Berkeley faculty and students are creating a new academic field9/12/2014, by Daniel McGlynn Today, 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty — defined as subsisting on the equivalent of $1.25 a day or less. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has set a goal to drastically reduce that number by 2030. Now, a new research field taking root at Berkeley —... X
10/20/2014 The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Laura Waller, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, as a recipient of the 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The Fellowship was awarded to 18 innovative early-career scientists. Waller will receive a grand of $875,000 over five years to pursue her research. X
American Physical Society honors Gadgil
10/14/2014 Berkeley Lab - The American Physical Society has given its 2015 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award to Ashok Gadgil, professor of civil and environmental engineering, "for applying physics to a variety of social problems and developing sustainable energy, environmental and public health technologies."
Engineering improvements for the world
10/6/2014 Washington Post - A new generation of development engineers, “dedicated to using engineering and technology to improve the lot of the world’s poorest people,” is emerging around the world, write Dean Shankar Sastry and Lina Nilsson, innovation director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, in a Washington Post op-ed article.
Cybertools offer new channels for free speech, but grassroots organizing still critical
10/2/2014 - Scholars from CITRIS, the Blum Center and EECS assess the ways the Internet and online tools have changed how social movements operate and communicate in the 50 years since the Free Speech Movement.
Lydia Sohn's cellular research gains White House notice
9/22/2014 Office of Science and Technology Policy - A post to the White House blog last week recognized mechanical engineering professor Lydia Sohn for her prize-winning submission to a foundation-sponsored competition seeking the most compelling ideas for revolutionary life science platform technologies. Sohn's idea? A low-cost, label-free platform to screen, and subsequently sort, single-cells for multiple surface markers.
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