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Campus mourns the loss of David Wessel, pioneer in music and science

Campus mourns the loss of David Wessel, pioneer in music and science October 20, 2014:

David L. Wessel, who forged new territory in the arena of cognitive science, computer programming and music, has died at the age of 72. He was a leader in the campus’s Center for New Music and Audio Technology, the music department and multiple arenas.

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture October 7, 2014:

Environment, Health and Safety is distributing lab coats and other personal-protective equipment to new lab researchers and staff Oct. 7 and 8 at the foot of the Campanile.

Three UC Berkeley faculty to receive NIH Innovator Award

Three UC Berkeley faculty to receive NIH Innovator Award October 6, 2014:

Three UC Berkeley scientists — Nicholas Ingolia, Michi Taga and Roberto Zoncu — have been recognized as innovators in their fields through new research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

Three faculty members awarded National Medal of Science

Three faculty members awarded National Medal of Science October 3, 2014:

President Barack Obama has chosen three UC Berkeley faculty members – chemist Judith Klinman, applied mathematician Alexandre Chorin and the late statistician David Blackwelll – to receive the 2014 National Medal of Science. They were among 10 honorees announced Oct. 3 by the White House.

$4.5 million for big-data projects in ecology, astronomy, microscopy

$4.5 million for big-data projects in ecology, astronomy, microscopy October 2, 2014:

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has upped its support of data-driven science at UC Berkeley by awarding three professors $1.5 million each over five years to pursue big-data projects in ecology, astronomy and microscopy. The faculty members – Laura Waller, Joshua Bloom and Laurel Larsen – were named Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery.

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.

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.

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.