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May 2, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have built a “semantic atlas” that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language. The atlas identifies brain areas that respond to words that have similar meanings.

It is with great sadness that the Division of Biological Sciences announces the passing of Walter Jackson Freeman III, a neuroscientist and philosopher known for his pioneering work on how the brain generates our perception of the world.

The cognitive science program is considering a change that would require Math 55 as a prerequisite for the major. Currently, Math 55 is part of the post-declaration major program. There will be more to follow as the possible change develops.

April 21, 2016

UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, will head to Washington, D.C., next month where he will be honored with the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award.
We’re at UC Berkeley’s Campanile courtyard listening to sounds of an ancient bell that have never been heard before. It’s the 20-foot-tall, 200-ton Russian “Tsar Bell” — the largest bell in the world — in duet with the campus’s carillon. But the bell isn’t actually here. It’s at the Moscow Kremlin.

April 20, 2016

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 213 new members, including nine UC Berkeley faculty members.

April 19, 2016

UC Berkeley graduate Viet Thanh Nguyen is this year’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his debut novel, The Sympathizer, a thriller/political satire about a double-agent who moves to Los Angeles after the Vietnam war... In addition to Nguyen’s prize for fiction, two other UC Berkeley grads — both of whom cut their journalistic teeth at the Daily Cal — won Pulitzers for news coverage.

April 18, 2016

UC Berkeley’s Global Urban Humanities Initiative will conduct four more years of interdisciplinary studies on cities and urban life, thanks to $1.5 million in renewed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
New York Times
UC Berkeley scientists uncover more than 100 species of plants, mosses, lichens and more living in redwood trees.

April 17, 2016

April 15, 2016

Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.

April 13, 2016

Two UC Berkeley faculty members from the College of Letters & Science are among the 2016 recipients of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships.
Why does North America have so many trees and so few elephants? The classic explanation is that the climate changed at the end of the Pleistocene in a way that favored denser forests, which extinguished the last of the megafauna between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago. However, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, Anthony Barnosky, feels there is more to the story.

April 12, 2016

2016 is the first year that UC Berkeley, or any United States institution, has been invited by the Yenching Academy of Peking to nominate students for the Yenching Scholars Program. UC Berkeley student Alicia Hayes (Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships) works as Berkeley's campus representative for the Yenching Academy. 

April 7, 2016

Rolling Stone
Reporter Mark Adams writes about the exciting space discoveries of 2016 and research being conducted by the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.

April 6, 2016

NPR
Scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that may be the biggest ever spotted. According to the research of Chung-Pei Ma, an astronomer at the UC Berkeley, this find suggests that supermassive black holes maybe be much more common than previously thought.

March 28, 2016

UC Berkeley cancer immunologists are teaming up with colleagues working on infectious disease to create a new Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative, fueled by $7.5 million in funding from Aduro Biotech, Inc., a Berkeley company that develops immunotherapies for cancer and other diseases.

March 7, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have captured unique images of problem-solving in action by tapping into the minds of mice. The study shows rapid rewiring in the rodents’ frontal brains after they learn by trial and error.

March 2, 2016

New research led by scientists at UC Berkeley shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative disorder.

February 29, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden visited UCSF on Feb. 27 as part of his ‘cancer moonshot’ tour, where he heard from scientists such as UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, the co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool now being applied to cancer research.