Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Statistics Ph.D. student speaks out about being undocumented in the Trump era

January 26, 2017

Arturo Fernandez, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in statistics, discusses his experience as an undocumented student at UC Berkeley. 

Berkeley scientists reprogram embryonic stem cells to expand their potential

January 17, 2017

Researchers from UC Berkeley have found a way to reprogram mouse embryonic stem cells so that they exhibit developmental characteristics resembling those of fertilized eggs, or zygotes.

Berkeley astronomers explore the shape of galaxies

January 9, 2017

The astonishing beauty of galaxies visible from Earth has enchanted humanity ever since our ancestors first gazed into the twinkling night and wondrously beheld them. Some galaxies look like elegant whirling spirals or cosmic frisbees, while others look like elliptical blobs or lumpy irregular clumps smeared across the sky. The variety of galactic shapes prompts questions as old as astronomy: why do galaxies form these characteristic shapes? Can elliptical galaxies become spirals, or vice versa?

Berkeley astronomer's software detects fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy and, perhaps, magnetar

January 4, 2017

One of the rare and brief bursts of cosmic radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected nearly 10 years ago has finally been tied to a source: an older dwarf galaxy more than 3 billion light years from Earth.

Berkeley scientists find compact CRISPR systems in some of world’s smallest microbes

December 23, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have discovered simple CRISPR systems similar to CRISPR-Cas9 — a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biology — in previously unexplored bacteria that have eluded efforts to grow them in the laboratory.

Berkeley Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide

December 14, 2016

 Berkeley’s worldwide network of smartphone earthquake detectors has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since the MyShake app was made available for download in February, with one of the most active areas of the world the fracking fields of Oklahoma.

Dean Frances Hellman featured in For the Good of Science: Why we need more women in physics and astronomy

December 15, 2016

Frances Hellman, and other prominent scientists, discuss academic and career pathways for women in science and what can be done to increase diversity in physics and astronomy.

Geophysicists uncover more about the last period of global warming

December 5, 2016

Following Earth’s last ice age, which peaked 20,000 years ago, the Antarctic warmed between two and three times the average temperature increase worldwide, according to a new study by a team of American geophysicists.

Physicist Surjeet Rajendran shares $100,000 New Horizons Prize

December 5, 2016

A young assistant professor of physics, Surjeet Rajendran, was named one of six winners of the 2017 New Horizons In Physics Prize during a Sunday night gala announcing the annual winners of the Breakthrough Prize.

EPS Professor Roland Bürgmann featured in New York Times article

November 30, 2016

EPS Professor Roland Bürgmann featured in New York Times article about views of San Francisco from space.