Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Will Hurricane Michael sprint or linger once it hits land?

October 10, 2018

As Hurricane Michael moves toward what will likely be a deadly interaction with the panhandle of Florida, one of the primary questions facing those who will be impacted is just how the storm will manifest itself. William Boos, an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Berkeley, is one of many researchers hoping to better understand storm systems to predict future damage.

Two Berkeley alums win MacArthur ‘genius’ awards

October 9, 2018

The MacArthur Foundation yesterday unveiled the 25 newest stars in its constellation of “genius” award winners, among them mathematician Allan Sly, a mathematics professor at Princeton who earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Berkeley in 2009 and served on the statistics faculty at Berkeley from 2011-2016.

Ghost objects in the sky

October 4, 2018

Astronomers typically study objects that are visible night after night or explode suddenly, like supernovas, but astronomy researcher Casey Law is scouring vast amounts of data in search of bright objects that disappear, never to be seen again.

L&S Units A-Z

The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.

Meet our new faculty: Semyon Dyatlov, mathematics

September 11, 2018

Semyon Dyatlov, who received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2013, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics.

Blackwell Hall is officially dedicated to late statistics professor

September 12, 2018

Campus leaders gathered this week to dedicate UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall to David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010. Blackwell Hall opened to more than 750 students in August and features study centers, a gym and plenty of ping-pong and pool tables.

AI helps track down mysterious cosmic radio bursts

September 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence is invading many fields. Recently, researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a SETI project led by the University of California, Berkeley, used machine learning to discover 72 new fast radio bursts from a mysterious source some 3 billion light years from Earth.

Check out the Biology Scholars Program's new website!

August 30, 2018

UC Berkeley's prestigious Biology Scholars Program has a revamped website. Check it out!

UC Berkeley leads new assessment of Bay Area climate impacts

August 27, 2018

California today issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change — including wildfires like those still raging throughout the state – and highlighted for the first time the regional impacts with nine deep-dive reports spearheaded by University of California scientists. Read more...