Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons

August 8, 2018

Scientists are experimenting with narrow strips of graphene, called nanoribbons, in hopes of making cool new electronic devices, but University of California, Berkeley scientists have discovered another possible role for them: as nanoscale electron traps with potential applications in quantum computers.

Space probe to plunge into fiery corona of the sun

August 6, 2018

On August 11, NASA plans to launch Earth’s first spacecraft to venture inside the orbits of Venus and Mercury to touch the very edge of the sun’s fiery corona. Outfitted with instruments designed and built at the University of California, Berkeley, the Parker Solar Probe will investigate questions that space scientists have pondered for decades.

A first look inside Blackwell Hall, Berkeley’s newest freshman living space

July 31, 2018

David Blackwell Hall, the first new residence hall to open at UC Berkeley since 2012, will house more than 700 students. The hall is named for David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at UC Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010.

Berkeley math major named student adviser to regents

July 9, 2018

Edward Huang, a rising senior and applied mathematics major, will serve as the 2018-19 student adviser to the UC Board of Regents. The student adviser position is intended to broaden student representation on the board by providing a perspective relevant to communities that are not already represented by the student regent, who is the only voting student member of the board. He was selected by students, UC administrators and regents.

3 weeks on the road with 5 lbs of luggage

June 28, 2018

I just got back from three weeks of travel (three conferences and a week of cycling). I carried less than 5lbs of luggage. This includes my pack, clothes, rain gear, toiletries, first-aid kit, flashlight, house keys, a water bottle, emergency tools, and a 10.5” iPad Pro and Apple Pencil — everything but the clothes on my back.¹ Almost half the weight was the iPad.

Odds of living to 110-plus level out — once you hit 105

June 28, 2018

Want to be a supercentenarian? A new study by Kenneth Wachter, professor emeritus of demography and statistics, says the chances of reaching 110 are within reach – if you survive the perilous 90s and make it to 105.

Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

February 27, 2018

An oft-neglected layer of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillslopes could be a significant reservoir for water, providing critical moisture for trees during droughts, according to a new study by scientists from UC Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin. Read more...

Physics graduate student discusses new results related to the Higgs boson particle

June 4, 2018

Physics Department graduate student Jennet Dickinson discusses the new results out today related to the Higgs boson particle. Read more...

Pioneering data science tool "Jupyter" receives top software prize

May 2, 2018

The international team that developed Jupyter, which was co-led by UC Berkeley’s Fernando Pérez, is now being recognized with the 2018 Software System Award from the Association of Computing Machinery, the world’s largest society of educational and academic computer scientists. Read more...