Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Check out the Biology Scholars Program's new website!

August 30, 2018

UC Berkeley's prestigious Biology Scholars Program has a revamped website. Check it out!

UC Berkeley leads new assessment of Bay Area climate impacts

August 27, 2018

California today issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change — including wildfires like those still raging throughout the state – and highlighted for the first time the regional impacts with nine deep-dive reports spearheaded by University of California scientists. Read more...

Berkeley top U.S. public university in new ARWU rankings

August 16, 2018

The 2018 Academic Rankings of World Universities, an assessment of 500 top institutions around the globe by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, places UC Berkeley at the pinnacle of public universities on the U.S. and fifth overall in the world. Among 54 subject areas, Berkeley ranked second in physics and statistics, third in biotechnology and economics, fourth in sociology, and fifth in computer science.

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.