Faculty

Brain scientist Marian Diamond subject of new documentary

February 26, 2016
Over the course of her career, Diamond, a professor emeritus of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, demonstrated that an enriched environment builds better brains and helped establish the idea that the brain changes throughout our lifetimes. Now 89, Diamond is the subject of a new one-hour documentary, My Love Affair with the Brain: the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, that will get its local premiere Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Three Berkeley faculty members among 15 new Searle Scholars

April 15, 2016
Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.

Rolling Stone Magazine Profiles UC Berkeley's Breakthrough Listen Project

April 7, 2016
Reporter Mark Adams writes about the exciting space discoveries of 2016 and research being conducted by the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley Lichenologists Profiled by the New York Times

April 18, 2016
UC Berkeley scientists uncover more than 100 species of plants, mosses, lichens and more living in redwood trees.

UC Berkeley Astronomer Finds That Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Anyone Imagined

April 6, 2016
Scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that may be the biggest ever spotted. According to the research of Chung-Pei Ma, an astronomer at the UC Berkeley, this find suggests that supermassive black holes maybe be much more common than previously thought.

Physicist Robert Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

April 21, 2016
UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and leader in the academic community, will head to Washington, D.C., next month where he will be honored with the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award.

Taiwan’s Tang Prizes awarded to Berkeley Scientists Doudna, Rosenfeld

June 20, 2016

Taiwan’s top science award, the Tang Prize, has gone to two UC Berkeley scientists well-known in the fields of biochemistry and physics: Jennifer Doudna, for her invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, and Arthur Rosenfeld, often called the “godfather of energy efficiency.”

Neurophysiologist and philosopher Walter Freeman dies at 89

May 2, 2016

It is with great sadness that the Division of Biological Sciences announces the passing of Walter Jackson Freeman III, a neuroscientist and philosopher known for his pioneering work on how the brain generates our perception of the world.

Wired Reports on UC Berkeley Physicist's Balloon Research

May 20, 2016

Wired profiles Steven Boggs' research on super pressure balloon technology and how it can be applied to consistent, long-duration flights in space.