Mary Wildermuth, Faculty Scientist with the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division will honored on May 12, 2017 at the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Spring Luncheon for her contributions to Berkeley schools. With a grant from the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, Wildermuth volunteered her time to develop Be a Scientist, a 7th grade science program that brings 200 science mentors from UC Berkeley to lead individual students at Berkeley’s three middle schools through a process of scientific inquiry and investigation. Berkeleyside recently featured an article about this program.
Biosciences Area researchers and staff participated at the annual East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day on April 27, 2017, at Wareham Development’s Aquatic Park Center in West Berkeley, home to Biosciences Operations @ Berkeley and several Area research groups.
The event was led by Cal State University East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education in partnership with local businesses and organizations, and was aimed at providing insight into potential STEM careers and educational opportunities in the region. Three hundred high school students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond engaged in activities around this year’s theme:, “What problem(s) are you trying to solve?” Students had the opportunity to network with a variety of STEM professionals during tours, a working lunch and exhibitor tabling.
Grayson (D-Concord) and his district director Naser Javaid recently visited JGI to learn about their sequencing, metabolomics, single-cell genomics, and DNA synthesis capabilities. Grayson also met with JGI Director Nigel Mouncey and heard from researchers Susannah Tringe and Trent Northen.
Biosciences Principal Deputy Mary Maxon recently visited UC San Francisco to give a seminar as part of a series on ‘Women and Science Policy.’ Two student and postdoc groups at UCSF, Women in Life Sciences and the Science Policy Group, are collaborating to host the series that aims to show the diversity of roles that merge science and policy, the women behind several of these roles, and the policies that affect women in science. In her presentation, Maxon touched on ways in which women can impact science policy at the state and national level. “Impact is as simple as a phone call, it is as simple as an email, and it really does matter,” she said. “Use it: your research and ideas can have a role in shaping future policy.” Read the full article in the Synapse.
Berkeley Lab researchers in the Biological Systems and Engineering Division have developed a 12-gene score tied to the odds of relapse-free breast cancer survival. The scoring system is based on an analysis of large genomic datasets and patient data, and it could eventually be developed for clinical use.
Antoine Snijders, research scientist, led the team that included Xuan Mao, Matthew Lee, Jeffrey Zhu and Carissa Zhu, all students from Campolindo High School in Moraga, California, who worked as interns at Berkeley Lab in 2016. “Berkeley Lab is committed to training the next generation of future cancer research scientists,” said Snijders. Under the supervision of Snijders, they led the programming effort and computational analysis that helped identify the relevant genes and that formed the basis of the scoring system. Snijders said, “It is exciting to see how these students contributed their computational skills to breast cancer research.” Read more in the Berkeley Lab News Center.