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Berkeley researchers develop new standard for sharing neuroscience data

Berkeley researchers develop new standard for sharing neuroscience data December 19, 2014:

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a computational framework for standardizing neuroscience data to assist data sharing among neuroscientists worldwide, much as the jpeg and TIFF standards have made sharing digital images easy. The researchers are part of the UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and UCSF partnership called BRAINSeed.

Berkeley prof on ‘Becoming Richard Pryor’ with video

Berkeley prof on ‘Becoming Richard Pryor’ December 17, 2014:

Scott Saul’s biography and website are shedding new light on the late comic and actor.

Students show off ‘autonomous vehicles’ at L.A. Drone Expo

Students show off ‘autonomous vehicles’ at L.A. Drone Expo December 16, 2014:

UC Berkeley engineering students joined civil engineering professor Raja Sengupta at the first-ever Drone Expo in Los Angeles on Saturday, demonstrating their “unmanned autonomous vehicles” to a crowd of some 4,000 hobbyists and enthusiasts.

Holiday gifts with a UC Berkeley twist

Holiday gifts with a UC Berkeley twist December 16, 2014:

Whether you’re gift shopping for a Cal Athletics fan, an environmentally minded undergrad or a visiting music buff, campus organizations, museums and gifts shops offer a host of novel options. Here are a few holiday gift ideas.

Discovery advances ferroelectrics in quest for lower power transistors

Discovery advances ferroelectrics in quest for lower power transistors December 16, 2014:

A new study led by engineers at UC Berkeley and CITRIS describes the first direct observation of a long-hypothesized but elusive phenomenon called “negative capacitance.” The work describes a unique reaction of electrical charge to applied voltage in a ferroelectric material that could open the door to a radical reduction in the power consumed by transistors and the devices containing them.

Berkeley innovators named fellows of National Academy of Inventors

Berkeley innovators named fellows of National Academy of Inventors December 16, 2014:

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, chemical engineer Jay Keasling and chemist Richard Mathies were among 170 people named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. The organization honors innovators who have file patents in the United States.

Black staff, faculty stage silent protest at Sproul

Black staff, faculty stage silent protest at Sproul December 15, 2014:

Black staff and faculty at Berkeley led a silent protest in front of Sproul Hall on Monday, in solidarity with the nationwide #BlackLivesMatter movement. More than 100 stood in a driving rain to silently voice their support for the growing movement.

Study reveals resilience of Roman architectural concrete

Study reveals resilience of Roman architectural concrete December 15, 2014:

An international research team studying the mortar used to build such Roman architectural marvels as the Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets and the Colosseum has found a secret to the material’s resilience. Led by scientists at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, the team found that as the mortar cures, it forms a crystalline binding hydrate that prevents microcracks from propagating.

Media Advisory: UC Berkeley winter commencement to be held Dec. 20

December 12, 2014:

UC Berkeley will celebrate its annual December Commencement honoring all graduating seniors in the Class of 2014. More than 4,000 people, including graduating students and their guests, are expected to attend the event at Haas Pavilion.

Nunberg’s word of the year: god view

Nunberg’s word of the year: god view December 11, 2014:

UC Berkeley linguist Geoffrey Nunberg nominated “god view” as the word of the year in his annual National Public Radio feature, which aired yesterday (Dec. 10).

Storm message to the campus community

Storm message to the campus community December 11, 2014:

UC Berkeley leadership sent a messages\ to the campus community about storm-related accommodations for affected employees and students.