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March 12, 2017

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The Wall Street Journal profiles alum and Alpine Data co-founder Steven Hillion.

March 7, 2017

A radio telescope array being built in South Africa to explore the period after stars first formed in the early universe has received $5.8 million in new funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

February 28, 2017

Nipam Patel started collecting butterflies when he was 8. Now an evolutionary and developmental biologist at UC Berkeley, Patel and his team are using innovative techniques to try to figure out something that’s fascinated but eluded scientists for years: How butterflies develop their extraordinary colors and patterns.

February 23, 2017

Five young UC Berkeley faculty members (two within the College of Letters & Science) have been awarded 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships, coveted grants for scientists and scholars at the beginning of their academic careers.

February 21, 2017

Kathy Collins, professor of biophysics, biochemistry, and structural biology is launching a startup called KarnaTeq to develop and market a technology to increase the diagnostic power of scalpel-free biopsy. 

February 16, 2017

Through a new website called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, anyone can now help search for objects far beyond the orbit of our farthest planet, Neptune, by viewing brief “flipbook” movies made from images captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. A faint spot seen moving through background stars might be a new and distant planet orbiting the sun or a nearby brown dwarf.

February 13, 2017

Today, scientists can sequence the DNA of nearly any organism they wish. Yet they cannot predict the size, shape, or functions of a developing organism solely based on its DNA sequence.

February 10, 2017

Scientists are joining lawyers, policymakers and writers to urge conservationists not only to save species, but also to preserve a diverse array of ecosystem structures and functions in the face of rising populations and changing climate. This could include allowing some species to disappear from some areas if that means a more resilient environment able to respond to warming temperatures and loss of habitat.

February 8, 2017

Thirteen UC Berkeley faculty, seven of them women, are among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached.

February 7, 2017

Using a 3D imaging technique called seismic tomography and data gathered from more than 1,000 on- and offshore seismometers, researchers William Hawley, Richard Allen, and Mark Richards have captured a clearer picture of one portion of the earth’s elusive deep structure. It’s a giant, sausage-shaped accumulation of buoyant material beneath the Juan de Fuca Plate—an oceanic plate nearly the size of Michigan. The plate’s western edge runs from Northern California to Vancouver Island, Canada.

February 6, 2017

The Bakar Fellows Program supports research by biochemist James Hurley, professor of molecular and cell biology, to develop a new drug to boost the natural autophagy process. 

February 3, 2017

Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Japan Prize today for their invention of the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has swept into research labs around the world and is already yielding new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases.

January 31, 2017

Amid rumors that President Donald Trump will soon pull out of the Paris climate agreement that former President Barack Obama signed last year, more than 2,300 faculty from California universities have signed an open letter to the Trump administration calling for sustained action on climate change and urging the president to honor the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the agreement.

The University of California, Berkeley, mourns the loss of William K. Bowes, Jr., a visionary leader in business, education, medical research, and philanthropy — and a tireless supporter of Berkeley. He passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 90.

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On Friday, President Trump issued an EO that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals from seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Based on news reports, individuals with immigrant and non-immigrant visas and those with green cards who are originally from these countries are being denied entry into the United States. We continue to analyze the EO and its impact on our students, faculty, scholars, employees, and other community members.

January 27, 2017

Art Rosenfeld, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Distinguished Scientist Emeritus who is also known as California’s “godfather” of energy efficiency and who has been credited with being personally responsible for billions of dollars in energy savings, died Friday at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 90.

January 26, 2017

Arturo Fernandez, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in statistics, discusses his experience as an undocumented student at UC Berkeley. 

In a paper published online last week in the journal Physical Review Letters, the UC Berkeley assistant professor of physics,Norman Yao, describes exactly how to make and measure the properties of such a crystal, and even predicts what the various phases surrounding the time crystal should be — akin to the liquid and gas phases of ice.

January 25, 2017

L&S congratulates Peter Gao on being named the inaugural postdoc fellow in Heising-Simons' "51 Pegasi b" program! Named after the first exoplanet discovered, 51 Pegasi b Fellows are exceptional scientists who will advance planetary astronomy.

Katherine de Kleer, a current Berkeley doctoral candidate, is also an inaugural fellow. Katherine will do her fellowship at Caltech.

An initiative launched two years ago by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to develop new disease therapies is expanding into research on the planet’s major crops and poorly understood microbiomes, with plans to invest $125 million in these areas over the next five years.