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January 18, 2019

Dr. Gentry Patrick

How does one take a kid from Compton on a life journey and academic career path to Professor in Neurobiology at UC San Diego by way of UC Berkeley (B.A.), Harvard University (Ph.D.), and postdoctoral studies at California Institute of Technology?

January 10, 2019

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A mysterious noise that allegedly sickened employees at the US embassy in Cuba in a suspected "sonic attack" was actually just noisy crickets, says Berkeley integrative biology Ph.D. student Alexander Stubbs. The results of the study were revealed at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

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UC Berkeley researchers, including molecular and cell biology David Savage, have now made CRISPR gene editing even more versatile by giving it an “on” switch, allowing users to keep the Cas9 gene editor turned off in all cells except its designated target.

January 9, 2019

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Ariel Bloch, who used his career at UC Berkeley as a way to fuse Arab and Hebrew culture, died in Richmond on Dec. 14 at the age of 85 after a lengthy illness. A professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Bloch specialized in Arabic linguistics, but he took on Hebrew and Aramaic as subspecialties and did what he could to encourage a multilingual balance of both of the languages and the cultures.

January 8, 2019

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Daniel Weisz, an assistant professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley, was honored at this week’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society for his early-career research on relatively nearby “dwarf” galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope.

January 2, 2019

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Most hummingbirds have bills and tongues exquisitely designed to slip inside a flower. But some male hummers have traded efficient feeding for bills that are better at stabbing and plucking other hummingbirds as they fend off rivals for food and mates, according to new research led by Integrative Biology postdoc Alejandro Rico-Guevara and co-authored by Professor Robert Dudley.

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A “bumper crop” of prestigious awards, prizes and honors will be presented tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan.

December 21, 2018

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Take a look back at 2018 at UC Berkeley, featuring highlights from several L&S departments.

December 19, 2018

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Chancellor Carol Christ sends the following holiday message to the campus community.

December 15, 2018

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Chancellor Carol Christ had a clear message for the 600 UC Berkeley graduates at Saturday’s commencement ceremony: Think beyond yourself and attend to your civic life just as you do a personal and professional life.

December 11, 2018

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Chancellor Carol Christ took a few minutes on Monday and again on Friday to deliver chocolate, sugar, raisin and red velvet cookies to students at Moffitt Library as they wrapped up semester-long research projects and crammed for big tests. “Cookies don’t finish papers," the Chancellor said, "but they help.”

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As a boy, UC Berkeley psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw didn’t understand why his father kept disappearing. The discovery that his father had a severe mental illness inspired him to become a champion against the stigma his father faced, and his new new memoir, Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness, just won the American Book Fest’s 2018 award for best autobiography or memoir.

December 10, 2018

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New York implemented changes last week to how Lyft and Uber drivers get paid in Manhattan, based on recommendations put forth by Michael Reich, professor of economics and co-chair, center on wage and employment dynamics at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley. Berkeley News interviewed Reich to discuss how the new rules came to be and if San Francisco Bay Area users of ride share services will soon find themselves following the New York model.

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According to a new study authored by molecular and cell biology professor Stephan Lammelthe brain neurotransmitter dopamine has a yin-yang personality, mediating both pleasure and pain. 

December 7, 2018

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A portrait honoring David Blackwell, the first black man to get tenure at UC Berkeley, was unveiled this week in the residence hall bearing his name.  The portrait was commissioned by Richard Davis, a friend and former student of the late math professor Blackwell.

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UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ sent this message to the campus community late yesterday, regarding a new effort to advance and expand diversity among Berkeley's undergraduate population.

December 6, 2018

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Geckos are renowned for their acrobatic feats on land and in the air, but a new discovery that they can also run on water puts them in the superhero category, says a University of California, Berkeley, biologist. The study was conducted by U.C. Berkeley graduate students Jasmine Nirody, now a biophysicist at Oxford and Rockefeller University, and Judy Jinn.

December 3, 2018

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In what’s becoming a ritual of stressful times on campus, llamas returned to Memorial Glade to help soothe the students’ pre-finals nerves and bring smiles all around. The gentle animals offered themselves up for petting, feeding, grooming and hundreds of selfies in the return of Llamapalooza.

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Honeymoon long over? Hang in there. A new UC Berkeley psychology study shows those prickly disagreements that can mark the early and middle years of marriage mellow with age as conflicts give way to humor and acceptance. Researchers found that as couples aged, they showed more humor and tenderness towards one another.

November 28, 2018

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Susan Ervin-Tripp, a psycholinguist acclaimed for her pioneering studies of bilingualism and language development in children, native Americans and immigrants, died earlier this month in Oakland from complications of an infected cut. She was 91.