Maria Sonevytsky, who received her Ph.D. from Columbia, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of ethnomusicology.
November 27, 2018
The American Philosophical Society awarded English professor emerita Catherine Gallagher the 2018 Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History for her book, Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction. She received the award in a ceremony in Philadelphia earlier this month. The book explores counterfactualism, the study of things that never happened and wondering what would have happened if they did.
Letters & Science is now accepting applications for Undergraduate Student Peer Advisor positions.
Applications are due at 11:59 PM on Monday, January 21st 2019.
$15/hr or academic credit.
November 26, 2018
In response to claims that the world’s first genetically edited babies have been born in China, Dr. Jennifer Doudna of UC Berkeley issued the following statement. Doudna is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at Berkeley. She is co-inventor of CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing.
Ethan Katz, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is joining the faculty as an associate professor of history and Jewish studies.
Sabeeha Merchant, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is joining the faculty as a professor of biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology.
November 21, 2018
Earth's magnetic field is one of the key elements that allows it to sustain life. A new analysis of Earth-like exoplanets up to five times the size of our world suggests that they probably have a magnetic field like our own, but one generated in a totally novel way: by the planets’ magma oceans.
November 20, 2018
Third-year political science major Teddy Lake serves on the ASUC Senate, where she is proud to help raise the voice of UC Berkeley’s queer and trans community.
UC Berkeley's The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life has acquired the collection of photographer Roman Vishniac, who documented many of the most important events of the 20th century. Vishniac almost single-handedly preserved our concepts of Jewish life in pre-World War II Eastern Europe. After the war, he would go on to photograph the destruction and rebuilding of Germany and life in the early days of the Baby Boom in New York and its Chinatown.
UC Berkeley dean and professor emeritus Anthony Newcomb passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, November 18th in Berkeley. A widely-respected music scholar, Newcomb’s research focused on vocal music of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, and later the ontological connections between Wagner and 18th and 19th-century instrumental works.
New research from UC Berkeley neuroscientists shows the neural networks supporting anticipation are split between two different parts of the brain, depending on the task at hand. One type relies on memories from past experiences. The other on rhythm. Both are critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world.
November 18, 2018
Chancellor Carol Christ sent this message to the UC Berkeley community late Sunday afternoon.
November 14, 2018
What should we make of last Tuesday’s election, where midterm turnout was the highest it has been in a century, Democrats gained control of the House and showed surprising strength in GOP states like Texas and Georgia? Berkeley News sat down with political science professor Robert Van Houweling, an expert in voter behavior and legislative dynamics, to talk about what the results might mean for 2020 and what to expect from a divided government.
Chancellor Carol Christ sent this message late Wednesday to the UC Berkeley community.
Jón Steinsson, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard, is joining the faculty as the Chancellor's Professor of Economics.
November 13, 2018
A 75-million-year-old fossil from a bird about the size of a turkey vulture, discovered in Utah in 1992 by University of California, Berkeley, paleontologist Howard Hutchison, lay relatively untouched in the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley until doctoral student Jessie Atterholt learned about it in 2009 and asked to study it. Atterholt and Hutchison collaborated with Jingmai O’Conner, the leading expert on enantiornithines, to perform a detailed analysis of the fossil, which is deepening a mystery as to why only one family of birds survived the extinction o
November 8, 2018
Undergrads, if you’re willing to set aside your mobile devices, embarrass yourself in front of strangers and take one for the team – personal glory be damned – here’s a class for you. Psych 24 is a one-unit, pass/no pass UC Berkeley freshman seminar that uses madcap improvisational theater to teach about the science of the human mind.
November 6, 2018
Extreme angst is on the rise nationally and globally, especially among teens and millennials. Among other factors, preliminary findings from UC Berkeley sleep researchers Matthew Walker and Eti Ben Simon point to a chronic lack of deep restorative sleep, indicating that non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep plays a key role in calming the overactive brain.
Berkeley News sat down with professor Jack Citrin, an expert on political behavior and California politics who has taught at UC Berkeley since 1970, to talk about how he’ll spend election night, which races matter and where politics go from here.
November 2, 2018
Martha Olney, a teaching professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics, sent this letter to her students earlier this week.