Berkeley News | December 22nd, 2015

White House to honor Alivisatos, Hu with National Medals of Science, Technology

Paul Alivisatos, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of chemistry, and Chenming Hu, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences, have been selected to receive the nation’s top honors in science and technology, the White House announced today. Alivisatos is among nine chosen to receive the National Medal of Science, […]

The Daily Beast | December 17th, 2015

What We Learned About Alzheimer’s in 2015

Alzheimer’s continues to be one of the deadliest, costliest, and most complicated diseases—but science might be getting closer to finding its cause. The first mention of Alzheimer’s disease was by German doctor Aloysius Alzheimer in 1906. A patient, whom Alzheimer referred to as “Auguste,” was presenting with a “peculiar disease.” He knew little about it, […]

Berkeley News | November 24, 2015

‘Connector hubs’ are the champions of brain coordination

Swinging a bat at a 90-mph fastball requires keen visual, cognitive and motor skills. But how do diverse brain networks coordinate well enough to hit the ball? A new UC Berkeley study suggests the human brain’s aptitude and versatility can be credited in large part to “connector hubs,” which filter and route information. They coordinate and […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 23, 2015

PhD student Christine Liu is studying how nicotine affects the brain and promoting science through art

Christine Liu is a second year Neuroscience PhD Student in the Lammel Lab at UC Berkeley. She has recently combined her scientific and artistic talents to produce a zine about the 2015 UC Berkeley Neuroscience Research Conference. Her “Neuro Retreat” zine highlights some exciting research being done by neuroscience graduate students and postdocs at UC Berkeley, […]

Neurodata Without Borders Blog | November 20, 2015

To Accelerate Pace of Discovery, Neuroscientists and Funders Launch Resource Aimed at Breaking Data Barriers in Brain Research

With scientists storing data in scores of different ways, Neurodata Without Borders provides a common format or “language” for brain data, beginning with neurophysiology An alliance of brain researchers and funders has announced a common data format to facilitate the free and open exchange of complex information about the brain—information that scientists can then use […]

Quartz | November 19, 2015

To get ahead in your career, disrupt yourself first

In her new book, Disrupt Yourself, Whitney Johnson argues that the principles from Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen’stheory of disruptive innovation can also be applied on an individual level. Just as companies like Netflix created a new market before competing directly with (and ultimately disrupting) Blockbuster, individuals stand a better chance of achieving high […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 18, 2015

Neurodata Without Borders

The common data format for neurophysiology has been released! The latest neurotechnologies enable electrical or optical recordings from hundreds or even thousands of neurons at a time, generating huge amounts of data. Researchers are using these methods to interrogate different regions of the brain in many different ways. It would be highly beneficial to compare […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 17, 2015

A tool to study the dynamic process of receptor activation

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest family of membrane proteins, enable cells to respond to a wide array of extracellular stimuli and control diverse intracellular signaling pathways. The Class C GPCRs, which contain the metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) and GABAB receptors, are expressed throughout the nervous system where they control excitability and synaptic strength and […]

Berkeley Research | November 17, 2015

Seeking Data Wisdom

Landing a spacecraft on a hurtling comet or cloning genes of extinct animals. Science and engineering have a way of turning what seems like fantasy into solid reality. Now add the prospect of someone reading your mind. They’re not there yet, but in 2011, Berkeley scientists startled colleagues and triggered imaginations by divining the rough […]

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