Faculty

Einstein project names Murayama one of world’s top influencers

May 31, 2017

Hitoshi Murayama has been named a Genius Contributor for a project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, reports the Einstein Legacy Project on May 31.

Physics professor featured in Scientific American

May 18, 2017

Yasunori Nomura penned an article on multiverse theory for Scientific American's June 2017 issue.

Pioneering radio astronomer Harold Weaver dies at age 99

May 3, 2017

Harold Francis Weaver, a pioneer of radio astronomy who discovered the first microwave laser, or maser, in space, passed away peacefully in his Kensington, California, home on April 26 at the age of 99.

UC Berkeley to open first university center for Silk Road study in North America

May 3, 2017
UC Berkeley is opening the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, the first institutionalized center in the U.S. dedicated to the study of the historical trading networks serially known as the Silk Road, thanks to a $5 million gift by two branches of the Tang family.

Hubert Dreyfus, preeminent philosopher and AI critic, dies at 87

April 24, 2017

Hubert Lederer Dreyfus, a preeminent scholar of 20th-century European philosophy, early skeptic of artificial intelligence, iTunes podcast star and UC Berkeley professor emeritus of philosophy, died at his home in Berkeley on Saturday, April 22, from cancer. He was 87.

Celebrating 'barefoot anthopology' -- a Q&A with Nancy Scheper-Hughes

April 28, 2017
For more than five decades, UC Berkeley anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes has worked tirelessly to expose “uncomfortable truths” across the world. To honor her work, Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology is holding a two-day conference on May 1 and 2 called “Anthropology on the Front Lines.” Berkeley News spoke with Scheper-Hughes about the philosophy she lives and works by and the role she thinks anthropologists should play in society.

With Google's help, psychologist tackles 'black troublemaker' school stereotype

April 26, 2017
This fall, with backing from tech titan Google, Jason Okonofua, a junior psychology professor at UC Berkeley, will launch an online intervention for more than 100 U.S. school teachers to motivate them to check their biases against African American students before meting out punishment. His approach is the first of its kind.

Walter Alvarez: A geologist ponders the improbability of life

April 25, 2017

His new book, A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves, was inspired by a course Alvarez taught for five years, until his retirement in 2011, called “Big History,” in which he approached human history from a geologic and ultimately cosmic perspective, stretching back to the universe’s origin 13.8 billion years ago. The book is his attempt to make the scientific background of big history accessible to those without a science background, specifically historians and other humanists, through personal stories.

Seven at UC Berkeley awarded 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships, most of any university

April 12, 2017

Seven UC Berkeley faculty are among the 2017 recipients of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships, a diverse and gifted group who were chosen on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.

Three professors named American Council of Learned Societies fellows

April 12, 2017

Among the 71 scholars selected as ACLS fellows are Brian DeLay, a UC Berkeley associate professor of history; Samera Esmeir, an associate professor of rhetoric; and Tania Lombrozo, an associate professor of psychology and philosophy.