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Teaching Fundamentals of Evolution

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 06/27/2023 - 09:34

Integrative Biology graduate students José Adan Arevalo and Emily Lam outside the inflatable escape room that is traveling to museums and libraries around the country to provide a fun way for families to learn about biology and evolution. Arevalo voiced some of the Spanish-language audio used in the game. Read more...

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The Bay Area's Redwood Trees Are Struggling

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 06/27/2023 - 09:12

Integrative Biology Professor Todd Dawson was featured in a recent KQED podcast about our beloved SF Bay Area redwood trees. Listen here...

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Why do mammals have a stiff lower jaw?

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 06/26/2023 - 11:02

Gray_whale_vs_CA_myotis_vs_Sergio-171px.pngProfessor of Integrative Biology, Jack Tseng, and IB graduate student Sergio Garcia Lara, co-authored a paper in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B as part of a series on the evolution of the mammalian skull. The study was based on a database they created of more than 1,000 vertebrate jaws. Read more here...

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An escape room for families teaches fundamentals of evolution

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/23/2023 - 08:00
Can you create an antivenom in time to stop a green plague from taking over the world? VENOMventure - aVENENOtura is a fun game for any family, thanks to UCMP.
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A jaw-dropping conundrum: Why do mammals have a stiff lower jaw?

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/23/2023 - 08:00
Lizards and birds have several bones in their lower jaw, yet mammals evolved to have only one. Did that give mammals a survival advantage?
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Hummingbirds are alcohol sippers, not bingers

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 06/22/2023 - 16:19

An Anna’s Hummingbird sipping from a California Fuchsia. (Photo credit: Víctor M. Ortega Jiménez)

A recent publication by Professor Robert Dudley of the Department of Integrative Biology in the journal Royal Society Open Science demonstrates that hummingbirds happily sip from sugar water with up to 1% alcohol by volume, finding it just as attractive as plain sugar water. They're not getting drunk though! Read more...

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Do hummingbirds drink alcohol? More often than you think.

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/22/2023 - 08:41
Flowers and even your backyard feeder are likely providing hummingbirds with alcohol, thanks to the omnipresence of fermenting yeast that turn sugar into ethanol
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Rising groundwater threatens thousands of toxic sites in the Bay Area

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/20/2023 - 09:56
New study highlights the growing “threat from below” as climate change raises coastal groundwater levels
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Why Climate Scientists Are Sweet on Sorghum

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 06/20/2023 - 09:52
Sorghum plants grow in a field. June 20, 2023

Plant and Microbial Biology professor of Cooperative Extension Peggy Lemaux explains why sorghum, a heat-loving cereal grain, may play a key role in carbon removal efforts.

Photosynthesis, key to life on Earth, starts with a single photon

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/16/2023 - 08:00
A cutting-edge experiment by Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley chemists has revealed the quantum dynamics of one of nature’s essential processes
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Saxton awarded ICIS-Regeneron New Investigator Award

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 06/15/2023 - 15:41

Robert SaxtonRobert Saxton, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, has received the 2023 ICIS-Regeneron New Investigator Award for Excellence in Cytokine & Interferon Research. Dr. Saxton will present his talk entitled "Structural Insights into the Mechanism of Leptin Receptor Activation" at Cytokines 2023 in Athens, Greece. Read more...

Using trains to deliver emergency backup power

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 06/14/2023 - 16:15
An aerial photo of several trains and rail cars at a depot outside of a city. June 15, 2023

New research led by ERG PhD student Jill Moraski found that the U.S. rail network could provide a cost-effective way to dispatch grid-scale batteries in energy emergencies.

UC’s queer climate scientists on making science as diverse as the natural world

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 06/14/2023 - 10:13
A composite image featuring portraits of PhD student Jaye Mejia-Duwan and alum Isaias Hernandez. They are separated by a gold band down the center of the image. June 14, 2023

ESPM grad student Jaye Mejía-Duwan and alum Isaias Hernandez are two of the many LGBTQ+ scientists affiliated with the UC.

Retooling the translation machine could expand the chemical repertoire of cells

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/13/2023 - 09:22
An effort led by UC Berkeley scientists aims to retool the ribosomal machine to make far more than proteins. Their goal is totally new polymers with novel building blocks.
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Climate Change is an Energy Problem. Here’s How We Solve It.

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 06/12/2023 - 14:38
A photo of electric transmission lines at golden hour with smoke visible in the sky. June 12, 2023

Energy and Resources Group professors Dan Kammen, Duncan Callaway, and John Harte offer an optimistic evaluation of progress toward creating a cleaner and more renewable energy system.

Rijo-Ferreira named Searle Scholar

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Wed, 06/07/2023 - 13:38

Filipa Rijo-FerreiraFilipa Rijo-Ferreira, Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, is one of 15 scientists named as Searle Scholars for 2023 for her research on "Circadian host-parasite interactions and their impact on malaria transmission". The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. Read more...

Parker Solar Probe flies into the fast solar wind and finds its source

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/07/2023 - 08:00
NASA's solar probe has gotten close enough to the sun's surface — 13 million miles — to see granular features not visible from afar
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Christopher Schell receives Wayfinder Award from National Geographic Society

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 06/06/2023 - 16:17
A portrait of professor Christopher Schell against a brick. June 06, 2023

Schell, a professor in ESPM, is among 15 leaders, communicators, and innovators joining the newest cohort of National Geographic Explorers.

remote Biomedical Research industry Internship

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 06/06/2023 - 12:09
Biomedical Research Internship Location: Remote (Company uses Pacific Standard Time) Company Description CereVu Medical is a San Francisco-based medical device company developing a remote pa&ent monitoring wearable system that adheres to a patient’s  forehead to measure routine vital signs (heart rate, respiration rate, SpO2), body temperature, coughing and unique biomarkers of pain and dyspnea. Our […]
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Allen Goldstein named 2022 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award recipient

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 06/05/2023 - 10:43
A photo of Professor Allen Goldstein smiling at the camera against a wooded backdrop. June 05, 2023

Goldstein, a professor in ESPM, was recognized for his lifelong commitment to providing accurate and insightful data on air quality and climate change problems.