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Nov 26, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Kevin Healy named AAAS Fellow
Kevin Healy, professor of bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon the association’s members by their peers. Healy was cited for his distinguished contributions to the fields of bioengineering and biomaterials science, particularly for the understanding and development of bioinspired materials.
The CalSol team has been hard at work — including nights and football weekends — getting Zephyr, their latest solar-powered car, ready for the July 2014 American Solar Challenge race from Texas to Minnesota.
Nov 19, 2013 Mechanical Engineering George Leitmann receives French Legion of Honor
George Leitmann, professor of the Graduate School and professor emeritus of Engineering Science, has been awarded Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest tribute recognizing military and civil service on behalf of the French nation.
Nov 18, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Could magnets end the era of transistors?
New work by Berkeley Engineering researchers could soon transform the building blocks of modern electronics by making nanomagnetic switches a viable replacement for the conventional transistors found in all computers.
A new center now open in Shanghai will strengthen the College of Engineering’s research and educational partnerships with academic and industry colleagues in China. The Shanghai Zhangjiang Berkeley Engineering Innovation Center, or Z-BEI, was formally launched in a Nov. 15 ceremony presided over by officials from UC Berkeley, Zhangjiang High-Tech Park and the Shanghai-area government.
The Moore and Sloan Foundations are putting $37.8 million toward a new data science initiative to advance data-driven scholarship in the social and physical sciences. Their five-year million grant will be shared by UC Berkeley, the University of Washington and New York University to encourage collaboration on new ways of supporting researchers and students to mine today’s data flood for new discoveries.
Nov 06, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter New measures to make Berkeley labs, workshops safer
Mark Freiberg, executive director of the campus Office of Environment, Health and Safety, discusses new University of California policies on personal protective equipment and lab safety training and how they will affect UC Berkeley researchers.
Nov 05, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Helping dissenters evade foreign eavesdropping
Yahel Ben-David, a computer science doctoral student, has been working with other Berkeley Engineering researchers to create an Android application that will allow activists and citizens to communicate anonymously even when oppressive governments try to shut down communications channels.
Researchers at Berkeley Engineering and UC Davis are developing a tiny chip that uses ultrasound waves to detect a slew of gestures in three dimensions. The technology, called Chirp, could eventually be used in everything from helmet cams to smart watches.
Scientists at the UCSF-UC Berkeley Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses are among many teams nationwide working on brain-machine interfaces, promising bionic limbs controlled by users' thoughts. "We're still very far from decoding thoughts," says Berkeley bioengineer Amy Orsborn of the CNEP team. "These devices are not for mind control. They're for providing new means of control for sensory processes."
Computer science professor Vern Paxson weighs in on the National Security Agency's interception of wireless communications, noting that even modern encryption may have flaws if done incorrectly. He also worries about allegations that the NSA is vacuuming up information at a heretofore unimagined scale.
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