Faculty

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...

Physics graduate student discusses new results related to the Higgs boson particle

June 4, 2018

Physics Department graduate student Jennet Dickinson discusses the new results out today related to the Higgs boson particle. Read more...

Jennifer Doudna shares 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience

May 31, 2018

The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, given every other year by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Kavli Foundaion, was awarded this year to Jennifer Doudna and two colleagues who developed the powerful nanoscale tool CRISPR-Cas9 to edit DNA. The $1 million award will be shared by Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Society and Virginijus Šikšnys of the Institute of Applied Enzymology in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Economics prof gets first-hand taste of fake news

May 25, 2018

Economics professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko published a paper this month arguing that automated Twitter bots could have played a small but potentially influential role in the 2016 Brexit vote and 2016 U.S. presidential elections. When his paper was picked up by Bloomberg, he soon got a first-hand taste of how "fake news" can spread in today's social media climate.

Rehabilitating lactate: from poison to cure

May 23, 2018

Integrative biology professor George Brooks, who discovered the key role lactate plays during exercise, says that it also plays a vital role in recovery from disease.

What we inherited from our bug-eating ancestors

May 16, 2018

Based on an analysis of the genomes of 107 different species of mammals, University of California, Berkeley, scientists in the Department of Integrative Biology conclude that our distant ancestors – the small, furry creatures that scurried around the feet of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – were mostly insect eaters. Read more...