Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Uranus and Neptune are more interesting than we thought, new images show

February 7, 2019

UC Berkeley researchers, both faculty and students, are jumping in to interpret new images of the planet Uranus and Neptune recently released by NASA. The images reveal clues to the planets' weather, including massive year-long storms.

Meet our new faculty: Song Sun, math

January 22, 2019

Song Sun, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has joined the faculty as an associate professor of mathematics.

Young astronomer honored for research on smallest galaxies in the universe

January 8, 2019

Daniel Weisz, an assistant professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley, was honored at this week’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society for his early-career research on relatively nearby “dwarf” galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Investing in the Mathematical & Physical Sciences

While our research is always advancing and our teaching is always improving, our core needs remain constant. It is our people – faculty and students – who bring excellence to Berkeley, so funding for faculty positions and graduate student fellowships are our very top priorities.

 

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Portrait honoring David Blackwell unveiled in namesake residence hall

December 7, 2018

A portrait honoring David Blackwell, the first black man to get tenure at UC Berkeley, was unveiled this week in the residence hall bearing his name.  The portrait was commissioned by Richard Davis, a friend and former student of the late math professor Blackwell.

What magnetic fields can tell us about life on other planets

November 21, 2018

Earth's magnetic field is one of the key elements that allows it to sustain life. A new analysis of Earth-like exoplanets up to five times the size of our world suggests that they probably have a magnetic field like our own, but one generated in a totally novel way: by the planets’ magma oceans.

Is it time to rename Oakland International Airport for alumna Maggie Gee?

October 26, 2018

A new petition seeks to rename Oakland International Airport after Berkeley alumna Maggie Gee, who dropped out during WWII and fought discrimination to join the US military as one of its first volunteer female pilots. After the war she returned to Berkeley to complete a degree in physics, and led a successful career as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

When it has to be done yesterday, the physics world turns to Berkeley

October 23, 2018

When your telescope breaks at the South Pole, a zillion miles away from, well, pretty much anywhere, who do you call? Odds are it would be to Warner Carlisle and his crew at UC Berkeley’s physics lab, who perform research-saving repairs for scientists and technicians from Athens to Antarctica.

150 years after last big East Bay quake, what have we learned?

October 19, 2018

We're due for a big quake - scientists think one happens along the Hayward Fault roughly every 150 years. But Roland Bürgmann, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science and a member of the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab, says that while there’s nothing we can do to prevent or predict big quakes, we understand the fault — and the risk — better than ever before.