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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

Schekman receives Nobel Medal in Stockholm ceremony

Newly minted Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman used his Nobel acceptance speech  Dec. 10 in Stockholm to encourage more support for basic research, the “freedom of inquiry (that) nourished the careers of today’s Laureates,” he said.

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.

Think Bigger with L&S on November 19!

Big Give Nov 19

During Big Give — Berkeley's 24-hour fundraising blitz — you can give your favorite L&S departments and programs a boost and help them win contests and cash prizes. Together we’ll ensure that Berkeley students and faculty continue to reach higher, dream grander, and imagine farther. Details at

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