Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, You’d have to spend months attending university lectures and departmental seminars to gather all the information in this issue of the BSR. From Heidi Anderson’s look at brain sexual dimorphism (p. 5), to Rachel Teukolsky’s examination of Big Science politics and espionage at World War II-era Berkeley Labs (p. 16), to Alan Moses’ bizarre rants about evolution (p. 10), this magazine is rivaled only by a thousand-page Russian novel in breadth of material. Read through it all, you’ll learn a lot. Like almost everything these days, the BSR started with a blip on the Internet. Berkeley graduate student Kim Miller sent an email to the student community gauging interest in starting a new popular science journal about Berkeley. From there, our editorial board formed and a vision for what this magazine would be about emerged. We wanted a multidisciplinary look at UC Berkeley science, past and present, and that’s what the BSR is. Our editorial board is composed of talented graduate students in science, engineering, English, and history, all of whom brought their expertise and voice to this journal. They spent many late nights and gave up scarce free time to create the BSR. If my advisor knew how much time I’ve spent on this project, he’d boot me out the door. I’d be working at Andersen Consulting faster than you could say “creative business solutions.” Our contributors too represent all the best of Berkeley. They’re graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from many, many campus departments, from biophysics to journalism to literature. The amount of combined higher education represented by our contributors pool is staggering. And it comes through in the thoughtful, original, and interesting articles in this issue of the BSR. Enjoy this first issue of the Berkeley Science Review, brought to you by the campus’s students and scholars. Let us know how you like what we’ve done (email ). And to all you Berkeley researchers out there, let the world know about your work and all the great science that comes out of Berkeley. Write up an article and send it in for our next issue, due out next fall. By the way–visit us on the web at sciencereview.berkeley.edu for submission guidelines, advertising info, announcements on upcoming events (like our science-writing workshops), and more. All the best, Eran Karmon Editor-in-Chief