Faculty

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.

Podcast: A biology prof on growing up gay in rural Minnesota

July 3, 2018

Noah Whiteman, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, has always known how to survive. He grew up in a rural area in Minnesota, hiding that he was gay. When a boy he’d been friends with started to bully him at every chance he got, Noah knew it was time to get out.

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.

Tiny fossils give clues to origins of human social structure

June 22, 2018

A new study suggests that our distant ancestors actually had such nails, known as grooming claws. Read more...

Everything big data claims to know about you could be wrong

June 18, 2018

When it comes to understanding what makes people tick — and get sick — medical science has long assumed that the bigger the sample of human subjects, the better. But new research led by UC Berkeley psychologists suggests this big-data approach may be wildly off the mark.

Hindu and Muslim children show unexpected religious tolerance

June 15, 2018

In a region of India with a long history of tension between Hindus and Muslims, children of different faiths are showing unexpected tolerance for one another’s religious beliefs and customs, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley psychologist Mahesh Srinivasan.

A new College of Natural Resources dean: David Ackerly

June 12, 2018

David Ackerly, a professor of integrative biology, has been named as the next dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources (CNR). David joined the faculty of the Department of Integrative Biology in 2005, and has served as associate dean of the College of Letters and Science’s Biological Sciences Division since 2016. He will assume his new role as dean of CNR on July 1, 2018.

Soil prospecting yields wealth of potential antibiotics

June 13, 2018

Soil, the source of our best antibiotics, can be more thoroughly mined for new drugs and other useful chemicals with the help of metagenomics, according to UC Berkeley scientists.

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...