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Box engineers
Feb 27, 2014 SiliconValley.com Women missing out on lucrative careers in computer science
A special report on women in computing profiles Ayushi Samaddar (B.S.'13 EECS), having a "marvelous" time in her first post-graduation job as an associate software engineer, and talks to EECS chair David Culler about the need to involve more women in shaping information technology, "something that is so important to our future."
Drinking water
Feb 26, 2014 National Public Radio Portable potables: How to fight drought by reusing water
David Sedlak, professor of civil and environmental engineering, talks with NPR's All Things Considered about the many methods of capturing and reusing drinking water.
Ayushi Samaddar
Feb 25, 2014 San Jose Mercury News For this software engineer, computer science is 'key to the world'
Ayushi Samaddar (B.S.'13 EECS), having a "marvelous" time in her first post-graduation job as an associate software engineer at Pleasanton's Workday, would love to see more women follow her into the traditionally male-dominated field.
Rex Walheim
Feb 24, 2014 Insight@Berkeley Rex Walheim - NASA astronaut and Berkeley engineer
Rex Walheim (B.S.'84 ME), veteran of more than 500 hours in space, talks about the value of tenacity, the power of passion, and the need for engineers to lay down their computers and polish their people skills.
Gareth Thomas
Feb 19, 2014 Berkeley Lab In Memoriam: Electron microscopist Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas, founder of Berkeley Lab’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), a professor emeritus of materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley, and one of the world’s foremost experts on electron microscopy, passed away on February 7. He was 81.
Women in CS class
Feb 18, 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Revamped computer science classes attracting more women
A gender flip in computer science classes -- with more women than men enrolled in an introductory course -- shows UC Berkeley at the vanguard of a tech world shift, beginning to see a payoff in efforts to attract more women to a field where they have always been vastly underrepresented.
Connor Landgraf and stethoscope
Feb 12, 2014 Daily Californian Startup founded by students aims to revolutionize stethoscope
Family doctors’ iPhones may soon be incorporated into regular checkups to help monitor and detect heart conditions, thanks to a startup company run by UC Berkeley students and led by CEO Connor Landgraf (B.S.'13, M.Eng.'14 BioE).
Kevin Shen on Jeopardy
Feb 12, 2014 Daily Californian CS junior buzzes his way into Jeopardy! college tournament
UC Berkeley junior Kevin Shen, a mathematics and computer science double major, could win up to $100,000 as he represents his school in the Jeopardy! College Championship, airing this month on the TV game show.
Tesla after LA-NY rally
Feb 10, 2014 Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Electric cars go cross-country
Santiago Miret, a Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering, writes about range anxiety by electric vehicle owners, and how it has prompted a pair of recent coast-to-coast road trips by drivers of the Tesla Model S.
Lydia Sohn
Feb 07, 2014 Berkeley Research Pinning down malevolent cancer cells
Lydia Sohn, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is analyzing circulating tumor cells in the bloodstream of breast cancer patients, aiming to find new methods for early diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Her work has earned her recognition as one of five new Bakar Fellows on the Berkeley campus.
Amy Herr and Song Li
Feb 06, 2014 Bioengineering BioE's Herr and Li are new AIMBE Fellows
Bioengineering professors Amy Herr and Song Li have been named members of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. The college is composed of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.
UN Scientific Advisory Board
Feb 04, 2014 UNESCO UN Scientific Advisory Board aims to build ties between science and policy
At its inaugural meeting in Berlin Jan. 30, members of the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board, including Berkeley Engineering Dean Shankar Sastry, vowed to "pull our resources and wisdom together," strengthening cooperation between the scientific community and policy-makers "to put the world on a sustainable path."
Costas Spanos
Jan 27, 2014 Berkeley Research Costas Spanos of EECS appointed new CITRIS director
Costas Spanos, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has been named the fourth director of the multi-campus CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society). Spanos, who joined the Berkeley faculty in 1988, succeeds Paul Wright of mechanical engineering, who has led CITRIS since 2007.
e-whiskers
Jan 21, 2014 Berkeley Lab What if robots had whiskers?
Researchers with Berkeley Lab and Berkeley Engineering have created e-whiskers – highly sensitive tactile sensors made from carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles that should have a wide range of applications including advanced robotics, human-machine interfaces, and biological and environmental sensors.
Cybersecurity
Jan 16, 2014 USA Today College Undergrads tackle security projects to battle cyber criminals
In an era when billions are stolen by hackers every year, UC Berkeley and other universities are training students to be the next generation of cyber warriors.
Sally Thompson
Jan 15, 2014 Civil and Environmental Engineering CEE's Sally Thompson on NSF-funded team studying watershed's critical zone
A team of UC Berkeley scientists, including Sally Thompson of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will receive $4,900,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the Eel River watershed in Northern California and how its vegetation, geology and topography affect water flow all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Kelp
Jan 14, 2014 Berkeley Lab Researchers launch ‘Kelp Watch’ to determine extent of Fukushima contamination
California researchers, including nuclear engineering's Kai Vetter, have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy
Jan 10, 2014 Bioengineering Kumar and Murthy get Keck grant for cancer cell research
Bioengineering professors Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy have been granted a $500,000 research award from the W.M. Keck Foundation for their research, which aims to develop an assay platform that will allow researchers to routinely perform single-cell proteomic experiments.
Christopher Ategeka
Jan 08, 2014 Forbes Chris Ategeka named to Forbes 30 Under 30
Christopher Ategeka (B.S. '11 ME), founder of CA Bikes, which builds bike and motorcycle ambulances for those in need in his native Uganda, has been selected as one of Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
Science Translational medicine journal
Jan 08, 2014 Bioengineering MTM article in Science Translational Medicine
In a Focus article for the journal Science Translational Medicine, leaders of the joint Berkeley Engineering-UCSF Master of Translational Medicine program explore how the innovative program helps scientists and physicians cross the gap from lab bench to patient bedside.
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