August 5, 2016

Fifty Golden Bears will compete in the 2016 Olympics this month, and nearly half are students who graduated from the College of Letters & Science or are currently declared in an L&S major. Tune into the Olympics broadcast to see these astounding Bears try to bring home gold. For a list of all fifty Golden Bears competing in Rio, see CalBears.

August 4, 2016

UC Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.

August 2, 2016

The researchers, which includes UC Berkeley neuroscience grad student Courtney Gallen and psychology professor Mark D'Esposito, suggest that the age-associated changes observed in network organization within the brain while performing short-term memory tasks might help compensate somewhat for other aspects of brain aging.

August 1, 2016

The New York Times profiles immunology research and the discovery made by Dr. Jim Allison during his tenure at the UC Berkeley.


July 28, 2016

Most cancer drugs are designed to halt cell growth, the hallmark of cancer, and one popular target is the pathway that controls the production of a cell’s thousands of proteins. UC Berkeley researchers have now found a promising new drug target within that pathway that is appealing, in part, because it appears to control production of only a few percent of the body’s many proteins, those critical to regulating the growth and proliferation of cells.

July 27, 2016

IST is revamping the server infrastructure underpinning our departmental shared drives. This will cause a brief downtime of up to 3 hours when the L&S data is migrated. The change is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 8/11 at 6:30 PM. Please let us know if this will cause any problems by emailing
Effective this Thursday, July 28, around 9 AM, LSIT will move from Footprints to UC Berkeley’s instance of ServiceNow for Incident Tickets and Basic Service Requests.

July 25, 2016

Forty-nine Golden Bears will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics, including 41 athletes that span 15 different sports, and a pair of head coaches. Yvette Kong, Will Dean, Camille Cheng, Chris Oeding, and David Torrence are a few of the many participants who graduated from the College of Letters and Science at Cal.

July 22, 2016

Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form.

A new comparison of the gut microbiomes of humans, chimps (our closest ancestor), bonobos and gorillas shows that the evolution of two of the major families of bacteria in these apes’ guts exactly parallels the evolution of their hosts.

UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley researchers have mapped out how the Zika virus infects the developing fetus, and have found an antibiotic that blocks these routes of infection, at least in human tissue culture and placental explants.

July 20, 2016

Cal swimmer Rachael Acker added to her long list of accomplishments Wednesday when she was named the Pac-12's 2015-16 Woman of the Year, becoming the first Golden Bear to receive the honor in the 11-year history of the award. As a result, Acker is the conference's candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year. An accomplished student-athlete in the pool, in the classroom and in the community, Acker graduated this past May with her degree in French.

July 12, 2016

The video simulation covers 700,000 years, and is based on computer code created by UC Berkeley astrophysicist Richard Klein to capture the effects of radiation, magnetic fields, gravity and other physical phenomena and paint a realistic portrait of star formation.

UC Berkeley paleontologists have identified distinctive features of primate teeth that allow them to track the evolution of our ape and monkey ancestors, shedding light on a mysterious increase in monkey species that occurred during a period of climate change 8 million years ago.

July 7, 2016

Octopuses, squid and other cephalopods are colorblind – their eyes see only black and white – but their weirdly shaped pupils may allow them to detect color and mimic the colors of their background, according to a father/son team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University.

Josh Prenot is the latest Cal Bear to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio after breaking the national record for the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

July 6, 2016

More than 14,400 high school students have been offered admission to UC Berkeley’s 2016-17 freshman class, and the group includes 1,000 more California residents than last year’s admitted class.

June 30, 2016

Hundreds of researchers, medical professionals and industry leaders gathered together in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for a summit on the “cancer moonshot,” a program spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden with ties to critical innovations happening at UC Berkeley.

“This is a key step toward the goal of a public earthquake early-warning system for the entire state,” said Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory at UC Berkeley and one of the lead researchers on the project. “This funding will enable us to add more sensors to the seismic networks, making the warnings faster and enabling the system to reach more users.”