EECS News Fall 2014

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Lars Rohrbach, Manager of the Infrastructure Development and Support Group (IDSG), is the winner of the 2014 Wil Zeilinger Staff Excellence Award. The Zeilinger Award honors a staff member of the EECS department or ERSO who exemplifies a spirit of service cheerfully given for the general good.
October 9

Laura Waller is among a few highly talented researchers who have been selected to each receive $1.5 million over the next five years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as part of the foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative. This initiative is committed to enabling new types of scientific breakthroughs by supporting interdisciplinary, data-driven researchers. Prof. Waller’s research involves simultaneous design of optical systems and computational algorithms for creating microscopes that employ simple hardware, yet achieve contrast modes not otherwise possible.
UCB News Center article
October 2

The National Institutes of Health announced its first research grants through President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, including three awards to the University of California, Berkeley, totaling nearly $7.2 million over three years. These initial awards are part of a 12-year scientific plan focused on developing the tools and technologies needed to make the next leap in understanding the brain. Michel Maharbiz’ proposal on the use of ultrasound to create ‘waveguides’ that can steer light below the surface of the cortex, stimulating photoswitches that enable the study of neurotransmitters and was chosen with 5 other proposals. More>>
October 1

The EECS Department is proud to congratulate three outstanding Masters students - Matthew Fong (5th Year MS), Henry Lu (5th Year MS), and Johanna Ye (M.Eng.) on joining the class of 2015 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering. All UC Berkeley scholars were honored at a lunch with Tom Siebel and the Dean of the College of Engineering, Shankar Sastry.
September 19

Martin Wainwright has been awarded the COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) Presidents’ Award, at the Joint Statistical Meetings earlier this month. This award is considered to be the Nobel Prize of Statistics, a most prestigious award for young researchers in Statistics. More>>
August 28

Dan Garcia was interviewed for an article in the Center for Digital Education online publication titled “ California Shores up Support for Computer Science Education”. Lawmakers and educators are taking steps to make computer science now count toward high school graduation requirements for math and science.
August 28


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