Letters & Science 21 News Highlights of 2021

January 18, 2022

12 Photos Selected from the 21 News Highlights

Looking back on yet another unprecedented year, Berkeley College of Letters and Science has compiled “21 News Highlights of 2021”—a recap of some of the incredible things L&S students, faculty, and alumni accomplished during the year. Here are some stories that highlight the extraordinary work of L&S students and faculty and the generosity of our alumni and friends. 


President Biden Appoints Saul Perlmutter, Inez Fung to Science Advisory Council

Berkeley Alumna, Varsha Sarveshwar, Appointed a 2022 Rhodes Scholar

UC Berkeley No.1 on Forbes’ List of America’s Top Colleges

Through times of crisis, 2021 University Medal finalists embraced leadership

Two L&S Professors Awarded 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships

Research and Faculty Highlights

Tracking Parkinson’s Disease from its Origins

“Junk DNA” Plays a Critical Role in Mammalian Development

Positive Online Interactions help Teenagers Feel less Lonely in Lockdown

Advancing Black Intellectual Tradition

From L&S to the White House

Next Dean of Arts and Humanities in the College of Letters & Science

Student Spotlights

Investigating Why We Eat What We Eat

Disabled and Empowered: How Mariana Soto Sanchez Found Self-Advocacy at Berkeley

A Theatre Degree to Show her Son she’s Pursuing her Dream

Ph.D. Graduate on Keeping Jazz Alive, the Renaissance of Black Protest Music

First-Year Student Juggles Book Tour & First Semester at College Online

An Alum's Passion for Neuroanatomy & Psychology 


Economics Alum Supports Graduates with $10.5M Estate Gift

A Trio of Gifts, $75 Million, Set to Accelerate Leading Computing and Data Science Position

The Kapors’ Gift to Diversify the Next Generation of Science and Tech Leaders

Campus Funding for Sponsored Research Tops $1 Billion for the First Time