckerberg Biohub will bring together research powerhouses UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University in a medical science research center headquartered near UCSF's Mission Bay campus. It will provide flexible laboratory space, the latest technological tools, and funding for high impact exploratory projects.
Daniel Zilberman is one of 84 Faculty Scholars appointed today by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of their new Faculty Scholars Program.
The awards recognize early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field. Zilberman, an associate professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, investigates how epigenetic regulation of gene expression functions and evolves. His work with diverse, distantly related species aims to elucidate the evolutionary history of eukaryotic DNA methylation, understand how methylation patterns are faithfully inherited across generations, and determine the influence of such epigenetic inheritance on the agricultural characteristics of crops
Two other UC Berkeley professors, Diana Bautista and Lin He of the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, were also appointed today.
This is the first collaboration between HHMI, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The philanthropies joined forces to create this program in response to growing concern about the significant challenges that early-career scientists are facing.
“This program will provide these scientists with much needed flexible resources so they can follow their best research ideas,” said HHMI Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer David Clapham.
Visit the HHMI website for more information about the program and the new scholars.
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