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April 30, 2018

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When Starbucks announced plans to conduct anti-bias training at its 8,000 outlets following the unprovoked arrests of two African-American customers in Philadelphia, UC Berkeley psychologist Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton was at once impressed and skeptical. Read more...

April 27, 2018

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It was a long-distance duet — a violist on Faculty Glade and a carillonist in the towering Campanile. They couldn’t see or communicate with each other, but their Thursday noontime concert, part of a music department course called Music Now, was a successful exercise in performing across a large space. Nils Bultmann, the violist, who also is a composer and a guest professor in the department, says the course is about “sound literacy and listening."
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More than 100 people attended the opening of an exhibit of art created by UC Berkeley students in a new gallery at Belmont Village Senior Living in Albany, which will remain open until September.

April 25, 2018

This article was written by Ada Locke, an undergraduate senior in the College of Letters & Science. She will be graduating this Spring with a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology. Throughout her time as a student, she has participated in several physical education program classes (and loved them).

April 23, 2018

Dr. Leslea Hlusko, a faculty member in the Department of Integrative Biology, blogs about her Cal Day experience serving on a Science@Cal panel talking about encouraging young women into the sciences. Read more...

The latest research from Dr. Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, and her lab shows that you never know where basic research is going to take you.  "The critical role that breast feeding plays in infant survival may have led, during the last ice age, to a common genetic mutation in East Asians and Native Americans that also, surprisingly, affects the shape of their teeth." Read more...

April 20, 2018

Scientists from the Department of Integrative Biology obtained special permits to display kelp forest sea creatures in the Valley Life Sciences Building for Cal Day. Among the animals to be seen, there's an octopus and hundreds of its eggs! Watch the video.

Professor Emeritus George Oster, who held a joint faculty appointment in Molecular & Cell Biology and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, passed away on April 15, 2018. Read more...

You may be aware that UC Berkeley has an impressive number of libraries (32 to be exact), but did you know that there are 12 museums/collections associated with the university as well? Many of these museums have curators who are also faculty in the College of Letters & Science, and many of our students end up working or volunteering with these collections. Cal Day is tomorrow (April 21), so in preparation, let’s take a look at what some of these hidden gems have to offer!

April 19, 2018

"The physical and genetic changes that have enabled the Bajau to dive longer and deeper is yet another example of the immense variety of human adaption to extreme environments, in this case, environments with low levels of oxygen, said Rasmus Nielsen, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. These examples can be key to understanding human physiology and human genetics." Read more...

April 18, 2018

"UC Berkeley researchers are using an exceptional stash of fossils found during the construction of a new East Bay dam to piece together a picture of what the Bay Area may have looked like some 15-20 million years ago." Read more...

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Five L&S faculty have been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a time-honored, prestigious society that convenes leaders in academic, business and government sectors to solve critical national and global challenges.

April 17, 2018

Two Junior Faculty in the Molecular & Cell Biology Department have been honored with Young Investigator Awards by the American Association of Anatomists.

April 13, 2018

The leech is making a comeback -- in science and medicine.

April 11, 2018

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Shari Huhndorf, chair and professor of Native American Studies; Nicolas Tackett, associate professor of East Asian Studies; and Fei Xu, professor of psychology are among this year’s 175 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows. The prestigious annual Guggenheim fellowships recognize scholars with impressive past achievements who show promise for future accomplishments in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts. 

Remember the first few days at college: excitement, fear, nervousness, acceptance or anxiety? Whatever those first impressions were, many remember their first year as the beginning of some of the best days of their lives. Research has shown that a student's first year shapes their perceptions of a college and will determine if they remain. In short, the first year is crucial because of its impact on student ​success.

Department of Geography
Roger Byrne passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Berkeley on March 11, 2018. Roger began his career as professor in the Geography Department at U.C. Berkeley in 1973 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He established the Quaternary Paleoecology Lab and was an Associate Curator with the UC Museum of Paleontology.

April 9, 2018

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Melvin Gordon, a multifaceted theater scholar who was a world expert in Stanislavsky and acting theory, died on March 22 in Richmond, California, due to complications of renal failure. He was 71.

April 5, 2018

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UC Berkeley student Natalea Schager piloted dozens of drone flights last summer over the vast Sacsayhuamán Archaelogical Park in Cusco, Peru. Hands-on research experiences like this, where students like Schager are in the driver’s seat, are a hallmark of the Berkeley undergraduate education. Schager’s drone flights produced so much information on Inca archaeology in Peru, and video footage, that she was able to launch an augmented reality app of Sacsayhuamán. The app is used as an educational tool aimed at giving students a 3D tour of the archaeological park from their classroom.

April 3, 2018

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Low-achieving, non-white and poor students stand to gain the most academically from attending charter schools but are less likely to seek charter school enrollment than higher-achieving, more advantaged students who generally live closer to charter schools, according to research conducted by UC Berkeley economist Christopher Walters.