Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 29th, 2016

Visual experience tunes detection of motion direction in the retina

The retina contains an important class of neurons called Direction Selective Ganglion Cells (DSGCs) that enable animals to determine the direction an object is moving across its visual field. Mature DSGCs respond strongly to objects moving in one of several preferred directions that lie along cardinal axes – up, down, left, or right. In their […]

Berkeley News | June 9th, 2016

Michael Yartsev receives Pew award

Michael Yartsev

Three young assistant professors have received research awards from the Pew Charitable Trusts to pursue research in cell biology, neuroscience and cancer. Gloria Brar and Michael Yartsev were among 22 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences announced June 9 by the trusts, while Dirk Hockemeyer was one of five selected as a Pew-Stewart Scholar for […]

Berkeley News | June 7th, 2016

Mu-ming Poo awarded $500,000 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

UC Berkeley biologist Mu-ming Poo has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for work showing how the brain’s circuitry changes in response to life experiences. The prize, which comes with a $500,000 honorarium, was announced today by Yale University and the Gruber Foundation. It has been given annually since 2004 to scientists “whose […]

Berkeley News | June 6th, 2016

UC Berkeley neuroscience postdoc wins early career award

Alexander Huth, a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at UC Berkeley, has won a prestigious early-career award for his work in decoding semantic language in the brain as a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. The award provides recipients with $500,000 over a five-year period to advance postdoctoral training and […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 1st, 2016

Alumni Profile: Hania Köver

Hania Köver joined the Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program in 2006 and completed her thesis work on “Plasticity and perception in primary auditory cortex” in Shaowen Bao’s lab (Bao is now at the University of Arizona). Following her PhD studies, she was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Thinking Matters program at Stanford, and is currently Head […]

Boston Globe | May 27, 2016

What people can learn from algorithms — and algorithms can learn from people

Most of the time, it probably doesn’t feel like your brain can compete with a computer. You forget where you put your keys, have a hard time making big life decisions, and routinely fall into any number of cognitive traps that behavioral psychologists have identified over the last two decades. Yet according to an emerging […]

Berkeley News | May 20th, 2016

President Obama awards National Medals to Alivisatos, Hu

President Barack Obama yesterday honored two UC Berkeley faculty members at the White House, awarding chemist Paul Alivisatos with the National Medal of Science and electrical engineer Chenming Hu with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Alivisatos, a professor of chemistry and the vice chancellor for research, and Hu, a professor emeritus of electrical […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 20th, 2016

Q&A with the 2016 Neuroscience PhD Program Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates! Eight of our Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program students are graduating this year. They were kind enough to take a moment during this busy time of transition to answer several questions about their PhD studies and future plans. Below are their reflections and words of advice.   Natalia Bilenko Gallant Lab Thesis Title: “Unsupervised functional […]

San Francisco Chronicle | May 19th, 2016

Obama on science: ‘It is fun. I love this stuff’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared science “is fun” Thursday as he recognized 17 leading scientists and innovators for work helping put “countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach.” Obama paired the honors with a renewed pitch for encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. He announced a new advisory […]