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Investment transforms life sciences and business ecosystem

October 23, 2020

With a visionary investment connecting life sciences to entrepreneurship, Mark and Stephanie Robinson are fast tracking innovation at UC Berkeley. The Robinsons have given a total of $10 million to support bio-entrepreneurship at Berkeley, creating resources for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty that leverage our university’s edge in basic science research while preparing the next generation of business leaders.

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Berkeley student throws cold water on ‘monster’ black hole discovery

December 16, 2019

UC Berkeley astronomy graduate student Kareem El-Badry says that he has disproved a recent allegation made by Chinese astronomers that they had discovered a black hole that was astoundingly large: 70 times the mass of our sun.

Madam Ambassador: The unusual trip from Barbados to Berkeley to Brazil

July 18, 2019

Tonika Sealy-Thompson, a PhD student in Global Urban Humanities, left Berkeley for the chance to serve her home country of Barbados as ambassador to Brazil. At 42, Sealy-Thompson is Barbados’ youngest-serving woman ambassador and one of the youngest ambassadors to Brazil. She credits her time at Berkeley as being integral to her readiness to take on the high-profile job.

Berkeley mathematics pries Gotti away from dancing and skydiving … and Cuba

May 31, 2019

Two decades ago, UC Berkeley mathematician Paulo Ney De Souza co-authored a book, Berkeley Problems in Mathematics. That sparked a lifelong fascination with math for the Cuban-born Felix Gotti, who this month finished his dissertation and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics.

Fossil barnacles, the original GPS, help track ancient whale migrations

March 25, 2019

A UC Berkeley study of fossilized barnacles is helping scientists reconstruct the migrations of whale populations millions of years in the past. The study, authored by integrative biology professor Seth Finnegan and doctoral student Larry Taylor, will help scientists understand how migration patterns may have affected the evolution of whales over the past 3 to 5 million years, how these patterns changed with changing climate and may help predict how modern whales will adapt to the rapid climate change happening today.

What ancient poop reveals about the rise and fall of civilizations

March 14, 2019

The pre-Columbian city of Cahokia was once among the most populous and bustling settlements north of Mexico. But by 1400 A.D., Cahokia’s population had dwindled to virtually nothing. While theories abound about what happened, AJ White, a Ph.D. student in anthropology at UC Berkeley, has studied ancient poop samples to connect the city’s 13th century population plunge – at least in part – to climate change.

Fiat Vox: For Malika Imhotep, devotion to black feminist study is a life practice

March 12, 2019

Malika Imhotep grew up in West Atlanta, rooted in a community that she calls an “Afrocentric bubble,” in a family of artisans, entrepreneurs and community organizers. Now, as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, she’s studying how black women and femmes make sense of themselves in a society designed, in many ways, to keep them out.