L&S News

Carla Hesse named executive dean for L&S

In July, Carla Hesse, dean of the Division of Social Sciences, will succeed Mark Richards, who has served as executive dean for the College since 2006. Hesse is an expert in modern European history, including its social and cultural aspects, with a specialty in modern European women’s history. 

Integrative biologists first to map hummingbirds' 22 million-year-old family tree

A decade-long study, led by Associate Professor of Integrative Biology Jim McGuire, is the first to map the evolution of hummingbirds. The rapid and ongoing diversification of the hummingbird also has contributed to shaping the environments in which they thrive.

Is Canada's past immigration success waning?

Irene Bloemraad questions whether Canada's stand on immigration is heading in a misguided direction. In an Op-Ed for the Ottawa Citizen, Bloemraad, the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies, points out why longstanding policy has worked and what's at stake if lawmakers make radical changes.

Major in philosophy, the 'ultimate transferrable work skill'

The ranks of philosophy majors in L&S have nearly doubled in the past decade. A California magazine report explores the attraction to a field that physicist Stephen Hawking declared dead just three years ago.

At White House screening of 'Cesar Chavez,' alum reflects on her grandfather's legacy

The White House screened the new film "Cesar Chavez" on March 19, providing insight in to the skills and dedication that propelled Chavez's success. Julie Chavez Rodriguez, a White House staff member and L&S alumna, explains why her grandfather's teachings on grassroots organizing is still relevant today.

Scientists pinpoint upside to why the brain misses subtle visual changes

The discovery of what vision scientists, including lead author and L&S psychologist David Whitney, call the continuity field explains why the brain sometimes sacrifices accuracy for consistency. It also accounts for why the eye often misses tiny visual bloopers while watching movies, according to the study published in Nature Neuroscience.

Partnership to boost doctoral student diversity attracts ongoing interest

In an interview with L&S Executive Dean Mark Richards, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education takes a close look at the California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Funded by a $2.2 million National Science Foundation grant, the consortium, led by UC Berkeley and L&S, is working to improve diversity in STEM disciplines at universities and national labs.

Innovative DNA scissors spawn bold UC initiative

Hailed by scientists as a "jaw-dropping" breakthrough in the fight against genetic disease, Crispr (or clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has inspired multiple start-ups, heavily-attended international meetings and now the Innovative Genomics Initiative. Professor Jennifer Doudna will serve as executive director of IGI, launched this week by UC Berkeley and UCSF with support from a $10 million gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

Scientists pursue tiny matters in physics grads' documentary "Particle Fever"

In a favorable review, the New York Times called it "a modest, compact movie about the largest imaginable subject: the structure of the cosmos." Physics Ph.D. Mark Levinson's film, including appearances by his former L&S physics professors, follows physicsists during a milestone experiment to find the elementary particle called Higgs boson.

Three L&S profs named 2014 Distinguished Teachers

A scientist and two social scientists will receive UC Berkeley's 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award. The trio of L&S faculty members will be honored at a public ceremony April 23 in the Zellerbach Playhouse.

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