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  • A collage of the work and life of Charles Townes (Collage by Sarah Wittmer)
    Nobel laureate and laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99

    1/29/2015 - Charles Hard Townes, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser and subsequently pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy, died early Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Oakland.

  • Stripes showing differences in electron density in graphene
    Graphene advances as viable silicon substitute

    1/27/2015 - A new study demonstrating a way to control the movement and placement of electrons in graphene moves the wonder material a major step closer to knocking silicon off as the dominant workhorse of the electronics industry. Among the study's lead authors is Berkeley Engineering's Lane Martin, associate professor of materials science and engineering.

  • The Duchemin family
    Breaking the sound barrier in deaf communication

    1/20/2015 - Thibault Duchemin (M.Eng.’14 IEOR), who grew up as the only hearing person in his family, has developed a novel communications tool called Transcense.

  • Eko Devices founders with Core stethoscope
    Forbes' "30 Under 30" includes Eko stethoscope

    1/20/2015 California magazine - The Skydeck | Berkeley startup accelerator landed two teams on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list of the brightest entrepreneurial stars, including Eko Devices (founded by Berkeley bioengineer Connor Landgraf), which developed the Core digital stethoscope.

  • The founders of Hooktheory
    What makes pop, pop?

    1/13/2015 - Three engineers work by day at one of the nation’s premier research labs; by night, they color-code transcriptions of pop songs. It could be the setup to a new prime-time sitcom. Or, perhaps, the wacky backstory of another successful startup.

  • Water treatment station in South Asia
    Beyond clean water: A development engineer profile

    1/13/2015 Blum Center - Listening to a dry academic lecture on flood prediction while monsoons flooded a fifth of Pakistan sparked a humanitarian drive in Syed Imran Ali, now a Blum Center postdoc pursuing his vision of safe water delivery through development engineering.

  • Imitation Game poster
    Mainstreaming science in the movies

    1/13/2015 berkeleyByte - Energy engineering undergrad Alison Ong discusses how Hollywood has been giving STEM fields a boost lately — The Imitation Game, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything — and notes the tension between good science and good storytelling.

  • Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
    Sangiovanni-Vincentelli named ACM fellow

    1/9/2015 Association for Computing Machinery - EECS professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been named a 2014 fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery fopr his contributions to electronic design automation.

  • Plutonium speck
    Identifying Seaborg's lost plutonium

    1/8/2015 Physics Central - A tiny radioactive fleck — rediscovered in a bucket on its way to a disposal site — may well be the first sample of plutonium big enough to be seen by the naked eye, produced in 1942 by the element's discoverer, Glenn Seaborg.

  • Oil barrels
    The impact of falling oil prices on your wallet

    1/5/2015 WalletHub - In a recent Ask the Experts column, Robert Bea, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, discusses the precipitous drop in oil prices and its likely effect on the economy.

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