Faculty

Meet our new faculty: Jón Steinsson, economics

November 14, 2018

Jón Steinsson, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard, is joining the faculty as the Chancellor's Professor of Economics.

Was it a ‘Blue Wave’ or not? Experts to break down Election Day

November 14, 2018

What should we make of last Tuesday’s election, where midterm turnout was the highest it has been in a century, Democrats gained control of the House and showed surprising strength in GOP states like Texas and Georgia? Berkeley News sat down with political science professor Robert Van Houweling, an expert in voter behavior and legislative dynamics, to talk about what the results might mean for 2020 and what to expect from a divided government.

Take a bow, freshman improv grads: You slayed it

November 8, 2018

Undergrads, if you’re willing to set aside your mobile devices, embarrass yourself in front of strangers and take one for the team – personal glory be damned – here’s a class for you. Psych 24 is a one-unit, pass/no pass UC Berkeley freshman seminar that uses madcap improvisational theater to teach about the science of the human mind.

Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

November 13, 2018

A 75-million-year-old fossil from a bird about the size of a turkey vulture, discovered in Utah in 1992 by University of California, Berkeley, paleontologist Howard Hutchison, lay relatively untouched in the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley until doctoral student Jessie Atterholt learned about it in 2009 and asked to study it. Atterholt and Hutchison collaborated with Jingmai O’Conner, the leading expert on enantiornithines, to perform a detailed analysis of the fossil, which is deepening a mystery as to why only one family of birds survived the extinction o

Chronically anxious? Deep sleep may take the edge off

November 6, 2018

Extreme angst is on the rise nationally and globally, especially among teens and millennials. Among other factors, preliminary findings from UC Berkeley sleep researchers Matthew Walker and Eti Ben Simon point to a chronic lack of deep restorative sleep, indicating that non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep plays a key role in calming the overactive brain.

What to watch for as the votes roll in — advice from a Berkeley expert

November 6, 2018

Berkeley News sat down with professor Jack Citrin, an expert on political behavior and California politics who has taught at UC Berkeley since 1970, to talk about how he’ll spend election night, which races matter and where politics go from here.

A letter to my students: I still have hope because of you — now vote

November 2, 2018

Martha Olney, a teaching professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics, sent this letter to her students earlier this week.

What Tuesday’s election might tell us about the future of politics

November 1, 2018

A high turnout is expected at the polls on November 6th - and Laura Stoker, a UC Berkeley associate professor of political science, says that which groups show up could be another signal that the old rules of politics don’t apply.

Patent awarded for DNA-targeting complex at heart of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

October 30, 2018

The University of California announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S.

Reaffirming our commitment to the transgender community

October 26, 2018

Chancellor Carol Christ and Vice Chancellors Oscar Dubón and Stephen Sutton announce a message of unequivocally support our transgender and non-binary students, staff, faculty, and alumni.