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.
August 16, 2018
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
For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded. Read more...
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.
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.
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.
August 1, 2018
Diana Bautista, an associate professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, at the University of California, Berkeley, says that in the last decade, our understanding of acute itch has skyrocketed. Read more...
July 31, 2018
David Blackwell Hall, the first new residence hall to open at UC Berkeley since 2012, will house more than 700 students. The hall is named for David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at UC Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010.
"In their death throes, the infected flies – like puppets on a string – obligingly climb to a high point and spread their wings, exposing their abdomen and allowing the fungus to shoot its spores as widely as possible to infect new flies." Read more...
July 30, 2018
Despite high hopes and high investment in CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, scientists still have a lot to learn about how it works in humans. Read more...
July 27, 2018
In an effort to preserve and nurture languages at risk of disappearing — and serve a growing interest among students — UC Berkeley is offering a new designated emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. The new program, available to students in any Ph.D. program at Berkeley, is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the departments of Ethnic Studies and Linguistics and the Graduate School of Education.
July 26, 2018
A new study of the role microbial communities play on the leaves of plants suggests that fertilizing crops may make them more susceptible to disease.
UC Berkeley biologists found that spraying tomatoes with microbes from healthy tomatoes protected them from disease-causing bacteria, but that fertilizing the tomatoes beforehand negated the protection, leading to an increase in the population of pathogenic microbes on the plants’ leaves.
July 25, 2018
UC Berkeley’s celebrated bells will be rung more than usual this weekend at the Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, campus musicians will perform 45-minute recitals twice daily — on Saturday at noon and 1 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will honor the Class of 1928, which in 1978 raised funds to turn the tower’s 12-bell chime into a 48-bell concert carillon.
After seeing Handspring Puppet Company — the creators of the puppets in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning War Horse — at UC Berkeley in 2015, Glynn Bartlett knew he wanted to work with them. So he packed his bags and traveled to South Africa, where he built puppets for an annual parade and play performed on the Day of Reconciliation. Bartlett, a scenic artist for the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, says the experience reminded him of just how powerful puppets can be in bringing people together.
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!
July 16, 2018
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
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.