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June 29, 2016

After 52 years at UC Berkeley, Paul Licht is retiring as director of the UC Botanical Garden — but it remains to be seen whether he is gone for good. It’s not the first time he’s retired from an appointment at Berkeley. In 2002, Licht ended his term as chair of deans in the College of Letters and Science, an oversight role similar in some capacities to what the campus provost now does. His plan was to volunteer at the Botanical Garden. Instead, something else was in store for him.

June 28, 2016

Diane Shaver Clemens, professor emerita of history at University of California, Berkeley, passed on May 18, 2016. Born in Cincinnati in 1936, she received an M.A. at the University of Cincinnati in 1960 and her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1966.

June 27, 2016

New images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a “dark vortex” in the atmosphere of Neptune, a rare type of feature that can persist for years. This vortex, the first to be observed on Neptune in the 21st century, was first seen in September 2015 by the HST.

Frontiers in Health Research - October 30th - November 1st at University of California, Berkeley

June 22, 2016

Developmental biologist Michael Rape is one of three winners of the 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists announced today in New York.

June 21, 2016

A simulation of the powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centers of the largest galaxies explains why some burst forth as bright beacons visible across the universe, while others fall apart and never pierce the halo of the galaxy.

June 20, 2016

Taiwan’s top science award, the Tang Prize, has gone to two UC Berkeley scientists well-known in the fields of biochemistry and physics: Jennifer Doudna, for her invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, and Arthur Rosenfeld, often called the “godfather of energy efficiency.”

June 17, 2016

New research is uncovering how mutations - errors made when DNA is copied or consequences of chance chemical reactions - are in fact the seeds of life’s diversity.

June 15, 2016

For insights about how individuals can stay safe, or at least safer, UC Berkeley Public Affairs turned to Bruce O. Newsome. A lecturer with the campus’s International and Area Studies program, Newsome teaches courses on global security risks, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, intelligence and counterintelligence and international conflict.

June 13, 2016

University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have now clarified the critical role that copper plays in nutrition: It helps move fat out of fat cells – called adipocytes – and into the blood stream for use as energy.

June 10, 2016

UC Berkeley biologist Mu-ming Poo has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for work showing how the brain’s circuitry changes in response to life experiences.

June 7, 2016

UC Berkeley leadership announced yesterday the appointment of Cathryn Carson, Associate Professor in the Department of History, to the Thomas M. Siebel Presidential Chair in the History of Science. Carson will be the inaugural holder of the chair, created by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation to “recognize and support scholarly and research activities of an outstanding [Berkeley] faculty member in the History of Science.”

June 6, 2016

UC Berkeley astronomers have used a new technique to see deeper into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope.

Hold on tight: The universe is expanding faster than we thought

You know them as faculty members, school officials, researchers, co-workers and alums. But they are artists, too, and part of a campus community that’s rich in both celebrated and hidden artistic talent. Click each photo to read, in their own words, a little about why the arts and design — including music, dance, painting, theater, architecture and photography — give them joy and insight.

Cal Student Orientation season has officially started. The first CalSO session for the newest class of incoming Bears contained 74 computer science intended majors, 59 intended to major in molecular & cell biology, 40 students for Haas School of Business, 36 intended for economics, and 19 for mathematics, making up seventy percent of the incoming 326 students. Among smaller groups, there was one intended history major, one intended film major, one student for anthropology, and six wisely intending to major in physics.  

June 2, 2016

The Cal Band closed out its triumphant two-week Asia tour, which saw both a spirited performance of traditional tunes like “Fight for California” and “Big C” at China’s Great Wall and a halftime show of Taylor Swift songs at a football game in Osaka Expo Park. All along their high-stepping way, the UC Berkeley students brought their trademark energy and enthusiasm.

Astronomers have obtained the most precise measurement yet of how fast the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t agree with predictions based on other data and our current understanding of the physics of the cosmos.

May 31, 2016

The Sierra Club and Berkeley psychology student, Craig Anderson, are studying the positive effects of adrenaline and stress on war veterans and at-risk teens. Their research shows that awe-inspiring and stress inducing activities in nature, like white water river rafting, can decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

May 28, 2016

The Student Informations Systems (SIS) project is planning to give advisors access to high school records, including transcripts, in June. CalCentral will now feature a link to ImageNow for access to the new SIS feature.