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Q&A with Pat Crawford: How research changes food policy, politics

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 08:48
 How research changes food policy, politicsResearch is the most powerful way to influence national food policy and politics, says Pat Crawford, who should know. Her research — as co-founder of the Center for Weight and Health at Berkeley, an adjunct professor of nutrition and now research director at UC’s Nutrition Policy Institute — has had a mighty influence on what we eat.
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New technique allows study of clouds in 3-D

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:06
New technique allows study of clouds in 3-DWith two off-the-shelf digital cameras situated about 1 kilometer apart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before. Romps is also an assistant professor of earth and planetary science at Berkeley.
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Five innovative faculty named Bakar Fellows

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:37
Five innovative faculty named Bakar FellowsFive new faculty innovators have joined the ranks of the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports Berkeley faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues in the fields of engineering, computer science, chemistry and biological and physical sciences. The 2015-16 fellows are computer scientists Pieter Abbeel and Michael Lustig, physicist Holger Müller, architect Ronald Rael and chemist Ke Xu.
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Five innovative faculty named Bakar Fellows

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:37
Five innovative faculty named Bakar FellowsFive new faculty innovators have joined the ranks of the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports Berkeley faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues in the fields of engineering, computer science, chemistry and biological and physical sciences. The 2015-16 fellows are computer scientists Pieter Abbeel and Michael Lustig, physicist Holger Müller, architect Ronald Rael and chemist Ke Xu.
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2015 M.Eng. videos

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:48
Watch the 2015 BioE Master of Engineering students explain their capstone projects in these 1-minute videos.
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UC Berkeley Biologists Say Cold-Blooded Animals Find it Hard to Adjust to Global Warming

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:45

Cold-blooded and other animals that are unable to regulate their internal temperature may have a hard time tolerating global warming, according to an analysis by biologists from the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

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Hunting supernovas with supercomputers

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:20
Thanks to supercomputer models produced by Berkeley physicist Dan Kasen, astronomers were able to quickly find and study a distant Type Ia supernova, the kind used for calibrating the cosmos. These rare early measurements confirmed a theory that at least some Type Ia supernovae are produced when a white dwarf pulls mass from a binary companion until it explodes.
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Hunting supernovas with supercomputers

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:20
Hunting supernovas with supercomputersThanks to supercomputer models produced by Berkeley physicist Dan Kasen, astronomers were able to quickly find and study a distant Type Ia supernova, the kind used for calibrating the cosmos. These rare early measurements confirmed a theory that at least some Type Ia supernovae are produced when a white dwarf pulls mass from a binary companion until it explodes.
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IB Graduate Students Win Video Contest

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:17

Two Integrative Biology Graduate Students, Joyce Chery and Roxanne Cruz-de Hoyos, are recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Fellows Video Contest and will receive funds for conference travel.
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Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:27
We're proud of you! Watch the 2015 Commencement ceremonies online.
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In post-Soviet Russia, Lenin’s body still a powerful symbol

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:00
In post-Soviet Russia, Lenin’s body still a powerful symbolFor 90 years, the embalmed corpse of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin has been on public display in Moscow’s Red Square. But ever since the Soviet Union collapsed, a debate has raged over whether to move it - or bury him once and for all. UC Berkeley social anthropologist Alexei Yurchak, an expert on the science and politics surrounding the corpse, believes the body won't be moved anytime soon.
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In post-Soviet Russia, Lenin’s body still a powerful symbol

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:00
In post-Soviet Russia, Lenin’s body still a powerful symbolFor 90 years, the embalmed corpse of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin has been on public display in Moscow’s Red Square. But ever since the Soviet Union collapsed, a debate has raged over whether to move it - or bury him once and for all. UC Berkeley social anthropologist Alexei Yurchak, an expert on the science and politics surrounding the corpse, believes the body won't be moved anytime soon.
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Cold-blooded animals find it hard to adjust to global warming

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 14:59
Cold-blooded animals find it hard to adjust to global warmingCold-blooded and other animals that are unable to regulate their internal temperature may have a hard time tolerating global warming, according to an analysis by biologists Alex Gunderson and Jonathon Stillman from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University.
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Discovery paves way for homebrewed drugs, prompts call for regulation

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:00
Discovery paves way for homebrewed drugs, prompts call for regulationA research team led by UC Berkeley bioengineers has completed key steps needed to turn sugar-fed yeast into a microbial factory for producing morphine and potentially other drugs, including antibiotics and anticancer agents. The process could soon become as straightforward as making homebrewed beer, prompting calls for urgent regulation.
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Discovery paves way for homebrewed drugs, prompts call for regulation

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:00
Discovery paves way for homebrewed drugs, prompts call for regulationA research team led by UC Berkeley bioengineers has completed key steps needed to turn sugar-fed yeast into a microbial factory for producing morphine and potentially other drugs, including antibiotics and anticancer agents. The process could soon become as straightforward as making homebrewed beer, prompting calls for urgent regulation.
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Dueber lab engineers opium poppy pathway

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 09:01
Researchers in professor John Dueber's lab have taken us one step closer to producing more medications through synthetic biology by replicating some of the chemical processes of the opium poppy in yeast. Will DeLoache, bioengineering graduate student and study lead author, and collaborators, were able to synthesize the poppy compound reticuline from tyrosine, a derivative of glucose.
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BioE alum Shetty in Berkeley Engineer

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:48
BioE alumna Charvi Shetty was profiled in Berkeley Engineer magazine this semester with her startup company, Knox Diagnostics. She's developing an inexpensive asthma diagnostic, first designed in the Bioe Senior Capstone course.
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Conboy and Schaffer discover new drug to rejuvenate aging tissues

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 13:51
Bioengineering professors Irina Conboy and David Schaffer, have discovered a small-molecule drug that simultaneously revives old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice. This is excellent news for anti-aging research, giving hope that there could exist a single intervention that rescues the function of multiple tissues throughout the body.
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Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:28
Drug perks up old muscles and aging brainsUC Berkeley researchers have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that would make aging tissues throughout the body act young again.
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Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:28
Drug perks up old muscles and aging brainsUC Berkeley researchers have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that would make aging tissues throughout the body act young again.
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