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Carol Christ named UC Berkeley chancellor-designate, pending regents’ approval

March 13, 2017

University of California President Janet Napolitano today announced that she has selected Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost and the former president of Smith College, as her choice to become the campus’s next chancellor, the first woman to serve in the role.

Berkeley scientist explores how a butterfly builds its wings

February 28, 2017
Nipam Patel started collecting butterflies when he was 8. Now an evolutionary and developmental biologist at UC Berkeley, Patel and his team are using innovative techniques to try to figure out something that’s fascinated but eluded scientists for years: How butterflies develop their extraordinary colors and patterns.

Sloan fellowships awarded to faculty ‘rising stars’

February 23, 2017

Five young UC Berkeley faculty members (two within the College of Letters & Science) have been awarded 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships, coveted grants for scientists and scholars at the beginning of their academic careers.

Berkeley scientist works to develop scalpel-free biopsy

February 21, 2017

Kathy Collins, professor of biophysics, biochemistry, and structural biology is launching a startup called KarnaTeq to develop and market a technology to increase the diagnostic power of scalpel-free biopsy. 

UC Berkeley, NASA looking for citizen scientists to help find Planet 9

February 16, 2017

Through a new website called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, anyone can now help search for objects far beyond the orbit of our farthest planet, Neptune, by viewing brief “flipbook” movies made from images captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. A faint spot seen moving through background stars might be a new and distant planet orbiting the sun or a nearby brown dwarf.

Berkeley scientist examines how to build an organism

February 13, 2017

Today, scientists can sequence the DNA of nearly any organism they wish. Yet they cannot predict the size, shape, or functions of a developing organism solely based on its DNA sequence.

Berkeley scientists use fossil record to help guide conservation in a changing world

February 10, 2017

Scientists are joining lawyers, policymakers and writers to urge conservationists not only to save species, but also to preserve a diverse array of ecosystem structures and functions in the face of rising populations and changing climate. This could include allowing some species to disappear from some areas if that means a more resilient environment able to respond to warming temperatures and loss of habitat.

CZ Biohub awards nearly $14.5 million to Berkeley researchers

February 8, 2017

Thirteen UC Berkeley faculty, seven of them women, are among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached.

Berkeley Geologists Discover New Feature of the Cascadia Subduction Zone

February 7, 2017

Using a 3D imaging technique called seismic tomography and data gathered from more than 1,000 on- and offshore seismometers, researchers William Hawley, Richard Allen, and Mark Richards have captured a clearer picture of one portion of the earth’s elusive deep structure. It’s a giant, sausage-shaped accumulation of buoyant material beneath the Juan de Fuca Plate—an oceanic plate nearly the size of Michigan. The plate’s western edge runs from Northern California to Vancouver Island, Canada.

Berkeley biologist boosts cells’ strategy to survive

February 6, 2017

The Bakar Fellows Program supports research by biochemist James Hurley, professor of molecular and cell biology, to develop a new drug to boost the natural autophagy process.