Ariel Spagnolo

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna Gives Lecture to BHS Physics Club


Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., an American biochemist, Nobel Prize winner, and pioneering researcher in CRISPR gene editing, gave a lecture with the Berkeley High School Physics Club on April 28.

Lisa Danzig is an infectious diseases physician and former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer who has worked in senior roles with Novartis, Grifols, and PaxVax.

Former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Explains Vaccines


The Jacket spoke with Lisa Danzig, M.D. about COVID-19, vaccines, and what society might look like in the near future. Danzig is an infectious diseases physician and former Epidemic Intelligence Service officer.

Berkeley Set to Receive $68 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funds


In late January, US President Joe Biden unveiled the American Rescue Plan, a plan that aims to address both the social and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccine Roll Out and Reopening Plans Discussed at March 10 School Board Meeting


On the evening of March 10, the Berkeley School Board met to discuss a variety of topics. The principal among these was Superintendent Brent Stephens’ report on the progress towards reopening schools, and the immediacy of the district’s plans.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Is a Crucial Movie for Current Times


Judas and the Black Messiah, directed by Shaka King, tells the story of Black liberation activist Fred Hampton, and the undercover informant who ultimately aided in his murder.

PTSA Hosts Art Contest to Celebrate Black History Month


This year, the Berkeley High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association is giving students an amazing new way to interact with Black History Month: the Black History Month Art Contest.

‘Locked Down’ is a Disappointing First Look At Hollywood’s Take on COVID-19


“Well, that was… interesting” is about how I felt after watching the HBO Max original film, Locked Down. This wasn’t exactly the reaction to this movie that I’d hoped for, given that it’s the first mainstream Hollywood production about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entrance to the Pixar Animation Studios, located in Emeryville.

Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Offers Depth and Introspection Through Animation


From the depths of COVID-19-infused living and the constant introspection that has come with it, comes Pixar’s Soul, a masterful examination of what it means to be human.

Schools Should Require COVID-19 Vaccination for Returning Students


Whether or not a COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for students to return to school is a question that has been weighing heavily on the minds of many families.

Out of Print: The Future of Local News (Or Lack Thereof)


Throughout this seemingly unrelenting pandemic, it has become clear that the businesses that are hit the hardest economically are not large corporations, but small local businesses.

BUSD Must Ensure Safety for Teachers and Community Before Reopening Schools


Schools are enormously important to modern society, both nationally and globally. Along with their core function of education, they provide services such as childcare and meals.

Measure HH Is Necessary to Lower Berkeley's Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Berkeley has often planted the seeds of global social change, ranging from the Free Speech Movement led by University of California Berkeley students to the more recent tax on soda.

Music From Latin America Acts as a Form of Cultural Resistance


Latin America’s vibrant history includes stories of horrific oppression, then powerful resistance. Thus, many and varied musical styles have developed over time as a form of cultural defiance.

Tenor saxophonist Camille Collins plays by the Pillars at Lake Merritt.

Artist Spotlight: Camille Collins


“That is normally more how I write … just from a single moment, gaining inspiration, and … improvising [on] it,” said Camille Collins — student, musician, and activist.

Album Recommendation: 'on the tender spot of every calloused moment'


I came in expecting great things from Ambrose Akinmusire’s latest album, and I was not disappointed. The trumpet player’s sixth album, on the tender spot of every calloused moment, displays an amazing range of ideas, style, and performance.

Sam King practices an instrument as a way to stay entertained without screens.

BHS Unplugged: Tips for How to Stay Entertained Offline


A bike, a song, a book. These are some of the offline things that members of the Berkeley High School community are using to entertain themselves while stuck at home, though hopefully not all at once.