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

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.

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.

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

The cognitive science program is considering a change that would require Math 55 as a prerequisite for the major. Currently, Math 55 is part of the post-declaration major program. There will be more to follow as the possible change develops.

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.

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

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.

April 21, 2016

UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, will head to Washington, D.C., next month where he will be honored with the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award.
We’re at UC Berkeley’s Campanile courtyard listening to sounds of an ancient bell that have never been heard before. It’s the 20-foot-tall, 200-ton Russian “Tsar Bell” — the largest bell in the world — in duet with the campus’s carillon. But the bell isn’t actually here. It’s at the Moscow Kremlin.

April 20, 2016

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 213 new members, including nine UC Berkeley faculty members.

April 19, 2016

UC Berkeley graduate Viet Thanh Nguyen is this year’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his debut novel, The Sympathizer, a thriller/political satire about a double-agent who moves to Los Angeles after the Vietnam war... In addition to Nguyen’s prize for fiction, two other UC Berkeley grads — both of whom cut their journalistic teeth at the Daily Cal — won Pulitzers for news coverage.

April 18, 2016

New York Times
UC Berkeley scientists uncover more than 100 species of plants, mosses, lichens and more living in redwood trees.
UC Berkeley’s Global Urban Humanities Initiative will conduct four more years of interdisciplinary studies on cities and urban life, thanks to $1.5 million in renewed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

April 17, 2016

April 15, 2016

Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.

April 13, 2016

Why does North America have so many trees and so few elephants? The classic explanation is that the climate changed at the end of the Pleistocene in a way that favored denser forests, which extinguished the last of the megafauna between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago. However, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, Anthony Barnosky, feels there is more to the story.
Two UC Berkeley faculty members from the College of Letters & Science are among the 2016 recipients of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships.