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Barton and Vance awarded HHMI Emerging Pathogens Initiative grant

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 13:46

HHMI emerging pathogens initiative announcementMCB Professors of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, Greg Barton and Russell Vance, are two of the recent grant recipients of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) new Emerging Pathogens Initiative. The initiative involves 13 project teams of over 70 scientists from 29 institutions collaborating on basic research to target future emerging pathogens that could impact human health. Barton and Vance will collaborate on a team with researchers from Duke University, University of Victoria, and Harvard Medical School on their project entitled Akkermansia muciniphila as a mucosal vaccine platform for emerging pathogens.

Recognizing Indigenous land rights reduced deforestation in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 21:32
Two people sitting on chairs in a rainforest, talking. January 25, 2023

New research suggests formal recognition of rights of Indigenous peoples to ancestral territories could protect and restore a threatened biodiversity hotspot covering 17 states outside the Amazon.

Were galaxies much different in the early universe?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:10
Though not yet complete, the HERA telescope in South Africa's Karoo is already telling astronomers about conditions in the early universe before stars ignited
Categories: Science News

Climate change likely to uproot more Amazon trees

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 14:29
A Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley study warns that global warming is likely to increase the number of violent windstorms in the Amazon, knocking down trees that would otherwise suck up greenhouse gases
Categories: Science News

David Ackerly reappointed for second term as Rausser College Dean

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:39
David Ackerly in a forest January 19, 2023

During his first five years as Dean, Ackerly has advanced student support, DEI efforts, fundraising goals, and more.

Student Spotlight: Jade Marum

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 01/18/2023 - 12:27
Third-year environmental science major and African American studies minor Jade Marum January 18, 2023

The third-year environmental science major and African American studies minor recounts her experience at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference.

New ‘chain mail’ material of interlocking molecules is tough, flexible and easy to make

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:30
Molecular bonds break when bent, but structures made from interlocking molecules can be flexible and tough, just like the chain mail made of interlocking metal rings worn by medieval knights.
Categories: Science News

Monitoring biodiversity in the post-fire Santa Cruz Mountains

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 01/17/2023 - 11:00
A group of students and ESPM professor Kip Will pose for a photo in a charred forest January 17, 2023

ESPM professor Kip Will is leading a SPUR project to help monitor the effects of tree and underbrush removal on arthropod biodiversity in the post-fire Santa Cruz Mountains.

A big step toward ‘green’ ammonia and a ‘greener’ fertilizer

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/11/2023 - 08:00
UC Berkeley chemists demonstrated a new process that uses less energy to separate ammonia from the chemical reactants used industrially to produce the chemical for fertilizer
Categories: Science News

Speciesism, like racism, imperils humanity and the planet

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:00
The attitude that humans are superior to other species has helped justify environmental destruction and animal extinctions, scientists warn
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Rausser College faculty and affiliates among the most highly cited in their fields

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 01/05/2023 - 17:20
An aerial photo of the northwestern corner of the UC Berkeley campus, where several buildings that comprise Rausser College of Natural Resources are located. January 06, 2023

The selected researchers rank in the top 1% in the number of scholarly citations worldwide over the last decade.

Would you pay more for “COVID Safe” meat?

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 01/04/2023 - 15:42
A woman in a mask shops at a grocery store. January 04, 2023

Two recent ARE undergraduates break down their research on consumer choice and willingness to pay during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Droughts pose additional challenges to endangered Russian River coho salmon

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 01/03/2023 - 09:52
An underwater photo of a juvenile coho salmon January 03, 2023

Research led by Brian Kastl, a PhD candidate in ESPM, outlines a deadly mismatch in water flows and temperatures for young salmon headed to sea.

Speciesism in Biology and Culture: How Human Exceptionalism is Pushing Planetary Boundaries

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 12/21/2022 - 11:21

Former IB postdoc Brian Swartz and IB professor Brent Mishler, present their new book entitled Speciesism in Biology and Culture: How Human Exceptionalism is Pushing Planetary Boundaries.  It includes 9 chapters containing wide-ranging discussions about the sociopolitical, cultural, and scientific ramifications of speciesism and world views that derive from it, integrating natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  

Categories: Science News

Farmworkers at risk for obesity, high blood pressure, say UC researchers

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 12/20/2022 - 08:10
A group of farmworkers gather near a piece of green farm equipment. December 20, 2022

Led by NST cooperative extension specialist Susana Matias, the study examines the health of the people who help plant, nurture and harvest food in California.

Mapping your neighborhood emissions

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 12/19/2022 - 12:48
An aerial photo of a suburban neighborhood in Utah. December 19, 2022

Research by UC Berkeley’s CoolClimate Network helped New York Times reporters map neighborhood emissions across the United States.

Happy Holidays from all of us at MCB!

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Fri, 12/16/2022 - 11:48

As the year comes to a close, MCB has a lot to be thankful for. Most importantly, we are grateful for our extraordinary community of our students, postdocs, staff, faculty, alumni and friends. We hope you enjoy our year-end video highlighting some of our 2022 memories together. 




Rausser College 2023 Photo contest

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 12/15/2022 - 12:37
 2023 Photo contest... Submit by March 3rd, 2023. Text on blue background. December 15, 2022

Contribute to telling the Rausser College story by entering our 2023 photo contest! Submit your original photos for a chance to win prizes and to have your work featured in Rausser College publications.

Teaching Kitchen course helps improve college students’ food security

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 12/14/2022 - 13:53
Students cooking in the Cooking Kitchen December 14, 2022

The Personal Food Security and Wellness course was recently highlighted on the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Food Blog.