Jan 28, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy
UC Berkeley mechanical engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.
Jan 27, 2014 CITRIS 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.
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.
Jan 21, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins
UC Berkeley bioengineers looked to turkeys for inspiration when developing a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. They mimicked the way turkey skin changes color to create easy-to-read sensors that can detect toxins or airborne pathogens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 10, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Symposium spotlights clean-technology solutions
Through the Cleantech to Market program, UC Berkeley students work with campus and Berkeley Lab scientists to bring new, environmentally friendly innovations to the world via commercialization.
Jan 09, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Engineers create light-activated 'curtains'
A research team led by UC Berkeley's Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, used carbon nanotubes and plastic polycarbonate to create a new material that moves in response to light. The material can be used to create “smart curtains” that open or close with the flick of a light switch.
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.
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.