17 April 2014
More and bigger wildfires burning in Western U.S.
By Alexandra Branscombe, American Geophysical Union
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.
Posted by Ann Guy at 2:32
15 April 2014
New biomarker discovery can help scientists ID sudden oak death-susceptible trees
Adapted from an article by Mauricio Espinoza, Ohio State University
UC Berkeley and Ohio State University researchers have developed a way to predict the resistance or susceptibility of trees to sudden oak death disease, providing forest managers with the first effective method to manage trees in infested natural areas and in adjoining areas where the disease is expected in the future.
Posted by Ann Guy at 3:34
24 March 2014
UC Berkeley Mourns the Loss of Sydney Kustu
Professor Emerita Sydney Kustu, a distinguished faculty member in UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, died in Berkeley, Calif., on March 18. She was 71 years old. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was instrumental in the revitalization of the field of microbiology on the Berkeley campus.
“Kustu has made major contributions to our understanding of the regulation of gene expression,” a statement read during her induction into the National Academy of Sciences said. “Her work has led to the identification of the novel mechanisms responsible for the regulated expression of the enzymes and transport systems involved in nitrogen metabolism in bacteria.”
Posted by Ann Guy at 2:06
19 March 2014
Corporate-funded academic inventions spur increased innovation, analysis says
By Sarah Yang, Media Relations
Academic research sponsored by industry has a strong track record of leading to innovative patents and licenses, challenging assumptions that corporate support skews science toward inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others than those funded by the government or non-profit organizations, according to a new analysis.
The findings, published today (Wednesday, March 19) in a commentary in the journal Nature, are based upon a study of two decades of records from the University of California system.
Posted by Ann Guy at 3:35
27 February 2014
Inez Fung leads U.S. team in climate change report
By Sarah Yang, Public Affairs
Two of the world’s most eminent research institutions from the United States and the United Kingdom issued a joint publication today (Thursday, Feb. 27) that distills climate change science in an effort to help policymakers and the larger public make informed decisions and develop effective responses for mitigating its damaging effects.
Posted by Ann Guy at 6:23