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.
October 16, 2018
October 15, 2018
With a snap of the traditional big scissors, Chancellor Carol Christ formally opened Berkeley Way West, UC Berkeley’s newest academic building. The eight-story building will house the Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Education, and School of Public Health.
October 10, 2018
As Hurricane Michael moves toward what will likely be a deadly interaction with the panhandle of Florida, one of the primary questions facing those who will be impacted is just how the storm will manifest itself. William Boos, an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Berkeley, is one of many researchers hoping to better understand storm systems to predict future damage.
October 9, 2018
Priya Moorjani, who received her Ph.D. from Harvard, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of genetics, genomics, and development.
Comparative literature professor Tom McEnaney, who teaches a class called “Sounding American,” says the U.S. has a long history of men criticizing the way women speak. Sound technologies, starting with the gramophone and phonograph, he says, were developed for men’s voices — and distort women’s.
The MacArthur Foundation yesterday unveiled the 25 newest stars in its constellation of “genius” award winners, among them mathematician Allan Sly, a mathematics professor at Princeton who earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Berkeley in 2009 and served on the statistics faculty at Berkeley from 2011-2016.
Assistant professor Ke Xu of chemistry and Denis Titov of molecular and cell biology — were among 89 recipients of “high-risk, high-reward” grants announced last week by the National Institutes of Health. The awards, which support “unusually innovative research from early career investigators” who have never received an NIH grant before, come with $1.5 million in direct funds for five years.
October 8, 2018
This Wednesday (Oct. 10), from 3-4 p.m., Chancellor Carol Christ will take to Reddit, the website and discussion forum, to conduct an AMA (if you’re out of the loop, it stands for “Ask Me Anything”) interview with the Berkeley community.
In a new episode of the Peabody Award-winning TV series “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Stephanie Syjuco, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of art practice, invites viewers into her studio to see firsthand how she embeds politics in her work, and hear her talk about her interest in “how objects reflect cultural moments.”
October 4, 2018
Astronomers typically study objects that are visible night after night or explode suddenly, like supernovas, but astronomy researcher Casey Law is scouring vast amounts of data in search of bright objects that disappear, never to be seen again.
October 2, 2018
Steven Piantadosi, who received his Ph.D. from MIT, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology.
October 1, 2018
September 25, 2018
Steven Ross Murray, who received a Doctor of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University, is joining the faculty as director of the Physical Education Program.
Celeste Kidd, who received her Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology.
September 18, 2018
Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos annouces that after serving in senior administrative roles within the College of Letters and Science (L&S) for a decade, Carla Hesse will return to her full-time faculty position after the completion of her terms next summer. A talented and versatile leader with a fervent belief in the power of a liberal arts education, Carla has served as executive dean of L&S since 2014 and as dean of its Division of Social Sciences since 2009.
September 12, 2018
"While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut." Read more...
Campus leaders gathered this week to dedicate UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall to David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010. Blackwell Hall opened to more than 750 students in August and features study centers, a gym and plenty of ping-pong and pool tables.
September 11, 2018
Semyon Dyatlov, who received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2013, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics.
September 10, 2018
Artificial intelligence is invading many fields. Recently, researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a SETI project led by the University of California, Berkeley, used machine learning to discover 72 new fast radio bursts from a mysterious source some 3 billion light years from Earth.
September 6, 2018
The number of Americans quitting their jobs for better opportunities is reportedly the highest it’s been since 2001, and surveys show that more than half cite the need for more stimulation, meaningful work, engagement and recognition. But what if employers and employees were to make those improvements in their existing workplaces? UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center is working on that.