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June 20, 2016

Taiwan’s top science award, the Tang Prize, has gone to two UC Berkeley scientists well-known in the fields of biochemistry and physics: Jennifer Doudna, for her invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, and Arthur Rosenfeld, often called the “godfather of energy efficiency.”

June 17, 2016

New research is uncovering how mutations - errors made when DNA is copied or consequences of chance chemical reactions - are in fact the seeds of life’s diversity.

June 15, 2016

For insights about how individuals can stay safe, or at least safer, UC Berkeley Public Affairs turned to Bruce O. Newsome. A lecturer with the campus’s International and Area Studies program, Newsome teaches courses on global security risks, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, intelligence and counterintelligence and international conflict.

June 13, 2016

University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have now clarified the critical role that copper plays in nutrition: It helps move fat out of fat cells – called adipocytes – and into the blood stream for use as energy.

June 10, 2016

UC Berkeley biologist Mu-ming Poo has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for work showing how the brain’s circuitry changes in response to life experiences.

June 7, 2016

UC Berkeley leadership announced yesterday the appointment of Cathryn Carson, Associate Professor in the Department of History, to the Thomas M. Siebel Presidential Chair in the History of Science. Carson will be the inaugural holder of the chair, created by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation to “recognize and support scholarly and research activities of an outstanding [Berkeley] faculty member in the History of Science.”

June 6, 2016

UC Berkeley astronomers have used a new technique to see deeper into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope.

Cal Student Orientation season has officially started. The first CalSO session for the newest class of incoming Bears contained 74 computer science intended majors, 59 intended to major in molecular & cell biology, 40 students for Haas School of Business, 36 intended for economics, and 19 for mathematics, making up seventy percent of the incoming 326 students. Among smaller groups, there was one intended history major, one intended film major, one student for anthropology, and six wisely intending to major in physics.  

Hold on tight: The universe is expanding faster than we thought

You know them as faculty members, school officials, researchers, co-workers and alums. But they are artists, too, and part of a campus community that’s rich in both celebrated and hidden artistic talent. Click each photo to read, in their own words, a little about why the arts and design — including music, dance, painting, theater, architecture and photography — give them joy and insight.

June 2, 2016

Astronomers have obtained the most precise measurement yet of how fast the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t agree with predictions based on other data and our current understanding of the physics of the cosmos.

The Cal Band closed out its triumphant two-week Asia tour, which saw both a spirited performance of traditional tunes like “Fight for California” and “Big C” at China’s Great Wall and a halftime show of Taylor Swift songs at a football game in Osaka Expo Park. All along their high-stepping way, the UC Berkeley students brought their trademark energy and enthusiasm.

May 31, 2016

The Sierra Club and Berkeley psychology student, Craig Anderson, are studying the positive effects of adrenaline and stress on war veterans and at-risk teens. Their research shows that awe-inspiring and stress inducing activities in nature, like white water river rafting, can decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

May 28, 2016

The Student Informations Systems (SIS) project is planning to give advisors access to high school records, including transcripts, in June. CalCentral will now feature a link to ImageNow for access to the new SIS feature. 

May 25, 2016

The Coordination Board for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management writes that the "target self-help value" for undergrad in-state financial aid rose from $450 to $8400. UC Berkeley is still on the good side of the numbers compared to the UC average. The increase is mostly due to increases in expected student expenses. The board is looking to house about fifty students at Mills College in the fall of this year, perhaps in concert with some Bio 1A/1B-style courses. Other joint programs are being considered as well.

UC Berkeley scientists are releasing a Japanese version of an Android app that crowdsources ground-shaking information from smartphones to detect quakes and eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

May 21, 2016

Construction on Wheeler Hall is starting up. For more information, please see the following links of Berkeley websites covering the project: http://realestate.berkeley.edu/wheeler-renewal and http://wheelerrenewal.berkeley.edu. Wheeler Hall will be closed until May 2017.

May 20, 2016

Wired profiles Steven Boggs' research on super pressure balloon technology and how it can be applied to consistent, long-duration flights in space.

May 17, 2016

The Simons Foundation has given $38.4 million to establish a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert, adding new telescopes and new detectors to existing instruments in order to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today.

When tiny microbes jam up like fans exiting a baseball stadium, they can do some real damage. UC Berkeley physicists found this out the hard way when the baker’s yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) they were studying multiplied so prolifically that they burst the tiny chamber in which they were being raised.