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General resources for story inspiration
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Many fieldsRachel HCheck out The Graduates radio show/podcast, which is hosted by a UC Berkeley grad student and features interviews with other UC Berkeley grad students about their research:https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/the-graduates/id354826035?mt=10A few suggested episodes to check out: Darko Cotoras (spider biogeography), Heather Bruce (developmental biology), Daniel Portik (herpetology), and Taichi Suzuki (gut microbiome). I haven't listened to them myself, but I'm guessing they could be turned into features if desired.
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The Berkeley News site is always a good place to look for inspiration for story ideashttp://news.berkeley.edu/category/research/science_environment/
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LBNL also maintains a news site, another good place to lookhttp://newscenter.lbl.gov/
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Features (2000-4000 words)
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Geology/engineeringRachel HPEER (Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center)http://peer.berkeley.edu/about/what_is_peer.htmlAn earthquake research consortium headed at UC Berkeley. An article in the BSR in Spring 2014 ("Shake 'N Quake") covered an earthquake monitoring app developed at UC Berkeley called MyShake, but there's a ton more that could be covered – easily enough for a feature, I think.
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Engineering, chemistry, Earth sciencesRachel HWater resource management - infrastructure, technology, treatment, etchttp://cercwet.berkeley.edu/ also see: http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/news/profile/david_sedlakThere is a partnership between multiple UCs and researchers in China to improve water technologies and management. Since we just had a feature on climate change we wouldn't want to focus too much on the climate aspects, but a piece covering multiple aspects of water could be really interesting
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EpidemiologyEmily HAncestry bias in epidemoliogical studiesMost epidemiological studies are done solely within a population of a single ancestry, and a large percent of those studies are only conducted on people of European descent. Exploring what this means for epidemology, why this is a common practice (ie the statistics problem / confounding variables), and what are other work-arounds.
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Engineering / variousEmily HUpdate on 3D printinghttp://news.berkeley.edu/2017/05/23/botanical-garden-hosts-giant-birds-nest-built-with-natural-fiber-digital-tools/, http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2017/05/10/print-nanoscale-imaging-probe/BSR covered 3D printing several years ago, but this technology continues to change rapidly / have a huge effect in engineering and other sciences. Maybe an update on what's going on and how UCB scientists are using 3D printing. For example: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/05/23/botanical-garden-hosts-giant-birds-nest-built-with-natural-fiber-digital-tools/ and http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2017/05/10/print-nanoscale-imaging-probe/
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Environmental scienceHayleyFarming and native honeybeeshttp://www.helpabee.org/farming-for-native-bees.html?lang=en
A group at Berkeley works on studying urban populations of bees, as well as conserving honeybees that are important for farming in California. They also do a lot of local outreach.
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Briefs (750 words)
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Data ScienceChris H (and Rachel H)Data science collaborative projectshttp://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/datascience (but this isn't a great link) also: http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/news/profile/michael_franklin and http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/11/02/uc-berkeley-to-co-lead-west-big-data-innovation-hub/We ran a story on data science a while back (in Spring 2014), this is a sort of follow up for a few things that they're starting to begin. One is a collaborative "data consulting" project that paired students with organizations around the Bay Area. Could be a good quick brief w/ some nice visualizations. (Rachel: I've added another link with an update about the AMPlab project, and another one about upcoming data science projects)
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PsychologyRachel HGreater Good science center
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/
The Greater Good science center's tagline is "The science of a meaningful life". One example of a study they're doing is looking at treatment of PTSD in veterans through outdoor adventures! (http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/05/31/awevswar/)
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ePersona : Why and how to develop a researcher's presence on the internet (website, twitter, publication lists & social networks)
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Emily HUC Berkeley scientists' involvement in the Paris Climate deal, and the implecations of withdrawal
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Environmental science/biologyHayley
Measuring climate change with giant sequoias
The Dawson lab in the IB department uses stable isotopes from giant sequoias to understand the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and water within plants. This information can shed light on how gas exchange is changing with climate change, or how giant sequoias can take up water. The allow for insight into large scale changes caused by climate change, as well as physiological effects on individual plants.
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BiologyEmily H
https://berkeleyflightlab.org/
Animal flight laboratory does some really interesting work -- for example, studying the flight of hummingbirds in a wind tunnel
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Labscopes (250 words)
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EnvironmentRachel HCalscape, CA native plant resource for landscaping, etchttp://news.berkeley.edu/2016/05/09/calscape-website-helps-californians-bring-back-native-plants/You can enter a specific location in CA and it'll give you information on the plants native to that particular location
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GeologyEmily Hhttp://newscenter.lbl.gov/2017/05/23/how-x-rays-helped-to-solve-mystery-of-floating-rocks/Why do pumice rocks float?
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