Soil, the source of our best antibiotics, can be more thoroughly mined for new drugs and other useful chemicals with the help of metagenomics, according to UC Berkeley scientists.
June 13, 2018
June 12, 2018
David Ackerly, a professor of integrative biology, has been named as the next dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources (CNR). David joined the faculty of the Department of Integrative Biology in 2005, and has served as associate dean of the College of Letters and Science’s Biological Sciences Division since 2016. He will assume his new role as dean of CNR on July 1, 2018.
June 7, 2018
Whose women alums are rocking it in the Bay Area business world? UC Berkeley’s, according to a new list of Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2018 - and L&S grads lead the pack.
June 4, 2018
Physics Department graduate student Jennet Dickinson discusses the new results out today related to the Higgs boson particle. Read more...
May 31, 2018
The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, given every other year by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Kavli Foundaion, was awarded this year to Jennifer Doudna and two colleagues who developed the powerful nanoscale tool CRISPR-Cas9 to edit DNA. The $1 million award will be shared by Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Society and Virginijus Šikšnys of the Institute of Applied Enzymology in Vilnius, Lithuania.
May 29, 2018
May 25, 2018
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopian novel about a dark time in America’s future and those who resist, leads this year’s summer reading list at UC Berkeley. The annual list is based on recommendations by faculty, staff and students. This year’s theme is Fiat Lux, the campus motto, in honor of its 150th birthday, featuring fiction and nonfiction narratives "where people found their way to ‘light’ of different kinds."
Economics professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko published a paper this month arguing that automated Twitter bots could have played a small but potentially influential role in the 2016 Brexit vote and 2016 U.S. presidential elections. When his paper was picked up by Bloomberg, he soon got a first-hand taste of how "fake news" can spread in today's social media climate.
May 24, 2018
Three peregrine falcon chicks — two males and one female — have been banded by experts high up on UC Berkeley’s Campanile, where they hatched last month. The protective mother dive-bombed researchers as they fitted and secured the bands. This is the second year in a row that the same peregrine couple has raised a family on the 307-foot tower.
May 23, 2018
Integrative biology professor George Brooks, who discovered the key role lactate plays during exercise, says that it also plays a vital role in recovery from disease.
May 16, 2018
Based on an analysis of the genomes of 107 different species of mammals, University of California, Berkeley, scientists in the Department of Integrative Biology conclude that our distant ancestors – the small, furry creatures that scurried around the feet of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – were mostly insect eaters. Read more...
May 14, 2018
A team led by Eva Nogales, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has now determined the detailed structure of the tau protein when bound to microtubules. The tau protein is a key player in Alzheimer's disease. Read more...
May 12, 2018
Thousands of graduates decked out in black caps and gowns marched into California Memorial Stadium to “Pomp and Circumstance” to celebrate UC Berkeley’s May commencement on Saturday. Chancellor Carol Christ delivered the keynote speech to an audience of more than 35,000, including some 5,500 graduates.
May 11, 2018
Graduating computer science major Luke Strgar thinks he might have a solution for the fraught issue of guns in America: use blockchain to track gun sales. And while many graduates were wrapping up final papers, Strgar spent two days in Washington, D.C. pitching his idea to legislative aides and think-tank analysts from all sides of the ideological spectrum.
May 10, 2018
As North Korea’s president goes back and forth on “denuclearization,” an international team of scientists is publishing the most detailed view yet of the site of the country’s latest and largest underground nuclear test on Sept. 3, 2017. Rear more...
May 4, 2018
As a girl, L&S senior Chansitha Ouk didn’t go to school. Born in Cambodia during the civil war between the Cambodian government and the Khmer Rouge, Ouk grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. But on Saturday, May 12, she will join more than 5,000 graduating seniors at UC Berkeley as they make their joyous walk across the Greek Theatre stage — a feat she never dreamed possible.
May 2, 2018
The international team that developed Jupyter, which was co-led by UC Berkeley’s Fernando Pérez, is now being recognized with the 2018 Software System Award from the Association of Computing Machinery, the world’s largest society of educational and academic computer scientists. Read more...
May 1, 2018
A chemist, two neuroscientists, a geophysicist and a computer scientist at UC Berkeley are among 84 new members and 21 new foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences announced today. Read more...
April 30, 2018
What if we could edit the sensations we feel; paste in our brain pictures that we never saw, cut out unwanted pain or insert non-existent scents into memory? UC Berkeley neuroscientists are building the equipment to do just that! Read more...
When Starbucks announced plans to conduct anti-bias training at its 8,000 outlets following the unprovoked arrests of two African-American customers in Philadelphia, UC Berkeley psychologist Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton was at once impressed and skeptical. Read more...