Learning one’s native language may seem effortless, but new research from UC Berkeley suggests that language acquisition between birth and 18 is a remarkable feat of cognition, rather than something humans are just hardwired to do. The study's senior author is Steven Piantadosi, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.
March 27, 2019
March 25, 2019
A UC Berkeley study of fossilized barnacles is helping scientists reconstruct the migrations of whale populations millions of years in the past. The study, authored by integrative biology professor Seth Finnegan and doctoral student Larry Taylor, will help scientists understand how migration patterns may have affected the evolution of whales over the past 3 to 5 million years, how these patterns changed with changing climate and may help predict how modern whales will adapt to the rapid climate change happening today.
March 15, 2019
Still depending on your kids to figure out why your smartphone’s acting weird? As a rule, children are wired to explore, experiment and get results through trial and error – usually more quickly than grownups. But why?
That and similar questions will be covered Tuesday, March 19, by UC Berkeley developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik, who is presenting one of the two talks at this year’s Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures, a 106-year-old campus tradition.
March 14, 2019
The pre-Columbian city of Cahokia was once among the most populous and bustling settlements north of Mexico. But by 1400 A.D., Cahokia’s population had dwindled to virtually nothing. While theories abound about what happened, AJ White, a Ph.D. student in anthropology at UC Berkeley, has studied ancient poop samples to connect the city’s 13th century population plunge – at least in part – to climate change.
March 13, 2019
The world premiere of composer Jimmy López’s oratorio “Dreamers” — a work informed by interviews with undocumented students at UC Berkeley — will be performed at Zellerbach Hall on Sunday, March 17. López, 40, received his Ph.D. in music from Berkeley in 2012, and recently talked with Berkeley News about becoming a composer, his time on campus, and how he created this large-scale composition for orchestra and voices.
March 12, 2019
Malika Imhotep grew up in West Atlanta, rooted in a community that she calls an “Afrocentric bubble,” in a family of artisans, entrepreneurs and community organizers. Now, as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, she’s studying how black women and femmes make sense of themselves in a society designed, in many ways, to keep them out.
March 4, 2019
A wide-ranging survey on campus climate starts today, and students, staff and faculty are encouraged to weigh in about Berkeley’s current efforts in pursuit of equity, inclusion and community building. The My Experience survey, the first Berkeley campus climate survey since 2013, is designed to uncover opinions on ways to improve the campus experience. It can be accessed here.
March 2, 2019
The following statement from UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof reaffirms the Universy's commitment to protecting free speech after an altercation involving two unaffiliated persons.
March 1, 2019
Dogs are thousands of times better than humans at picking up scents, which is why they’re often the heroes of search-and-rescue missions. UC Berkeley neuroscientist Lucia Jacobs has long been studying animals’ smell-navigation skills and is a key member of a National Science Foundation brain initiative known as the Odor Navigation Project.
February 28, 2019
Some of the peculiar aspects of our solar system have been linked to the close approach of another star in our system’s infancy that flung things helter-skelter. UC Berkeley and Stanford University astronomers think they have now found a smoking gun that points to how this happened.
February 25, 2019
A new study by UC Berkeley psychologists shows visual context — as in background and action — is just as important as facial expressions and body language in interpreting a person's state of mind. The findings, presented by David Whitney, a professor of psychology, and doctoral student Zhimin Chen, challenge decades of research positing that emotional intelligence and recognition are based largely on the ability to read micro-expressions.
February 22, 2019
Six years in the making, UC Berkeley’s new Basic Needs Center, a one-stop shop for students with food, housing and financial insecurity, opens Monday, Feb. 25, on the lower level of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union. The novel, nearly 3,000-square-foot facility is considered the first of its kind in the UC system and nationwide.
February 21, 2019
A new study authored by Paul Renne, a professor-in-residence of earth and planetary science, indicates that an asteroid or comet impact 66 million years ago reignited massive volcanic eruptions half a world away from the impact site in the Caribbean Sea. But it leaves unclear to what degree the two catastrophes contributed to the near-simultaneous mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs and many other forms of life.
February 20, 2019
UC Berkeley astronomers studying Neptune’s tiniest moon, Hippocamp, now believe it was chipped off a larger moon, Proteus, by a cosmic collision billions of years ago. “This discovery is yet another example of the violent collisional history and continuous evolution of our solar system,” said researcher and astronomy professor Imke de Pater.
Seven assistant professors from the fields of astronomy, biology, computer science, economics and statistics have been named 2019 Sloan Research Fellows. They include Courtney Dressing, astronomy; Shirshendu Ganguly, statistics; Priya Moorjani, molecular and cell biology; and Philipp Strack and Gabriel Zucman, economics.
February 12, 2019
Caitlin Rosenthal, an assistant professor of history, has published a new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management, which examines how slaveowners in the West Indies and the American South were early innovators of many business practices and terms we use today. “It is an attempt to write slavery back into the history of American business,” Rosenthal said of her book.
February 11, 2019
In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is counting on Americans being captivated by her push for additional taxes on the richest people in the country. For the numbers behind her plan, she’s turned to two UC Berkeley economists, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. The two coauthored a paper on wealth inequality for the National Bureau of Economic Research which says the current high level of wealth inequality “is almost entirely due to the rise of the top 0.1 percent wealth share.”
February 9, 2019
Young Jean Lee, a playwright, director and filmmaker, credits affirmative action for getting her into Berkeley in 1992, changing her life for the better.
February 8, 2019
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for a University of California patent application covering systems and methods for using single molecule guide RNAs that, when combined with the Cas9 protein, create more efficient and effective ways for scientists to target and edit genes. U.S.
February 7, 2019
UC Berkeley researchers, both faculty and students, are jumping in to interpret new images of the planet Uranus and Neptune recently released by NASA. The images reveal clues to the planets' weather, including massive year-long storms.