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The Berkeley Science Review is a graduate student-run magazine that aims to highlight the groundbreaking research occurring at UC Berkeley in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, from biology to physics to computer science. We strive to ensure that all of our articles are accessible to interested readers of any background. You can read the magazine online and find out more at:sciencereview.berkeley.edu/read By supporting the Berkeley Science Review, you will be contributing to the ASUC, a 501(c) non-profit. For more information on the ASUC, please click here. Your donation will be used to pay for the costs of creating and publishing print and tablet versions of the magazine as well as public outreach events. If you would like to receive a copy of the Berkeley Science Review in the mail, please donate a suggested minimum of $15 (to offset shipping and printing costs) and send us an e-mail with your mailing address. If you would like to donate to Berkeley Science Review by writing a check, please make the check out to “ASUC/Berkeley Science Review” and mail to the following address: everyone23Berkeley Science Review 112 Hearst Gym #4520 Berkeley, CA 94720

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Last Call for Pitches!

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Dear BSR Community,

If you haven’t had a chance yet, take a look at our fall issue online  or pick up a physical copy from any yellow distribution box on campus.  The magazine came together beautifully, and we’re already gearing up for the spring publishing cycle! If you’re interested in getting involved with the BSR, please see two opportunities to contribute below.

Cheers!

Alexis Fedorchak
Editor in chief

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Get Involved with the BSR!

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Dear BSR Community,

If you haven’t had a chance yet, take a look at our fall issue online  or pick up a physical copy from any yellow distribution box on campus.  The magazine came together beautifully, and we’re already gearing up for the spring publishing cycle! If you’re interested in getting involved with the BSR, please see two opportunities to contribute below.

Cheers!

Alexis Fedorchak
Editor in chief

Call For Pitches: Write an article for Issue 26!

Seasoned and aspiring science writers and bloggers alike: we want to read your stories! Submit pitches for the Spring 2014 Issue by Monday, December 9th.  

Guidelines for submitting a pitch can be found  here.  We welcome all original ideas, but just in case you’re at a loss, our editorial staff maintains a  list of story ideas. Pick an existing idea, or use your own!

Send pitches or any questions to  sciencereview@gmail.com.

Call For Staff!

Want to polish your science communication chops? Get involved with this  award-winning  publication and join our pun-tastic staff!

We’re sad to see some members move on (we wish them the best!), but it means there are a number of opportunities for YOU to help run the magazine!

Open staff positions:

  • Editors
  • Layout Designers
  • Art Director
  • Web  Director(s)

Visit our website for more info & email  sciencereview@gmail.com  to apply.

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Get involved with the BSR: Fall 2013 article pitches and staff openings

TypeWriter_2_by_violetta_louisa1. Call For Pitches: Write an article for Issue 25!

Seasoned and aspiring science writers and bloggers alike: we want to hear your ideas! Submit pitches for the Fall 2013 Issue by Friday, June 7th. 

Guidelines for submitting a pitch can be found here and, in case you’re looking for inspiration, our editorial staff maintains a list of story ideas just for you.

Send pitches or any questions to sciencereview@gmail.com.

2. Join us as an editor or layout designer!

Editors work directly with authors to sculpt the content for each issue from the first draft to its polished final form. Please briefly outline your experience and include a non-technical writing sample with your email.

Join our award-winning layout team and learn to build compelling visuals to enhance science stories. Experience with graphic design, Adobe InDesign, or Javascript is helpful but not required.

To join our fun and diverse team, email sciencereview@gmail.com to express your interest.
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BSR Spring Seminar THIS Thursday: Edwin Dobb

The BSR is proud to announce its annual Spring Seminar speaker and date.  The seminar will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at 5:00pm.  It will take place in Stanley Hall, room 421. As always, it is open and free to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

This year we will be joined by Edwin Dobb, former senior editor and acting editor in chief of The Sciences, a publication that has been the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards, and is viewed by many as the best general interest science magazine ever published in the U.S.  An independent writer for more than 20 years, Dobb has written about the environment and many other topics for Discover, Audubon, Mother Jones, and The New York Times Magazine, and many others. For several years, he was also a contributing writer at Harper’s.


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Announcing Issue 24 – Tons of new content in a brand new format

We’re very excited to bring you the Spring 2013 edition of the BSR in a new and improved digital format. Click “Read the BSR” in the menu above to start exploring. We hope that new features, like a standard format across current and past issues (back to Issue 21) and a sidebar for browsing the current issue within each article page, will make your experience as a reader more seamless. Please tell us what you think about the new look and the content of any of the articles. Leave a comment, email sciencereview@gmail.com or post on our facebook page. And if you’re a luddite, or just enjoy holding an old fashioned paper magazine in your hands like I do, you can pick up a print copy of Issue 24 on campus starting May 6th (look for our bright yellow distribution boxes!).
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Announcing Teresa Lee as winner of the Issue 23 Reader’s Choice Award

brainIntestineCommunication_VsimpleI am happy to announce the winner of our Fall 2012 Reader’s Choice Award – Teresa Lee for her outstanding feature “Manipulative Microbes”.  I had the pleasure of chatting with Teresa over coffee about zombie organisms, sensationalism, crazy cat men.  

