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New Course: Integrative Human Biology

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:31

The IB department is introducing a new course this Fall, IB 77A: Integrative Human Biology. For this course, a different Integrative Biology faculty member will give a one hour lecture each week on how their research field contributes to our understanding of human biology. 
Full Course Description and Syllabus

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Distant galaxy sends out 15 high-energy radio bursts

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:00
Breakthrough Listen detects 3 billion-year-old repeating fast radio bursts
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KQED takes a "Deep Look" at daddy longlegs

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:21
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KQED takes a "Deep Look" at daddy longlegs

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:21
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Welcome New MCB Students!

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:58

MCB would like to welcome the incoming graduate student class for Fall 2017.  Here's to new beginnings!

Incoming MCB Graduate Student Class of 2017

CNR welcomes new faculty

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:22

The College of Natural Resources is pleased to welcome four new faculty to the College in 2017. Their expertise ranges from agroecosystems to water rights to the economics of rural land titling and more, and they study a myriad of issues that include sustainable resource use, urban air pollution, and ecological responses to climate change. The College looks forward to their upcoming research projects—noted briefly below—and to the academic excellence and mentorship that they will offer students at UC Berkeley. Welcome to CNR!

Headshot of Timothy Bowels Timothy Bowles

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Timothy Bowles is an agroecologist dedicated to making the world’s agricultural systems resilient by increasing reliance on biodiversity and ecological processes. His research—at the intersection of agroecology, soil ecology, and biogeochemistry—centers on how plant-soil-microbe interactions underpin sustainable resource use in agriculture. He obtained a PhD in ecology from UC Davis, where he used a participatory approach in working with local organic farmers to demonstrate how their management enhances soil organic matter and microbial activity to support both high yields and low potential for harmful nitrogen losses. As a USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Hampshire's Department of Natural Resources and Environment before joining ESPM, Bowles worked to identify strategies that could reduce vulnerabilities of agricultural systems to changing precipitation patterns. He will continue this work at UC Berkeley and begin new projects focused on barriers to and benefits of improving soil health.

Headshot of Marco Gonzalez Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

Agricultural & Resource Economics

As a development and urban economist, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro has published studies on retail globalization in emerging markets, rural land titling, road infrastructure, crime, and political economy. His research has appeared in journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. He holds a BA in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and a PhD  in economics from Princeton University. Gonzalez-Navarro was a Robert Wood Johnson postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley before spending six years as an assistant professor at University of Toronto. In addition to his appointment in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Gonzalez-Navarro is an affiliate of the Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the Center for Effective Global Action. Currently, he is studying the effects of subway transportation systems on urban air pollution, and on how improved water access reduces clientelistic behavior among citizens in rural Brazil, thereby improving local democratic functioning.

Headshot of Lara Kueppers Lara Kueppers

Energy and Resources Group

Lara Kueppers is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist whose research focuses on ecological responses and feedbacks to climate change. Kueppers uses field experiments and observations, as well as models, to understand climate-ecosystem interactions in forests and agroecosystems. She has conducted fieldwork in the high-elevation forests and alpine areas of the Rocky Mountains, recently studying factors that constrain upslope shifts of subalpine trees with climate warming. She has also investigated the effects of crop growth and management on local and regional climate. Kueppers is currently deputy director of Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments—Tropics, a multi-institution project funded by the Department of Energy to better understand and project tropical forest feedbacks to climate change. Previously, she was a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab and an assistant professor at UC Merced. She holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and a PhD from UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; she also completed postdoctoral training in regional climate modeling at UC Santa Cruz.

Headshot of Michael Mascarenhas Michael Mascarenhas

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Michael Mascarenhas is an environmental sociologist who focuses on postcolonial and development studies, environmental justice and racism, and science and technology. His first book, Where the Waters Divide (Lexington Books, 2015), examines the market-based policies that produce inequitable water resource access for Canada’s First Nations. His second book, New Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Charity: Good Intentions on the Road to Help (Indiana University Press, 2017), applies a similar methodological approach to investigate the privatization of humanitarian aid following disasters. Mascarenhas holds an MS in forestry from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a PhD in sociology from Michigan State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC and has held teaching appointments at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His current research and book project examines water access in the cities of Flint and Detroit. Mascarenhas was an expert witness at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on the Flint Water Crisis, and an invited speaker to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning.

 

 

Image:  Aerial view of Hilgard, Wellman and Giannini Halls Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 14:45 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 14:45 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left

CNR welcomes new faculty

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:22

The College of Natural Resources is pleased to welcome four new faculty to the College in 2017. Their expertise ranges from agroecosystems to water rights to the economics of rural land titling and more, and they study a myriad of issues that include sustainable resource use, urban air pollution, ecological responses to climate change. The College looks forward to their upcoming research projects—noted briefly below—and to the academic excellence and mentorship that they will offer students at UC Berkeley. Welcome to CNR!

