While our campus may be emptied out these days, our students, faculty, and alumni are hard at work helping to meet the challenges of the pandemic. We have gathered stories, news items, videos, and interviews to explain how we in Letters & Science are addressing COVID-19 as a scientific and social crisis that also creates personal challenges for us all.
A joint research effort between UC Berkeley and UCSF, co-led by Innovative Genomics Institute investigator Patrick Hsu, has been working to do something the FDA largely has not - verifying that 14 coronavirus antibody tests now on the market actually deliver accurate results.
A study led by physics and astronomy professor Uros Seljak suggests that coronavirus fatality rates could be higher than previously reported. UC Berkeley data scientists estimate that the fatality rate in New York City and Santa Clara County can be no less than 0.5%, or one of every 200 people infected.
Hart Island has traditionally been used as a burial ground for New York City's unclaimed and poor, and is now the site of a mass grave for unclaimed victims of COVID-19. History professor emeritus Thomas Laqueur, who studies the evolution of death rituals, explains "the idea of mass burials today is so problematic because it's so rare."
Coronavirus impact: Maps show how much pollution has dropped in the Bay Area since shelter-in-place orders
A virtual conversation with UC Berkeley researchers leveraging computing and data science to blunt the COVID-19 pandemic and support a robust recovery. Moderated by 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Saul Perlmutter, and featuring many L&S faculty members, from Statistics to Molecular & Cell Biology.
Celeste Kidd, a computational cognitive scientist who studies false beliefs, curiosity, and learning, explains why some conservative media personalities, political and business leaders, and other influencers shrugged off warnings about the dangers of the novel coronavirus.
Professor Emeritus of Statistics Nicholas Jewell, who also holds an appointment at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, joins his daughter, epidemiologist Britta Jewell, to talk with the New York Times about the importance of taking quick action to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Sociologist Marion Fourcade argues that coronavirus represents a threat to democracy, as it could pave the way for insufficiently secure online voting systems and new forms of surveillance.
The UC Berkeley Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases hosted a virtual hackathon, bringing together scientists from academia, biotech, clinical medicine and more to work toward collaborative and innovative ways to combat COVID-19.
Identifying and Correcting Bias from Time- and Severity- Dependent Reporting Rates in the Estimation of the COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate
A paper from Michael Jordan, Professor of Statistics and Computer Science, on correcting models that estimate the COVID-19 fatality rate.
University science labs across the U.S. are gearing up to run coronavirus tests for patients in need. Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director of Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases, is helping to set up Berkeley’s testing center.
A panel of UC Berkeley’s leading economists and public policy experts discuss the economic consequences of sheltering in place, evaluate the Congressional response and discuss strategies that could help to stabilize the economy, safeguard jobs and protect society’s most vulnerable people.
Statistician Bin Yu and her team are developing crucial models to connect hospitals with needed supplies.
In the wake of a surge in violent hate crimes against Asian Americans — including physicians and nurses — due to misperceptions about COVID-19, Professor of Ethnic Studies Catherine Ceniza Choy discusses the history of such racism, and why xenophobia can hinder attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Christian Gordon, Assistant Dean of Development in the College of Letters & Science, has launched a series of video interviews with UC Berkeley social scientists about topics related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kamala Russell, a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, argues that “social distancing” — the suggestion that people maintain six feet of space between themselves and other people — is not as easy as it seems.
Together with other developers and expert users, statistician Fernando Perez has created an open-source software resource for virologists, epidemiologists, and researchers working on a cure.
Excessive worry about COVID-19 is becoming a mental health pandemic unto itself. But when is anxiety useful, and when is it destructive? Berkeley News interviews psychologist Sonia Bishop, who studies anxiety and how it affects decision-making.
"As the shock of the current health and economic crisis takes a heavy toll on millions of Americans employed in the service sector, we must remember that millions of children are also vulnerable to dire consequences," writes sociologist Daniel Schneider, together with UCSF professor Kristen Harknett.
A Q&A with a panel of UC Berkeley experts, including Professor Emeritus of Statistics Nicholas Jewell, moderated by Dean of Public Health Michael Lu. This 90-minute webinar responds to listeners’ fears and offers practical insight into how to navigate the pandemic in everyday life.
A collection of insights about the COVID-19 crisis from the UC Berkeley social sciences community.