Berkeley News | July 27, 2018

Congratulations to Dave Schaffer for being selected as a Bakar Fellow

Five UC Berkeley faculty innovators have been selected for the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues in the fields of engineering, computer science, chemistry and biological and physical sciences. The program, which started in 2012, gives up to five years of funding to help faculty further develop their innovations and ready them […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 26, 2018

Copper in the brain: Mining a mineral that regulates sleep and wakefulness

By: Rachel Henderson Copper is highly concentrated in the brain, and one area of the brain, the locus coeruleus (LC), has the highest levels—around 10 times higher than other areas of the brain. What is all this copper doing in the LC? The Berkeley Neuroscience labs of Chris Chang  and Ehud Isacoff collaborated to find out. […]

Live Science | July 24, 2018

How a Map of Your Brain Can Trick Your Brain

Color maps in scientific papers are too colorful, according to data scientists. These figures, they say, can be so vivid that they trick people’s brains into thinking scientific results are more dramatic then they really are. The colorful figures, illustrations meant to visually communicate data, might be the most compelling thing to look at in […]

Being Patient | July 20, 2018

How Stress Changes Your Brain: An Interview With a Stress Expert

We’ve all felt the temporary effects of stress: a racing heart, sweaty palms, a sinking feeling in your stomach. For the most part, these symptoms go away once the trigger for stress is over. But what about chronic stress? Does stress keep our brains and body sharp, or is it slowly wearing them down? What […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News July 23, 2018

Congratulations to Markita Landry for winning a DARPA Young Faculty Award

Markita Landry, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute faculty member, has received a 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award. Thirty-five awards were given to early-career faculty members from a wide range of disciplines, including robotics, mathematics, and neuroscience. Landry will receive a $500,000 grant for two years of research, mentoring, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 19, 2018

Congratulations to Lucia Jacobs for winning Radcliffe Institute Fellowship

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars and has rapidly become one of the most competitive programs of its kind in the world, with […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 1, 2018

Two of our PhD students received a prestigious travel award

Maimon Rose and Tobias Schmid, both members of the Yartsev lab, received International Society of Neuroethology Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards. Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards are awarded annually to qualified students who wish to present work in the field of neuroethology at national and international scientific meetings.  The award is given in honor of Walter Heiligenberg, who was a distinguished neuroethologist, and […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 28th, 2018

Signs of resilience: PhD Program alum Beth Mormino images aging brains to identify predictors of Alzheimer’s Disease

“Everyone’s brain has its own individual differences, like a fingerprint.” Beth Mormino, PhD Program alum (entering class of 2005)   Beth Mormino imagines a future where a series of neuroimaging and genetic tests will be used to predict whether or not an aging individual is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. This level of understanding […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 29th, 2018

Q&A with the 2018 Neuroscience PhD Program Graduates

Congratulations to our latest graduates! From left to right, starting on the top row: Timothy Day, Alexander Naka, Vladimir Senatorov, Keven Laboy-Juárez, Amy LeMessurier, Kimberly Long, Elena Ryapolova-Webb, Falk Lieder, Katelyn Arnemann, Wren Thomas, Elizabeth Lorenc. Not pictured: Anwar Nunez-Elizalde. Read the Q&A to learn their biggest discoveries, future plans, and words of advice. Katelyn […]