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New insights into metabolic adaptation to nutritional changes

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 11:40
A 3D model of a hepatocyte subcellular environment in fasted state. Different elements are shown in red, white, and yellow. June 06, 2024

A new study by the lab of NST professor Ana Paula Arruda details how liver cells reorganize their internal membrane structures to adapt to changes in nutrient availability.

New banners celebrate 50 years of the College of Natural Resources

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 06/05/2024 - 14:11
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A banner celebrating 50 years of the College of Natural Resoruces is installed on a light post in front of the Valley Life Sciences Building.

The banners commemorate groundbreaking research, educational excellence, and outreach and engagement across departments and disciplines.

Photos by Mathew Burciaga

For 50 years, the College of Natural Resources has helped propel UC Berkeley forward as a global academic leader. Formed during the merger of the School of Forestry and Conservation and the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1974, the College contributes to the societal understanding of natural and human systems from biological, ecological, economic, and social science perspectives.

A photo of a banner featuring a group of smiling students is installed on a light post by outside. A large tower is visible in the background. [image caption]

Students and researchers in the Tsutsui lab are featured on a banner near Sather Gate. 

To commemorate the past half-century of groundbreaking research, educational excellence, and outreach and engagement, 22 banners featuring Rausser College of Natural Resources students, faculty, and staff have been installed on light poles around campus. Among those featured on the banners are:

  • Environmental Science, Policy, and Management professor Miranda Redmond and graduate student Alexis Bernal, who are enhancing our understanding of wildfire and forest management through research encompassing forest resilience, sustainable land management, ecosystem dynamics, and climate change.
  • Plant and Microbial Biology professor Krishna Niyogi and graduate student Antonio Chaparro. They are two of Rausser College’s researchers who use cutting-edge synthetic biology and CRISPR gene editing techniques to help plants resist pathogens, improve crop yields, and remove carbon from the air.
  • Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology instructor Mikelle McCoin and Master of Nutritional Science and Dietetics students Ghazal Rezaee and Paige Barrett. They build on the 50-year legacy of Professor Emerit Janet King and the College’s accredited dietetics program by translating scientific research into practical solutions for addressing nutritional challenges and promoting health and wellness.
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics professor Meredith Fowlie, who holds the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professorship in Energy. Her extensive research on the economics of energy markets and the environment has supported the development of renewable energy projects and shaped policies like California's cap-and-trade program.
  • Energy and Resources Group (ERG) graduate students Ari Ball-Burack, Jessica Katz, and Rachman Setiawan. They continue ERG’s 50-year track record of advancing interdisciplinary research and teaching across environmental economics, climate science, ecology, and other areas to create a more sustainable environment and an equitable society.

Each design showcases how the College’s more than 100 faculty and 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students work across departments and disciplines to advance research on equitable, scalable, and innovative solutions that address the climate crisis, promote ecological and economic sustainability, and improve human health and well-being. 

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From left: Bernal and Redmond are featured on a banner flying outside Mulford Hall. Fowlie is featured on a banner near the Memorial Glade. Niyogi and Chaparro are on a banner near Koshland Hall. 

The Rausser College communications office produced the new banners in partnership with the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. They will remain up for a year as the College continues its 50th-anniversary celebrations. Read more about our history, fun facts, and other points of pride on our 50th anniversary page.

Save the Date: A 50th anniversary celebration and special Albright Lecture in Conservation featuring Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO of the National Geographic Society, is planned for October 29, 2024. More details will be posted as they are available

Celebrating 50 Years

Q&A: Berkeley Food Institute at Ten

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 06/04/2024 - 15:31
A photo of a spread of multicolored food and vegetables. June 04, 2024

The Institute’s leadership—including its new Executive Director Jeanne Merrill—reflect on BFI’s impact and visions for the future.

Water in California’s streams is poorly monitored, impeding effective management

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 06/03/2024 - 12:17
A photo of a metal structure on a riverbank in front of a concrete dam June 03, 2024

Berkeley researchers identify gaps in California’s stream monitoring network and propose efficient remedies to improve water management

Lewis receives NSF CAREER award

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 06/03/2024 - 12:11

Lewis received NSF CAREER awardAssistant Professor of Cell Biology, Development and Physiology Samantha Lewis recently received an NSF CAREER award for 2024-2029 for her research on Mitochondrial genome partitioning and quality control.   

Alejandra Echeverri named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 05/29/2024 - 09:27
A woman smiles at the camera against a faint green background. May 29, 2024

The ESPM professor will receive two years of funding and research support for early career researchers from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

BioE team wins 2024 Fung Institute Capstone Innovation Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 16:30

photo of the members of the 2024 MEng capstone innovation award team, four women, holding their award certificates

The Master of Engineering capstone design team advised by bioengineering faculty Kevin Healy and Syed Hossainy has won the 2024 Capstone Innovation Award. The team of Angana Dasgupta, Isabella Lopez, Natalie Saadeh, and Boyan Yin was selected for their project, “Experimental assessment of multiple cell lines’ function and morphology on piezo-responsive films under small amplitude […]
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Congratulations 2024 commencement award winners

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 11:19


Congratulations to our MCB PhD and BA Class of 2024 graduates!

