Technology & engineering archive

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.”

Research on the literal edge of 2D semiconductors

Research on the literal edge of 2D semiconductors May 1, 2014:

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have recorded the first observations of a strong nonlinear optical resonance along the edges of single layers of molybdenum disulfide. The existence of these edge states is key to the use of molybdenum disulfide in nanoelectronics, as well as a catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction in fuel cells, desulfurization and other chemical reactions.

Five faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

Five faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences April 29, 2014:

Mathematicians Richard Borcherds and L. Craig Evans, statistician Bin Yu, molecular biologist Richard Harland and population geneticist Montgomery Slatkin were elected this month to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), bringing to 139 the total number of NAS members at UC Berkeley.

Map of fruit fly’s active genes has implications for understanding stress

Map of fruit fly’s active genes has implications for understanding stress March 19, 2014:

A group led by scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted the largest survey yet of how information encoded in an animal genome is processed in different organs, stages of development and environmental conditions. Their findings about the fruit fly paint a new picture of how genes function in the nervous system and in response to environmental stress.

Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend

Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend March 6, 2014:

Physicists Dmitry Budker of UC Berkeley and Ron Folman of Ben-Gurion University show that color centers in diamonds, among the most sensitive magnetic sensors known today, can help researchers learn about the much ballyhooed but still mysterious high-temperature superconductors.

Scientists show which surfaces attract clingy Staph bacteria

Scientists show which surfaces attract clingy Staph bacteria March 4, 2014:

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers are investigating how shapes and surface texture influence the adhesion of infectious Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. Their work could lead to a more nuanced understanding of what makes a surface less inviting to bacteria.

Ashok Gadgil inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Ashok Gadgil inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame March 4, 2014:

Ashok Gadgil, UC Berkeley professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is among the 2014 inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He is being recognized for his innovative solutions for providing clean water in developing nations.

Art in Science: A Berkeley perspective with photos

Art in Science: A Berkeley perspective February 26, 2014:

The Feb. 27-28 exhibit, “Art-in-Science: The intersection of image and research,” drew record crowds to see sculpture, painting, photography, origami, multi-media and digital art by scientists and artists — now or formerly at UC Berkeley — whose works portray the artistic face of science. The exhibit was sponsored by Science@Cal and the EBI.

More Ph.D. students get sneak preview of non-academic careers

More Ph.D. students get sneak preview of non-academic careers February 24, 2014:

Scientists spend a lot of time crunching numbers to draw conclusions from data. And so it’s hardly surprising that Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers at last week’s “Beyond Academia” career conference were doing just that. “The likelihood that we will land tenure-track positions is about 10 percent,” said molecular biology postdoc Magda Strzelecka. “It would be great to have an academic job, but I want to be prepared in case it doesn’t work out.”