Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Watch the building of the Simons Observatory! (Video)

April 14, 2017

The Eternal Sky, a short film about building the Simons Observatory, highlights Berkeley research as well as the people behind the development and construction of this world class research facility.

West Coast rollout of updated ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system

April 12, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey and its university, state and private partners this week announced the rollout of the latest version of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, bringing it to all West Coast states.

Don’t Miss the Berkeley Grad Slam Championship!

April 4, 2017

See eight graduate student semi-finalists (including 4 from L&S) compete to be the Berkeley Champion!

$5.8 million grant helps expand radio telescope to study ‘cosmic dawn'

March 7, 2017

A radio telescope array being built in South Africa to explore the period after stars first formed in the early universe has received $5.8 million in new funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Statistics alum working to make Pittsburg a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

March 20, 2017

Arturo Fernandez, a Berkeley alum, is leading the Pittsburg Sanctuary Organizing Committee currently working  to make Pittsburg a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

Sloan fellowships awarded to faculty ‘rising stars’

February 23, 2017

Five young UC Berkeley faculty members (two within the College of Letters & Science) have been awarded 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships, coveted grants for scientists and scholars at the beginning of their academic careers.

UC Berkeley, NASA looking for citizen scientists to help find Planet 9

February 16, 2017

Through a new website called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, anyone can now help search for objects far beyond the orbit of our farthest planet, Neptune, by viewing brief “flipbook” movies made from images captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. A faint spot seen moving through background stars might be a new and distant planet orbiting the sun or a nearby brown dwarf.

Berkeley scientist examines how to build an organism

February 13, 2017

Today, scientists can sequence the DNA of nearly any organism they wish. Yet they cannot predict the size, shape, or functions of a developing organism solely based on its DNA sequence.