UC Berkeley has a renowned history in the sciences of cutting-edge, curiosity-driven research that results in paradigm-shifting discovery — fundamentally changing our understanding of nature, the universe, and ourselves. This tradition continues on campus today as strong as ever. If you share our curiosity, the College of Letters & Science’s Division of Biological Sciences and Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences invite you to join this semester’s series of enlightening virtual discussions, featuring several of our brilliant faculty and students.


These events will be held via Zoom at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Use one of the Register buttons below to sign up in advance.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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The Science of Aging

Andrew Dillin, Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Research

Ashley Frakes, NIH F32 Research Fellow in the Dillin Lab

David H. Raulet, Esther and Wendy Schekman Chair in Basic Cancer Biology

Natalie Wolf, graduate student researcher in the Raulet Lab

Moderated by Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology


The human body and brain change with age. What have we learned about the underlying genetics and physiology of aging, as well as why it can lead to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases?

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Data Science Meets the Physical and Biological Sciences

Ellianna S. Abrahams, Two Sigma Fellow and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Departments of Astronomy and Statistics

Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology

Rasmus Nielsen, Professor of Integrative Biology and Statistics

Moderated by Josh Bloom, Professor and Chair of Astronomy


Big data and data science are much more than trendy buzzwords. Learn how diverse datasets combined with computational and algorithmic approaches are transforming research in many fields, such as astronomy, astrophysics, and human evolutionary genetics.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Shedding Light on Black Holes

Chung-Pei Ma, Judy Chandler Webb Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Raffaella Margutti, incoming Associate Professor of Astronomy

Michael Medford, graduate student researcher, Department of Astronomy

Moderated by Jessica Lu, Associate Professor of Astronomy


The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics rewarded decades of research — some done at Berkeley — into the theory and detection of black holes. Learn what we know and still don’t know about these mysterious supermassive objects, including the one in the middle of our galaxy.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Expanding Access and Acceptance in Science

Diana Bautista, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Charles D. Brown, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics

Tyrone B. Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology

Moderated by Colette Patt, Assistant Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences


Implicit bias and institutionalized racism hinder diverse perspectives from pursuing or participating in the sciences. Two esteemed biologists and an emerging quantum physicist consider the changes required to redress this problem and create equitable academic communities.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Innovations and Adaptations for Sustainability

Paul V.A. Fine, Professor of Integrative Biology

Alessandra Lanzara, Professor of Physics

Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Professor of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

Moderated by Charles R. Marshall, Philip Sandford Boone Chair in Paleontology


Solving the global challenge of environmental sustainability requires ideas from experts across STEM fields and beyond. Our panel’s expertise spans from biodiversity in Amazonia to batteries and new planet-friendly materials.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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The Crisis of Drug Resistance

Arthur L. Reingold, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology

Richmond Sarpong, Professor of Chemistry

Sarah A. Stanley, Associate Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis

Moderated by Michael A. Marletta, CH and Annie Li Chair in the Molecular Biology of Diseases


The unknown pandemic, evolving microbial resistance to antibiotics and other drugs presents a global challenge to combating infectious diseases. What strategies are emerging from chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, and public health to discover or design new therapies?

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Rising Stars of Berkeley Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Courtney Dressing, Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Alexander Paulin, Teaching Professor of Mathematics

Daniel Stolper, Assistant Professor of Earth & Planetary Science

Norman Yao, Assistant Professor of Physics

Moderated by Frances Hellman, Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences


From the search for Earth-like planets to seeking knowledge of past climates on Earth, Berkeley’s early-career faculty in the physical sciences push the boundaries of basic research and teaching in their fields. Hear from professors in four MPS departments about how their work lights the way.

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Questions?

To connect with us, please fill out this form or contact Cardis McKines-Jones at mckinesjones@berkeley.edu. If you require an accommodation for effective communication in order to fully participate in this series, please provide as much advance notice as possible and at least seven days before a specific event date.