California Alliance improving pipeline to the professoriate

March 13, 2018

Despite being one of two underrepresented minority scholars, and the only woman in Berkeley’s Nanoelectrics and Nanostructures Group, Amal El-Ghazaly is not isolated in her STEM field. She’s among 25 scholars from Berkeley, Stanford, Caltech and UCLA who have postdoctoral fellowships in the California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a diverse, cross-institutional community of Ph.D. students, postdoc scholars and faculty members funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Did last ice age affect breast feeding in Native Americans?

April 23, 2018

The latest research from Dr. Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, and her lab shows that you never know where basic research is going to take you.  "The critical role that breast feeding plays in infant survival may have led, during the last ice age, to a common genetic mutation in East Asians and Native Americans that also, surprisingly, affects the shape of their teeth." Read more...

Meet a live octopus!

April 20, 2018

Scientists from the Department of Integrative Biology obtained special permits to display kelp forest sea creatures in the Valley Life Sciences Building for Cal Day. Among the animals to be seen, there's an octopus and hundreds of its eggs! Watch the video.

'Deep Look' into Leeches

April 13, 2018
The leech is making a comeback -- in science and medicine.

Writer Maria Zizka Translates Haute Cuisine for the Home Cook

March 8, 2018
In an era when menus often double as moral statements, how refreshing it is to have Maria Zizka and her dozen joyful cookbooks out there, celebrating food without sermonizing to readers. The Berkeley local and Cal grad was recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 “redefining the way we eat, drink, and think about food.”

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    Trump taps L&S alumna to lead FDIC

    December 14, 2017

    Jelena McWilliams, a Yugoslavian immigrant with degrees from UC Berkeley, has been nominated to lead the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which regulates the nation’s banking system.

    The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce

    November 29, 2017


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    A Talk by Mike Summers, Ph.D.

    Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

    Global film project elevates the ordinary

    November 29, 2017
    While an undergraduate at UC Berkeley in 2002, David Harris came up with the idea to record a day in an ordinary person’s life and share their specialness. Almost 15 years later, the Global Lives Project launched by Harris includes 20 videos of individuals from every corner of the world, ranging from a college student in Tokyo and a traveling clown in Spain, to a Vietnamese sand barge worker and a train attendant in China as they go about 24 consecutive hours in their lives.