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Haight Ashbury Free Clinic founder receives Haas Public Service Award

Haight Ashbury Free Clinic founder receives Haas Public Service Award April 16, 2014

“In my era,” says David E. Smith, “I had to get into a countercultural revolution that was anti-establishment in order to get into public service.” He did, and the rest is medical history.

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012

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.

Jennifer Doudna receives Lurie Award for gene editing breakthrough

Jennifer Doudna receives Lurie Award for gene editing breakthrough February 25, 2014

Jennifer Doudna, professor of molecular and cell biology, is the 2014 recipient of the Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Doudna, who studies what she calls “the secret life of RNA,” will receive a medal and $100,000 honorarium on May 20 in Washington, D.C.

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age February 11, 2014

Love, marriage, kids — and then what? UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson looks back on his longitudinal study of 156 middle-aged and older couples in the San Francisco Bay Area who survived the slings and arrows of early wedlock.

UC president: Donate to cancer research at tax time

UC president: Donate to cancer research at tax time February 7, 2014

UC President Janet Napolitano, in a Feb. 7 letter, encouraged UC faculty, staff and students to make a donation to two UC cancer-research programs when preparing their state tax return.

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy January 28, 2014

UC Berkeley engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.

Berkeley to host nearly 170 aspiring young women physicists

January 15, 2014

UC Berkeley, LBNL and LLNL are hosting the 2014 West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, a three-day event designed to encourage attendees to pursue careers in a field where women are still a minority.

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I School prof Geoff Nunberg’s word of the year for 2012: big data

I School prof Geoff Nunberg’s word of the year for 2012: big data January 4, 2013

Berkeley linguist Geoffrey Nunberg picks “big data” as the word of the year for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air show, and explains why people should pay attention to it. With audio.

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Art in Science: A Berkeley perspective

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.

Illegal Occupation at Albany Village Mixed-Use Site Underway

Illegal Occupation at Albany Village Mixed-Use Site Underway May 12, 2013

About 75 people representing Occupy the Farm gathered yesterday at Albany City Hall and marched to the Albany Village multi-use development site on Monroe Street and San Pablo streets where they proceeded to weed and plant a garden in a small area of the site slated for a grocery store.

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