13 UC projects win statewide sustainability awards

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Best Practice Awards recognize innovations made by campuses.
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Exit dinosaurs, enter fishes

The mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs gave rise to the modern ‘Age of Fishes.’
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Spinning silk sans spiders

It took a lot of spiders for Berkeley and UCSF alums to create a synthetic silk that's virtually identical to the real deal.

How your brain remembers where you parked the car

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw them. For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's brains.
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Concrete jungle: Cities adapt to growing ranks of urban wildlife

In recent years, a host of charismatic wild species have returned to American cities in numbers not seen for generations.
UC Santa Barbara via The Conversation
Research
Jerome Zack and Scott Kitchen

Stem cell gene therapy holds promise for eliminating HIV infection

Method modifies immune cells to attack the virus and could be used to treat other diseases.
Native prawns play a huge role in the novel schistosomiasis eradication effort. - See more at: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/015738/win-win-win-win#sthash.c0saYL2H.dpuf

A win-win-win-win

With $1.5 million in National Science Foundation funding, a group of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and partner institutions will study the effects of a novel way of eradicating schistosomiasis.
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UC Davis saves 61 million gallons of water a year

New process in campus cooling system will result in a 9 percent cut in the amount of potable water used.
Kevin Njabo and Tom Smith

Congo Basin Institute partnership is a ‘game-changer’ for environmental protection

Institute targets deforestation and disease control in the world's second largest rainforest.

UC researchers sweep prestigious National Awards for Young Scientists

The annual awards recognize the nation’s most exceptional young scientists and engineers. This is the first time that all three winners have hailed from one university system.
human spine and pelvis

Bone-building protein stimulates bone stem cells

Study results could mean good news for people with osteoporosis or those with traumatic bone injuries.
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Why are some children more giving than others?

A new study finds the answer may lie with family income.
elegant terns on the beach

Why have the seabirds gone?

Warming waters and fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding ground in the Gulf of California into northern harbors.
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Williams Institute research played role in same-sex marriage decision

U.S. Supreme Court cites research by senior researcher.
UCLA
Tom Stutz

Turning the tables on cancer

A new class of immunotherapies is enlisting the body's own immune system to fight cancer.
Recent graduate Katie Slocum turned her love of coffee into an award-winning senior thesis that examined the supply chain of coffee beans from Honduras to the United States.

Coffee, from farm to cup

UC Santa Cruz anthropology student traces java's route from Central America to California for senior thesis.
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Researchers launch landmark study of LGBTQ health

Framingham heart health study inspired efforts to track LGBTQ health trends.
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One-quarter of California adults are obese

In just 14 years, the percentage of obese Californians is up from one-fifth.

Undergraduate discovers new firefly species

Discovery is among a few little-seen firefly species found in Southern California.

A simple smile can help curb racial bias

Study, co-authored by a UC Berkeley professor, suggests that smiling at or sharing a positive moment with someone of another race can have a big impact on others.