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Doudna Shares Gruber Genetics Prize

Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division will share the $500,000 prize with Emmanuelle Charpentier for their landmark discovery of the RNA-guided CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. The prize honors individuals whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.More>

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Lab Scientist Named Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently named Ke Xu of the Life Sciences Division one of 22 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences, an honor that is given to promising early-career researchers. Xu’s research uses sophisticated microscopy and single-molecule techniques to probe how a cell’s cytoskeleton organizes its interior and determines its shape. More>

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Kai Vetter Wins American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation

Vetter was recognized for his role in the RadWatch and KelpWatch monitoring programs, which study potential impacts from the nuclear accident at Fukushima, and the creation of the Institute for Resilient Communities. More>

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Lab Intern Receives Silver Medal at HHMI Conference

John Ramirez, who is being mentored by Tamas Torok of the Earth Sciences Division, won a silver medal for a poster he presented on the detection of riboswitches in mycobacterial viruses at a recent Howard Hughes Medical Institute conference. Ramirez is a student at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX.

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Rosio Alvarez Recognized by San Francisco Business Times

At its Business of Pride celebration to honor the advancement of LGBT equality in the workplace, the newspaper has recognized Lab CIO Rosio Alvarez for her contributions. Alvarez is on the board of the Horizons Foundation and has served as a STEM mentor for the Chicana/Latina Foundation. The event takes place Thursday in San Francisco. More>

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Mark LaBarge Wins Era of Hope Scholar Award

The Era of Hope Scholar award of the U.S. DOD Breast Cancer Research Program supports early-career scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary creativity, vision, and leadership potential within the field of breast cancer research. One of three recipients of the award this year, Mark LaBarge will receive $2.5 million for his research over the next five years. More>

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Lab Researchers Among Five Faculty Named Bakar Fellows

Among the latest to join the ranks of the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports UC Berkeley faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues, are Ke Xu (pictured) of the Life Sciences Division, who works on super-resolution microscopy, and Holger Müller, a guest scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division, whose miniaturized interferometric inertial sensor can determine its own location without any external cues. More>

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PBD’s Jennifer Doudna Honored by Princess of Asturias Foundation

Physical bioscientist Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier of Hannover Medical School have received the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. Their CRISPR/Cas9 system enables the genome to be rewritten and defective genes to be corrected very economically with an unprecedented level of precision. More>

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CRD’s Patterson Honored for Technology That Enabled Personal Computing

David Patterson was recognized for his participation in the seminal 1981 development of Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), technology that revolutionized the way microprocessors function. The change would eventually enable personal workstations and later mobile computing. More>

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Adam Bradford Earns Safety Recognition Award for New Safety Barrier

When Building Manager Adam Bradford noticed a distracted worker coming too close to the edge of the loading dock between Buildings 70 and 70A one day he identified this safety issue to Facilities and EH&S staff. Bradford received a Safety recognition award for his efforts. More>

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