How a Bit of Awe Can Improve Your Health

How a Bit of Awe Can Improve Your Health

Awe can mean many things. It can be witnessing a total solar eclipse. Or seeing your child take her first steps. Or hearing Lizzo perform live. But, while many of us know it when we feel it, awe is not easy to define. “Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast […]

Berkeley Talks: Learning from nature to design better robots

Berkeley Talks: Learning from nature to design better robots

In Berkeley Talks episode 148, Robert Full, a professor of integrative biology and founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Biological Inspiration in Education and Research at UC Berkeley, discusses how nature and its creatures — cockroaches, crabs, centipedes, geckos — inspire innovative design in all sorts of useful things, from bomb-detecting, stair-climbing robots to prosthetics […]

Commencement Speech – UC Berkeley Cognitive Science ’22, Akash Kulgod

Commencement Speech – UC Berkeley Cognitive Science ’22, Akash Kulgod

It began my freshman semester when I took David Presti’s Drugs and the Brain. I learned that we are amidst a tremendous resurgence of a class of compounds known as psychedelics. A couple of sessions with psilocybin, a molecule found in 200 species of mushrooms, and people heal from a Pandora’s box of ailments like […]

Eyes Toward Tomorrow Program Enhancing Collaboration, Connections, and Community Using Bioinspired Design (Integrative and Comparative Biology, Volume 61, Issue 5, November 2021, Pages 1966–1980)

Eyes Toward Tomorrow Program Enhancing Collaboration, Connections, and Community Using Bioinspired Design (Integrative and Comparative Biology, Volume 61, Issue 5, November 2021, Pages 1966–1980)

The goal of our Eyes Toward Tomorrow Program is to enrich the future workforce with STEM by providing students with an early, inspirational, interdisciplinary experience fostering inclusive excellence. We attempt to open the eyes of students who never realized how much their voice is urgently needed by providing an opportunity for involvement, imagination, invention, and […]

There’s an earthquake coming!

There's an earthquake coming!

One Saturday afternoon a few years ago, Richard Allen was riding Bay Area Rapid Transit between Berkeley and Oakland when the train suddenly stopped. “We’ve had an alert for an earthquake,” the conductor announced. “We’re going to assess the situation and decide what to do.” Allen, the director of the Seismological Laboratory at the University […]

Sign Up for Discovery

Sign Up for Discovery

It wasn’t until her third year at Berkeley that computer science major Elicia Ye learned about the University’s fascinating Discovery Courses. …

The Next Big One—Earthquake Technology

The Next Big One—Earthquake Technology

Allen teaches Berkeley’s oldest course on earthquakes. He calls it “Earthquakes in Your Backyard.” The name couldn’t be more appropriate, because the Hayward is a particularly dangerous fault. It hasn’t spawned a major earthquake since 1868. Sometime soon, it could go. …