The MCB Department is proud of our newest graduates and all that they have accomplished! Please help us celebrate the 2024 MCB Commencement Honors awardees (below) as well as the success of our Senior Gift Campaign which raised funds to support undergraduate student research stipends and travel grants for the 2024-2025 academic year. 


2024 MCB PhD Commencement Honors
The following are the recipients of our annual graduate awards for research, academic, and community achievement.

Class of 2024 senior gift campaign reaches goal

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 10:59

graduate celebrationWe are excited to report that the MCB Class of 2024 senior gift campaign to raise funds for sponsored research stipends and travel grants has met their goal of $5,000! Thanks to the generosity of our community, more MCB students will be able to have transformative research experiences in the 2024-2025 academic year. The MCB Department will be matching the funds raised to bring the total support for students to $10,000. A special thanks to: David Bilder, Marla Feller, Bazilco Marveen Jean Simon, Mark Jenkinson, Roland Saekow, Raghavan Sarathy, Sum Ying Wu and all our anonymous donors. Go Bears! Learn more about the campaign here

A half-century of plant immunity breakthroughs

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 10:50
A photo of a man in a lab coat wearing glasses holding a plant leaf May 28, 2024

Professor Emerit Brian Staskawicz and co-authors break down the last half-century of breakthroughs in the study of plant immunity in the 50th-anniversary issue of Cell.

Lareau, Nomura, and Saxton receive Bakar Spark Awards

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 16:14

LareBakar Spark AwardsCongratulations to the 2024 Bakar Fellows Program Spark Award recipients: Liana Lareau, Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, and Development; Dan Nomura, Professor of Molecular Therapeutics; and Robert Saxton, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Molecular Medicine.

Three Rausser College faculty receive 2024 Spark Awards

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 11:27
A composite image featuring three people smiling at the camera. May 22, 2024

Professors Daniel Nomura, Joseph Shapiro, and Patrick Shih will receive funding, resources, and mentorship for entrepreneurial success from the Bakar Fellows Program.

Liana Lareau wins Bakar Spark Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 11:38


Congratulations to Professor Liana Lareau, winner of a 2024 Spark Award from the Bakar Fellows Program.
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Congratulations 2024 undergraduate award winners

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 10:45

photo of departmental award winners with their certificates and Chair Messersmith on the stairway landing of the Stanley Hall atrium at the 2024 Bioengineering commencement reception

Congratulations to our 2024 undergraduate award winners: Elena Maria Mujica, Departmental Citation, Cyrus Tau, Chair’s Award in Bioengineering, and Sarp Dora Kurtoglu, Bioengineering Service Award. Special honorable mentions under the Chair’s Award go to Justin Garlepp and Derrick Ma. Outstanding work by all! The Departmental Citation This is long-standing award is given to one bioengineering […]
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Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub: Berkeley’s new home for climate innovation

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 05/20/2024 - 11:58

digital photo mockup of new climate hub building

Professor David Schaffer will lead the new Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub, an incubator that will provide resources and support to entrepreneurs in renewable energy and clean technology.
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Urnov awarded Horace Mann Medal

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Mon, 05/20/2024 - 09:11

Urnov Horace Mann MedalProfessor of Molecular Therapeutics, Fyodor Urnov, was awarded the Horace Mann Medal from Brown University. This honor, given to a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, was awarded to Urnov for co-developing the toolbox for human genome and epigenome editing and his contributions to advancing the first-in-human applications in a clinic. Read more...

Berkeley’s ecosystem of innovation, entrepreneurship combats climate change

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 11:48

photo of Dueber in lab coat working at lab bench

Professors John Dueber and David Schaffer are featured in this article highlighting campus research and entrepreneurship in sustainability.
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Student Spotlight: Abi Shiva

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 10:42
A photo of a man wearing graduation regalia smiling from behind a lectern. May 17, 2024

The Environmental Sciences and Legal Studies graduate served as the undergraduate speaker for the 2024 Rausser College Commencement held on May 13.

Yartsev wins Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award 2024

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 10:52

photo of Yartsev near trees

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) has selected Professor Michael Yartsev for the 2024 Boehringer Ingelheim FENS Research Award, given in recognition of outstanding and innovative work from all areas of neuroscience. The award will be presented at the FENS Forum conference in Vienna.
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Brooks Lab discovery: lactate rivals glucose as body's major fuel after a carb meal

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 10:08

George Brooks Lab
Integrative Biology graduate student Robert Leija and the whole Professor George Brooks Lab make a discovery. The study was part of a larger NIH-funded study to determine how well people switch from fat to carbohydrate metabolism as they age. Read the Berkeley News Article.

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