23 L&S News Highlights From 2023

December 18, 2023

Looking back on another outstanding year, Berkeley Letters & Science has compiled “23 L&S Highlights of 2023”—a recap of accomplishments from the L&S community this year. Here are just a handful of the many stories demonstrating the extraordinary work of L&S students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Enjoy!

Milestones & Highlights

At 20, Berkeley’s Disabilities Studies program looks ahead with new energy

New Berkeley center to explore critical issues at intersection of politics, economy

New Molecular Therapeutics Research Division is launched

Department of Art Practice celebrates 100 years at Berkeley

EALC launches new major in East Asian Humanities

College Writing Program celebrates 30 years

Funky and free-spirited: How a 1970s summer camp started a disability revolution

New banners celebrate 150+ years of Berkeley’s prominence in teaching world languages

UC Berkeley Social Sciences launches one-year Master of Computational Social Science program

Work begins in UC Berkeley’s new undergraduate academic building

Basic Science Lights the Way Fall 2023 Program

Faculty & Staff

L&S Faculty and Staff honored with 2023 Excellence in Advising & Student Services awards

Berkeley mathematician Svetlana Jitormirskaya awarded inaugural Barry Prize

Dr. Samantha Lewis receives 2023 Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award

National Academy of Sciences elects seven from UC Berkeley

L&S Staff honored with Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards

35th Annual Excellence in Management Awards celebrate four L&S staff

Berkeley researchers awarded Breakthrough Prizes

Students & Alumni

Sandile Hlatshwayo: “These are historic times, and they need a historic response”

Berkeley’s Alum of the Year is a Steady Hand in Guiding the Webb Space Telescope

Jefferson Cowie awarded 2023 Pulitzer Prize for History

Hua Hsu wins 2023 Pulitzer Prize 

Transfer student Bryce Wallace honored with 2023 Beinecke Scholarship