Cal students pull a marathon to engineer disability solutions
3/23/2017 Jewish News of Northern California - Fueled by energy drinks, adrenaline and a strong sense of wanting to make the world better, 11 teams of Berkeley students spent last weekend at Jacobs Hall, working with people with disabilities to create devices that could improve their lives.
In a sample of blood, researchers probe for cancer clues
3/23/2017 - Berkeley bioengineers led by Amy Herr have made an important step towards liquid biopsy technology, which one day could allow patients to monitor their body’s response to cancer therapy through a simple blood draw.
A superfast lane for self-driving cars?
3/22/2017 Fortune - Imagine a future where self-driving cars zip beside interstates at 120 mph, with absolutely zero congestion. That future that could exist as soon as 2050, according to grad students Baiyu Chen (B.S.'14 CEE, M.S.'15 CEE, M.S.'17 EECS) and Anthony Barrs, whose Hyperlane idea was awarded top prize and $50,000 at the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge.
ME's Tarek Zohdi wins 2017 DTA
3/21/2017 Center for Teaching & Learning - Mechanical engineering professor Tarek Zohdi is one of five winners of this year's Distinguished Teaching Award, honored for "teaching that incites intellectual curiosity." Also selected was Khalid Kadir, who created the Engineering, the Environment and Society course.
EBI signs partnership with Shell to fund energy tech research
3/15/2017 - UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute has entered into a five-year, multimillion dollar research agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. to fund research that meets the growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.
A "VAST" step forward in cybersecurity
3/15/2017 Berkeley Research - Working closely with cybersecurity experts at Berkeley Lab, CS professor Vern Paxson and postdoc researcher Matthias Vallentin are developing VAST, a system to help forensic analysts pinpoint how much of an organization’s computer network has been compromised, and where.
Synthetic spider silk for sale in a $314 necktie
3/15/2017 MIT Technology Review - Bolt Threads, co-founded by bioengineering grad David Breslauer (Ph.D.'10), is releasing its first commercially available spider-silk product: a $314 limited-edition necktie, spun from fibers grown in the startup's lab.
Gift from virtual reality pioneer Immerex will create AR/VR lab at Berkeley
3/14/2017 - A gift from the entertainment virtual reality company Immerex will outfit a new lab for Berkeley’s accelerating work in AR/VR, from training doctors to enhancing artistic performances.
Countering extremism with technology
3/13/2017 - Every Thursday afternoon, students gather in a light-filled teaching studio of Jacobs Hall to develop technology-based solutions to a very tangible problem: ideologically motivated violence in the United States.
Origin stories at The House
3/13/2017 - A new course this semester combines inspiring startup stories with a nuts-and-bolts guide for accessing and leveraging Berkeley’s maturing innovation ecosystem.