Press Release archive

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds April 22, 2015:

UC Berkeley astronomer James Graham is leading a coalition of planet-searchers in an effort to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extraterrestrial life itself. The project is one of 16 funded by NASA’s new NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet System Science) initiative.

$13 million gift launches new maternal and child health center at School of Public Health

$13 million gift launches new maternal and child health center at School of Public Health March 2, 2015:

Dr. Helen Wallace, a world-renowned professor, mentor and advocate known for her passion for improving the lives of women and children, has left a bequest valued at more than $13 million to UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. The funds will launch the Wallace Maternal and Child Health Center, the campus announced today (Monday, March 2).

UC Berkeley debuts first-of-its-kind 3-D-printed cement structure

UC Berkeley debuts first-of-its-kind 3-D-printed cement structure March 2, 2015:

A team led by Ronald Rael, UC Berkeley associate professor of architecture, is unveiling the first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date. The pavilion, “Bloom,” demonstrates the architectural potential of 3-D printing, its creators say.

Media Advisory: Panel of health, legal experts to address undervaccination in California

Media Advisory: Panel of health, legal experts to address undervaccination in California February 26, 2015:

UC Berkeley is organizing a panel of health and legal experts to discuss the underlying social and cultural framework of resistance to childhood vaccinations. Panelists will address vaccine-related questions of constitutional rights, civil liability, and the status and potential impact of proposed state legislation to alter “personal belief exemption” rules. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Li Ka Shing Center.

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million February 10, 2015:

Google Inc. has given $1 million to the UC’s Lick Observatory in what astronomer Alex Filippenko hopes is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for the state. The funds will augment the $1.5 million the UC Office of the President gives annually to operate the mountaintop observatory for the 10-campus UC system.