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March 1, 2019

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Dogs are thousands of times better than humans at picking up scents, which is why they’re often the heroes of search-and-rescue missions. UC Berkeley neuroscientist Lucia Jacobs has long been studying animals’ smell-navigation skills and is a key member of a National Science Foundation brain initiative known as the Odor Navigation Project.

February 28, 2019

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Some of the peculiar aspects of our solar system have been linked to the close approach of another star in our system’s infancy that flung things helter-skelter. UC Berkeley and Stanford University astronomers think they have now found a smoking gun that points to how this happened.

February 25, 2019

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A new study by UC Berkeley psychologists shows visual context — as in background and action — is just as important as facial expressions and body language in interpreting a person's state of mind. The findings, presented by David Whitney, a professor of psychology, and doctoral student Zhimin Chen, challenge decades of research positing that emotional intelligence and recognition are based largely on the ability to read micro-expressions.

February 22, 2019

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Six years in the making, UC Berkeley’s new Basic Needs Center, a one-stop shop for students with food, housing and financial insecurity, opens Monday, Feb. 25, on the lower level of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union. The novel, nearly 3,000-square-foot facility is considered the first of its kind in the UC system and nationwide.

February 21, 2019

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A new study authored by Paul Renne, a professor-in-residence of earth and planetary science, indicates that an asteroid or comet impact 66 million years ago reignited massive volcanic eruptions half a world away from the impact site in the Caribbean Sea. But it leaves unclear to what degree the two catastrophes contributed to the near-simultaneous mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs and many other forms of life.

February 20, 2019

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UC Berkeley astronomers studying Neptune’s tiniest moon, Hippocamp, now believe it was chipped off a larger moon, Proteus, by a cosmic collision billions of years ago. “This discovery is yet another example of the violent collisional history and continuous evolution of our solar system,” said researcher and astronomy professor Imke de Pater.

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Seven assistant professors from the fields of astronomy, biology, computer science, economics and statistics have been named 2019 Sloan Research Fellows. They include Courtney Dressing, astronomy; Shirshendu Ganguly, statistics; Priya Moorjani, molecular and cell biology; and Philipp Strack and Gabriel Zucman, economics.

February 12, 2019

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Caitlin Rosenthal, an assistant professor of history, has published a new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management, which examines how slaveowners in the West Indies and the American South were early innovators of many business practices and terms we use today. “It is an attempt to write slavery back into the history of American business,” Rosenthal said of her book.

February 11, 2019

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In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is counting on Americans being captivated by her push for additional taxes on the richest people in the country. For the numbers behind her plan, she’s turned to two UC Berkeley economists, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. The two coauthored a paper on wealth inequality for the National Bureau of Economic Research which says the current high level of wealth inequality “is almost entirely due to the rise of the top 0.1 percent wealth share.”

February 9, 2019

The New York Times Opinion

Young Jean Lee, a playwright, director and filmmaker, credits affirmative action for getting her into Berkeley in 1992, changing her life for the better.

February 8, 2019

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for a University of California patent application covering systems and methods for using single molecule guide RNAs that, when combined with the Cas9 protein, create more efficient and effective ways for scientists to target and edit genes. U.S.

February 7, 2019

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UC Berkeley researchers, both faculty and students, are jumping in to interpret new images of the planet Uranus and Neptune recently released by NASA. The images reveal clues to the planets' weather, including massive year-long storms.

February 5, 2019

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Ignacio Navarrete, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was one of two faculty members honored with UC Berkeley’s prestigious 2019 Berkeley Faculty Service Award. The award recognizes “outstanding and dedicated service to the campus . . . {that has} significantly enhanced the quality of the campus as an educational institution and community of scholars.”"

February 4, 2019

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A new gene-editing protein, CasX, may give CRISPR-Cas9 a run for its money. Discovered two years ago by UC Berkeley scientists Jill Banfield and Jennifer Doudna in some of the world’s smallest bacteria, the enzyme's size creates an advantage in delivering a gene editor into a cell.

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Non-verbal communication say a lot more about what we’re feeling than previously understood, according to a new study authored by psychology professor Dacher Keltner. Scientists found they can convey at least 24 kinds of emotion, more than double the previously researched amount.

January 31, 2019

Dr. Gentry Patrick

How does one take a kid from Compton on a life journey and academic career path to Professor in Neurobiology at UC San Diego by way of UC Berkeley (B.A.), Harvard University (Ph.D.), and postdoctoral studies at California Institute of Technology?

January 30, 2019

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Researchers exploring the effects of a long-standing treatment for cystic fibrosis have discovered a potential new target for drugs to treat the disease, which has no cure and typically cuts decades off the lives of patients. The research, a collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and UC Berkeley, is based on a unique method to measure fluid secretion in the lungs.

January 28, 2019

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Some of the largest ever bacteria-eating viruses, or "bacteriophages", have been discovered in the human gut, where they periodically devastate bacteria just as seasonal outbreaks of flu lay humans low. The new study was Jill Banfield, who leads the Innovative Genomics Institute’s microbiology initiative and is a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science and of environmental science, policy and management.

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A new study led by Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of neuroscience and psychology, has identified neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain that can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury. The findings, published Jan. 28 in the Journal of Neuroscience, help explain the self-perpetuating cycles contributing to the overlapping global epidemics of sleep loss, chronic pain and even opioid addiction.

January 22, 2019

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Eric Stanley, who received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 2013, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of gender and women's studies.