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Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico

Echaveste gets Obama nod to be Mexico ambasssador

September 18, 2014:

President Obama has nominated UC Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste to become the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and if confirmed, she will be the first woman to hold the prestigious post.

Media Advisory: Sept. 21 party to celebrate MAVEN spacecraft’s arrival at Mars

Media Advisory: Sept. 21 party to celebrate MAVEN spacecraft’s arrival at Mars September 18, 2014:

A celebration of the arrival at Mars of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft carrying four instruments built at the University of California, Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory.

From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride with audio

From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride September 18, 2014:

Wednesday’s midday carillon concert began with the first-ever performance from the Campanile of the song known as the “black national anthem.” At the foot of the tower, D. Mark Wilson directed an ad hoc campus chorus in its rendition of “Life Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

Campanile carillon to play ‘black national anthem’ Wednesday

Campanile carillon to play ‘black national anthem’ Wednesday September 16, 2014:

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will ring from atop UC Berkeley’s Campanile on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at noon. This is the first time the song, also known as the black national anthem, will be played on the tower’s carillon.

2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize for boosting women in architecture, sustainability announced

2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize for boosting women in architecture, sustainability announced September 15, 2014:

Sheila Kennedy, an internationally recognized architect, innovator and educator, is the 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize. The award is given by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design to a design practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to advance gender equity in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and community.

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein September 14, 2014:

UC Berkeley researchers have found that the human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their brain retain normal cognitive function while others develop dementia.

Berkeley’s Eco Ensemble to perform at Venice Music Biennale

Berkeley’s Eco Ensemble to perform at Venice Music Biennale September 11, 2014:

The campus’s new-music “dream team” is headed to Italy for two concerts featuring works by Berkeley music-composition faculty and alumni at what the ensemble”s founder, Edmund Campion, calls “one of the most visible and important sites for new music today.”

Lessons for saving our forests

Lessons for saving our forests September 11, 2014:

UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens lost 400 research sites in last year’s Sierra Nevada Rim Fire, but the harm to the forest ecosystem is incalculable. Now fires are raging again in Yosemite. Stephens offered advice on how to reduce future catastrophes, in a NewsCenter story that first ran in October 2013; it is reposted here.

Changing how we farm can save evolutionary diversity, study suggests

Changing how we farm can save evolutionary diversity, study suggests September 11, 2014:

A new study by biologists at Stanford University and UC Berkeley highlights the dramatic hit on evolutionary diversity when forests are transformed into agricultural lands. The findings point to using diversified farming as a way to preserve the evolutionary history embodied in wildlife.

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain September 8, 2014:

Lead author of new study linking honesty to a certain region of the brain says the findings have significant implications for understanding social interaction and cooperation within business organizations and beyond.