SL: Thanks again for chatting with me and congratulations.

TL: Thank you! It’s my pleasure.

SL: So, one of my favorite things about “Manipulative Microbes” was that you draw in the reader with these gruesome examples of microbes leading higher organisms to their demise.  Did you set out to focus on these examples of “zombification”?

TL: Well, the impetus for the story came from a seminar I took with Mike Eisen.  I had read about these funguses that prey on ants and make them do crazy things, but in taking the course, I really began to understand how widespread this phenomenon is. So, I definitely wanted the story to include some bits about real-world zombies but I realized I could bring it back and be more personal to the readership.
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Last chance! Take our survey, win prizes

Survey closes Friday, Vote now to win! (sorry, voting is closed)
Now that the fall semester is over, we can look back and take stock of the incredible science and the outstanding science journalism in our newest Berkeley Science Review, Issue 23. If you haven’t browsed through yet, there is a treasure trove of new articles waiting for you. Editor in Chief, Sebastien Lounis, has a quick rundown here on all that this issue has to offer.

Once you’re done reading, we would love your feedback. The author of the most-loved feature article will win $150. And the prizes available to a few lucky readers include:

  • 1 year membership to the Exploratorium
  • A pair of general admission tickets to the Cal Academy of Sciences
  • $10 Amazon and iTunes gift cards
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In this issue: MOFiosos

How you think about metal-organic frameworks, better known as MOFs, all depends on your perspective. A MOF’s capacity for carbon capture is governed both by what’s there—a beautiful chemical architecture—and what’s not—a wide-open network of CO2-sized pores. In “MOFiosos,” Zoey Herm explores the complex human dynamics behind this complex material. From basic science to applied technology, experimental to computational, thinking fast to thinking slow, every MOF researcher at UC Berkeley seems to have a different approach to the same collaborative projects. What’s your perspective?

The latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review is out now! Each week, we’ll publish a preview of the fantastic articles, like this piece edited by Anna Schneider, that you can find in this issue.
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Call for pitches: Spring 2013

We’re really excited about the fall issue and fired up to get started on the next installment for spring 2013.  So, seasoned and aspiring science-writers and bloggers alike, please contact us and let us know what you’d like to see in Issue 24!

The guidelines for story pitches, as well as our article styles and formats, can be found below. There are several ways to get involved as a writer for the BSR:

  1. Choose your own story and send us a pitch – many of our best stories are thought-up by our authors. Two recommended resources are today.lbl.gov and newscenter.berkeley.edu
  2. Pitch a story from our idea listfeel free to take them whichever direction you want.
  3. Write for our blog – no pitch needed, just email sciencereviewblog@gmail.com
  4. Suggest a story for somebody else to write – no pressure, we’re happy to just hear your ideas.

All proposed topics must have a Berkeley connection — please also check our archive of previous issues to make sure we haven’t published a similar story already in the past several years.

The deadline for pitches and idea submissions is Friday, December 7th. Please email them to sciencereview@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing your ideas and working with you to produce another great BSR!

Click here to get the details!
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In this issue: Manipulative microbes

Ants, mice, and even humans can fall prey to puppetmaster parasites and other sinister bugs. Teresa Lee explores the diversity of microbial manipulation and finds that, while microorganisms are often finely tuned to particular hosts, it’s still a mystery how they can affect behavior. From yeast chemically tricking flies into giving it a lift, to the feline parasite linked to schizophrenia, and the intestinal microbiome that can affect more than just digestion, research at UC Berkeley is shedding light on the interactions – both hazardous and beneficial – between hosts and these invisible invaders. Be sure to check out the article in the BSR, and listen here or watch here for more information.

The latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review is out now! Each week, we’ll publish a preview of the fantastic articles, like this piece edited by Amanda Alvarez, that you can find in this issue.
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In this issue: Graphene blisters

It’s not easy to observe the growth and formation of crystal structures on the nanoscale. In Graphene Blisters, Kaitlin Duffey reports on a UC Berkeley breakthrough that overcomes the barriers to electron microscopy of liquid samples. Single-atom-thick graphene provides an ideal window through which platinum crystals can be viewed – and now, recorded – as they organize in realtime, with little distortion. The windows, or blisters, of graphene can serve as portals for viewing other liquid-suspended particles, like biomolecules.

The latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review is coming soon. Each week, we’ll publish a preview of the fantastic articles, like this piece edited by Amanda Alvarez, that we have in store.
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BSR Issue 21 – Reader’s Choice Award voting deadline set for February 28

All good things must come to an end – in this case, the voting period for the BSR Issue 22 Reader’s Choice Award. Votes will be tallied on February 28, so visit this site before then to cast your vote for your favorite article from the Fall issue. The winner will receive a cash prize and a special interview by the editor-in-chief that will be posted online.

