Video archive

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.

Rally Committee rocks in Pac-12 video

Rally Committee rocks in Pac-12 video March 14, 2014:

The UC Rally committee has promoted Cal spirit and preserved game-day traditions since its founding in 1901. Fourth-year student Ross Crockett narrates a one-minute video on the group, produced by the Pac-12 Network.

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

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.