Genome Analysis Pinpoints Arrival and Spread of First Americans

The analysis, using the most comprehensive genetic data set from Native Americans to date, was conducted using three different statistical models, two of them created by UC Berkeley researchers. The first, developed by the lab of Yun Song, a UC Berkeley associate professor of statistics and of electrical engineering and computer sciences, takes into account the full DNA information available from the genomes in the study.

Cockroach Robot Squeezes Though Cracks (Ugh!)

Dubbed “veloci-roach,” the crawling device uses sensors and locomotion like many other bio-inspired devices.

But this one flips on its side to shimmy through spaces that would normally prove too small, according to Chen Li, postdoctoral researcher in the UC Berkeley department of integrative biology, and electrical engineering and computer science.


Student Has Fun Exploring Disco Clam’s Underwater World

Lindsey Dougherty’s love of the sea eventually led her to UC Berkeley, where she is now a graduate student focusing on one of the ocean’s more unusual critters: a clam that flashes in the deep.

This behavior earned it the nickname ‘disco clam,’ and Dougherty is working with UC Berkeley’s Roy Caldwell, professor of integrative biology, to explore how and why it flashes its mirrored lips.

The Graduates Radio Show

The Graduates, the talk show that features interviews with U.C. Berkeley graduate students about their work here on campus, debuts on Tuesday, April 8th, at 9:00am. Hosted by Tesla Monson, 2nd year graduate student in the Hlusko Lab, Department of Integrative Biology, The Graduates focuses on communicating graduate student research to the public, with a special emphasis on informing students, at the high school and undergraduate level, about ways to get involved in science.