Headshot of Timothy Bowels Timothy Bowles

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Timothy Bowles is an agroecologist dedicated to making the world’s agricultural systems resilient by increasing reliance on biodiversity and ecological processes. His research—at the intersection of agroecology, soil ecology, and biogeochemistry—centers on how plant-soil-microbe interactions underpin sustainable resource use in agriculture. He obtained a PhD in ecology from UC Davis, where he used a participatory approach in working with local organic farmers to demonstrate how their management enhances soil organic matter and microbial activity to support both high yields and low potential for harmful nitrogen losses. As a USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Hampshire's Department of Natural Resources and Environment before joining ESPM, Bowles worked to identify strategies that could reduce vulnerabilities of agricultural systems to changing precipitation patterns. He will continue this work at UC Berkeley and begin new projects focused on barriers to and benefits of improving soil health.

Headshot of Marco Gonzalez Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

Agricultural & Resource Economics

As a development and urban economist, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro has published studies on subway infrastructure, retail globalization in emerging markets, rural land titling, road infrastructure, crime, and political economy. His research has appeared in journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. He holds a BA in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and a PhD  in economics from Princeton University. Gonzalez-Navarro was a postdoctoral scholar at the Robert Wood Johnson at UC Berkeley before spending six years as an assistant professor at University of Toronto. In addition to his appointment in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Gonzalez-Navarro is an affiliate of the Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the Center for Effective Global Action. Currently, he is studying the effects of subway transportation systems on urban air pollution, and on how improved water access reduces clientelistic behavior among citizens in rural Brazil, thereby improving local democratic functioning.

Headshot of Lara Kueppers Lara Kueppers

Energy and Resources Group

Lara Kueppers is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist whose research focuses on ecological responses and feedbacks to climate change. Kueppers uses field experiments and observations, as well as models, to understand climate-ecosystem interactions in forests and agroecosystems. She has conducted fieldwork in the high-elevation forests and alpine areas of the Rocky Mountains, recently studying factors that constrain upslope shifts of subalpine trees with climate warming. She has also investigated the effects of crop growth and management on local and regional climate. Kueppers is currently deputy director of Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments—Tropics, a multi-institution project funded by the Department of Energy to better understand and project tropical forest feedbacks to climate change. Previously, she was a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab and an assistant professor at UC Merced. She holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and a PhD from UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; she also completed postdoctoral training in regional climate modeling at UC Santa Cruz.

Headshot of Michael Mascarenhas Michael Mascarenhas

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Michael Mascarenhas is an environmental sociologist who focuses on postcolonial and development studies, environmental justice and racism, and science and technology. His first book, Where the Waters Divide (Lexington Books, 2015), examines the market-based policies that produce inequitable water resource access for Canada’s First Nations. His second book, New Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Charity: Good Intentions on the Road to Help (Indiana University Press, 2017), applies a similar methodological approach to investigate the privatization of humanitarian aid following disasters. Mascarenhas holds an MS in forestry from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a PhD in sociology from Michigan State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC and has held teaching appointments at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His current research and book project examines water access in the cities of Flint and Detroit. Mascarenhas was an expert witness at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on the Flint Water Crisis, and an invited speaker to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning.

 

 

Image:  Aerial view of Hilgard, Wellman and Giannini Halls Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 14:45 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 14:45 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left

Kammen resigns federal post as science envoy, and adds plug for impeachment

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 15:45
After 21 years of federal advising and service, Kammen sends letter decrying President Trump's energy policies and his statements surrounding the recent violence in Charlottesville
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More education linked to better cognitive functioning later in life

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:00
New research shows that higher educational attainment is linked to better cognitive performance across all ages.
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Cyborg bacteria turn sunlight into useful compounds

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 08:00
Chemists Peidong Yang and Kelsey Sakimoto have turned bacteria into efficient solar collectors to convert carbon dioxide into acetic acid, which serves as food for other bacteria producing useful fuels and chemicals.
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Steve Martin is Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:06

Professor Emeritus G. Steven Martin has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research for the Fall 2017 semester. He replaces Paul Alivisatos who is now the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Welcome Steve!

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Megamovie video captures eclipse coast-to-coast

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:51
Volunteers across the nation uploaded close-up images of the sun's corona, providing a lasting archive for solar scientists
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J. Keith Gilless Commences Final Year as CNR Dean

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:47
Dean Keith Gilless

After 11 years leading the College of Natural Resources, Dean J. Keith Gilless will step down from his post in June 2018.

