Berkeley News | February 23rd, 2016

Sloan Foundation honors eight young faculty members

Eight UC Berkeley assistant professors are among 126 new fellows announced today by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Research Fellowships, awarded annually since 1955, honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders. Fellows receive $55,000 to further their research.

NIH BRAIN Update | February 22nd, 2016

NIH BRAIN Initiative Publication Roundup – late February 2016

Optogenetics—the ability to use light to manipulate the activity of neurons with genetically expressed light sensitive ion channels—is a powerful technique for mapping neural circuits and determining the roles populations of neurons play in a variety of behaviors. To understand the subcellular, molecular basis of brain function, however, requires the manipulation of natively expressed signaling […]

UC News | February 22nd, 2016

UC researchers receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Fourteen University of California researchers are recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor granted by the U.S. government to scientific professionals in the initial phases of their careers. Government agencies and departments select recipients annually based on the innovative nature of their research and their commitment to public service. This year, […]

Wall Street Journal | February 22nd, 2016

The Best Temperature for a Good Night’s Sleep

To get a good night’s sleep, many people should set their thermostat a few degrees lower, experts say. The role of temperature has gotten increased attention after a study published last year found sleep may be more tightly regulated by temperature than by light. What’s more, core body temperature, which tends to fluctuate by a […]

Berkeley News | February 19th, 2016

Three young faculty members honored by White House

President Obama this week named three young UC Berkeley faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 18, 2016

Hillel Adesnik receives Presidential Early Career Award

President Obama today named 105 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring. >>read […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 18, 2016

New Zeiss Berkeley BrainMIC course provides training in use of state-of-the-art optical neurotechniques

The Zeiss Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center (BrainMIC) held its inaugural “4D Advanced Microscopy of Brain Circuits” course in January 2016. The intensive week-long course provided theory and hands-on experience to 16 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers eager to learn how to use the latest optical neurotechnologies of the Federal BRAIN Initiative. “This was a […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 16, 2016

Light-activated antagonists for the GABA A receptor family

A comprehensive toolkit to advance the study of inhibition on the cellular, circuit, and organismal level The precise excitatory signaling of the nervous system would be impossible without inhibition. Inhibition returns neurons to their baseline state, so that a subsequent excitatory signal can rise above the noise. Without inhibition, there is only noise. Noisy, hyperexcited […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 7, 2016

Dan Feldman on Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Drawings of Brain Structures

Lunchtime talk at BAMPFA 2155 Center Street, Berkeley Dan Feldman explores Spanish neuroscientist Ramón y Cajal’s pioneering drawings of neural networks Feldman is a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, as well as director of the Neuroscience PhD program. His laboratory studies the function […]

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