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Issue 5, Volume 3
October 2010


The Fall semester brings the Emilio Segrè Lecture, and we hope you will attend! Also, there is wonderful news for the Physics Department, thanks to the National Research Council’s latest rankings and the newly passed California state budget. Read more for details!

Please join us for the Emilio Segrè Distinguished Lecture!

Given by Professor Arthur McDonald, Queens University, Canada
Monday October 18, 2010
Sibley Auditorium in the Bechtel Engineering Center
5:30 pm

Understanding Neutrinos Using Deep Dark Science

Neutrinos are extremely difficult to detect. However, in recent years large detectors located in deep laboratories to avoid cosmic background radiation have helped to define the properties of neutrinos and their role in the most basic laws of physics. Neutrinos have also become a valuable cosmic messenger, providing unique information from the core of the Sun and from the deepest reaches of the Universe. The lecture will discuss the current status of neutrino experiments, the role of neutrinos in basic physics and astrophysics and future measurements made possible by the low radioactivity experimental environment.

The National Research Council Ranks Physics@Berkeley at the Very Top!

It's been 15 years since the last NRC report, and Physics @ Berkeley has moved to the to spot within Physics PhD programs.

The State of California Approves It's Budget

And it's good news for the University and physics with reinstated funding for higher education and a replacement building for Campbell Hall.



We’ve put together a remarkable calendar of public events for the 2010/2011 academic year. We hope that you will mark your calendars and join us for any or all of these happenings! Times and venues are still to be determined, but the dates are confirmed.

Monday October 18
The Emilio Segrè Distinguished Lectureship
Professor Arthur McDonald of Queens University

Monday February 7
The Regents’ Lecture
Professor Sally Ride, University of California, San Diego

Monday March 14
The J. Robert Oppenheimer Lecture
Professor Lisa Randall, Harvard University

Cal Day!
Saturday April 16


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