A new petition seeks to rename Oakland International Airport after Berkeley alumna Maggie Gee, who dropped out during WWII and fought discrimination to join the US military as one of its first volunteer female pilots. After the war she returned to Berkeley to complete a degree in physics, and led a successful career as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
October 26, 2018
October 25, 2018
UC San Francisco doctors working closely with UC Berkeley scientists plan to edit their genomes to correct rare genetic mutations and slow or halt progression of their diseases. If successful, the trials will inaugurate a new era of “genome surgery” — the precision targeting of genetic defects in the genome, using CRISPR-Cas9 customized to individual patients. Such “bespoke” therapies can benefit small groups of individuals or families with particular genetic defects that would never be addressed by large pharmaceutical companies.
October 24, 2018
For Hari Srinivasan, a fourth-year student in psychology with nonverbal autism and sensory dysregulation, unfamiliar spaces can spark frenzy and overstimulation can send his reflexes into overdrive. Srinivasan is one of about 2,700 students in UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program, or DSP, which worked with him to provide accommodations and services tailed to his needs.
October 23, 2018
When your telescope breaks at the South Pole, a zillion miles away from, well, pretty much anywhere, who do you call? Odds are it would be to Warner Carlisle and his crew at UC Berkeley’s physics lab, who perform research-saving repairs for scientists and technicians from Athens to Antarctica.
October 19, 2018
We're due for a big quake - scientists think one happens along the Hayward Fault roughly every 150 years. But Roland Bürgmann, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science and a member of the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab, says that while there’s nothing we can do to prevent or predict big quakes, we understand the fault — and the risk — better than ever before.
October 18, 2018
"Michael Manga always wanted to be a scientist. The Canadian native was just six when he started attending Macoun Field Club events at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Ottawa. By high school, he was spending Friday afternoons with the club and publishing scientific articles.
An ancient group of microbes that contains some of the smallest life forms on Earth also has the smallest CRISPR gene-editing machinery discovered to date. The made by a group including Berkeley graduate student Lucas Harrington and Professor Jennifer Doudna of the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology.
The American Cancer Society will bestow its highest honor, the Medal of Honor, on Jennifer Doudna and four others — including former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. The medal is awarded to distinguished individuals who have made valuable contributions in the fight against cancer through basic research, clinical research and cancer control.
A half-decade ago, UC Berkeley neuroscientists discovered that training for law school admission exams boosted brain connections that sharpen reasoning skills. Today, they’ve taken a major step closer to understanding how practicing the LSAT makes students smarter. They’re watching their eyes.
October 17, 2018
Three UC Berkeley faculty members were elected this week to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine. Among them are John Kuriyan, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry; and Barbara Meyer, a professor of molecular and cell biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator;
October 16, 2018
In the 1940s and 50s, actors in major American films spoke with a kind of faux British accent as a way to sound “upper class.” But this way of talking left out nearly all actual American voices, says Tom McEnaney, a UC Berkeley professor who teaches a class called “Sounding American.” While the class talks about the generational differences of sound, they also discuss how today’s filmmakers are pushing back against the racial norms concealed in what we might say sounds American.
Priya Moorjani, who received her Ph.D. from Stanford, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of political science and public policy.
October 15, 2018
With a snap of the traditional big scissors, Chancellor Carol Christ formally opened Berkeley Way West, UC Berkeley’s newest academic building. The eight-story building will house the Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Education, and School of Public Health.
October 10, 2018
As Hurricane Michael moves toward what will likely be a deadly interaction with the panhandle of Florida, one of the primary questions facing those who will be impacted is just how the storm will manifest itself. William Boos, an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Berkeley, is one of many researchers hoping to better understand storm systems to predict future damage.
October 9, 2018
Priya Moorjani, who received her Ph.D. from Harvard, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of genetics, genomics, and development.
The MacArthur Foundation yesterday unveiled the 25 newest stars in its constellation of “genius” award winners, among them mathematician Allan Sly, a mathematics professor at Princeton who earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Berkeley in 2009 and served on the statistics faculty at Berkeley from 2011-2016.
Comparative literature professor Tom McEnaney, who teaches a class called “Sounding American,” says the U.S. has a long history of men criticizing the way women speak. Sound technologies, starting with the gramophone and phonograph, he says, were developed for men’s voices — and distort women’s.
Assistant professor Ke Xu of chemistry and Denis Titov of molecular and cell biology — were among 89 recipients of “high-risk, high-reward” grants announced last week by the National Institutes of Health. The awards, which support “unusually innovative research from early career investigators” who have never received an NIH grant before, come with $1.5 million in direct funds for five years.
October 8, 2018
This Wednesday (Oct. 10), from 3-4 p.m., Chancellor Carol Christ will take to Reddit, the website and discussion forum, to conduct an AMA (if you’re out of the loop, it stands for “Ask Me Anything”) interview with the Berkeley community.
In a new episode of the Peabody Award-winning TV series “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Stephanie Syjuco, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of art practice, invites viewers into her studio to see firsthand how she embeds politics in her work, and hear her talk about her interest in “how objects reflect cultural moments.”