The Scientist | March 1st, 2016

Sleep Circuit: A web of cell types in one of the brain’s chief wake centers keeps animals up—but also puts them to sleep

Early studies attempting to untangle the neurological basis of sleep typically removed or injured part of an animal’s brain to measure the effects. The results implicated a region called the basal forebrain in inducing sleep, yet some studies indicated that it was important for arousal. “The impression is that maybe in that region there’s a […]

Luna Productions | February 27, 2016

Award for and Discussion of Dr. Marian Diamond at BAMPFA

The West Coast pre-World Premiere sneak preview of the PBS documentary “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Science and Life of Dr. Marian Diamond” was the occasion for this presentation of the CREA Award to Dr. Diamond, and a panel discussion about her pioneering research, and a general celebration of her life-long achievements in […]

Berkeley News | February 26th, 2016

Brain scientist Marian Diamond subject of new documentary

For nearly 55 years, until her retirement in 2014, Marian Diamond would often be seen walking through campus to her anatomy class carrying a flowered hat box, within which nestled a real, pickled human brain. Gently lifting it from its wrapping, she would display it to classes and express her awe that such a small, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 8, 2016

My Love Affair With the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

The event described below has already happened. View footage from the tribute to Dr. Diamond here: My Love Affair with the Brain is a soon-to-be-on PBS documentary about the brain, the passion of scientific discovery, the creation of modern neuroscience, Albert Einstein, women in science, and love – all via the life and research of […]

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.