Faculty

Sociologist Neil Smelser, campus leader and Free Speech Movement diplomat, dies at 87

October 12, 2017
Neil Smelser, a distinguished sociologist and higher education leader who navigated the swells of student uprisings during the exhilarating and tumultuous 1960s, died peacefully on Oct. 2 at his home in Berkeley. He was 87.

Human Resources

Human Resources Support

Human Resources support is available from the Deans' Office in all areas of staff personnel matters. If you have any questions related to policies, union contracts, performance management, job descriptions, classification levels, salary, training, reorganization, reduction in force, etc., please contact the Human Resources Manager, Nick Dear, ext. 3-2695.

Faculty Personnel and Budgetary Information

Human Resources Support

Human Resources support is available from the Deans' Office in all areas of staff personnel matters. If you have any questions related to policies, union contracts, performance management, job descriptions, classification levels, salary, training, reorganization, reduction in force, etc., please contact the Human Resources Manager, Nick Dear, ext. 3-2695.

Debut of new video series on Berkeley's climate change impact

October 10, 2017

Berkeley News this week premieres a series of short, TED-like talks highlighting the work of 17 UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab researchers who are tackling the global challenges of climate change. Climate modeler William Collins, a professor of earth and planetary sciences, kicks off the series with a 5½-minute video exploring “pathways for getting down off the up escalator of climate change.”

$13.4 million to build next-gen MRI brain scanner at UC Berkeley

October 6, 2017
UC Berkeley researchers have reimagined fMRI techniques and instruments to boost resolution by a factor of 20. They will use a new $13.43 million BRAIN Initiative grant from the National Institutes of Health to build the NexGen 7T by 2019 to provide the highest resolution images of the brain ever obtained, able to focus on a region the size of a poppy seed.

$1.5 million 'New Innovator' grants to two young faculty members

October 5, 2017
Two L&S assistant professors – Jacob Corn and Hernan Garcia – have received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health that provide $1.5 million over five years to pursue high-risk, high-reward work that could have implications for human health.

Parole violations, not new crimes, help drive prison's revolving door

October 3, 2017
Failing a drug test, associating with felons and other technical parole violations are among the key drivers of prison’s “revolving door,” according to new UC Berkeley research.

Bookmark this page to keep up with Free Speech Year at Berkeley

September 18, 2017
It’s Free Speech Year at UC Berkeley — a rededication to one of the campus’s most cherished values, and one that most defines the campus in the eyes of the world. Free Speech infuses the campus landscape, its people and events. To bring all the pieces together, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs has developed a hub of information related to free speech on campus — freespeech.berkeley.edu. It will be updated throughout the year.

College of L&S First Lecture Series from Golden Bear Orientation

September 14, 2017

This year, for the first time, the College of Letters & Science provided an academic welcome as part of the new student orientation. Great teachers from across the divisions presented in the "First Lecture Series" to enthusiastic crowds of new freshmen and transfer students. You can watch their lectures here.