Inspiring Our Youth: 2015 Science & Engineering Fair

Recently, CRSB staff, along with the local Offices of Education, Economic Partnerships, and local industry scientists, had a chance to help judge top middle and high school science fair projects from the area.

CRSB supports events like this as part of our larger effort to bring STEM education to the community.

CRSB coordinator, Brigid Acuña, teams up with John Toman, engineer from Oronite, and Damon Maxey, math expert from Chevron.   


Photo credit to Amy Sullivan, Courtesy of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership.

Getting the Word Out About Science Summer Camps! 

The Contra Cost Office of Education’s Economic Partnership offers a Science Summer Camp series where young people get to learn about BioTech, Environmental sciences, Engineering, and the Solar Science Academy, sponsored by Sun Power of Richmond, CA.

For more information click here.

You can also contact April Treece, Director, STEM Workforce Initiative



Learn more about Contra Costa Office of Education STEAM programs and the CC Economic Partnership

High School Science Students Visit CRSB Labs

This Spring, Dr. David Taylor, CRSB and IGI Researcher, from the Doudna – Nogales lab   – in collaboration with the Coalition for Education & Outreach  (CEO) the unique opportunity to host three fledging high school scientists, from the North Bay’s Solano County.

Here is what students had to say about their experiences.

“Thank you for taking the time out of your day to give us a tour of the labs. It was very inspiring to see how passionate you are about your work. Before that day I had no clue what molecular functions through cryo-electron microscopy was.  It was very mind opening to see how many different choices are out there for work and research. Who knows, maybe you will be my professor one day!” – Ka’sha Whitelow

“Thank you so much for giving us a tour of your lab. I didn’t know anything about microscopy until I met you. Seeing how passionate you were about your job was very influential and has sparked my interest in research. It made me realize that there’s much more to science than I thought. Thank you again!” – Niala Nutt

“Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to show my friends and me around. All of the questions answered and advice given was extremely helpful. It was really cool to look through the electron microscopes and see all that you do. I am immensely grateful that I got to have this experience.” – Danielle Harris

Dr. Josephine Yuen, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science wrote, “I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for your support of the recent visit by the three American Canyon High School Students.  Some of you met with the students while others helped to arrange the visits.  Your efforts made the day very memorable for Kasha, Nia, and Danielle. At the end of the visit, they said that the visit was the highlight of their spring break.”


Attached is link to the pictures we have of the visit:

CRSB Discovers RNA Targets for Anticancer Drugs

CRSB discovers RNA targets for anticancer drugsJamie Cate, UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, CRSB Director, and postdoctoral fellows Amy Lee and Philip Kranzusch have found that a small subset of mRNAs coding for proteins are linked in some way to cancer.

“We’ve discovered a new way that human cells control cancer gene expression, at the step where the genes are translated into proteins. This research puts on the radar that you could potentially target mRNA where these tags bind with eIF3,” Cate said. “These are brand new targets for trying to come up with small molecules that might disrupt or stabilize these interactions in such a way that we could control how cells grow.”

For the complete article click here.

View original story from the UC Berkeley News Center

Jennifer Doudna founds the innovative Genomics Initiative

Founding and current faculty, Dr. Jennifer Dounda heads up the new Innovative Genomics Initiative which includes latest news links about CRISPR/Cas9 tools as well as twitter/blog links on the latest RNA systems biology technologies and topics.

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Jennifer Doudna awarded the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Foundation for the NIH to Award Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences to Jennifer Doudna from UC Berkeley.

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Jennifer Doudna Interviewed on NPR’s ‘All things Considered’

NPR science correspondent Joe Palca investigates CRISPR technology in a radio interview with Craig Mello and Jennifer Doudna.

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