Posts Tagged ‘UC Berkeley’

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.

Campus Hosts Financial Engineering Info Session for Postdocs

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Lab postdocs are invited to attend an information session and luncheon sponsored by the Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering Program at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Haas School of Business. Candidates from all disciplines are welcome, including computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, statistics, economics, operations research, and other quantitative fields. Registration is required.

Turkeys Inspire Smartphone-Capable Early Warning System for Toxins

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals, but bioengineers at UC Berkeley — led by Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Seung-Wuk Lee — saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens. Turkey skin, it turns out, can shift from red to blue to white, thanks to bundles of collagen that are interspersed with a dense array of blood vessels. More>

Berkeley to Host Nearly 170 Aspiring Young Women Physicists

Friday, January 17th, 2014

This weekend Berkeley will host the 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. Talks, panel discussions, lab tours and a career fair will be held at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the three co-hosts. The conference, which will draw nearly 170 women from the western U.S. who major in physics and related fields, is one of eight concurrent regional conferences sponsored by the American Physical Society that attract about 1,000 women nationwide. Speakers include 2011 Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter and physicist Frances Hellman. The video features Gabriel Orebi Gann, a UC Berkeley physics professor and Lab scientist in the Nuclear Sciences Division. More>