22 L&S News Highlights from 2022

December 15, 2022

Collage of images from 2022 News Highlights

Looking back on another outstanding year, Berkeley College of Letters & Science has compiled “22 News Highlights of 2022”—a recap of accomplishments from the L&S community this year. Here are just a few stories demonstrating the extraordinary work and generosity of L&S students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as some highlighted videos from around the College. Enjoy!


AAAS adds ten new fellows from UC Berkeley

Four early-career scholars named Sloan Research Fellows

L&S faculty lead 2022 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients

Nine faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Former UC Berkeley postdoc wins 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

2022 Excellence in Advising and Student Services Awards

Faculty and Research

Defying negative stereotypes, humanities majors are booming at Berkeley

Un Vistazo al Laboratorio: Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx scientists

Opinion: We Can Cure Disease by Editing a Person's DNA. Why Aren't We?

How the Black Studies Collaboratory is reimagining Black Studies through community engagement

Dutch Studies Program hosts visit from Queen Máxima of the Netherlands for launch of Global Research Network

Students and Alumni

A conversation with Jenna Chong ‘22, founder of Cityface

“Berkeley was the perfect place for me in every way”: Liza Wachter (English ‘81)

Historical confirmation: Berkeley Economics alumna Lisa Cook becomes first Black woman to serve on the Federal Reserve Board

Timothy Springer ‘71 Receives Lasker Award

Pedro Rodriguez ‘23 selected as a 2022 Strauss Scholar 

Three UC Berkeley alumnae awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowships

Improving the undergraduate experience, one 'Discovery' at a time


A new program is launched in cognitive science thanks to a generous gift

Author and scholar Howard Besser ‘75 creates a new program for Anti-Authoritarianism and Social Movements

Donors honor Professor Emeritus Johan Snapper through new endowment for Dutch Studies

Stone Center at UC Berkeley receives $4.85M gift for the study of wealth and income inequality

Bonus! Videos from around L&S

Campus Conversation: Deans of the College of Letters & Science

UC Berkeley and the James Webb telescope, moderated by Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Steven Kahn

Exploring life at all levels: Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley

Quantum Science and technology at UC Berkeley: A New Era of Innovation

Psychology Celebrates 100 Years