An interview with Professional in Residence Rachel Bernstein: Shining a light on science communities

Rachel Bernstein, PhD, is a the editor of Science Careers. Bernstein is joining the QB3-Berkeley Professionals in Residence (PIR) program on May 6 and May 13. Graduate students and postdocs may register for Bernstein’s PIR visit here. Bernstein spoke with graduate student Kaydren Orcutt about her journey from science writing to writing about the scientific community, and how her experiences at UC Berkeley helped shape her career.

New process makes ‘biodegradable’ plastics truly compostable

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have now invented a way to make these compostable plastics break down more easily, with just heat and water, within a few weeks, solving a problem that has flummoxed the plastics industry and environmentalists.

Applications open for QB3-Berkeley’s science writing workshop

Applications are now open for QB3-Berkeley’s graduate student and postdoc science writing workshop, Science Writing for the Public: Share Your Research and Connect with Audiences. This three-part workshop will give participants training in writing science communications for a general audience.

A protein voyage into cells enabled by a short helical protein

A recent work published by the Schepartz laboratory at the UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry explores how a short helical protein can facilitate the delivery of proteins into cells, potentially offering scientists a streamlined method to efficiently deliver therapeutics to patients

Christopher J. Chang awarded Guggenheim fellowship

Christopher J. Chang is one of this year’s 184 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows. The prestigious awards recognize scholars with impressive achievements in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts.

The incredible bacterial ‘homing missiles’ that scientists want to harness

Tailocins, which are extremely strong protein nanomachines made by bacteria, and their functions are an area of hot research due to their many possible applications. Scientists at the Berkeley Lab explored the genetic basis and physical mechanisms governing how tailocins attack specific strains, and looked at genetic similarities and differences between tailocin producers and their target strains.