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.
November 20, 2018
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.
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.
November 18, 2018
Chancellor Carol Christ sent this message to the UC Berkeley community late Sunday afternoon.
November 14, 2018
Chancellor Carol Christ sent this message late Wednesday to the UC Berkeley community.
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.
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
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.
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.
November 2, 2018
Martha Olney, a teaching professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics, sent this letter to her students earlier this week.
November 1, 2018
A high turnout is expected at the polls on November 6th - and Laura Stoker, a UC Berkeley associate professor of political science, says that which groups show up could be another signal that the old rules of politics don’t apply.
In a direct response to the profound and growing impact of data and computing in a rapidly evolving digital world, UC Berkeley today announced its plan to form a new division, provisionally referred to as the Division of Data Science and Information, which will harness the university’s leadership in the field to prepare thousands of students and researchers to bring data science to bear in the classroom, the laboratory and the workplace.
October 30, 2018
UC Berkeley retains the title of the world’s No.1 public, and fourth-best university overall, in U.S. News & World Report’s latest global rankings. As they did last year, Harvard, MIT and Stanford took the top three spots, with the UK’s University of Oxford right behind Berkeley to round out the top five.
The University of California announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S.
October 29, 2018
Chancellor Carol Christ sent the following message to the UC Berkeley community on October 28, 2018.
October 26, 2018
Compositions by University Carillonist Jeff Davis and former University Carillonist Ronald Barnes were played for the thousands who flooded Washington National Cathedral for a service celebrating the life of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old whose murder 20 years ago in Wyoming became a potent symbol of anti-gay bigotry.
Chancellor Carol Christ and Vice Chancellors Oscar Dubón and Stephen Sutton announce a message of unequivocally support our transgender and non-binary students, staff, faculty, and alumni.