Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

‘Dark vortex’ confirmed on Neptune

June 27, 2016

New images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a “dark vortex” in the atmosphere of Neptune, a rare type of feature that can persist for years. This vortex, the first to be observed on Neptune in the 21st century, was first seen in September 2015 by the HST.

Top graduating senior finds nirvana in pure math

May 4, 2016

Congratulations to Kaavya Valiveti on being named Berkeley's top graduating senior and winning the University Medal.

CRI Representatives Head to Paris with Gov. Brown’s Climate Team

December 14, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to Paris this weekend for the two-week global climate summit, prepped for his meetings by a team of scientists almost entirely from the UC system, including two from UC Berkeley: William Collins, a professor of earth and planetary science and a Berkeley Lab researcher; and Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology.

Mathematician Ian Agol and Physicist Kam-Biu Luk Awarded Breakthrough Prizes

November 6, 2015
Congratulations to our Berkeley faculty who received the famed Breakthrough Prize: Ian Agol, Breakthrough Prize Winners Kam-Biu Luk and Ian AgolMathematics and The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment team co-led by Kam-Biu Luk, Physics. Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner, the Breakthrough Prize honors important achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.

Berkeley Lab Scientists Participate in Mile-deep Dark Matter Experiment in Former South Dakota Gold Mine

December 14, 2015
The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has already proven itself to be the most sensitive detector in the hunt for dark matter. Now with a new set of calibration techniques coupled with advanced computer simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Brown University’s Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) the detector’s sensitivity has dramatically improved again.

Berkeley Seismologists Help Predict the Next Megaquake

January 29, 2016
In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault, thanks to the work of Berkeley seismologists.

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.