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April 16, 2015:
Time magazine has named Jennifer Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology, to its 2015 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list also includes President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and rapper Kanye West.
March 30, 2015:
President Barack Obama named 14 individuals, including two from UC Berkeley, as the newest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. These mentors, which include Sheila Humphreys and John Matsui, will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.
March 25, 2015:
Michael Stonebraker, an MIT researcher and former UC Berkeley professor, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s A.M. Turing Award, considered the most prestigious honor in the field of computing. Stonebraker revolutionized the field of database management systems in his nearly three decades as a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.
February 27, 2015:
UC’s first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1939 to Ernest Lawrence for the invention of the atom smasher, but the prize ceremony in Sweden was canceled because of looming war in Europe. So Sweden shipped the prize to San Francisco, and the Swedish consul general presented it to Lawrence on Feb. 29, 1940, during a special white-tie ceremony in Wheeler Hall.
February 23, 2015:
Nine UC Berkeley faculty members were awarded 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships to boost their early-career research. They are Naomi Ginsberg and Thomas Maimone in chemistry; Benjamin Handel in economics; Vivek Shende, Richard Bamler and Lin Lin in mathematics; Helen Bateup and Polina V. Lishko in neuroscience; and James Analytis in physics.
February 11, 2015:
Berkeley engineers frequently win awards for scientific achievements — but it’s not every day they win an Oscar. Last weekend, as a lead-up to the Oscar ceremony Feb. 22, EECS professor James O’Brien was awarded a technical achievement Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his contribution to special effects.
February 5, 2015:
The MacArthur Foundation has honored the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center for its investigations and research on war crimes and human rights abuses with a 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award, announced Thursday, Feb. 5, comes with $1 million, which the center will use to establish an endowment and to expand its sexual violence program.
December 18, 2014:
In a profile by The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2014 Pew Scholar Roberto Zoncu discusses the adventure of science and his own research to find a way to starve cancer of nutrients. A native of Sardinia, Italy, Zoncu is an assistant professor of molecular cell biology and a recipient of a NIH Innovator Award.