Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Follow ocean-going robots, and scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley, for 10 days at sea

August 16, 2016

What’s life like aboard a scientific research vessel plying the California coast deploying robots to unlock important data about climate change? A team of scientists and engineers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have just set out on such a venture. 

The Wall Street Journal Profiles Physics Student and Olympian

August 10, 2016

Josh Prenot, a gold medal contender and Physics student, is featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Berkeley Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can’t find any

July 22, 2016

Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form.

Stars ignite in new supercomputer simulation created by Berkeley astrophysicist

July 12, 2016

The video simulation covers 700,000 years, and is based on computer code created by UC Berkeley astrophysicist Richard Klein to capture the effects of radiation, magnetic fields, gravity and other physical phenomena and paint a realistic portrait of star formation.

Physics major clinches spot on Olympic swim team

July 7, 2016

Josh Prenot is the latest Cal Bear to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio after breaking the national record for the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

State budgets $10 million for earthquake early warning

June 30, 2016

“This is a key step toward the goal of a public earthquake early-warning system for the entire state,” said Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory at UC Berkeley and one of the lead researchers on the project. “This funding will enable us to add more sensors to the seismic networks, making the warnings faster and enabling the system to reach more users.”

Discover the hidden talents of L&S faculty and staff

June 6, 2016
You know them as faculty members, school officials, researchers, co-workers and alums. But they are artists, too, and part of a campus community that’s rich in both celebrated and hidden artistic talent. Click each photo to read, in their own words, a little about why the arts and design — including music, dance, painting, theater, architecture and photography — give them joy and insight.

‘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.