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The 2023 Pi2 Summer Scholar Symposium

August 25, 2023

Two students discussing a science poster

The 2023 Pi2 Summer Symposium, where undergraduate scholars from the Pi2 Summer Scholars Program present their research posters to faculty, donors, and students was held on August 22. The symposium was the capstone event for the undergraduate scholars that spent the summer months conducting research alongside a graduate student on a topic they...

Ph.D. Student Roger Romani Becomes First Person to Ski All 15 of California’s 14,000′ Peaks

July 20, 2023

Roger Romani waving on skis at the top of a snowy summit

Roger Romani at the summit of the last of his California 14er projects.

A 14,000-foot peak is a spectacle to be seen. Because of their towering rarity, they have earned their own nickname and are referred to as “14ers.” The massive height and beauty of 14ers attract the most ambitious mountain enthusiasts looking for an adrenaline challenge. There...

Berkeley Physics scientists honored with Frontiers of Science Award

July 18, 2023

Graphic from the Basic Science award website

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...

Graduate Student Jeremy Axelrod Teaches DeCal Course for Aspiring Pilots

February 22, 2023

Jeremy Axelrod with headphones on, at the controls of an airplane

As a freshman undergrad at Berkeley, Jeremy Axelrod took the DeCal course “Learn to Fly: Private Pilot Ground School” the first semester it was offered, in 2011. The following summer he acquired his pilot’s license and returned as a co-instructor for the class in 2013. He's been an instructor ever since.


Morgan Cole, Elena Vasquez Lead First Friday Workshop

February 14, 2023

 Morgan Cole on left, Elena Vazquez on right

Two physics majors, Morgan Cole (left) and Elena Vasquez (right) designed a First Friday Workshop that was held on February 3. They based their workshop on the concept that a student’s sense of belonging in the department is a significant factor in their pursuing a...

2022 Pi2 Summer Scholars Helps Undergraduate Students Find New Worlds of Research Experience

January 6, 2023

Undergrad student working on laser equipment with graduate student in the lab

The Berkley Physics Innovators Initiative (Pi2) is the department’s new vision for modernizing, streamlining, and strengthening the path students follow as they pursue their undergraduate careers. An important component, says faculty member Feng Wang, is the Pi2 Summer Scholars Program, in which undergraduates can participate in a research...

The 2022 Pi2 Summer Scholar Symposium

August 30, 2022

The 2022 Pi2 Summer Scholar Symposium

The beginning of the 2022 fall semester was marked by the Pi2 Summer Symposium, where undergraduate scholars from the Pi2 Summer Scholars Program presented their research posters to faculty, donors, and students. Held on August 22, the symposium was the capstone event for the 11 undergraduate scholars that spent the...

Jessica Avva Zebrowski Selected for NASA Hubble Einstein Fellowship

September 14, 2022

Photo of Jessica Avva-Zebrowski

Two astrophysicists who have been selected for the prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) have chosen to join the University of Chicago Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) to conduct their postdoctoral research. The Fellows are Berkeley Physics graduate student Jessica Avva Zebrowski, and Monash University Ph....

Q&A: We've Been Underestimating Heat Waves

August 24, 2022

The heat index is a scale used to quantify how our bodies feel in different weather conditions. Combining temperature and humidity with a model of human physiology, the heat index allows us to describe the risks of extreme heat conditions more intuitively than environmental measurements alone. For example, our bodies are subjected to much greater physiological stress on a day that’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 70% humidity than a day that’s 85 degrees with only 20% humidity, because the evaporative cooling effect of sweating is hindered when the air flowing against skin already contains a...