News

July 20, 2018

Attention incoming L&S students! Join some of our amazing faculty for fun and insightful lectures during Golden Bear Orientation on Thursday, August 16. Get a taste of what's in store for you this fall!

10:30-11:50am

Eileen Lacey: What Can Peromyscus, Promiscuity and Poop Tell Us About Human Behavior? (Haas Pavilion)

July 16, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Wednesday at noon, a UC Berkeley carillon concert will join a worldwide celebration of anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 that day. The South African president’s government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.

July 12, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Eagle Scouts, nationally ranked debaters, an under-18 world Scrabble champion and U.S. standouts in Extreme Cowboy Racing, cricket and swimming are among the 13,500 high school students being offered seats in UC Berkeley’s incoming class, following a highly competitive admissions cycle.

July 9, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Edward Huang, a rising senior and applied mathematics major, will serve as the 2018-19 student adviser to the UC Board of Regents. The student adviser position is intended to broaden student representation on the board by providing a perspective relevant to communities that are not already represented by the student regent, who is the only voting student member of the board. He was selected by students, UC administrators and regents.

July 5, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Why is UC Berkeley Assistant Professor Stephanie Syjuco sewing American historical garments — all of them bright green — at her Richmond Field Station art studio while researching Hollywood Civil War movies? She’s preparing an eye-catching, thought-provoking exhibit that opens in November at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

July 3, 2018

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Noah Whiteman, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, has always known how to survive. He grew up in a rural area in Minnesota, hiding that he was gay. When a boy he’d been friends with started to bully him at every chance he got, Noah knew it was time to get out.

June 28, 2018

Medium

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.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

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 22, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

A new study suggests that our distant ancestors actually had such nails, known as grooming claws. Read more...

June 20, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

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

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

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

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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

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

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

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

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

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

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

Lawrence Berkeley Lab News

Physics Department graduate student Jennet Dickinson discusses the new results out today related to the Higgs boson particle. Read more...

June 1, 2018

Apply now for work study positions at L&S. We will be hiring a Video Production Specialist, a Graphic Design Specialist, and a Social Media Specialist at $22/hr.

Application due 6/15.

More information can be found here.

media work study poster

May 31, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

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 30, 2018

Friday, the 1st of June will be the deadline for Change of College applications from another college into the College of Letters & Science.

More information can be found on our Change of College page.

This date is also the deadline for Readmission for Fall 2018 into Cal. for Fall 2018 

More information can be found on our Readmission page.

May 29, 2018

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Hundreds of bird enthusiasts have taken to UC Berkeley’s Facebook and Twitter to suggest names for three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched on the campus’s Campanile last month. The winning names will be announced on Friday, June 1.