L&S News

Mars to lose its largest moon, but gain a ring

According to two members of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet.  But rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
Mars Ring Photo

Thank you for supporting L&S during the Big Give!

L&S Deans

During the Big Give, L&S alumni and friends showed us they think bigger by donating over $380,000 to the College!  Thank you for your support, and for helping L&S reach further.  

Mathematician Ian Agol and Physicist Kam-Biu Luk Awarded Breakthrough Prizes

Congratulations to our Berkeley faculty who received the famed Breakthrough Prize: Ian Agol, Breakthrough Prize Winners Kam-Biu Luk and Ian AgolMathematics and The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment team co-led by Kam-Biu Luk, Physics.

Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner, the Breakthrough Prize honors important achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.

L&S undergrads in dual-degree program to study two years in France

A new dual-degree program will be offered in fall 2016 Sciences Po Le Havre Campus.  (Photo courtesy of Sciences Po)by the College of Letters and Science. But this program has  a twist. Freshmen applying to Berkeley will also have the opportunity to study at France’s leading university in the social sciences, Sciences Po.

Breakthrough in social science research has roots in L&S Big Ideas course

A course on critical thinking at UC Berkeley, co-taught for the past three years by a public policy expert and a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, has generated a new proposal to remove sources of bias in research and improve confidence in published studies. Big Ideas logo

Four Berkeley professors launch new nonprofit to advance the publishing rights of authors in the digital age

With the advent of global digital networks has come unprecedented potential for authors to reach new readers. The Authors Alliance, a new nonprofit launched Wednesday (5/21) by four Berkeley professors -- including Dean Carla Hesse -- empowers authors to harness that potential.

How an L&S economist and a colleague got rare access to IRS tax records

Emmanuel Saez was one of a pair of economists who created a big media splash with a 2013 study showing that social mobility correlates with where the children grew up. A new report in Science magazine reveals how they got a hold of  IRS data.

'Never give up,' NPR White House reporter advises fellow philosophy grads at commencement

Not realizing her limitations during her student days and in the 15 years since graduating with her undergraduate degree in philosophy helped propel L&S alumna Tamara Keith on a steady upward professional trajectory. The NPR reporter shared her perspective as distinguished speaker at the philosophy department commencement exercises.

Study: Common drug could prevent injury-related epilepsy

A study published in the Annals of Neurology feature promising results that may bring new hope to people suffering from head injury-induced epilepsy. Daniela Kaufer, L&S associate professor of integrative biology, contributed to the report.

Majestic Hertz Hall organ makes its commencement debut

Former cathedral organ will debut new student compositions for the first time during commencement exercises for Department of Music graduates. The Noack organ was relocated to Hertz Hall from a Delaware church last year. View a film clip of the classic pipe organ.

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