Dear readers, It is with pride that we announce the release of the latest Berkeley Science Review, Issue 26.
You can read the new issue, in it’s entirety, right here.
Those of us who create the Berkeley Science Review each semester are graduate students and postdocs in the sciences. We are acutely aware of the current social, political, and health concerns that hover over academic science. It speaks to the importance of these topics that Issue 26 of the BSR includes a whopping five articles under the umbrella we’ll call “meta-science.” That is, discussions about graduate school, tenure track, and the practice of science itself. In a captivating feature, “This is your mind on grad school,” Sebastien Lounis and Denia Djokic discuss mental health concerns bubbling up in academic science and ways people at UC Berkeley have stepped up to offer support to graduate students. Another feature, “New journal on the block,” written by Charlene Bashore, discusses open access scientific publishing with a spotlight on the free online journal eLife. In the brief “Mind the culture gap,” Kevin Doxen touches on action taken at UC Berkeley to bridge cultural practices and new technology. We also bring you two articles on women in academia. Holly Williams discusses the progress that’s been made on campus to introduce family-friendly practices in “Narrowing the divide,” while Alexis Shusterman reviews the book Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in The Ivory Tower, by law professor Mary Ann Mason.
As always, this issue offers plenty to keep you informed about the non-meta-science on campus as well. Inspired by another book (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot), author Alexandra del Carpio takes readers on a journey through the lives of Berkeley scientists who actively use the cell line harvested 63 years ago from an unsuspecting cancer patient in “The good the bad and the HeLa.” Perhaps you’ve heard something in the news about a craze that is touted as “crisper.” This is actually hype about a new genetic technology with the acronym CRISPR, pioneered at UC Berkeley. In “GM to Order,” Levi Gadye discusses what the CRISPR craze means for genetically modified foods. Sometime within the past decade, society decided it needs scientists who exist solely to make sense of huge amounts of data. In our cover story, “The first rule of data science,” Anum Azam explains a science so hip that UC Berkeley just launched an entire institute devoted to it. But the fun doesn’t stop there – on top of our new print content we’ve also got some great new digital tricks up our sleeves. We’ve recently undergone a full redesign of the BSR website and blog, making it easier for you to read, find, and enjoy our online content. You’ll also find a few interactive components to Issue 26. Accompanying our feature on data science at UC Berkeley is an interactive graphic showing scientific collaborations at UC Berkeley, as well as a map that breaks down data science on campus. Finally, if you’d rather enjoy these (and many more) tools in the palm of your hands, you’re in luck. We have entered the tablet era. A project born last fall, our inaugural iPad version of the magazine (Issue 25) was released in early April as a free downloadable app. Issue 26 will be released in the Apple app store in the next few weeks. It boasts interactive visuals and multimedia presentations, and looks just as beautiful as the print magazine, if not more. Special thanks to former Art Director Asako Miyakawa and current Art Director Helene Moorman for leading the charge to produce the new format! Look for the ipad version of Issue 26 to land in the app store soon. As always, thanks to a wonderful team of editors, writers, and design staff – all graduate students at UC Berkeley – for producing another great issue. Thanks to our dedicated web staff and bloggers, who keep this site an amazing source of scientific content. Finally, thanks to all of you, our readers, for supporting us day in and day out. You are the reason that we’re here, and we look forward to what’s coming next. Enjoy! Alexis Fedorchak and Chris Holdgraf Editor in Chief and Webmaster