A new study led by Britt Koskella, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of integrative biology, used experimental evolution to help identify the core microbiome of commercial tomatoes
December 6, 2019
October 22, 2019
Steven Weber, a professor of political science and information and director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity makes his case on the future of the global enterprise in his new book, Bloc by Bloc: How to Build a Global Enterprise for the New Regional Order. Weber, one of the world’s most expert practitioners of scenario planning, argues that the worldwide network will not completely collapse, but will instead be redefined by the development of competing regional blocs.
October 17, 2019
California students have UC Berkeley alumna Lisa Lewis to thank for the extra winks they’ll be able to catch before starting the school day, under a law just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law, which goes into effect in 2022, makes California the first state in the country to mandate later start times for middle school and high school students.
Courtney Dressing’s ongoing search for planets around other stars has won her a prestigious Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.
Dressing, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of astronomy, is one of 22 early career scientists and engineers nationwide who will receive $875,000 each over five years to pursue their research. The new fellows were announced this week by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
October 16, 2019
Barbara Jacak, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Nuclear Science Division since 2015, has been named a 2019 Distinguished Scientist Fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Jacak was among a group of five scientists at DOE national laboratories who are the inaugural recipients of the award. They were honored in an Oct. 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Berkeley eonomist Ted Miguel and his former Ph.D. adviser at Harvard, Michael Kremer, have worked on a poverty-fighting project in Kenya since the 1990s. This groundbreaking project was among the research cited in the announcement of Kremer's 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, and Miguel has been invited to attend the ceremony.
October 15, 2019
When President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, he vowed to build a “big, beautiful wall” between the United States and Mexico. But the more than 700 miles of barriers already in place at the border — mostly built in the 1990s and early 2000s — have already created more harm than good, says Wendy Brown, a professor of political science at UC Berkeley.
October 14, 2019
If adversity sparks innovation, the deadly Tubbs Fire fueled alumna Bailey Farren to develop Perimeter, a mobile app to help first responders and citizens alike respond more quickly when wildfires approach. Farren, who earned a double major in cognitive science and rhetoric, is the CEO of Perimeter and heads a seven-member team. Except for one, all are Berkeley alumni; among them is Trevor Greenan, whose childhood home burned in a wildfire in October 2017.
October 11, 2019
Co-authored with UC Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez. Their new book is The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay.
October 8, 2019
Marc Fisher, UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for administration, and Alicia Johnson, director of Berkeley’s Office of Emergency Management, issued the following message on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.
October 4, 2019
Randy Schekman, a professor of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, spoke at the Aging, Research and Technology Innovation Summit on Sept. 17. He spoke about Parkinson’s disease, including a new collaborative research initiative he is leading called Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP).
September 24, 2019
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted the University of California (UC) and its partners, the University of Vienna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, a new CRISPR-Cas9 patent, bringing the team’s continually expanding patent portfolio to 15. In the coming months, based on applications allowed by the USPTO, UC’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent portfolio will increase to 18. Together, these patents cover compositions and methods for CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing, including targeting and editing genes and modulating transcription in any setting, such as within plant, animal and human cells.
September 12, 2019
A $20 million gift will support research at UC Berkeley and UCSF into dyslexia and similar neurodevelopmental language-processing disorders as part of the new UCSF-UC Berkeley Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center. The joint program will draw on research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education and public health, among other disciplines. At UC Berkeley, it will be headquartered in Berkeley Way West, the building that houses the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, School of Public Health, and Graduate School of Education.
The Hubble Space Telescope’s annual snapshot of Saturn reveals a turbulent, dynamic atmosphere with small storms popping into view as others disappear, all framed by the planet’s bright, icy rings. Analyzed by Mike Wong of UC Berkeley and Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Hubble portrait is part of a yearly campaign to record the giant planets in the solar system — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — to track shifting weather patterns and discover new phenomena.
September 11, 2019
A team including UC Berkeley students has built a tabletop neutron source that would be relatively inexpensive to reproduce and eventually portable and also able to produce a narrower range of neutron energies, minimizing the production of unwanted radioactive byproducts.
September 10, 2019
A group of students, faculty and staff gathered on campus Tuesday to honor members of the Berkeley community who lost their lives in the last year. The annual event honored eight members of the faculty, 28 staffers, two graduate students and 10 undergraduates who passed away. A complete list of those honored at the event, including visiting scholars and emeritus faculty, can be found here.
September 5, 2019
Alessandra Lanzara, the Charles Kittel Professor of Physics, was one of seven UC Berkeley, faculty scientists with novel ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit have been named to the 2019-20 cohort of Bakar Fellows, an honor that gives the fellows the money and time to translate their laboratory breakthroughs into technologies ready for the marketplace.
September 3, 2019
Last Friday, UC Berkeley initiated a year-long initiative commemorating the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies with a day-long symposium. It drew hundreds of attendees who heard from more than a dozen historians and social scientists about the impact and legacy of slavery in society today. This initiative at UC Berkeley and similar ones across the country are being organized in the spirit of the “400 Years of African-American History Commission Act” that was signed into law last year.
Tate Archibald, 18, is a freshman from Santa Clara, California, and plans on double majoring in history and linguistics. “Not in a million years did I think that I would get into Berkeley or want to go to Berkeley," Tate says. "Then, I went to Cal Day, and I saw just how in love with the school every single person was... And I just knew that it was the kind of place I wanted to be.
August 29, 2019
Transfer student Novene Cusseaux, from Vallejo, California, plans to study genetics and plant biology. “With genetics, there are a lot of things that haven’t been discovered yet. I just want to find out something new that we didn’t know existed... Now it should be my time to show my kids that you can do it at any age. You need to practice what you preach.”