Posts Tagged ‘UC Berkeley’

Using Carbon to Control the Light

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The flip of a light switch — a nano-scale light switch — may some day dramatically boost the speed of data transmission, from streaming movies to accelerating the most data-intense computation. Today, information flow in a computer is based on electrical pulses. But if an electrical signal could instead control a light switch, the “ones and zeros” that give data meaning could race through computer circuits at ten times the current speed. A ten-fold increase in speed would mean a similar spike in the volume of information that can be processed. Research on this nano-scale light switch is being conducted by Berkeley Lab materials scientist Feng Wang, as part of his UC Berkeley Bakar Fellowship. More>

Lab-Led Research Could Guide the Development of Bacteria-Resistant Materials

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

A team of researchers led by Berkeley Lab scientists used scanning electron microscopy to explore, for the first time, how individual Staphylococcus Aureus cells glom onto metallic nanostructures of various shapes and sizes. They found that bacterial adhesion and survival rates vary depending on the nanostructure’s shape. Their work could lead to a more nuanced understanding of what makes a surface less inviting to bacteria. The research was led by Mohammad Mofrad and Zeinab Jahed of the Physical Biosciences Division and UC Berkeley. More>

Brain Project Kicks Off New Partnership With Lab, UC Berkeley, UCSF

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco have formed a new partnership to support science and technology initiatives and projects with the intent of catalyzing potentially transformative collaborative research among the three institutions, and positioning the institutions favorably for follow-on extramural funding. The initiative is being launched with a seed-funding program that will address innovative neurotechnology research in response to the Presidential BRAIN Initiative. The partnership will support new collaborative projects that strengthen the abilities of the partners to forge a strong Bay Area neurotechnology collaboration responsive to national needs. More>

Cal Offers Pre-Retirement Classes

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Presented by UC Berkeley’s Retirement Center, the Pre-Retirement Planning program is a comprehensive six-class series of educational seminars led by expert faculty, staff, and representatives from retirement-focused organizations to assist active faculty and staff in preparing for life after full time employment. The series is designed to help participants explore and plan for their preferred future. Seminars will take place on the UC Berkeley campus on Friday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m. and begin on Friday, Feb. 28. This program is free of charge to active faculty and staff of UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab. Registration is required. Send e-mail to to RSVP.

Revamped Computer Science Classes Attracting More Women

Monday, February 24th, 2014

[San Francisco Chronicle] Introductory computer science classes at UC Berkeley have been attracting more women in the last year, indicating that the underrepresentation of women in the field is beginning to show signs of evening out. The shift coincides with a reimagining of the classes meant to attract more women. Professor Dan Garcia’s introductory course for non-majors, for example, expanded the class beyond “just programming,” to make it “kind of right-brained as well,” he says. More>

Decoding the Molecular Mysteries of Photosynthesis

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Scientists from the UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab are using simulations performed at NERSC to understand the role certain proteins play in the production of energy via photosynthesis. Their aim is to understand how plants regulate and heal their photosynthetic systems. The work could lead to more robust and efficient solar energy capture using artificial photosynthesis. More>

UC Berkeley Hosts STEM Event for Middle School Girls

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Know a middle school girl who is interested in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM fields)? If so, UC Berkeley is hosting an event on March 15 just for them. Participants will hear from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals covering biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and other STEM-related fields. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 17 for this popular event, sponsored by the Expanding Your Horizons Network. More>

Key Process in Photosynthesis Likely Evolved Before Oxygen

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

A team of researchers, including Berkeley Lab earth scientist Bob Buchanan, has discovered that a regulatory process that turns on photosynthesis in plants at daybreak likely developed on Earth in ancient microbes 2.5 billion years ago, long before oxygen became available. The research opens new scientific areas in the fields of evolutionary biology and microbiology. The work also has broad societal implications as it allows scientists to better understand the production of natural gas and it sheds light on climate change, agriculture and human health. More>

Richmond Bay Campus Executive Committee Announced

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks recently announced the formation of an executive committee, which will lead the effort to develop the Richmond Bay Campus (RBC). The committee’s duties will include identifying potential new and expanded research opportunities with the site, including synergies with Berkeley Lab. More>

Call for C2M Proposals: Bring Your Clean Technologies to Market

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Can your green or clean technology enable a successful business? Haas Business School’s Cleantech to Market (“C2M”) class is soliciting proposals from researchers seeking in-depth market research and commercialization advice. The Fall 2014 class matches selected technologies with graduate student teams with engineering and industry experience. The teams investigate potential market demands, competitor assessments, cost/benefit analysis, key economic and performance metrics, and recommended commercialization strategies. To learn more, contact Bill Shelander or Shanshan Li by Feb. 14 or visit the C2M 2014 Application FAQ.