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December 15, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced awards to support UC Berkeley research on American slavery, rehousing of classical artifacts and translating Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphs and other scripts.
Heising-Simons Foundation

Frances Hellman, and other prominent scientists, discuss academic and career pathways for women in science and what can be done to increase diversity in physics and astronomy.

December 14, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
The three-ton lid of the coffin of an ancient Egyptian doctor has been carefully removed from storage and maneuvered into a new resting place at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

 Berkeley’s worldwide network of smartphone earthquake detectors has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since the MyShake app was made available for download in February, with one of the most active areas of the world the fracking fields of Oklahoma.

December 13, 2016

Todd Dawson, a professor of integrative biology and environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley has teamed up with Parrot to test the company’s drone-based research tools as a way to monitor the Sierra Nevada’s giant sequoias more intensively, helping him find out how they utilize water and sunlight and predict how they will deal with a warmer Earth and changes in water supply.

December 9, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Erin Ptaschinski copes with stress by plunging from planes into a 180-mph free fall before opening her parachute.

In the last six years, she’s skydived more than 1,800 times, but there’s one jump Ptaschinski, 31, a UC Berkeley adviser for undergraduate psychology majors, will never forget. That is, until she breaks her next world record.

December 7, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Shortly after joining the UC Berkeley faculty in 1971 as an assistant professor of Sanskrit, Goldman says he assembled a group of scholars, divvying up the seven books of the Ramayana among them. The Valmiki Ramayana Translation Project was off and running.

Time Magazine

Jennifer Doudna and other CRISPR scientists were 2016 runners up for Time's "Person of the Year".

December 6, 2016

Research on colorful phenomena has inspired many technologies, from sensors to drug treatments, and has provided a glimpse into nature’s inner workings, from evolution to quantum physics. This article explores the various ways to generate color, both manmade and natural. 

December 5, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Following Earth’s last ice age, which peaked 20,000 years ago, the Antarctic warmed between two and three times the average temperature increase worldwide, according to a new study by a team of American geophysicists.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

A young assistant professor of physics, Surjeet Rajendran, was named one of six winners of the 2017 New Horizons In Physics Prize during a Sunday night gala announcing the annual winners of the Breakthrough Prize.

November 30, 2016

The New York Times

EPS Professor Roland Bürgmann featured in New York Times article about views of San Francisco from space.

The Verge

The Verge profiles CRISPR-cas9.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

UC Berkeley history professor Thomas Laqueur has won the 2016 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature for his latest book, The Work of the Dead. The prize, announced late Thursday at McGill University in Quebec, is one of the world’s biggest international awards for a nonfiction book. It is given to an author whose work has had profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.

November 28, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as Westworld. But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new UC Berkeley research.

November 22, 2016

A physicist, a biologist and an environmental lawyer are UC Berkeley’s newest fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, joining more than 220 others on campus who have been honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

November 21, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Director Joe Goode, a professor in the department, interviewed veterans and worked with actors to embody their stories of survival and perseverance... Goode calls the performance style “verbatim theater,” where he works with actors to edit, arrange and sculpt the veterans’ experiences through text, movement and music, with the words supplied entirely by interviewees. “It is all verbatim from the mouths of real people,” he says.

November 16, 2016

An international team of researchers who are reporting three new species of the world’s smallest salamander from the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, warn that the rare creatures are already in danger of dying out.

November 15, 2016

Breakthrough Listen, the UC Berkeley-led 10-year, $100 million search for intelligent life beyond Earth, inaugurated its observations with the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia by homing in on our nearest extrasolar planet, Proxima b, the main destination for a sister project called Breakthrough Starshot.

November 8, 2016

Solar cells made from an inexpensive and increasingly popular material called perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique to sandwich two types of perovskite into a single photovoltaic cell.