Fall 2022

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.

Follow Your Curiosity


You can register for this season’s events below:

Coping with Global Warming: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 5:00 PM

We feel the effects of climate change at the cellular level and at the level of large physical systems, such as weather. Our researchers will show the effects of a warming planet on animals and plants, as well as the physical processes that determine Earth's future climate.

Moderated by
William Dietrich, Professor of Earth & Planetary Science
Cynthia Looy, Professor of Integrative Biology
Mary Power, Professor of Integrative Biology
David Romps, Professor of Earth & Planetary Science
The Science of Wellness
Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 5:00 PM

What neural mechanisms are actually at play when you experience peace and contentment? What research-backed steps can you take to lead a happier life? A panel of experts discuss the science behind physical education and mental wellbeing, as well as the newly-created Health & Wellness minor at Berkeley.

Moderated by
Steven Murray, Director, Physical Education Program
Daniela Kaufer, Professor of Integrative Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology; Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center
Gravitational Waves: Messengers from Deep Space
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | 5:00 PM

First predicted by Einstein's general theory of relativity and finally detected in 2015, gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of spacetime generated by massive cosmic events, such as black hole collisions and neutron star mergers. Join us as our astrophysicists discuss the data they collect from these events, and what they tell us about the Universe, inflation, and much more. 

Moderated by
Steven Kahn, Dean, Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Dan Kasen, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Raffaella Margutti, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Uroš Seljak, Professor of Physics
Invisible Science
Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 5:00 PM

Every second of every day, millions of naturally occurring systems are at work, completely imperceptible to the human eye, yet profoundly impacting the world around us. From dark matter, the mysterious force that makes up approximately 85% of our Universe, to neutrinos, an abundant subatomic particle with a mass close to zero, to the protein machinery that facilitates the biochemistry of our cells, our researchers will shed light on the invisible particles and cells that are the building blocks of matter. 

Moderated by
Russell Vance, Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, HHMI Investigator
Gabriel Orebi Gann, Associate Professor of Physics
Matthew Pyle, Assistant Professor of Physics
David Savage, Associate Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology


To connect with us, please fill out this form or contact External Relations at . 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.