Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos annouces that after serving in senior administrative roles within the College of Letters and Science (L&S) for a decade, Carla Hesse will return to her full-time faculty position after the completion of her terms next summer. A talented and versatile leader with a fervent belief in the power of a liberal arts education, Carla has served as executive dean of L&S since 2014 and as dean of its Division of Social Sciences since 2009.
The number of Americans quitting their jobs for better opportunities is reportedly the highest it’s been since 2001, and surveys show that more than half cite the need for more stimulation, meaningful work, engagement and recognition. But what if employers and employees were to make those improvements in their existing workplaces? UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center is working on that.
Ever wonder why conspiracy theorists stick to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? New findings from UC Berkeley psychologists suggest that feedback, rather than hard evidence, boosts people’s sense of certainty when learning new things or trying to tell right from wrong.
Intended global studies major Desmarie Jackson was among the 27 students who are the first recipients of the new African American Initiative Scholarship, made possible by an anonymous $1 million donation. Through the scholarships, administered by the San Francisco Foundation, each student will receive $8,000 annually. “It built the bridge that made going to Berkeley possible,” Desmarie said.
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.