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Innovation with Engineering
EnableTech is a student organization that designs and builds assistive technology for people with disabilities. Our goal is for engineering and design students to collaborate with need-knowers, who either have a disability or are very familiar with a disability. We provide teams with space, materials, and other resources to turn their idea into a solution that could significantly improve the lives of many people.
Designers and builders, mentors and educators–these students are our future leaders in engineering. Here’s a sampling of their extraordinary work…
Art + Science
“Vision & Light: Extending the Senses,” was presented in partnership with Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute. This stunning show featured works created by Berkeley artists and scientists.
Bull.Miletic are visual artists Synne T. Bull (Norway) and Dragan Miletic (USA, b. Yugoslavia). Bull.Miletic were the inaugural Art + Science Artists-in-Residence at UC Berkeley, co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center and the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society. Their work was featured at Science at Cal’s Vision + Light event in 2017, presented in partnership with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Zoom Blue DotThe production of this work was generously supported by Arts Council Norway, Arts Research Center and Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society at the University of California, Berkeley. The work was realized during a semester-long Arts + Science Residency at UC Berkeley in collaboration with Holly L. Aaron at the Molecular Imaging Center; Danielle Jorgens at the Electron Microscopy Lab; Vasfi Burak Ozdol at the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Christopher Myers at CITRIS Invention Lab. bull.miletic.info
Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro
Dr. Javier Ceja-Navarro is interested in host-microbe associations in non-model arthropods and the characterization of multitrophic interactions in soil. His hobbies include beekeeping, and scientific illustration using watercolor. He uses his illustrations and animations to great effect to share the fascinating world of insects and micro-organisms.
Kate Nichols synthesizes nanoparticles to mimic structurally colored animals, grows artificial skin from microorganisms, and makes her own paints, following fifteenth-century recipes. The long tradition of painters as material innovators inspired Nichols to become the first artist-in-residence in the Alivisatos Lab, a nanoscience laboratory at UC Berkeley. In spring 2019, she was an artist-in-residence at Stochastic Labs and the Innovative Genomics Institute.
For the past 16 years, Jim Breen, the highly-skilled artisan, has created glass apparatuses and other vessels for Berkeley researchers — not just those in chemistry, but in engineering, earth and planetary science, physics and other fields.
Julia Morgan (1872-1957)
Julia Morgan was born in Oakland, CA. She graduated from the College of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where she also studied drawing with architect Bernard Maybeck. Following her graduation in 1894, with Maybeck’s encouragement, Morgan went to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and in 1901, became the first woman to graduate in architecture. Returning to the Bay Area, she worked for John Galen Howard, the UC Berkeley campus architect and became the first woman in California to earn her architectural license, opening her San Francisco office in 1905.
Origami with Bernie Peyton
Bernie Peyton is a wildlife biologist and origami artist who uses his art to raise awareness for environmental and conservation causes. He is a passionate activist, artist, and teacher.
“I am encouraged that origami has a bright place in that future, as a reliever of stress, a means to means to create understanding between cultures, and as a catalyst for solutions such as foldable cheap housing. When I teach a simple origami figure I am also teaching a creative way to think and solve problems. Designing something out of a single uncut square has taught me how to think outside the box and greatly contributed to my ability to ask better research questions as a scientist. Just maybe someone I have introduced to origami will take that knowledge to make a positive difference.”
Berkeley Arts + Design
The arts and design fields encourage risk and creativity; teach collaboration and compassion; join the conceptual with the pragmatic; bring international cultures into bracing dialogue.
Design animates all corners of our campus and is part of many interdisciplinary projects in research, education, and public engagement.
You can access the majority of Arts + Design lectures online:A+D YouTube channel
Discover resources to support artists and arts organizations here:Creativity in the time of COVID
March 31 – Womens’ History
Marian Diamond (November 11, 1926 – July 25, 2017), was a Professor Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, and was one of the founders of modern neuroscience. Her research demonstrated the impact of enrichment—a simple but powerful new understanding that has literally changed the world, from how we think about ourselves to how we raise our children.
Dr. Diamond showed anatomically, for the first time, what we now call plasticity, and in so doing shattered the old paradigm of understanding the brain as static and unchangeable.
My Love Affair with the Brain is an award-winning PBS documentary that brings the viewer right into the heart of science and into a deeper understanding of your own brain.
Join Prof. Diamond for a full semester of human anatomy lectures. We promise we won’t make you take an exams!
In 1981 Mary K Gaillard became the first woman on the physics faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. Her career as a theoretical physicist spanned the period from the inception — in the late 1960s and early 1970s — of what is now known as the Standard Model of particle physics and its experimental confirmation, culminating with the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012. Her book A Singularly Unfeminine Profession recounts Gaillard’s experiences as a woman in a very male-dominated field, while tracing the development of the Standard Model as she witnessed it and participated in it.
Ruzena Bajcsy is the NEC Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She was the founding director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) in 2001. As part of her activities in CITRIS, and together with the University of California Center for the Humanities, she played a founding role in establishing a program of Digital Humanities. Before joining UC Berkeley, she headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (1999–2001).
Judith P. Klinman (born April 17, 1941) is a chemist, biochemist, and molecular biologist known for her work on enzyme catalysis. She became the first female science professor at UC Berkeley in 1978. In 2012, she was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama.
The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science is a short documentary film and photography series that demonstrates the competencies and passions of female paleontologists and how this unfair, gendered stereotype can be easily diminished with the donning of a beard. How, with some well-placed facial hair, any female scientist can be perceived as equally rugged, tough and determined. Women don beards to highlight gender bias in science
Also! Don’t miss Dr. Lisa White from the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology who is featured in the PBS NOVA series Making North America
Zvezdelina Entcheva Stankova is a professor of mathematics at Mills College and a teaching professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the founder of the Berkeley Math Circle, and an expert in the combinatorial enumeration of permutations with forbidden patterns.
Emily Pilloton is a Lecturer in the College of Environmental Design, and is a designer, builder, educator, and founder of the nonprofit Project H Design and Girls Garage, a rigorous STEM program for girls. She works alongside youth ages 9-18 to co-design and build full-scale public architecture projects with a civic purpose.
Katya Rakhmatulina, UC Berkeley environmental engineering Ph.D. student, studies fire and water in Yosemite National Park’s Illilouette Basin. Research shows that restoring natural fire regimes to California’s mountains could be a win-win: more water, improved biodiversity, and a reduced risk of catastrophic fires.
Anca Dragan is an Assistant Professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. Her goal is to enable robots to work with, around, and in support of people. She runs the InterACT Lab, where they focus on algorithms for human-robot interaction — algorithms that move beyond the robot’s function in isolation, and generate robot behavior that also accounts for interaction and coordination with end-users.
Carlo H. Séquin , Professor of Computer Science, had an early fascination with numbers which led him on a career path to utilize geometry in diverse situations from designing buildings and electronics to geometric art sculptures.
Jennifer Doudna, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, discusses gene-editing with CRISPR.
Daniel Wescott, graduate student in the Plant & Microbial Biology, explains how better understanding photosynthesis can help the agricultural sector minimize environmental impact. Learn more about the CLEAR Project.