Faculty

Saba Mahmood, scholar of modern Egypt, loses battle with cancer

March 13, 2018
UC Berkeley anthropology professor Saba Mahmood, a scholar of modern Egypt, died on March 10 of pancreatic cancer.

New Sloan Research Fellows Announced

February 15, 2018

Three L&S faculty,  Supreet Kaur and Danny Yagan of the Department of Economics, and Norman Yao of the Department of Physics, have been named 2018 Sloan Research Fellows.

Access to Campus Systems

General Systems

Calnet (basic campus ID and directory system)

  • Who should have access: Any campus staff needing access to online systems or services. Calnet identification serves as the basis for access to many systems. It also allows individuals to maintain their directory information. Information.
  • Access: Each department has one or more “deputies” who can enter the code necessary to set up Calnet identity online.

bConnected (bCal, bMail and bDrive)

Largest recorded underwater volcanic eruption sheds light on deep-sea events

January 11, 2018
The 2012 eruption of the Havre volcano took place three-quarters of a mile under the surface, on the ocean floor 600 miles north northeast of the North Island of New Zealand, and offered researchers a rare opportunity to study submarine eruptions. Michael Manga, a UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary sciences, is a co-author of a paper about the aftermath of the eruption published online today in the journal Science Advances.

Professor and former dean Mark Richards named provost at the University of Washington

January 10, 2018

Mark RichardsAfter 28 years as a professor of Earth and planetary science at UC Berkeley, Mark Richards will be leaving Berkeley in June to become the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Washington.

Eclipse Megamovie project seeks public's help analyzing 50,000 photos

January 4, 2018
Although August’s total solar eclipse was over in minutes, analysis of the 50,000 photos uploaded to the Eclipse Megamovie website is a time-consuming job, so team leaders are asking citizen scientists for help.

CRISPR put to work to save chocolate from devastation

January 2, 2018
Chocolate is forever, right? UC Berkeley scientists, using the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR, are working to make it so, as climate change threatens the cacao plant’s favorite growing sites.

UC Berkeley psychology research inspires art world's first 'empathy center'

December 19, 2017
Can art penetrate the walls that divide us and make us kinder? A Minneapolis museum, inspired by UC Berkeley psychology research, plans to find out.

Offbeat brain rhythms during sleep make older adults forget

December 14, 2017
Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research. While these brain rhythms, occurring hundreds of times a night, move in perfect lockstep in young adults, findings published today in the journal Neuron show that, in old age, slow waves during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep fail to make timely contact with speedy electrical bursts known as “spindles.”

NEH grants support six L&S humanities projects

December 13, 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced $12.8 million in financial support for humanities research across the country, including funding for College of Letters & Science projects that deal with the works of Herman Melville, the rise of the Chinese meritocracy, the preservation of rare musical instruments, slave conspiracies, the relationship of Mexican women to the Catholic church and politics and the Nazi-era theft of music.