Learning New Tasks: Brain Cells Benefit From Having Neighbors
New research adds to our understanding of the learning process by showing
exactly what's going on in the brain while performing tasks (by Alice G. Walton
in The Atlantic). [More]
Researchers win grant to explore commercial potential of sensor technology
A new class of biomedical diagnostic devices are among the possible uses for
the optical sensing technologies developed in Holger Schmidt's lab at UC Santa
Cruz. To help Schmidt assess the commercial potential of his work, the National
Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded his team a $50,000 Innovation Corps grant.
Biochemist Glenn Millhauser honored for protein structure
Glenn Millhauser, professor of chemistry
and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz, has been chosen to receive the 2012 Silver
Medal in Biology/Medicine from the International Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
Society. The prestigious award has been bestowed only three times in the past
ten years. (3/13/12) [More]
New brain connections form in clusters during learning (2012)
New connections between brain cells
emerge in clusters in the brain as animals learn to perform a new task, according
to a study published in Nature on February 19, 2012. Led by researchers at
the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study reveals details of how
brain circuits are rewired during the formation of new motor memories. (3/1/12)
New DNA sequencer uses nanopore concepts pioneered
Oxford Nanopore Technologies announces
plan to market novel device for rapid DNA sequencing in 2012. For more than
15 years, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have been
developing technology to analyze DNA strands as they pass through a tiny
pore in a membrane, called a "nanopore" because
it is just 1.5 nanometers wide at its narrowest point. Now, Oxford Nanopore
Technologies of Oxford, U.K., has announced plans to market the first commercial
DNA sequencer based on nanopore technology. (2/17/12) [More]
Discoveries and Honors
bacteria tamed by defect in cell-targeting ability: Without the ability
to swim to their targets in the stomach, ulcer-causing bacteria do not
cause the inflammation of the stomach lining that leads to ulcers and stomach
cancer, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California,
Santa Cruz. (11/21/11)
UCSC Cholera Biofilm Team Wins Deloitte
QB3 Award for Innovation: A team of UC Santa Cruz researchers working to
find new drugs to fight cholera has won a $10,000 Award for Innovation sponsored
by Deloitte and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3).
Microscopes borrow tricks from astronomy
to see deep into living tissues: The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded a
$1 million grant to fund the Center for Adaptive Optical Microscopy at UC
Santa Cruz. Researchers at UCSC are developing new microscope technologies
to enable biologists to see deep within living tissues and observe critical
processes involved in basic biology and disease.
July 26, 2011
Minority Academic Enrichment Programs Celebrate 100th Ph.D.: UCSC's
nationally recognized MBRS and IMSD programs celebrate the 100th Ph.D.
to pass through their doors—Dr.
Carolina Reyes. These two NIH-funded programs are designed to increase
the number of young underrepresented minority students who earn doctorates
and pursue research careers.
Biologist Harry Noller honored by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2012 Gregori Aminoff Prize in
Crystallography to UCSC molecular biologist Harry Noller and two of his collaborators.
Zhang named Fellow of American Chemical Society: The American Chemical
Society (ACS) has named Jin Zhang, professor of chemistry and biochemistry
at UC Santa Cruz, to the 2011 class of ACS Fellows. ACS Fellows are selected "for
outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession,
and the society."
Haussler awarded Oxford's Weldon Memorial Prize: David Haussler, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at
UC Santa Cruz, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Weldon Memorial Prize
given by the University of Oxford.
expert Ed Green chosen as Searles Scholar: The Searle Scholars Program has awarded a $300,000 research
grant to Richard E. (Ed) Green, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering
in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. Green, who studies
ancient DNA and human evolution, is one of 15 young scientists to receive
the prestigious grants this year
grant supports collaborative drug discovery program with UCSC: Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have received
a grant from biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc. to support a
collaborative drug discovery program using UCSC's unique collection of marine
natural products. The grant will fund work in the natural products labs led
by chemists Roger Linington and Phil Crews and in the UCSC Chemical Screening
scientists gather in Santa Cruz for back-to-back meetings: Leading
scientists in the field of genome sequencing and analysis gathered in Santa
Cruz for two meetings during the week of March 14, 2011, to address challenges
and progress in genome research.
UCSC's Ed Green honored for top research paper in Science: UCSC's Ed Green has been chosen to receive the prestigious Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The prize is given annually to the authors of an outstanding paper published in the association's journal Science.
Professor Susan Strome inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Four UCSC faculty members, including MCD Biology's Susan Strome, were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony on October 9, 2010.
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