As Dean, Gilless has been dedicated to supporting CNR’s diverse research, teaching, and outreach activities. He has led the College through major growth, overseen the launch of a number of interdisciplinary initiatives, completed infrastructure renewal projects, and skillfully steered the College through difficult cost-saving measures.

Known for his ability to foster collaboration, Gilless was instrumental in many significant partnerships with other campus units, including the launch of the Energy Biosciences Institute, the Innovative Genomics Institute, the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, and the Berkeley Food Institute. He was involved in welcoming the Energy & Resources Group as a CNR unit in 2011, and his efforts have resulted in a major expansion of UC research forest lands.

Under his leadership the College has been recognized internationally for excellence. In recent years, UC Berkeley has consistently ranked at the top of many fields in which CNR plays a major role, including environmental sciences, ecology, agricultural and resource economics, nutrition, plant biology, and microbiology.

"Dean Gilless has provided great leadership at the College of Natural Resources through his successful efforts to streamline its operations and to maintain its intellectual greatness,” said Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy. “He has been a leader among deans in his work on the Berkeley Food Institute and on many other university initiatives, and he has constantly reminded all of us that Berkeley must continue to live up to its reputation for teaching and research excellence, for service, and for access."  

Keith Gilless in discussion with students from around the world.

Dean Gilless in discussion with students of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program.

From expansion of the popular Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research program and improvements to the Student Resource Center to involvement in STEM outreach and support programs, Dean Gilless will also be remembered for his ongoing support of the undergraduate experience in the College and across campus. During his tenure, undergraduate enrollment in CNR majors has more than doubled, and Gilless oversaw the centralization of undergraduate advising in 2009. Today, CNR is known for its small college feel and boasts consistently high undergraduate satisfaction ratings.

Gilless has also championed international and professional education. He was involved in the creation of the Berkeley Master of Development Practice program and he expanded upon the long-running Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program to establish CNR’s International & Executive Programs.

“The College has been extremely fortunate to have Keith as dean, and we truly appreciate his many accomplishments that have supported students, increased philanthropic giving, and—through the creation of the CNR Alumni Association and many other efforts—strengthened alumni engagement,” said Steve Hurst ‘78, current chairman of the CNR Advisory Board and founder, president, and CEO of Savant HWP, Inc. “Keith leaves all of us with words to live by, words that reflect not only CNR’s mission but also his personal values and integrity: ‘See the Bigger Picture. Make a Better World.’”

Dean Gilless earned his B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and a joint Ph.D. in Forestry and Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A professor of forest economics and management at Berkeley since 1983, he holds appointments in both the departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989 and held the S.J. Hall Chair in Forest Economics from 1996-2006. After serving as interim dean in CNR from 2007-2008, Gilless was formally appointed to his first term by the UC Board of Regents in July 2008. 

VIDEO: Dean Gilless reflects on his years teaching at the UC Berkeley forestry field camp.

“Keith has that fantastic combination of depth of knowledge on many topics plus the people skills to really influence opinion and create impactful change,” said Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Vice Chair of the Academic Senate and Professor of Environmental Engineering. “He’s a true devotee of Berkeley, and as Dean of CNR, he’s been a force of nature. He has shown true leadership during difficult times for the campus.”

Dean Gilless and members of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

Dean Gilless (third from right) and members of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection with Cal Fire Leadership at the Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base.

An ambassador for the campus in many capacities, Gilless has held multiple administrative and leadership roles with the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and he is currently serving as the chair of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. He is a member of the California Forest Carbon Action Team and a senior advisor to Wildfire Breakthrough, a nonprofit working to encourage the government to commit to intensive research and development to find a scientific solution to wildfires. He served twice as a member of the USDA’s Forest Research Advisory Council, and has been a member of the steering committees of several international forestry organizations.

"I have known Keith as both student and colleague; he has been a mentor and a friend,” said Glenda Humiston, Vice President of the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “I've watched him reinvigorate CNR, lead the California Board of Forestry, handle a dozen emergencies, and still find time to take care of family and friends—and all with a smile.”

Dean Gilless’ contributions to fundraising efforts have resulted in significant support for the College. He was deeply involved in what was at the time the largest single estate gift in the history of the campus, which resulted in an $18 million general fund for the college, the John H. Gross endowment. He secured funds for a number of infrastructure projects, including renovations in Morgan Hall in 2010—the first lab renovation on the Berkeley campus to receive LEED Gold certification. He also led a fundraising effort to support Berkeley’s 100-year-old forestry program and to increase philanthropic giving for students in forestry. During the Campaign for Berkeley, the College exceeded its goal by $10 million. Additionally, under Gilless' direction over the past decade, CNR has grown its endowment—which supports research, instructional programs, and financial aid—from nearly $38 million to almost $93 million. 

