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Seismologists examine how seasonal rain and snow trigger small quakes on California faults

June 15, 2017

California’s winter rains and snow depress the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, which then rebound during the summer, changing the stress on the state’s earthquake faults and causing seasonal upticks in small quakes, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley seismologists.

Astronomers uncover new evidence that all stars are born in pairs

June 14, 2017

Did our sun have a twin when it was born 4.5 billion years ago?

Almost certainly yes — though not an identical twin. And so did every other sunlike star in the universe, according to a new analysis by a theoretical physicist from UC Berkeley and a radio astronomer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here’s what you’ll see on Aug. 21

June 13, 2017

Are you wondering what the total solar eclipse in late summer will look like from your patio? Or where to travel to get the best view of the eclipse?

A unique simulator produced by the Eclipse Megamovie Project – a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and Google – has just what you need.

Doug Bell, a wildlife program manager at Wast Bay Regional Park District and Berkeley alumnus, discusses the Campanile’s first-known peregrine falcon family

June 12, 2017

When Doug Bell heard that a pair of peregrine falcons was nesting on the Campanile, he couldn’t believe his luck. An avid falconer, Bell has been fascinated with peregrines — the fastest animal in the world — since he was a kid growing up in Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from UC Berkeley, where he studied ornithology and systematic biology. Berkeley News spoke with Bell about the Campanile’s first-known peregrine falcon family, and how the top-speed bird has soared back from the brink of extinction.

New guide to the Hayward Fault in UC Berkeley’s backyard

June 9, 2017

Horst Rademacher invites you to lace up your walking shoes, grab a water bottle and take a leisurely tour of the most dangerous earthquake fault in the Bay Area – the one that cuts directly through the UC Berkeley campus.

Faculty adviser on sexual harassment/violence named

June 5, 2017
Professor of Linguistics Sharon Inkelas has been named the special faculty adviser to the chancellor on sexual violence/sexual harassment for a three-year term, beginning on July 24.

Ph.D. student pioneers storytelling strategies for science communication

June 7, 2017

28-year-old ElShafie is one of the few people in the country who focus on adapting storytelling strategies from the film industry to science communication. For the past year and a half, she has been leading workshops for scientists — primarily graduate students — on how to tell stories about their research that resonate with a broader audience.

The Innovative Genomics Institute Launches the Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation Faculty Scholars Program

June 1, 2017

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is officially launching The Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation (SKCF) Faculty Scholars Program thanks to a $1 million gift from the Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation.

Michael Botchan named dean of biological sciences

May 15, 2017

Michael Botchan, interim dean of the Division of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley, has been appointed to be permanent dean of the division. He has held the position on an interim basis since July 1, 2016.

Einstein project names Murayama one of world’s top influencers

May 31, 2017

Hitoshi Murayama has been named a Genius Contributor for a project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, reports the Einstein Legacy Project on May 31.