Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Ripples in galaxy help astronomers locate dark-matter satellites of Milky Way

January 7, 2016
A new techinique pioneered by a former UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow uses ripples in the distribution of hydrogen gas to uncover the presence of invisible satellite galaxies which may be buzzing around or through the Milky Way.

Berkeley Researcher Discusses The State, the Drought and El Niño

January 14, 2016
Berkeley News interviews professor B. Lynn Ingram, a geologist specializing in paleoclimatology, to discuss what the climate could have in store for us.

UC Berkeley Physicist Saul Perlmutter to lead dark energy team on NASA’s new WFIRST mission

February 18, 2016
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley will play a role in an upcoming space telescope project, formally set in motion this week by NASA, that will explore the mysteries of the expanding universe and observe alien worlds circling distant suns, among other science aims.

Three young faculty members, including molecular and cell biology professor, honored by White House

February 19, 2016
President Obama this week named three young UC Berkeley faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

UC Berkeley scientists develop new app that turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

February 12, 2016
UC Berkeley scientists today are releasing a free Android app that taps a smartphone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

Rolling Stone Magazine Profiles UC Berkeley's Breakthrough Listen Project

April 7, 2016
Reporter Mark Adams writes about the exciting space discoveries of 2016 and research being conducted by the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.

Three Berkeley faculty members among 15 new Searle Scholars

April 15, 2016
Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.

UC Berkeley Astronomer Finds That Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Anyone Imagined

April 6, 2016
Scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that may be the biggest ever spotted. According to the research of Chung-Pei Ma, an astronomer at the UC Berkeley, this find suggests that supermassive black holes maybe be much more common than previously thought.

Physicist Robert Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

April 21, 2016
UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, will head to Washington, D.C., next month where he will be honored with the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award.

Taiwan’s Tang Prizes awarded to Berkeley Scientists Doudna, Rosenfeld

June 20, 2016

Taiwan’s top science award, the Tang Prize, has gone to two UC Berkeley scientists well-known in the fields of biochemistry and physics: Jennifer Doudna, for her invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, and Arthur Rosenfeld, often called the “godfather of energy efficiency.”