Keith Gilless speaking at a podium

Dean Gilless addressing the audience at a Berkeley Food Institute workshop on policy engagement. Photo by Jonathan Fong.

As he looks ahead to the last year of his second term, Dean Gilless isn’t losing any steam. He plans to focus on two new ambitious projects for the College: a renovation to CNR’s kitchen—the only teaching kitchen on campus—and a major building campaign in collaboration with the College of Chemistry and the College of Engineering, which capitalizes on the research synergies between the three colleges. He’s also excited to be working on a brand new campuswide energy, environment, and climate initiative.

“I feel deeply honored to have been able to serve the college and the campus as CNR’s dean, and stepping down from this position is just a transition in my relationship to Berkeley,” said Gilless. In addition to resuming his faculty position, Gilless expects to continue his engagement in the expansion of the College’s professional programs.

“I can’t think of any institution in the country whose mission aligned so well with my own values, or that could have had a more positive influence on informing and shaping them,” he added. “Berkeley has given me opportunities and experiences I could not have dreamed of as a young environmentalist deciding to pursue a career in forestry. I’ve done my best to return the favor, and will continue to do so in support of those stepping up to lead the college and the campus.” 

Image:  Dean Keith Gilless Date:  Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:45 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:45 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left

J. Keith Gilless Commences Final Year as CNR Dean

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:47
Dean Keith Gilless

After 11 years leading the College of Natural Resources, Dean J. Keith Gilless will step down from his post in June 2018.

As Dean, Gilless has been dedicated to supporting CNR’s diverse research, teaching, and outreach activities. He has led the College through major growth, overseen the launch of a number of interdisciplinary initiatives, completed infrastructure renewal projects, and skillfully steered the College through difficult cost-saving measures.

Known for his ability to foster collaboration, Gilless was instrumental in many significant partnerships with other campus units, including the launch of the Energy Biosciences Institute, the Innovative Genomics Institute, the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology, and the Berkeley Food Institute. He was involved in welcoming the Energy & Resources Group as a CNR unit in 2011, and his efforts have resulted in a major expansion of UC research forest lands.

Under his leadership the College has been recognized internationally for excellence. In recent years, UC Berkeley has consistently ranked at the top of many fields in which CNR plays a major role, including environmental sciences, ecology, agricultural and resource economics, nutrition, plant biology, and microbiology.

"Dean Gilless has provided great leadership at the College of Natural Resources through his successful efforts to streamline its operations and to maintain its intellectual greatness,” said Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy. “He has been a leader among deans in his work on the Berkeley Food Institute and on many other university initiatives, and he has constantly reminded all of us that Berkeley must continue to live up to its reputation for teaching and research excellence, for service, and for access."  

Keith Gilless in discussion with students from around the world.

Dean Gilless in discussion with students of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program.

From expansion of the popular Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research program and improvements to the Student Resource Center to involvement in STEM outreach and support programs, Dean Gilless will also be remembered for his ongoing support of the undergraduate experience in the College and across campus. During his tenure, undergraduate enrollment in CNR majors has more than doubled, and Gilless oversaw the centralization of undergraduate advising in 2009. Today, CNR is known for its small college feel and boasts consistently high undergraduate satisfaction ratings.

Gilless has also championed international and professional education. He was involved in the creation of the Berkeley Master of Development Practice program and he expanded upon the long-running Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program to establish CNR’s International & Executive Programs.

“The College has been extremely fortunate to have Keith as dean, and we truly appreciate his many accomplishments that have supported students, increased philanthropic giving, and—through the creation of the CNR Alumni Association and many other efforts—strengthened alumni engagement,” said Steve Hurst ‘78, current chairman of the CNR Advisory Board and founder, president, and CEO of Savant HWP, Inc. “Keith leaves all of us with words to live by, words that reflect not only CNR’s mission but also his personal values and integrity: ‘See the Bigger Picture. Make a Better World.’”

Dean Gilless earned his B.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and a joint Ph.D. in Forestry and Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A professor of forest economics and management at Berkeley since 1983, he holds appointments in both the departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989 and held the S.J. Hall Chair in Forest Economics from 1996-2006. After serving as interim dean in CNR from 2007-2008, Gilless was formally appointed to his first term by the UC Board of Regents in July 2008. 

VIDEO: Dean Gilless reflects on his years teaching at the UC Berkeley forestry field camp.

