Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Astronomers strike cosmic gold

October 16, 2017
The first detection of gravitational waves from the cataclysmic merger of two neutron stars, and the observation of visible light in the aftermath of that merger, finally answer a long-standing question in astrophysics: Where do the heaviest elements, ranging from silver and other precious metals to uranium, come from?

Physics postdoc and mentor awarded prestigious L'Oreal fellowship

October 12, 2017
Sydney Schreppler, a postdoctoral fellow in physics and UC Berkeley Ph.D. who in her spare time mentors women majoring in science and served as head coach for the campus’s club women’s lacrosse team, has been awarded one of five 2017 For Women in Science Fellowships by L’Oréal USA.

Debut of new video series on Berkeley's climate change impact

October 10, 2017

Berkeley News this week premieres a series of short, TED-like talks highlighting the work of 17 UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab researchers who are tackling the global challenges of climate change. Climate modeler William Collins, a professor of earth and planetary sciences, kicks off the series with a 5½-minute video exploring “pathways for getting down off the up escalator of climate change.”

$1.5 million 'New Innovator' grants to two young faculty members

October 5, 2017
Two L&S assistant professors – Jacob Corn and Hernan Garcia – have received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health that provide $1.5 million over five years to pursue high-risk, high-reward work that could have implications for human health.

L&S alumnus Barry Barish awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

October 3, 2017
L&S alumnus Barry Barish, a retired Caltech physicist, has run many huge physics collaborations during his career, ranging from neutrino experiments at Fermilab to the Superconducting Supercollider. But his most rewarding was the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, called LIGO, which in 2015 detected the first gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago. This discovery has now earned Barish a share of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Breakthrough Listen detects 15 high-energy radio bursts from distant galaxy

August 30, 2017

Breakthrough Listen, an initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe, has detected 15 brief but powerful radio pulses emanating from a mysterious and repeating source – FRB 121102 – far across the universe.

Megamovie video captures eclipse coast-to-coast

August 22, 2017

Last evening, the Eclipse Megamovie project posted a preview of the photos of the total solar eclipse submitted by a cast of some 1,500 volunteers spread out along the path of totality.

Where you can watch livestreams of the eclipse at Berkeley

August 21, 2017

Can’t chase Monday’s solar eclipse to the zone of totality on Monday? Fog blocking your view in Berkeley? UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is offering an alternative: Live feeds of the action from spots along the path of totality.

Vern Ehlers, Berkeley physicist who went to Congress, dies at 83

August 17, 2017

Washington Post obituarary for Vern Ehlers, a nuclear physicist who became a congressman.

Young math professor receives Early Career Award from DOE

August 10, 2017

Lin Lin, an assistant professor of mathematics, has received the 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy to further his work.