Two CNR faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Robert L. Fischer, professor of plant and microbial biology, was recognized "for distinguished contributions to the study of epigenetic processes through pioneering work on plant gene imprinting, DNA demethylation and Polycomb group proteins."
Richard B. Norgaard, professor of agricultural and resource economics and of energy and resources, was recognized "for path-breaking contributions to environmental and ecological economics and for improving the scientific content of public and policy discourse on sustainability and the future."
In all, there were 10 fellows from UC Berkeley among the 471 academics honored in 2007 "for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."
The Sierra Club lauds UC Berkeley for Society and Environment major
CNR's new Society and Environment major helped propel the University of California system to the #4 slot in Sierra magazine's new story on "green" colleges and universities. The feature, "Ten that Get It", in its November/December issue also congratulates the UC system on its "green policy."
"When such a large and important educational institution takes such significant, systemic steps toward addressing global warming it can’t help but influence the thinking of many tens of thousands of students,” said Bob Sipchen, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “If students carry these strong environmental values back to their communities and into their careers, UC’s initiative will reverberate globally."
ESPM grad student interviewed by NPR, describes fighting fire
Rachel Smith, a graduate student in Environmental Science, Policy and Management with the Moritz Lab, was recently interviewed by NPR about her experiences fighting fire in Southern California.
Excerpted from the interview:
"As we work, the forest shadows deepen. The temperature drops. The humidity soars. Gradually, the fire is cooling. By the time we reach the cedar, it's past midnight. Our incident commander decides to knock off for a few hours before we try to cut down the dangerous tree. We spend the night spiked out inside the fireline, nestled in a burned-over hollow. I sleep with my boots on, just in case."
Workshop Cultivates Grad Students' Interest in Vegetation Mapping
Two flora enthusiasts got the chance learn about cutting edge technology during a Geospatial Imaging and Informatics Facility workshop last week.
CNR graduate students Chuck Striplen and Danielle Svehla were awarded the GIIF workshop award for students and were invited to participate in the three day program free of cost. Hosted by the California Native Plant Society, the California Department of Fish and Game, and Aerial Information systems, the CNPS Vegetation mapping workshop was geared to teach participants both field research skills and computer based geospatial analysis.
A renewed focus on agricultural development is critical to successfully reducing global poverty and hunger, according to a new World Bank report co-authored by Alain de Janvry, professor of agricultural and resource economics and of public policy.
The report, "World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development," was released today (Friday, Oct. 19), at the World Bank's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
"What we're hoping to do with this report is put agriculture back on the map," said Alain de Janvry, who was also co-director of the report. "The agricultural sector in developing nations has been underfunded for the past two decades. The Millennium Development Goal of cutting poverty and hunger in developing nations by half by 2015 is not going to be achieved unless more attention is paid to where the world's poor are and what they do."
PMB Assistant Professor Awarded Packard Fellowship
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named CNR’s Arash Komeili one of 20 new promising scientific researchers as a 2007 recipient of Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. He will receive an unrestricted research grant of $625,000 over five years.
Komeili, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, is being honored for his work in elucidating the molecular mechanisms behind the formation of nanometer-sized magnetite crystals within the magnetosome organelles of magnetotactic bacteria.
CNR Student Receives Environmental Leadership Award
By Yasmin Anwar, UC Berkeley Media Relations
A UC Berkeley student is among six young North American environmental leaders to win a 2007 Brower Youth Award for her work in boosting funding for environmental sustainability on the UC Berkeley campus.
Rachel Barge, 21, a junior majoring in conservation and resource studies and minoring in forestry, has been honored for spearheading such campus projects as The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), which finances clean energy and transportation, water conservation and improved recycling and composting programs.
Committee Invites Participation in Search for the New Dean of CNR
To faculty, staff, and students of the College of Natural Resources:
The College of Natural Resources Dean Search Committee invites active participation from CNR faculty, staff, and students in the search for a new Dean. CNR’s goal is to insure the best qualified pool of applicants for this position with particular consideration of the diversity sought by the Chancellor's office. Please refer to the posted announcement about the search for CNR's new Dean.
Britt Glaunsinger, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, has been selected for a 2007 Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award.
The award is given by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and provides $500,000 toward research over a five-year period. It was given to Glaunsinger based on the excellence or her research proposal, her individual accomplishments as a researcher, and the strength of the scholarly environment at CNR.