Scientists focused on anticipating and preventing the major impacts ofclimate change shouldn’t forget the effect on Earth’s microbes, says Britt Koskella, an evolutionary biologist and assistant professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley. “Bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms support the existence of all higher lifeforms... but are rarely the focus of climate change research, education or policy.”
Jennifer Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology and chemistry at Berkeley, and UCSF's Jonathan Weissman are the key players in a new collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline to apply CRISPR techniques to the discovery of new drug targets, potentially leading to new therapies for genetic diseases.
The Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, announced their newest fellows this week, among them three L&S faculty - developmental biologist Richard Harland, climate scientist Inez Fung plant biologist Brian Staskawicz.
Nine UC Berkeley faculty have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among them are Judith Butler, the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory; Eugene Chiang, a professor of astronomy and of earth and planetary science; Kam-Biu Luk, a professor of physics; Emi Nakamura, the Chancellor’s Professor of Economics; Kristin Scott, a professor of molecular and cell biology; and Chris Shannon, the Richard and Lisa Steiny Professor of Economics.
In an effort to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, engineering and mathematics, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is partnering with UC Berkeley and UC San Diego to expand a successful program that has operated for 30 years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
For millennia, humans have cultivated deep relationships with psychoactive plants. David Presti, who teaches neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley, gave this talk March 21 for the opening of the Lounge Lecture Series at the Phoebe A.
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.