Berkeley News | October 3rd, 2016

New online game invites public to help fight Alzheimer’s

A new online science game allows the general public to directly contribute to Alzheimer’s disease research and help scientists search for a cure. The game, called Stall Catchers, was developed by the Human Computation Institute, in collaboration with UC Berkeley and other institutions, as part of the EyesOnALZ citizen science project. Stall Catchers will allow […]

Berkeley News | September 27, 2016

Nobel Prize winner to join UC Berkeley faculty

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Eric Betzig and world-class biophysicist Na Ji will join the UC Berkeley faculty in the summer of 2017. Concurrent with their hire at UC Berkeley, Betzig and Ji will have joint appointments and research programs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) as faculty scientists in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging […]

Berkeley Physics News | September 22nd, 2016

Remembering Erwin Hahn 1921 – 2016

Erwin Hahn Professor Emeritus of Physics and dedicated educator for more than 70 years, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. He was 95. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on June 9, 1921, Erwin grew up in Sewickley, being the seventh child of Hungarian/German Jewish immigrants. Hahn received his BS in Chemistry in 1943 from Juniata […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 22nd, 2016

Decoding hidden mental processes: Decision making

decision making

by Georgeann Sack Decision making is an internal process that is not time locked to observable sensory inputs or behavioral outputs. This makes the neural processes underlying decision making difficult to investigate. In their Nature Neuroscience paper, Erin Rich and Joni Wallis used a decoding approach to identify and track the neural representations of two […]

Berkeley News | September 22nd, 2016

Chan, Zuckerberg pledge $3B to end diseases ‘within our children’s lifetime’

Taking their next bold step in tech philanthropy, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan have laid out an ambitious plan to invest $3 billion over the next decade to accelerate medical science and eradicate diseases “within our children’s lifetime.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic effort dedicated to “advancing human potential […]

HHMI News | September 22nd, 2016

Diana Bautista selected as a 2016 HHMI, Simons Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Faculty Scholar

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the selection of 84 Faculty Scholars, early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field. The scientists represent 43 institutions across the United States. “We are very excited to welcome these accomplished scientists […]

Berkeley News | September 21st, 2016

UC Berkeley to partner in $600M Chan Zuckerberg science ‘Biohub’

UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University will join forces in a new medical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan. The San Francisco-based Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, an independent collaboration between the Bay Area’s three premier research universities, is the first […]

Berkeley News | September 19th, 2016

Brain’s hippocampus helps fill in the blanks of language

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language. It seems obvious that speaking and understanding language draw upon our memories – of words, context, people, etc. – […]

The Washington Post | September 14th, 2016

Meet the scientist who dreams of fixing your sleep

In the age of the quantified self, products that promise to track your habits and fix your behavior are a dime a dozen. Find out how much you walk; do that more. Find out how much junk you eat; do that less. Correct your posture in real time, and get feedback as you strengthen your pelvic floor […]

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