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Adding to Berkeley’s Multiculturalism, One Ice Cream at a Time

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 10/17/2023 - 12:22
Sharon Ku in Durant Food Court with Uji Dessert ice cream October 17, 2023

Sharon Ku, BS ’08 Nutritional Science, uses ice cream to give back to UC Berkeley and encourage multiculturalism through her dessert cafe Uji Time.

Fostering coexistence with San Francisco’s urban coyotes

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 10/17/2023 - 09:33
Coyote on road October 17, 2023

As reports of human-coyote conflict increase, a new analysis from UC Berkeley offers wildlife managers insight into improving future management strategies.

Wilbur Lam named to National Academy of Medicine

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 10/16/2023 - 15:41

photo of Wilbur Lam in corridor

PhD alumnus Wilbur Lam, now Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Tech, has been named one of the 2023 new members of the National Academy of Medicine. Lam was recognized for "outstanding contributions in point-of-care, home-based, and/or smartphone-enabled diagnostics that are changing the management of pediatric and hematologic diseases as well as development of microsystems technologies as research-enabling platforms to investigate blood biophysics. He also leads national/NIH efforts to assess diagnostic tests (including those for COVID-19) for the entire country."
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Congratulations 2024 Siebel Scholars!

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 10/16/2023 - 15:02

photo collage of all 8 uc Berkeley Siebel Scholars

Five Bioengineering PhD students have been named Siebel Scholars of the class of 2024: Cindy Ayala, Ruiming Cao, Sita Srinivasan Chandrasekaran, Cameron Tadashi Kato, and Andre Lai. The Siebel Scholars program annually recognizes top students at the world’s leading graduate schools of bioengineering, business, computer science and energy science.
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The role of public–private partnerships in fostering outer space innovations

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 10/16/2023 - 12:48
A space rocket launches from a coastal launch pad. October 16, 2023

Agricultural and Resource Economics Professor Gordon Rausser led a paper on how NASA, research universities, and private companies can coordinate as the space economy grows. 

Berkeley Space Center at NASA Ames to become innovation hub for new aviation, space technology

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 10/16/2023 - 11:45
A rendering of buildings and green space stretching into the distance October 16, 2023

UC Berkeley will develop a 36-acre site in heart of Silicon Valley to house companies, labs and students dedicated to aviation and space technology

Christopher and Michelle Chang receive 2024 ACS National Awards

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 10/12/2023 - 14:22

ACS ChangChristopher Chang, Professor of Molecular Therapeutics, and Michelle Chang, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, are both recipients of 2024 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Awards. Christopher Chang was awarded with the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry, supported by an endowed fund established by Alfred R. Bader and Isabel Bader. Michelle Chang was awarded with the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, sponsored by the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry.

The sharp divide about nuclear power

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 10/12/2023 - 11:54
Image of nuclear power plants October 12, 2023

Professor Emeritus John Harte writes about his experience facilitating a conversation on the role of nuclear power for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

The bioeconomy to the rescue

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 10/11/2023 - 11:19
Image of wind turbines near fields October 11, 2023

Professor David Zilberman and Professor Emeritus Gordon Rausser evaluate various biotechnological strategies geared towards mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Origins and innovations of science in the U.S. National Parks

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 10/09/2023 - 14:49
A composite image featuring portraits of writer Jerry Emory and scientist Allison Forrestel. October 09, 2023

Writer Jerry Emory and National Park Service scientist Alison Forrestel delivered the 2023 A. Starker Leopold Lecture in September.

Bolt Threads going public

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 10/05/2023 - 12:05

Photo of Bolt Threads cofounders Dan Widmaier (left) and David Breslauer in their manufacturing facility

Bolt Threads, a company co-founded by BioE PhD alumnus David Breslauer, plans to go public in a SPAC deal that values the one-time unicorn at $250 million. Bolt Threads uses synthetic biology and other techniques to sustainably produce engineered biomaterials, including synthetic spider silk and mushroom-based faux leather.
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Gutierrez Cebrero and Tong named Fall 23 Bakar Ignite Scholars

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 10/05/2023 - 11:37

photos of Karla and Elaine

Congratulations to undergraduates Karla Gutierrez Cebrero and Elaine Tong, both named Fall 2023 Bakar Ignite Scholars! The program connects undergraduate students with leading scientists in the Bakar Fellows Program to conduct paid research that supports their Bakar projects.
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Researchers selected for task force on responsive agriculture and health

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 10/05/2023 - 11:08
Thumbnail of Zilberman and Klatt October 05, 2023

Kevin Klatt and David Zilberman will advise a USDA-funded study on how to re-engineer the agricultural system with a focus on health, sustainability, and equity. 

Children were most likely group to visit the ER for mental health care during the pandemic

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 10/05/2023 - 10:11
Thumnail of Emergency sign October 05, 2023

Despite an overall decline in ER visits, new analysis shows that a higher-than-normal proportion of children ages 12 to 17 sought mental health-related care.

Vlassakis receives NIH New Innovator Award

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 10/03/2023 - 22:28

photo of Julea Vlassakis (left) and Jerzy Szablowski

PhD alumna Julea Vlassakis, now Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, has been named a 2023 NIH Director’s New Innovator! These prestigious awards support early-career investigators with ambitious, unconventional project proposals demonstrating broad impact potential.
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Climate change could limit the use of controlled burns by 2060

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 10/03/2023 - 15:44
A person in yellow protective gear lights a fire in tall grass. October 03, 2023

A recent study co-authored by Kristen Shive found that climate change would result in fewer overall days when prescribed fires can be safely lit.

Martik and Rijo-Ferreira receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Tue, 10/03/2023 - 11:25

Martik and Rijo-FerreiraMegan Martik, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, and Development, and Filipa Rijo-Ferreira, Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, both received 2023 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards. These awards are part of NIH's High-Risk High-Reward research program and are awarded to exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects. Read more...

Moisés Expósito Alonso to Join IB Faculty

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 10/02/2023 - 19:28


Carnegie’s Moisés Expósito Alonso will be joining University of California Berkeley as an assistant professor of global change biology and member of the Innovative Genomics Institute in January. Read more...

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A history of innovation: Berkeley entrepreneurs, companies that changed the way we live

Department of Bioengineering - Sun, 10/01/2023 - 21:32
Professor Aaron Streets is featured in a campus publication celebrating the culture and spirit of innovation at UC Berkeley, recognized for being a tireless advocate for increasing diversity in STEM research.
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Postdoc Raul Ramos named 2023 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Sun, 10/01/2023 - 14:05

Raul RamosCongratulations to MCB postdoc Raul Ramos (Bautista and Lumpkin Labs) on being named one of the 2023 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna Gray Fellows! This prestigious award from the HHMI supports early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in biomedical science. Ramos' research investigates the neural mechanisms that underlie distortions of touch perception, including persistent alterations seen in sensory processing disorder (SPD) and reversible distortions induced by psychedelics. Read more...