Berkeley Physics News | September 22nd, 2016

Remembering Erwin Hahn 1921 – 2016

Erwin Hahn Professor Emeritus of Physics and dedicated educator for more than 70 years, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. He was 95. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on June 9, 1921, Erwin grew up in Sewickley, being the seventh child of Hungarian/German Jewish immigrants. Hahn received his BS in Chemistry in 1943 from Juniata […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 22nd, 2016

Decoding hidden mental processes: Decision making

decision making

Decision making is an internal process that is not time locked to observable sensory inputs or behavioral outputs. This makes the neural processes underlying decision making difficult to investigate. In their Nature Neuroscience paper, Erin Rich and Joni Wallis used a decoding approach to identify and track the neural representations of two options being evaluated […]

Berkeley News | September 22nd, 2016

Chan, Zuckerberg pledge $3B to end diseases ‘within our children’s lifetime’

Taking their next bold step in tech philanthropy, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan have laid out an ambitious plan to invest $3 billion over the next decade to accelerate medical science and eradicate diseases “within our children’s lifetime.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic effort dedicated to “advancing human potential […]

HHMI News | September 22nd, 2016

Diana Bautista selected as a 2016 HHMI, Simons Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Faculty Scholar

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the selection of 84 Faculty Scholars, early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field. The scientists represent 43 institutions across the United States. “We are very excited to welcome these accomplished scientists […]

Berkeley News | September 21st, 2016

UC Berkeley to partner in $600M Chan Zuckerberg science ‘Biohub’

UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University will join forces in a new medical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan. The San Francisco-based Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, an independent collaboration between the Bay Area’s three premier research universities, is the first […]

Berkeley News | September 19th, 2016

Brain’s hippocampus helps fill in the blanks of language

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language. It seems obvious that speaking and understanding language draw upon our memories – of words, context, people, etc. – […]

The Washington Post | September 14th, 2016

Meet the scientist who dreams of fixing your sleep

In the age of the quantified self, products that promise to track your habits and fix your behavior are a dime a dozen. Find out how much you walk; do that more. Find out how much junk you eat; do that less. Correct your posture in real time, and get feedback as you strengthen your pelvic floor […]

Biophysical Society | September 8th, 2016

Bob Zucker Receives Sir Bernard Katz Award

Bob Zucker is the 2017 recipient of the Sir Bernard Katz Award of the Exocytosis/Endocytosis Subgroup of the Biophysical Society. The award recognizes excellence in research and outstanding careers in the field of exocytosis/endocytosis. Dr. Zucker will give a talk at the upcoming annual meeting in February, 2017.  Read More…

Berkeley News | September 8th, 2016

Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?

An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. What these illnesses have in common is that they’re caused by abnormal proteins that accummulate in or between brain cells to form plaques, […]