Ever wonder why conspiracy theorists stick to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? New findings from UC Berkeley psychologists suggest that feedback, rather than hard evidence, boosts people’s sense of certainty when learning new things or trying to tell right from wrong.
September 4, 2018
CRISPR-Cas9 inventor Jennifer Doudna, a UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and of molecular and cell biology, was awarded the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience today in Norway during a gala ceremony hosted by King Harald V.
August 30, 2018
UC Berkeley's prestigious Biology Scholars Program has a revamped website. Check it out!
August 29, 2018
Gregory Devine, a senior neurobiology and music double major, worked through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program to study music as a form of emotion regulation with an eye to developing new forms of therapy. Devine was one of two recipients of a fellowship sponsored by the Leadership Fund, a donor-supported resource also responsible for student services such as Big Ideas courses and the On the Same Page program for incoming freshmen.
August 28, 2018
Berkeley News sat down with Margaret Atwood for a few minutes before her appearance on campus last week to discuss the recent revival of interest in The Handmaid's Tale, which was selected for this year's On The Same Page program. The program, which is funded by L&S, gave all 8,800 incoming students a copy of the novel to read over the summer, and its themes will be incorporated into this semester's coursework.
August 27, 2018
California today issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change — including wildfires like those still raging throughout the state – and highlighted for the first time the regional impacts with nine deep-dive reports spearheaded by University of California scientists. Read more...
August 22, 2018
Intended global studies major Desmarie Jackson was among the 27 students who are the first recipients of the new African American Initiative Scholarship, made possible by an anonymous $1 million donation. Through the scholarships, administered by the San Francisco Foundation, each student will receive $8,000 annually. “It built the bridge that made going to Berkeley possible,” Desmarie said.
New rankings from the financial publication Forbes again place Berkeley at the very top of the list of public universities in the United States. Berkeley is also one of only two public universities among the top 25 schools overall, where it placed 14th. Forbes bases its evaluations of 650 U.S. campuses on alumni salaries, debt after graduation, retention and graduation rates, debt load upon graduation and signs of individual success including academic and career accolades, according to its website.
August 21, 2018
For three weeks in July and August, 30 undergraduates took a summer course to learn how to use the revolutionary gene-editing technology in preparation for jumping into the research lab while still students. Read more...
August 20, 2018
It’s a shiny new school year at UC Berkeley, and Chancellor Carol Christ said Monday the fall semester arrives with many reasons for celebration. Efforts to close the budget deficit are ahead of schedule, a strategic planning process is mapping out a path for growth deep into the 21st century, new housing will ease the burden on students and efforts to promote diversity will let the student, staff and faculty thrive.
Read profiles of some of Berkeley's diverse 8,800 incoming students — including intended psychology, music, and history majors.
August 16, 2018
The 2018 Academic Rankings of World Universities, an assessment of 500 top institutions around the globe by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, places UC Berkeley at the pinnacle of public universities on the U.S. and fifth overall in the world. Among 54 subject areas, Berkeley ranked second in physics and statistics, third in biotechnology and economics, fourth in sociology, and fifth in computer science.
As part of UC Berkeley’s Golden Bear Orientation (GBO), a week of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming, thousands of new students gathered at California Memorial Stadium last night to form a giant “150,” to celebrate the campus’s sesquicentennial.
August 15, 2018
Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) is in full swing today with 8,800 new students arriving at UC Berkeley for a week of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming before classes begin next week. Now in its second year, GBO welcomes 6,100 freshman and 2,700 transfer students to take part in a slew of activities to help them get to know the campus, including a training session about sexual violence and harassment, discussion sessions, campus tours, and Bay Area outings.
August 14, 2018
6,400 new and returning students arriving on campus Tuesday, lugging shower totes, notebooks and heaps of anticipation and anxiety into UC Berkeley’s eight residence halls for the first chapter of their adult lives. Of the 6,100 first-year students, 71 percent come from California, almost 58 percent are female and 81 percent attended a public high school.
UC Berkeley psychologists have found that sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to engage with others, avoiding close contact in much the same way as people with social anxiety. Moreover, even well-rested people feel lonely after just a brief encounter with a sleep-deprived person, triggering a viral contagion of social isolation. The findings, published today in the journal Nature Communications, are the first to show a two-way relationship between sleep loss and becoming socially isolated, shedding new light on a global loneliness epidemic.
For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded. Read more...
August 9, 2018
he federal Clean Air Act and associated environmental regulations have driven steep declines in air pollution emissions over the past several decades, even as U.S. manufacturers increased production, a study by two University of California, Berkeley, economists has shown. The study, forthcoming in the American Economic Review, found that polluting emissions from U.S.
August 8, 2018
Scientists are experimenting with narrow strips of graphene, called nanoribbons, in hopes of making cool new electronic devices, but University of California, Berkeley scientists have discovered another possible role for them: as nanoscale electron traps with potential applications in quantum computers.
August 6, 2018
On August 11, NASA plans to launch Earth’s first spacecraft to venture inside the orbits of Venus and Mercury to touch the very edge of the sun’s fiery corona. Outfitted with instruments designed and built at the University of California, Berkeley, the Parker Solar Probe will investigate questions that space scientists have pondered for decades.