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Lab Researchers to Speak at UC Berkeley’s Cal Future Forum

The May 12 forum will explore responses to the global impacts of human activity. Speakers will provide a synopsis of the state of the planet, the challenges faced, and solutions being developed. Lab participants include David Ackerly, Bill Collins, Inez Fung, Ashok Gadgil, Mary Ann Piette, and Ravi Prasher. More>

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UC Berkeley’s ‘Cal Day’ Open House is April 22

The organizers of Cal Day — UC Berkeley’s free annual public open house — invite the public to explore the question “What will you change in this generation?” through the more than 400 events that will showcase Berkeley and its impact on the world. More>

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Scientists Pull Water Out of Thin Air

Berkeley and MIT scientists have demonstrated breakthrough technology capable of generating liters of water out of dry air using the power of the sun. The development is a major step toward a future of personal, off-grid sources of water. More>

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Employee Discount for May 4 Berkeley Symphony Concert

The Berkeley Symphony concert “Program IV: Remembrance” takes place Thursday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Lab staff can get a special rate of $20 for side and rear orchestra seats (use code LAB20). Go here to purchase tickets. For assistance call (510) 841-2800, ext. 1. This offer is sponsored by the Lab’s Postdoc Association.

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Plant Fast Food: Berkeley Researchers Turbocharge Photosynthesis

Plant scientists — including Krishna Niyogi of the Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division — have successfully supercharged the photosynthesis cycle, allowing genetically altered tobacco plants to grow as much as 20 percent larger simply by using more sunlight. More>

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Campus Hosts SEEDJAM Tech Expo on April 5

SEEDJAM is an annual exposition of innovative products coming out of startups at Berkeley and beyond. Every year exhibitors come to UC Berkeley to demonstrate the latest and greatest in technology. A panel discussion runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and the exhibition from 8 to 9 p.m. The free event takes place at Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.). More>

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In a Sample of Blood, Researchers Probe for Cancer Clues

One day, patients may be able to monitor their body’s response to cancer therapy just by having their blood drawn. A new study, led by Berkeley Lab’s Amy Herr (Biosciences), has taken an important step in that direction by measuring a panel of cancer proteins in rare, individual tumor cells that float in the blood. More>

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New Drug Strategy: Target Ribosome to Halt Protein Production

The discovery of a chemical compound that halts the production of a small set of proteins while leaving general protein production untouched suggests a new drug search strategy: Find compounds that target undesired proteins before they are even made. Jamie Cate of the Biosciences Area was a senior author of this study. More>

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EESA’s Michael Manga Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Manga, with the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, was among five UC Berkeley faculty who received the award, the campus’ most prestigious honor for teaching. The award recognizes teaching that incites curiosity in students, engages them in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact. More>

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March 16 Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

The event — which begins at 6 p.m. in the Andersen Auditorium at the Haas School of Business on campus — will explore the emerging trends in machine learning and how it is being integrated into everyday items. Go here to sign up.

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