UC Berkeley is renowned for cutting-edge, curiosity-driven scientific research that results in paradigm-shifting discovery — fundamentally changing our understanding of nature, the universe, and ourselves. This tradition continues as strong as ever. Do you share our curiosity? The College of Letters & Science’s Division of Biological Sciences and Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences invite you to join this series of enlightening virtual discussions, featuring our brilliant faculty and students.


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

Fall 2021 Schedule

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Land of Fire and Drought

David Ackerly, Dean of Rausser College of Natural Resources and Professor of Integrative Biology

William Boos, Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Science

Lara Kueppers, Associate Professor of Energy and Resources

Moderated by Inez Fung, Professor of Earth & Planetary Science

Californians and other residents of the West face recurring threats from annual wildfires, persistent drought, and more ecological responses to climate change. An expert panel assesses our future environment.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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When the Earth Shakes

Roland Bürgmann, Garniss H. Curtis Chair of Earth and Planetary Science

Qingkai Kong, Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Sarina Patel, doctoral candidate, Department of Earth and Planetary Science

Moderated by Richard Allen, Interim Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

A leading research university atop a seismic fault, Berkeley excels at studying earthquakes and creating early warning tools. What you should know to be informed and prepared.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Graduate Student Rising Stars

Susan Mullen, Department of Earth & Planetary Science

Emma Regan, Department of Physics

Arik Shams, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology

Moderated by Michael Botchan, Dean of Biological Sciences

Many faculty choose Berkeley in order to work with brilliant, inspiring graduate students. Tonight, a trio of them has the floor to discuss their research.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Inspired by Nature

Sunčica Čanić, Professor of Mathematics

Dana Foss, postdoctoral researcher, Innovative Genomics Institute

Robert J. Full, Professor of Integrative Biology

Moderated by James Analytis, Associate Professor and Chair of Physics

From developing new therapeutics and lab-grown organs to designing dexterous robots, Berkeley scientists have their imaginations sparked by natural systems.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:00—6:00 Pacific Time
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Creatures of California

Rauri C. K. Bowie, Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator of Ornithology

Todd E. Dawson, Professor of Integrative Biology and Environmental Science, Policy, & Management

José Pablo Vásquez-Medina, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology

Moderated by Caroline Williams, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology


The Golden State is a hotspot of biodiversity. Berkeley biologists investigate this remarkable fauna and flora.

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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.