CLAS: Science and the Future

 

The Milky Way rises next to El Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
The Milky Way rises next to El Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

BRIDGING THE AMERICAS: CLAS in Science, Technology, and Engineering

Bringing scientists and researchers across the Americas together is a vital part of our mission at the Center for Latin American Studies.

CLAS connects researchers with funding, organizes conferences, sends young scholars into the field, brings new members into our network, and publishes their new, and at times path-breaking, findings.


Photovoltaic array in Chile's Atacama Desert. (Photo by Rodrigo Arancibia Zamora.)
Photovoltaic array in Chile's Atacama Desert, part of the future of the electricity sector studied by Berkeley's Dan Kammen with Rodrigo Escobar Moragas of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. (Photo by Rodrigo Arancibia Zamora.)

Funding inquiry and collaboration with Chile's Conicyt

CLAS has been a partner with Chile's Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research), Conicyt, in pairing Berkeley researchers with their Chilean counterparts on projects as diverse as earthquake early-warning systems, biodynamic wineries, and how proteins cross cellular membranes.

The funding provided built partnerships between Berkeley and Latin America that will continue to pay dividends in the years ahead, connecting such luminaries as Berkeley Nobel Laureates Saul Perlmutter and Randy Schekman with ongoing research initiatives.

This winery was studied as part of a CLAS-Conicyt research project on biodynamic agriculture. (Photo by Jorge León Cabello.)
This winery was studied as part of a CLAS-Conicyt research project on biodynamic agriculture. (Photo by Jorge León Cabello.)


Nobel laureate Randy Schekman with graduate students as part of the Chile-California Conference.
Nobel laureate Randy Schekman with graduate students as part of the Chile-California Conference.

CLAS Conferences Building Communities

As part of our support for research networks, CLAS organizes conferences that bring together Berkeley researchers and experts with larger communities.  These events have triggered ongoing work on renewable energy in the Americas, climate change and its mitigation, and the nature of the early universe.


A student studies moss as part of a field research trip with support from CLAS and the Tinker Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Javier Jauregui.)
A Berkeley student studies moss as part of a field research trip with support from CLAS and the Tinker Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Javier Jauregui.)

Enabling Student Research in the Americas

Growing the next generation of botanists, geologists, and public health practitioners is part of what the Center for Latin American Studies supports every year.

Sending students into the field to study the origins of spider species on Rapa Nui, work on improving screenings for cervical cancer in Mexico, or to engineer more reliability for a city's water supply, CLAS helps students become the Americas' next generation of problem-solvers.

Studying how to better serve a community's need for water. (Photo courtesy of John Erickson.)
Studying how to better serve a community's need for water. (Photo courtesy of John Erickson.)


A group celebrating the life of inventor Stan Ovshinsky at CLAS included 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics Saul Perlmutter (third from right in back row.)
A group celebrating the life of inventor Stan Ovshinsky at CLAS included Nobel Laureate in Physics Saul Perlmutter (third from right in back row.)

Growing a Network of Knowledge

One of our primary goals at CLAS is to bring into contact experts, policy makers, and "unusual suspects" to create connections that make unique collaborations and contributions possible.

President Michelle Bachelet of Chile visits Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a CLAS-organized visit.
President Michelle Bachelet of Chile visits Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a CLAS-organized visit.


RESEARCH OUTCOMES AND PUBLICATIONS

Many of the outcomes of CLAS research are reported in our flagship publication, the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.