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Brain scientist Marian Diamond subject of new documentary

February 26, 2016
Over the course of her career, Diamond, a professor emeritus of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, demonstrated that an enriched environment builds better brains and helped establish the idea that the brain changes throughout our lifetimes. Now 89, Diamond is the subject of a new one-hour documentary, My Love Affair with the Brain: the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, that will get its local premiere Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Three young faculty members, including molecular and cell biology professor, honored by White House

February 19, 2016
President Obama this week named three young UC Berkeley faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

UC Berkeley scientists develop new app that turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

February 12, 2016
UC Berkeley scientists today are releasing a free Android app that taps a smartphone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

UC Berkeley Lichenologists Profiled by the New York Times

April 18, 2016
UC Berkeley scientists uncover more than 100 species of plants, mosses, lichens and more living in redwood trees.

UC Berkeley Astronomer Finds That Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Anyone Imagined

April 6, 2016
Scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that may be the biggest ever spotted. According to the research of Chung-Pei Ma, an astronomer at the UC Berkeley, this find suggests that supermassive black holes maybe be much more common than previously thought.

Three Berkeley faculty members among 15 new Searle Scholars

April 15, 2016
Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.

Rolling Stone Magazine Profiles UC Berkeley's Breakthrough Listen Project

April 7, 2016
Reporter Mark Adams writes about the exciting space discoveries of 2016 and research being conducted by the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.

Physicist Robert Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

April 21, 2016
UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, will head to Washington, D.C., next month where he will be honored with the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award.

Neurophysiologist and philosopher Walter Freeman dies at 89

May 2, 2016

It is with great sadness that the Division of Biological Sciences announces the passing of Walter Jackson Freeman III, a neuroscientist and philosopher known for his pioneering work on how the brain generates our perception of the world.