If you have yet to read the issue (either in print or online), you can get started below with an excerpt from a Faculty Profile on Karen De Valoise, written by Amanda Alvarez:
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Science writing seminar: 6:00PM Tuesday, Jan 24th in Room 100 Boalt


Please join us for an exciting Q&A discussion with Sabin Russell, staff writer/editor at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and former medical science writer at the San Francisco Chronicle.  

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What: The Berkeley Science Review – Science Writing Seminar
Who: Sabin Russel
When: 6:00PM – Tuesday, January 24th
Where: 100 Boalt School of Law
Why: Come chat with one of the most experienced science writers in the industry!
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BSR Issue 22: Call for pitches

Issue 21 of the BSR is popping up around campus, and that means it’s time to start preparing for issue 22! We’re looking for writers, both old and new, so if there’s a Berkeley-related scientific story you’d like to write about please send us a pitch. (Guidelines are outlined below.) If you have a great story idea that you’d like to see someone else write about, please email us a short description of the story. And if you would like to write for us but don’t have a specific topic in mind, take a look at the idea list and pitch us one of those (they are of course only general guidelines: feel free to take them in any direction you like!).  If you would like to write a feature-length article but do not have a fully formed idea let us know: we will match you with an editor to help you develop your story before you start writing.

All proposed topics must have a Berkeley connection — please also check our archive of previous issues (available at our website) to make sure we haven’t published a similar story already in the past several years.

The deadline for pitches and idea submissions is Friday, December 16th. Email them to sciencereview@gmail.com.

For more information, check out our detailed guidelines here.

Looking forward to seeing your great ideas.
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BSR Issue 21: Reader’s Choice Award

BSR readers: we need your help! Once again, we are holding a Reader’s Choice competition to determine your favorite article from our most recent magazine issue. The winner will receive a cash prize and will be interviewed for the website. To participate, read Issue 21 cover to cover, choose your favorite article, and cast your vote online.

Haven’t had a chance to read the issue yet? Look for it at news racks on and around campus or check out the online version. Or, for a small donation, we will mail a copy straight to your doorstep.
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BSR Issue 21: Letter from the editor

The Fall 2011 issue of the Berkeley Science Review has arrived! Once again, the hard work of a passionate team of scientists, writers and artists has paid off with an entertaining and thought-provoking production. Pick up a (free!) hard copy of the magazine at various locations around campus, or read it online here. To preview the content of the issue, read through the “Letter from the Editor”, reproduced below.

Dear readers,

Welcome to the 21st issue of the Berkeley Science Review. As we saw when this year’s Nobel prizes were awarded last month, UC Berkeley research is perpetually interesting and relevant. (UC Berkeley graduate students are also interesting to Nobel laureates, as Greg Alushin describes (page 6) in his travelogue from the Lindau Meeting.) What we’d like to highlight in this issue is the driving force making science relevant and interesting to the public: mathematics and statistics. In our cover story Digitizing the drawers (page 46), Joan Ball relates the efforts of programmers and archivists working with Berkeley’s natural history collections to contextualize and coordinate massive numbers of specimens. In UC Berkeley’s herbaria, there are 360,000 specimens, 14 per Cal undergraduate. The number of cacti in our Botanical Garden alone is equal to the number of professors at UC Berkeley.
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Tomorrow and Friday: BSR live blogs the BERC Innovation Expo and Energy Symposium

At some point during the last year and a half, you’ve probably found yourself thinking: “I really wish the BSR Blog team would live blog a campus event.” Well, the wait is officially over. Tomorrow, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 21 we’ll be posting live updates from the BERC Innovation Expo and Energy Symposium, an exciting event showcasing cutting-edge energy research from UC Berkeley and beyond. If you can’t make it to the events in person (tickets are selling out fast), join us here on our website from 6 – 9 PM Thursday and 9 AM – 6 PM Friday, and we’ll make sure that you don’t miss a thing!
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Call For Pitches: Write an article for Issue 26!

Seasoned and aspiring science writers and bloggers alike: we want to read your stories! Submit pitches for the Spring 2014 Issue by Monday, December 9th.  

Guidelines for submitting a pitch can be found  here.  We welcome all original ideas, but just in case you’re at a loss, our editorial staff maintains a  list of story ideas. Pick an existing idea, or use your own!

Send pitches or any questions to  sciencereview@gmail.com.

Call For Staff!

Want to polish your science communication chops? Get involved with this  award-winning  publication and join our pun-tastic staff!

We’re sad to see some members move on (we wish them the best!), but it means there are a number of opportunities for YOU to help run the magazine!

Open staff positions:

  • Editors
  • Layout Designers
  • Art Director
  • Web  Director(s)

Visit our website for more info & email  sciencereview@gmail.com  to apply.