Want to be a supercentenarian? A new study by Kenneth Wachter, professor emeritus of demography and statistics, says the chances of reaching 110 are within reach – if you survive the perilous 90s and make it to 105.
June 28, 2018
I just got back from three weeks of travel (three conferences and a week of cycling). I carried less than 5lbs of luggage. This includes my pack, clothes, rain gear, toiletries, first-aid kit, flashlight, house keys, a water bottle, emergency tools, and a 10.5” iPad Pro and Apple Pencil — everything but the clothes on my back.¹ Almost half the weight was the iPad.
June 22, 2018
A new study suggests that our distant ancestors actually had such nails, known as grooming claws. Read more...
June 20, 2018
UC Berkeley’s fans of R&B singer, songwriter and rapper Frank Ocean will get the chance to study the artist’s intricate, symbolic lyrics and musical style in a student-led course this fall. Rising sophomores Deborah Chang and Preya Gill – both 19 – will teach a two-unit, pass-fail class that promises to “encourage deeper literary exploration of Frank Ocean’s artistry both in lyrics and through visuals and performances.”
June 18, 2018
When it comes to understanding what makes people tick — and get sick — medical science has long assumed that the bigger the sample of human subjects, the better. But new research led by UC Berkeley psychologists suggests this big-data approach may be wildly off the mark.
June 15, 2018
In a region of India with a long history of tension between Hindus and Muslims, children of different faiths are showing unexpected tolerance for one another’s religious beliefs and customs, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley psychologist Mahesh Srinivasan.
June 13, 2018
Soil, the source of our best antibiotics, can be more thoroughly mined for new drugs and other useful chemicals with the help of metagenomics, according to UC Berkeley scientists.
June 12, 2018
David Ackerly, a professor of integrative biology, has been named as the next dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources (CNR). David joined the faculty of the Department of Integrative Biology in 2005, and has served as associate dean of the College of Letters and Science’s Biological Sciences Division since 2016. He will assume his new role as dean of CNR on July 1, 2018.
June 7, 2018
Whose women alums are rocking it in the Bay Area business world? UC Berkeley’s, according to a new list of Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2018 - and L&S grads lead the pack.
June 4, 2018
Physics Department graduate student Jennet Dickinson discusses the new results out today related to the Higgs boson particle. Read more...
May 31, 2018
The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, given every other year by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Kavli Foundaion, was awarded this year to Jennifer Doudna and two colleagues who developed the powerful nanoscale tool CRISPR-Cas9 to edit DNA. The $1 million award will be shared by Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Society and Virginijus Šikšnys of the Institute of Applied Enzymology in Vilnius, Lithuania.
May 29, 2018
May 25, 2018
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopian novel about a dark time in America’s future and those who resist, leads this year’s summer reading list at UC Berkeley. The annual list is based on recommendations by faculty, staff and students. This year’s theme is Fiat Lux, the campus motto, in honor of its 150th birthday, featuring fiction and nonfiction narratives "where people found their way to ‘light’ of different kinds."
Economics professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko published a paper this month arguing that automated Twitter bots could have played a small but potentially influential role in the 2016 Brexit vote and 2016 U.S. presidential elections. When his paper was picked up by Bloomberg, he soon got a first-hand taste of how "fake news" can spread in today's social media climate.
May 24, 2018
Three peregrine falcon chicks — two males and one female — have been banded by experts high up on UC Berkeley’s Campanile, where they hatched last month. The protective mother dive-bombed researchers as they fitted and secured the bands. This is the second year in a row that the same peregrine couple has raised a family on the 307-foot tower.
May 23, 2018
Integrative biology professor George Brooks, who discovered the key role lactate plays during exercise, says that it also plays a vital role in recovery from disease.
May 18, 2018
Effective Fall 2018, the deadline for all undergraduate students to add and drop classes will move to Wednesday of week four of the semester.
The Fall 2018 deadline to add and drop classes will be Wednesday, September 12 at 11:59PM.
This deadline applies to all courses not on the Early Drop Deadline list.
May 16, 2018
Based on an analysis of the genomes of 107 different species of mammals, University of California, Berkeley, scientists in the Department of Integrative Biology conclude that our distant ancestors – the small, furry creatures that scurried around the feet of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – were mostly insect eaters. Read more...
May 14, 2018
A team led by Eva Nogales, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has now determined the detailed structure of the tau protein when bound to microtubules. The tau protein is a key player in Alzheimer's disease. Read more...
May 12, 2018
Thousands of graduates decked out in black caps and gowns marched into California Memorial Stadium to “Pomp and Circumstance” to celebrate UC Berkeley’s May commencement on Saturday. Chancellor Carol Christ delivered the keynote speech to an audience of more than 35,000, including some 5,500 graduates.