Feb 11th: Celebration of the Life of Richard Newton

Please join us and the College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, on Sunday, February 11, 2007 as we celebrate the life and
accomplishments of Dean A. Richard Newton. A celebration will take place on the
Berkeley campus from 1:00-2:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. View Video of Richard Newton’s Memorial Sevice held at Zellerbach Hall on January 6, 2007.

ESEM Certificate Program launched at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley has a new certificate program in Engineering for Sustainability and Environmental Management (ESEM) to train graduate students
to work across boundaries to achieve sustainable
solutions to pressing societal problems.

CITRIS helps Governor by “Leading the Green Dream”

On January 4, 2007, CITRIS professors and researchers attended Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inaugural celebrations and participated in “Leading the Green Dream.” Dozens of participants, including four from CITRIS@Berkeley, presented their research on environmental causes.

ARTHUR RICHARD NEWTON

Richard was an inspiration, mentor, and close friend to a
great many of us at HP and elsewhere in the Valley.  He was a large man
with a larger smile, looking every bit the former Australian Rules footballer
that he was.  Nonetheless, his personality was always bigger. 
Richard filled a room just by entering it, and was so comfortable and at ease
with himself and the world that he made everyone, from an undergraduate intern
to the great and powerful, at ease within minutes.  It was this persona as
much as his considerable technical brilliance that let him succeed, seemingly
effortlessly, in so many positions over the course of his 30-year career: as a
professor of electrical engineering, who was a constant winner of awards for
his charismatic classroom style; as one of the
pre-eminent researchers in the field of computer-aided design of integrated
circuits (Kaufman award winner); as a founder of at least two billion-dollar
companies (Cadence and Synopsys) — I’m sure there were others; as a venture
capitalist with Mayfield; as chair of the EECS Department; as the inspiration
behind the Center for Information Technology Research in Society (CITRIS); and,
finally, as perhaps the greatest engineering dean in UC Berkeley’s storied
history.

CET Technology Breakthrough Competition winners

The two top prizes at the CET Technology Breakthrough Competition went to projects on a low-cost disposable genome chip and a portable screening device for dengue fever.

Scientists track melting snowpack in the Sierras

Researchers from the Sierra Nevada Hydrologic Observatory are installing a unique network of ground sensors, weather gear and other
equipment to measure how much snow and ice build up each winter in the 400-mile
Sierra range and then track where the snowmelt goes.

Electronic medical records aid newborns

The
National Institutes of
Health has provided $1.35 million to a team of researchers at UC Santa Cruz working to develop
new statistical approaches that could dramatically improve the care for
severely ill newborn babies.

CITRIS Newsletter Online

A new CITRIS Newsletter is now online. In this issue we feature an article on how CITRIS’s Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) is helping combat electronic identity theft. A second article focuses on how researchers are working on vastly increasing the speed of the internet.

Berkeley Nano Opportunity Challenge 2006

Berkeley Nano Opportunity Challenge 2006 brings together scientists, engineers, and business students to evaluate potential applications and commercial opportunities for ideas and innovations in Nanotechnology and related areas. Abstracts deadline: Oct. 27

New Multicampus Hazards California Institute

Preventing California’s many natural hazards from turning into natural disasters is the aim of the new California Hazards Institute, a multicampus research program of the University of California.

Studying Membranes at the Nanoscale

The composition of lipid membranes, similar to those that surround living cells, can now be mapped at the nanometer scale. The work, by researchers at Stanford University, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Davis, is published in the Sept. 29 issue of the journal Science.

A Nano-Scale Lab with Societal-Scale Impact

Construction is underway on CITRIS’s new headquarters, including the Nanolab
Center, part of a coordinated investment in the nanotech infrastructure of
tomorrow. Learn more about what is in store for the new facility.

Tomlin wins “Genius Grant”

CITRIS researcher Claire Tomlin at UC Berkeley is an aviation engineer who focuses on developing methods for
analyzing hybrid control systems and applying these results to practical
problems. 

Big Idea prizes

A recent article in the Berkeleyan covers the Big Ideas competition and some of the winning and innovative CITRIS projects developed by students.