State of the Search for Life: From Early Imagination to SETI


By Cristina Deptula This post was written by a guest author who attended our April PubScience event. To learn more about PubScience or how guest posts may be published, contact us at ucbclear@gmail.com.   I’m Cristina Deptula, a writer and community member who heard about Dr. Dan Werthimer’s talk over Facebook while searching for local … Continue reading State of the Search for Life: From Early Imagination to SETI

Why No One Remembers History’s Scientist Pope


This article was originally written for and published in the Berkeley Science Review on April 13th, 2018.  By Virginia Markham CLEAR member since 2016 (read about her science journey here).   “[Emperor] Otto, inspired by the reverence without bound that he professed for Gerbert, on account of his incomparable scientific knowledge, has elevated him to … Continue reading Why No One Remembers History’s Scientist Pope

Happy Women’s History Month


For the final 10 days of Women’s History Month 2018, we featured some of the world’s most daring, intelligent, hard-working and influential women in science past, present and future.  Though it was a short list, we were inspired by their success and hope to have inspired some other scientists, young and old. Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), … Continue reading Happy Women’s History Month

January 2018 Spotlight: Nanticha Lutt


January 2018 Spotlight: Nanticha Lutt CLEAR member? 2017-Present! What do you do? I’m currently studying how to make more photosynthetically efficient rice to grow in space shuttles. Describe one experience growing up which influenced the way you became interested in science. I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and spent all of my childhood in different places of Southeast … Continue reading January 2018 Spotlight: Nanticha Lutt

January 2018 Spotlight: Tim Jeffers


January 2018 Spotlight: Tim Jeffers CLEAR member? 2016-present What do you do? I study how nutrients regulate photosynthesis in algae. Favorite science factoid? When we eat vitamin A-rich plants, we are taking the chemicals that plants use to harvest light and converting them to molecules the cells in our eyes use to respond to light, allowing us … Continue reading January 2018 Spotlight: Tim Jeffers

Scientist Spotlight: Alyssa Anderson


December 2017 Spotlight: Alyssa Anderson CLEAR Member? I’ve been a member since it started (2015)! What do you do? I study how plants grow and develop. Where did you grow up? Jamestown, NY What was your favorite class ever and why? Intro to Metaphysics with Karen Bennet. It was the first class to put a structure and process to … Continue reading Scientist Spotlight: Alyssa Anderson