HHMI Janelia News | October 6th, 2016

New Tool Will Help Expand Scope of Neural Circuit Research

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus and University of California, Berkeley have developed a powerful new tool for neuroscientists—a viral vector called rAAV2-retro, which efficiently enters and travels through the long neuronal projections that connect different regions of the brain. Genetically-encoded tools for labeling cells or monitoring or manipulating their activity can […]

Stephen Brohawn and Michael Yartsev receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards

The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. Congratulations to all the 2016 New Innovator Award Recipients […]

Vision+Light: Extending the Senses

October 27 + 28 5:30-8:30pm | Energy Biosciences Building 2151 Berkeley Way FREE admission | Event details: scienceatcal.berkeley.edu Presentations & Artwork by: Nipam Patel · Holly Aaron · Carlo Sequin · Jack Gallant · Farley Gwazda · Greg Niemeyer · Philipp Haslinger · Bernie Peyton · Elizabeth Jameson · Katherine Sherwood · Patricia Zambryski · Lawrence Hall of […]

California Magazine | Fall 2016

Marriage as ‘Optimal Stopping Problem’ and Other Algorithms to Live By

5 Questions for Tom Griffiths, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science. 1. You’re a psychologist who uses mathematical models and “big data” to understand how people think. Why not use traditional methods, such as lab experiments? I think these methods are the future of psychology. As more sources of data about human behavior become available, we […]

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

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 options being evaluated […]

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 […]

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