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"Vision and Light" Celebration of Science and Art

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 09:39

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


Climate refuges identified for endangered snow leopards

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 15:15
A new study of big cats' habitat has found that just one-third of their current range will be a refuge from climate change by 2070
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Climate change could be a greater threat to tropical frogs than deforestation

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:00
Researchers conducted 400 surveys of frogs in Costa Rica's forests, pastures and heart of palm plantations.
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The amazing recovery of Yosemite’s yellow-legged frog

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 10/03/2016 - 10:18
The endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog

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.

Read the full press release on the UC Santa Barbara newsroom.

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The amazing recovery of Yosemite’s yellow-legged frog

UC Berkeley Science News - Sun, 10/02/2016 - 17:00
The remarkable recovery of the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog has now been documented in unprecedented detail in a study of the species in Yosemite National Park.
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Knox Medical featured in California Magazine

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 13:47
Alumni startup Knox Medical was featured in the Fall 2016 California Magazine, for their child-friendly portable spirometer.
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Study links Texas earthquakes to wastewater injection

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 17:00
A new study co-authored by a UC Berkeley professor confirms that earthquakes in America’s oil country are being triggered by significant injections of wastewater below the surface of the Earth.
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Construction of next-gen dark matter detector moves forward

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 17:00
A new dark matter detector, which will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another approval milestone and is on schedule to begin its deep-underground hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs in 2020
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UC Berkeley to partner on $24 million imaging science center

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 17:00
The center, which aims to tackle major scientific challenges by improving imaging technology, also includes scientists from UCLA and the University of Colorado Boulder
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Betzig and Ji to Join MCB Faculty

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 13:04
Betzig and Ji

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.


Vernard Lewis Inducted into Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:23
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Nobel Prize winner to join UC Berkeley faculty

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:20
Physicist Eric Betzig and biophysicist Na Ji will join the UC Berkeley faculty in the summer of 2017
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Todd Dawson in: The Fog and the Redwood on Science Friday

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:31

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.

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Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Announced!

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:50
Priscilla and Marck Zuckerberg

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.


Q&A with Dueber on homebrewed drugs

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:45
Will we be making our morphine at home? A chat with Professor John Dueber on brewing opiates with synthetic biology.
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Amy Herr is first Faculty Director of Bakar Fellows

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:43
Professor Amy Herr has been named the the inaugural faculty director of the Bakar Fellows Program. The Bakar Fellows Program at UC Berkeley fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture. Bakar Fellows each receive discretionary research support for a maximum of five years to help translate […]
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Chan, Zuckerberg pledge $3B to end diseases ‘within our children’s lifetime’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:23
Acclaimed biologists, chemists will serve on the science initiative's advisory boards
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Seismic ‘CT scans’ reveal deep earth dynamics

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:00
A new look 100 miles beneath a massive tectonic plate as it dives under North America has helped clarify the subduction process that generates earthquakes, volcanoes and the rise of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest.
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Daniel Zilberman Appointed HHMI Faculty Scholar

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 08:49
Daniel Zilberman

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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