Faculty News

Berkeley Physics scientists honored with Frontiers of Science Award

July 18, 2023

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Berkeley Physics congratulates Physics faculty members Ehud Altman and Geoff Penington, along with Physics Postdocs Aavishkar Patel and Tom Rudelius and Physics Graduate Students Erik Aldape and Tessa Cookmeyer for their achievements in Condensed Matter Physics and Theoretical Physics.

They have been recognized with a Frontiers of Science Award at the Inaugural...

Dung-Hai Lee Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 19, 2023

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Dung-Hai Lee, a faculty senior scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and co-principal investigator in the Theory of Materials and Quantum Materials programs, and a professor of physics at UC Berkeley, is among 269 new members announced recently. Lee’s research focuses on condensed matter physics...

Michael Zaletel among inaugural recipients of the L&S Faculty Award

April 21, 2023

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The College of Letters & Science Advisory Board is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the L&S Faculty Award.

Associate Professor of Physics Michael Zaletel is a 2023 co-recipient of the David Blackwell Award, which he shares with Associate Professor of Geography, Jovan Scott Lewis.


Berkeley Physics Announces 2 New Faculty Hires

February 10, 2023

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Berkeley Physics is pleased to announce that two new faculty members have joined the Physics Department:

Raúl Briceño

Raúl Briceño was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2013, he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Washington. He then...

Particle Physics Planning Process Moves Into Final Phase

February 15, 2023

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The future of particle physics in the U.S. hinges on what Hitoshi Murayama, a theoretical particle physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and 30 other members of the Particle Physics Projects Prioritization Panel (P5) decide later this summer.


Ben Safdi Among Six UC Berkeley Faculty Named 2023 Sloan Research Fellows

February 15, 2023

Collage of six young 2023 Sloan Fellows

Six young UC Berkeley faculty members have been selected to receive a 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship, the largest number of fellows this year from any one public university.

The fellowships honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of leaders.


Dan Stamper-Kurn One of New UC Berkeley AAAS Fellows

January 30, 2023

New 2022 Fellows of AAAS

Professor Dan Stamper-Kurn is one of eleven UC Berkeley faculty members have been elected lifetime fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

The new members, among 508 total 2022 AAAS fellows, bring the number of UC Berkeley AAAS fellows — active and retired — to 226...

Eric Ma Awarded Amazon Physical Science Fellowship

December 7, 2022

Eric Ma in a lab

Berkeley Physics is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor Eric Ma has been awarded an Amazon Physical Science Fellowship.

This award recognizes three individuals who have shown the skills necessary to bridge the gap between fundamental scientific results in the physical sciences and the development of impactful technologies...