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Prop 71 passed in California in 2004, authorizing funding for stem cell research in the golden state. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that by asking for grants, UCB has gotten a piece of that sweet sweet pie.

Two Berkeley researchers, Ellen Robey and David Raulet, have been granted about $1 million each to do their stem cellish research. The main goal behind their research is to figure out how to avoid rejection of stem cells.

Think of it like a nerd at a frat party (not that we’ve had read more »


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Just when you thought Berkeley couldn’t get any more prestigious, the annual $500,000 MacArthur genius grants have been announced, and two Berkeley professors were our lucky winners (pocket protectors not included).

Recipient Maneesh Agrawala is an associate professor of EECS; not to be outdone, Lin He is a molecular biologist and assistant MCB professor.

And now that they’ve won all that money, what are they going to do next? Well, forget offshore banking in the Cayman Islands read more »


Green greeny green green! Monday was the fifth annual Sustainability Summit, organized by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (a.k.a. CACS, you know, in case you were curious). The Earth Week event started off with a few people talking about how awesomely their green projects have been going this year–and then they started handing out the green for green from green, if you know what we’re saying.

CACS announced the 2008 recipients of Green Fund Grants, “supporting innovative campus sustainability projects,” and presented the Berkeley environmental equivalent of The Oscars (for whatever they’re worth), Sustainability Awards.

And the winners are …

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Guggenheim GoodnessSix Cal profs were among “190 artists, scientists and scholars,” chosen from almost 3,000 applicants (all of whom, we assume, are much smarter than we could ever hope to be), who received 2008 Guggenheim Fellowships. This means that they will get lots of moneys to continue their work on lots of things that smart people work on, like Psych professor Arthur Shimamura’s “examination of a neurocognitive approach to the psychology of art and aesthetics,” and Philosophy professor Paolo Mancosu’s analysis of “the interplay between the philosophy of mathematics and mathematical logic.”

Guggenheim Fellowships, brought to you by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation since 1925, are awarded every year to cool people “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” quite a number of whom are also Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Plus, we know from experience that if it’s got a Guggenheim’s stamp of approval, it’s got to be pretty darn interesting.

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Six Professors Win Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships [Berkeley News Center]
Guggenheim Fellowship [Wikipedia]
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation [Wikipedia]