Press Release archive

Media Advisory: Major international sporting event at Memorial Stadium

Media Advisory: Major international sporting event at Memorial Stadium May 8, 2014:

A news conference to announce a major international sporting event to be held on the University of California, Berkeley, campus this summer.

Polar bear genome gives new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet

Polar bear genome gives new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet May 8, 2014:

The polar bear diverged from the brown bear, or grizzly, as recently as several hundred thousand years ago, according to a genome comparison by UC Berkeley, Chinese and Danish researchers. They pinpointed genes involved in fat metabolism that could provide insights that will help humans deal with health problems caused by high-fat diets.

Media Advisory: Panel discussion with four Nobel laureates

Media Advisory: Panel discussion with four Nobel laureates April 8, 2014:

UC Berkeley’s newest speaker series “Berkeley Talks: Thought Leaders in Conversation,” Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will gather four of UC Berkeley’s Nobel Laureates to moderate an enlightening dialogue on the role of science in modern society.

Director Wally Pfister joins UC Berkeley neuroengineers to discuss the science behind ‘Transcendence’

Director Wally Pfister joins UC Berkeley neuroengineers to discuss the science behind ‘Transcendence’ April 7, 2014:

“Transcendence” director Wally Pfister, Oscar-winning cinematographer (“Inception”), will come to UC Berkeley for a screening of exclusive clips and audience Q&A of the movie about a leading artificial intelligence researcher, played by Johnny Depp, creating sentient machines. Pfister will join Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, pioneering neuroengineering experts at UC Berkeley and technical consultants for the movie. They plan to discuss the science behind the movie.

April 2 symposium to dedicate new chemistry research institute

March 26, 2014:

An April 2 scientific symposium will celebrate the opening of the California Research Alliance at Berkeley (CARA), a multidisciplinary chemistry research institute funded by the chemical company BASF Corp. that will bring together researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford University and BASF.

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012 with video

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012 March 18, 2014:

UC Berkeley physicist Janet Luhmann & former postdoc Ying Liu report that a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections – the most intense eruptions on the sun – sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space & through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012. Had it hit Earth, it could have disrupted the electrical grid, satellites, GPS & our increasingly electronic lives.

MEMO: POLARBEAR scientists available for comment on cosmic microwave background & inflation

MEMO: POLARBEAR scientists available for comment on cosmic microwave background & inflation March 17, 2014:

A UC Berkeley-led team called POLARBEAR has measured the polarization of the cosmic microwave background, showing that so-called ‘B-mode’ polarization measurements can be used to map the large scale structure of the universe, and perhaps determine the masses of neutrinos.