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New gene found that turns carbs into fat, could be target for future drugs
UC Berkeley researchers have identified a gene that plays a critical role in converting dietary carbohydrates into fat. The gene, called BAF60c, could eventually be important in the development of treatments for such diseases as fatty liver and diabetes.
The Promise of Berkeley — latest issue online
The latest issue of The Promise of Berkeley magazine is available online. This issue contains a celebratory look at the Hewlett Challenge, which has resulted in the creation of 100 endowed chairs since 2007; an overview of the revamped Memorial Stadium and Cal athletes' amazing success at the London Olympics; and a tribute to U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a member of the Cal community who was killed in Benghazi in September.
UC to suspend controversial new monogram
The University of California Office of the President announced Friday (Dec. 14) that it was suspending use of a new monogram for communications systemwide.
Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes named Cal head football coach
Sonny Dykes, one of the brightest offensive minds in the country who directed the nation's top-ranked scoring offense at Louisiana Tech this past season, has been named head football coach at the University of California, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced Dec. 5.
UC Berkeley awarded $4 million ARPA-E grant for smart grid research
The Department of Energy has awarded $4 million over three years to researchers at UC Berkeley to develop new ways to monitor the stability of electric power grids. The award goes to the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) at UC Berkeley as part of the i4Energy research collaboration that partners CIEE with the UC Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Campus receives major scholarship gift for Dreamers
The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has awarded $1 million to UC Berkeley for scholarships for undocumented students — a life changer for the nearly 200 students on campus from 20 different countries who currently qualify. Most of these students — oft-described Dreamers — were brought to the United States as children, educated in California’s public schools, and achieved academic success. Under the California Dream Act passed in 2011, these students can receive privately funded scholarships, but they are not eligible for federal Pell grants, federally backed loans or work-study positions.
A filmmaker, Nobelist, and nun — Wall of Fame features them all
The Berkeley Wall of Fame — a constantly evolving blog — celebrates remarkable alumni and their contributions to the world. Visit the wall to see who’s new, including Tiffany Shlain ’92, honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century;” the 2012 Nobel Prize-winner in Physics, David Wineland ’65; and Pema Chodron ’63, C.MULT. ’65, one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the West. We’ve also added several duos of people who are connected in offbeat ways. In Sweet and Salty, former chocolate-maker John Scharffenberger ’73 is paired with Patricia Bragg, whose liquid aminos, apple cider vinegar, and other zesty comestibles are a favorite among health-food aficionados. Global Healers honors Professors Ashok Gadgil Ph.D. ’79 and Kirk Smith ’68, M.P.H. ’72, Ph.D. ’77, who are both tackling air pollution from different angles. Sign up to receive updates on who has been added.
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