Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 17th, 2017

Brohawn and Yartsev receive McKnight Scholar Awards

Six neuroscientists have been selected to receive the 2017 McKnight Scholar Awards, including Berkeley Neuroscience faculty Stephen Brohawn and Michael Yartsev. The McKnight Scholar Awards are granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. The Endowment […]

Cell Press | May 17, 2017

Walter J. Freeman: A Tribute

In the early 1960s, few neuroscientists attempted to model brain function using mathematics. Computers were slow and expensive, so numerical approximations of complex phenomena were out of reach in most cases, and scientists resorted primarily to analytical representations of simpler processes. The study of circuits was not new to Walter J. Freeman. He had started […]

Science@Cal Lecture Series

Why we sleep

“Why we sleep” with Matthew Walker This free public talk is presented as part of the monthly “Science@Cal Lecture Series” Saturday, May 20th, 11am 100 Genetics and Plant Biology, UC Berkeley Event Contact: scroft@astro.berkeley.edu Allow me to ask you a question: Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, […]

Berkeley News | May 11th, 2017

Sniffing out stem cell fates in the nose

Adult stem cells have the ability to transform into many types of cells, but tracing the path individual stem cells follow as they mature and identifying the molecules that trigger these fateful decisions are difficult in a living animal. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have now combined new techniques for sequencing the RNA in single cells with […]

Berkeley News | May 10th, 2017

First year of grade school sharpens kids’ attention skills

The first year of elementary school markedly boosts a child’s attentiveness, according to new research from UC Berkeley and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. The study, led by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, shows that children who transition earlier to a formal school environment learn to be more focused and less impulsive […]

Berkeley Science Review | May 5th, 2017

A battle for balance

We might think of our brain cells as an orderly workforce—filing away memories, tying our shoes, and tidily stringing words together in the proper sequence to order a pizza—but beneath this veneer of harmony, our brains are fraught with infighting and disagreement at every organizational level. Around one third of the neurons produced in a […]

Sculpted Light in the Brain

Please join us for the one-day conference and workshop, Sculpted Light in the Brain! June 9th, 2017 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley >> Register on the conference website Registration is free, but it is required and space is limited. Lunch, coffee, and a social hour included. Please register by May 26th. Conference […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 1st, 2017

Congrats to our Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors!

UC Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program students Krishan Aghi (Isacoff lab) and Amanda Tose (Lammel lab) have won the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for their excellence in teaching undergraduates. Please join us in sending our congratulations to them, and the following recipients who are working in Neuroscience faculty labs through other PhD programs: Gilberto Garcia […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 21, 2017

American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects two Berkeley Neuroscience faculty as members

We are proud to announce that Berkeley Neuroscience faculty members Chris Chang and Bob Knight were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. Members include scientific giants such as Benjamin Franklin, John J. Audubon, Alexander Graham […]

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