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 13, 2018
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
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.
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.
October 30, 2018
The University of California announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S.
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.
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.
A new petition seeks to rename Oakland International Airport after Berkeley alumna Maggie Gee, who dropped out during WWII and fought discrimination to join the US military as one of its first volunteer female pilots. After the war she returned to Berkeley to complete a degree in physics, and led a successful career as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
October 25, 2018
UC San Francisco doctors working closely with UC Berkeley scientists plan to edit their genomes to correct rare genetic mutations and slow or halt progression of their diseases. If successful, the trials will inaugurate a new era of “genome surgery” — the precision targeting of genetic defects in the genome, using CRISPR-Cas9 customized to individual patients. Such “bespoke” therapies can benefit small groups of individuals or families with particular genetic defects that would never be addressed by large pharmaceutical companies.
October 24, 2018
For Hari Srinivasan, a fourth-year student in psychology with nonverbal autism and sensory dysregulation, unfamiliar spaces can spark frenzy and overstimulation can send his reflexes into overdrive. Srinivasan is one of about 2,700 students in UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program, or DSP, which worked with him to provide accommodations and services tailed to his needs.
October 23, 2018
When your telescope breaks at the South Pole, a zillion miles away from, well, pretty much anywhere, who do you call? Odds are it would be to Warner Carlisle and his crew at UC Berkeley’s physics lab, who perform research-saving repairs for scientists and technicians from Athens to Antarctica.
October 19, 2018
We're due for a big quake - scientists think one happens along the Hayward Fault roughly every 150 years. But Roland Bürgmann, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science and a member of the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab, says that while there’s nothing we can do to prevent or predict big quakes, we understand the fault — and the risk — better than ever before.
October 18, 2018
"Michael Manga always wanted to be a scientist. The Canadian native was just six when he started attending Macoun Field Club events at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Ottawa. By high school, he was spending Friday afternoons with the club and publishing scientific articles.
An ancient group of microbes that contains some of the smallest life forms on Earth also has the smallest CRISPR gene-editing machinery discovered to date. The made by a group including Berkeley graduate student Lucas Harrington and Professor Jennifer Doudna of the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology.
The American Cancer Society will bestow its highest honor, the Medal of Honor, on Jennifer Doudna and four others — including former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. The medal is awarded to distinguished individuals who have made valuable contributions in the fight against cancer through basic research, clinical research and cancer control.