Martha Olney, a teaching professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics, sent this letter to her students earlier this week.
November 2, 2018
November 1, 2018
In a direct response to the profound and growing impact of data and computing in a rapidly evolving digital world, UC Berkeley today announced its plan to form a new division, provisionally referred to as the Division of Data Science and Information, which will harness the university’s leadership in the field to prepare thousands of students and researchers to bring data science to bear in the classroom, the laboratory and the workplace.
A high turnout is expected at the polls on November 6th - and Laura Stoker, a UC Berkeley associate professor of political science, says that which groups show up could be another signal that the old rules of politics don’t apply.
October 30, 2018
The University of California announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S.
UC Berkeley retains the title of the world’s No.1 public, and fourth-best university overall, in U.S. News & World Report’s latest global rankings. As they did last year, Harvard, MIT and Stanford took the top three spots, with the UK’s University of Oxford right behind Berkeley to round out the top five.
October 29, 2018
Chancellor Carol Christ sent the following message to the UC Berkeley community on October 28, 2018.
October 26, 2018
Chancellor Carol Christ and Vice Chancellors Oscar Dubón and Stephen Sutton announce a message of unequivocally support our transgender and non-binary students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
A new petition seeks to rename Oakland International Airport after Berkeley alumna Maggie Gee, who dropped out during WWII and fought discrimination to join the US military as one of its first volunteer female pilots. After the war she returned to Berkeley to complete a degree in physics, and led a successful career as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Compositions by University Carillonist Jeff Davis and former University Carillonist Ronald Barnes were played for the thousands who flooded Washington National Cathedral for a service celebrating the life of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old whose murder 20 years ago in Wyoming became a potent symbol of anti-gay bigotry.
October 25, 2018
UC San Francisco doctors working closely with UC Berkeley scientists plan to edit their genomes to correct rare genetic mutations and slow or halt progression of their diseases. If successful, the trials will inaugurate a new era of “genome surgery” — the precision targeting of genetic defects in the genome, using CRISPR-Cas9 customized to individual patients. Such “bespoke” therapies can benefit small groups of individuals or families with particular genetic defects that would never be addressed by large pharmaceutical companies.
October 24, 2018
For Hari Srinivasan, a fourth-year student in psychology with nonverbal autism and sensory dysregulation, unfamiliar spaces can spark frenzy and overstimulation can send his reflexes into overdrive. Srinivasan is one of about 2,700 students in UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program, or DSP, which worked with him to provide accommodations and services tailed to his needs.
October 23, 2018
When your telescope breaks at the South Pole, a zillion miles away from, well, pretty much anywhere, who do you call? Odds are it would be to Warner Carlisle and his crew at UC Berkeley’s physics lab, who perform research-saving repairs for scientists and technicians from Athens to Antarctica.
October 19, 2018
We're due for a big quake - scientists think one happens along the Hayward Fault roughly every 150 years. But Roland Bürgmann, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science and a member of the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab, says that while there’s nothing we can do to prevent or predict big quakes, we understand the fault — and the risk — better than ever before.
October 18, 2018
A half-decade ago, UC Berkeley neuroscientists discovered that training for law school admission exams boosted brain connections that sharpen reasoning skills. Today, they’ve taken a major step closer to understanding how practicing the LSAT makes students smarter. They’re watching their eyes.
An ancient group of microbes that contains some of the smallest life forms on Earth also has the smallest CRISPR gene-editing machinery discovered to date. The made by a group including Berkeley graduate student Lucas Harrington and Professor Jennifer Doudna of the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology.
"Michael Manga always wanted to be a scientist. The Canadian native was just six when he started attending Macoun Field Club events at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Ottawa. By high school, he was spending Friday afternoons with the club and publishing scientific articles. “At the time, I was way too naive and ignorant, really, to know how important that was,” says Manga, who has a BS in geophysics from McGill University and a Ph.D.
The American Cancer Society will bestow its highest honor, the Medal of Honor, on Jennifer Doudna and four others — including former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. The medal is awarded to distinguished individuals who have made valuable contributions in the fight against cancer through basic research, clinical research and cancer control.
October 17, 2018
Three UC Berkeley faculty members were elected this week to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine. Among them are John Kuriyan, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry; and Barbara Meyer, a professor of molecular and cell biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator;
October 16, 2018
In the 1940s and 50s, actors in major American films spoke with a kind of faux British accent as a way to sound “upper class.” But this way of talking left out nearly all actual American voices, says Tom McEnaney, a UC Berkeley professor who teaches a class called “Sounding American.” While the class talks about the generational differences of sound, they also discuss how today’s filmmakers are pushing back against the racial norms concealed in what we might say sounds American.
Priya Moorjani, who received her Ph.D. from Stanford, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of political science and public policy.