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June 6, 2016

UC Berkeley astronomers have used a new technique to see deeper into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope.

Hold on tight: The universe is expanding faster than we thought

You know them as faculty members, school officials, researchers, co-workers and alums. But they are artists, too, and part of a campus community that’s rich in both celebrated and hidden artistic talent. Click each photo to read, in their own words, a little about why the arts and design — including music, dance, painting, theater, architecture and photography — give them joy and insight.

Cal Student Orientation season has officially started. The first CalSO session for the newest class of incoming Bears contained 74 computer science intended majors, 59 intended to major in molecular & cell biology, 40 students for Haas School of Business, 36 intended for economics, and 19 for mathematics, making up seventy percent of the incoming 326 students. Among smaller groups, there was one intended history major, one intended film major, one student for anthropology, and six wisely intending to major in physics.  

June 2, 2016

Astronomers have obtained the most precise measurement yet of how fast the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t agree with predictions based on other data and our current understanding of the physics of the cosmos.

The Cal Band closed out its triumphant two-week Asia tour, which saw both a spirited performance of traditional tunes like “Fight for California” and “Big C” at China’s Great Wall and a halftime show of Taylor Swift songs at a football game in Osaka Expo Park. All along their high-stepping way, the UC Berkeley students brought their trademark energy and enthusiasm.

May 31, 2016

The Sierra Club and Berkeley psychology student, Craig Anderson, are studying the positive effects of adrenaline and stress on war veterans and at-risk teens. Their research shows that awe-inspiring and stress inducing activities in nature, like white water river rafting, can decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

May 28, 2016

The Student Informations Systems (SIS) project is planning to give advisors access to high school records, including transcripts, in June. CalCentral will now feature a link to ImageNow for access to the new SIS feature. 

May 25, 2016

The Coordination Board for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management writes that the "target self-help value" for undergrad in-state financial aid rose from $450 to $8400. UC Berkeley is still on the good side of the numbers compared to the UC average. The increase is mostly due to increases in expected student expenses. The board is looking to house about fifty students at Mills College in the fall of this year, perhaps in concert with some Bio 1A/1B-style courses. Other joint programs are being considered as well.

UC Berkeley scientists are releasing a Japanese version of an Android app that crowdsources ground-shaking information from smartphones to detect quakes and eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

May 21, 2016

Construction on Wheeler Hall is starting up. For more information, please see the following links of Berkeley websites covering the project: http://realestate.berkeley.edu/wheeler-renewal and http://wheelerrenewal.berkeley.edu. Wheeler Hall will be closed until May 2017.

May 20, 2016

Wired profiles Steven Boggs' research on super pressure balloon technology and how it can be applied to consistent, long-duration flights in space.

May 17, 2016

When tiny microbes jam up like fans exiting a baseball stadium, they can do some real damage. UC Berkeley physicists found this out the hard way when the baker’s yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) they were studying multiplied so prolifically that they burst the tiny chamber in which they were being raised.

The Simons Foundation has given $38.4 million to establish a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert, adding new telescopes and new detectors to existing instruments in order to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today.

May 9, 2016

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates, including six from UC Berkeley.

May 4, 2016

Congratulations to Kaavya Valiveti on being named Berkeley's top graduating senior and winning the University Medal.

bCourses implemented a new content retention policy which states that each bCourses site concludes two to three weeks after the end of each term. Site content will be deleted after six years, but users will receive a notification before any content is deleted, in addition to being given the possibility of exception. Student content, such as files and assignments, will be kept so long as the student still has a CalNet ID. 

May 2, 2016

It is with great sadness that the Division of Biological Sciences announces the passing of Walter Jackson Freeman III, a neuroscientist and philosopher known for his pioneering work on how the brain generates our perception of the world.

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna has been named a foreign member of the prestigious Royal Society, a rare honor for a UC Berkeley faculty member.

UC Berkeley scientists have built a “semantic atlas” that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language. The atlas identifies brain areas that respond to words that have similar meanings.