Press Release archive

Obama to present National Medal of Science to three Berkeley faculty

Obama to present National Medal of Science to three Berkeley faculty November 19, 2014:

Tomorrow (Nov. 20) at 8:30 a.m. PST, President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology & Innovation to 19 people, including three UC Berkeley faculty members who have made significant contributions in the fields of chemistry and mathematics.

Of rats and men: Tolman, behavior and academic freedom

Of rats and men: Tolman, behavior and academic freedom November 13, 2014:

Edward Tolman, whose groundbreaking insights laid the foundation for the discovery of what’s been called “the brain’s GPS,” also led the fight against the McCarthy-era UC loyalty oath. His life and work were remembered during a daylong celebration at the Faculty Club and, of course, Tolman Hall.

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws November 5, 2014:

A new study examining impacts of voter ID requirements finds some effective communications tools to help inform and prepare voters to be prepared when going to the polls.

Faster switching helps ferroelectrics become viable replacement for transistors

Faster switching helps ferroelectrics become viable replacement for transistors October 26, 2014:

Ferroelectric materials – commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory, and more – could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to a new, easy method for speeding up their performance.

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit with video

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit October 21, 2014:

The Bancroft Library is providing a window onto California’s unique history and culture with an new exhibit of oil paintings from its pictorial collection, some of which haven’t been publicly displayed before.

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs October 21, 2014:

The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring when it comes to lowering the cost of patient care, according to a new study. Researchers find that patient costs are significantly higher in hospital-owned physician groups compared with physician-owned groups.

Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund application process begins

Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund application process begins October 17, 2014:

Chancellor Dirks has announced the launch of the 2015-16 grant cycle for the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund. This year the fund can grant up to $260,000 to innovative campus-Berkeley community partnerships, for projects beginning in the summer or early fall of 2015.

Media Advisory: Chancellor to visit Hayward, Tennyson high schools on Oct. 16 to promote college access

October 14, 2014:

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and top campus administrators will visit Hayward High School and Tennyson High School in the Hayward Unified School District to promote college readiness, inspire potential UC students and offer teens practical tools for college success.

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries October 9, 2014:

As birth rates decline in countries that include parts of Europe and East Asia, threatening the economic slowdown associated with aging populations, a global study from UC Berkeley and the East-West Center in Hawaii suggests that in much of the world, it actually pays to have fewer children. The results challenge previous assumptions about population growth.

Grapefruit juice stems weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet

Grapefruit juice stems weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet October 8, 2014:

Fad diets come and go, but might there be something to the ones that involve consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice? New research found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained less weight when they drank grapefruit juice instead of water.

College Information Day to be held this Saturday

October 2, 2014:

College Information Day, an event at the University of California, Berkeley, in which dozens of college and university representatives will give tips to college-bound students and their families.

$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.

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein September 14, 2014:

UC Berkeley researchers have found that the human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their brain retain normal cognitive function while others develop dementia.