Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Beyond Diversity: Building A Culture of Inclusion in STEM Education

March 16, 2018
A special lecture and panel discussion followed by a reception. Keynote speaker is Professor Tracy Johnson from UCLA. Event also features UCLA Professor Paul Barber, and UC Berkeley Professor Tyrone B. Hayes.

New Predictions for Bay Area Flooding

March 8, 2018

Professor of Earth and Planetary Science Roland Bürgmann has just published a new study examining the effects of climate change on Bay Area water ways.

Capturing an Exploding Star

February 26, 2018

Scientists have obtained their first view of the initial burst of light from the explosion of a massive star -- a species of exploding star that was first identified by UC Berkeley Professor of Astronomy Alex Filippenko back in 1987. Read more...

New Sloan Research Fellows Announced

February 15, 2018

Three L&S faculty,  Supreet Kaur and Danny Yagan of the Department of Economics, and Norman Yao of the Department of Physics, have been named 2018 Sloan Research Fellows.

New dorm to honor Berkeley's first tenured black professor

February 8, 2018
UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall will be named after David Blackwell, the first black professor to ever receive tenure at UC Berkeley and a preeminent statistician, Chancellor Carol Christ announced on Thursday.

Two graduate students honored for work to defeat tax plan

January 17, 2018

Third-year L&S Physics graduate student Vetri Velan and nuclear engineering graduate student Kathy Shields were honored by Representative Barbara Lee for their national effort to defeat the recent tax proposal that would have forced graduate students to pay taxes on the value of their education

Largest recorded underwater volcanic eruption sheds light on deep-sea events

January 11, 2018
The 2012 eruption of the Havre volcano took place three-quarters of a mile under the surface, on the ocean floor 600 miles north northeast of the North Island of New Zealand, and offered researchers a rare opportunity to study submarine eruptions. Michael Manga, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary sciences, is a co-author of a paper about the aftermath of the eruption published online today in the journal Science Advances.

Professor and former dean Mark Richards named provost at the University of Washington

January 10, 2018

Mark RichardsAfter 28 years as a professor of Earth and planetary science at UC Berkeley, Mark Richards will be leaving Berkeley in June to become the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Washington.

Eclipse Megamovie project seeks public's help analyzing 50,000 photos

January 4, 2018
Although August’s total solar eclipse was over in minutes, analysis of the 50,000 photos uploaded to the Eclipse Megamovie website is a time-consuming job, so team leaders are asking citizen scientists for help.

Investing in the Mathematical & Physical Sciences

While our research is always advancing and our teaching is always improving, our core needs remain constant. It is our people – faculty and students – who bring excellence to Berkeley, so funding for faculty positions and graduate student fellowships are our very top priorities.