“Keith has that fantastic combination of depth of knowledge on many topics plus the people skills to really influence opinion and create impactful change,” said Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Vice Chair of the Academic Senate and Professor of Environmental Engineering. “He’s a true devotee of Berkeley, and as Dean of CNR, he’s been a force of nature. He has shown true leadership during difficult times for the campus.”

Dean Gilless and members of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

Dean Gilless (third from right) and members of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection with Cal Fire Leadership at the Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base.

An ambassador for the campus in many capacities, Gilless has held multiple administrative and leadership roles with the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and he is currently serving as the chair of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. He is a member of the California Forest Carbon Action Team and a senior advisor to Wildfire Breakthrough, a nonprofit working to encourage the government to commit to intensive research and development to find a scientific solution to wildfires. He served twice as a member of the USDA’s Forest Research Advisory Council, and has been a member of the steering committees of several international forestry organizations.

"I have known Keith as both student and colleague; he has been a mentor and a friend,” said Glenda Humiston, Vice President of the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “I've watched him reinvigorate CNR, lead the California Board of Forestry, handle a dozen emergencies, and still find time to take care of family and friends—and all with a smile.”

Dean Gilless’ contributions to fundraising efforts have resulted in significant support for the College. He was deeply involved in what was at the time the largest single estate gift in the history of the campus, which resulted in an $18 million general fund for the college, the John H. Gross endowment. He secured funds for a number of infrastructure projects, including renovations in Morgan Hall in 2010—the first lab renovation on the Berkeley campus to receive LEED Gold certification. He also led a fundraising effort to support Berkeley’s 100-year-old forestry program and to increase philanthropic giving for students in forestry. During the Campaign for Berkeley, the College exceeded its goal by $10 million. Additionally, under Gilless' direction over the past decade, CNR has grown its endowment—which supports research, instructional programs, and financial aid—from nearly $38 million to almost $93 million. 

Keith Gilless speaking at a podium

Dean Gilless addressing the audience at a Berkeley Food Institute workshop on policy engagement. Photo by Jonathan Fong.

As he looks ahead to the last year of his second term, Dean Gilless isn’t losing any steam. He plans to focus on two new ambitious projects for the College: a renovation to CNR’s kitchen—the only teaching kitchen on campus—and a major building campaign in collaboration with the College of Chemistry and the College of Engineering, which capitalizes on the research synergies between the three colleges. He’s also excited to be working on a brand new campuswide energy, environment, and climate initiative.

“I feel deeply honored to have been able to serve the college and the campus as CNR’s dean, and stepping down from this position is just a transition in my relationship to Berkeley,” said Gilless. In addition to resuming his faculty position, Gilless expects to continue his engagement in the expansion of the College’s professional programs.

“I can’t think of any institution in the country whose mission aligned so well with my own values, or that could have had a more positive influence on informing and shaping them,” he added. “Berkeley has given me opportunities and experiences I could not have dreamed of as a young environmentalist deciding to pursue a career in forestry. I’ve done my best to return the favor, and will continue to do so in support of those stepping up to lead the college and the campus.” 

Image:  Dean Keith Gilless Date:  Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:45 Legacy:  section header item:  Date:  Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:45 headline_position:  Top Left headline_color_style:  Normal headline_width:  Long caption_color_style:  Normal caption_position:  Bottom Left

Faculty Position in Quantitative Systems Biology

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:40

The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a 100% time tenure-track position in quantitative systems biology at the rank of Assistant Professor. Potential start date is July 1, 2018.

We seek a colleague to join the department working in the area of computationally-oriented biology focused on the development and application of new methods to enable biological discovery from genomic, imaging and/or other large datasets.

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Tips for viewing (and enjoying) Monday’s solar eclipse

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:55
As you prepare to enjoy the Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, take some safety tips from astronomer Alex Filippenko, who has seen 15 total solar eclipses
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Better student nutrition by design

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00
Students in a summer academy used newly acquired design and fabrication skills to meet special campus community needs
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Doudna honored with the Albany Medical Center Prize

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:00

Professor Jennifer Doudna was one of five distiniguished researchers honored with the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine for her discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, a remarkable gene editing system that has been called the “discovery of the century.”

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Chancellor Shares Campus Priorities

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:39

Chancellor Christ shares campus priorities, which tie directly into the mission of UC Berkeley: building community, undergraduate education, equity & inclusion, research in service to the public, and creating a new financial model. MCB is on board to do its part!

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Berkeley again is top U.S. public university in new ARWU rankings

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:44
Berkeley ranks first in the world in natural sciences, chemistry and electrical and electronic engineering
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