A Universe of Possibilities


Expanding Cosmic Inquiry through Data Science

Curious about the nature of the universe or whether we could someday settle on Mars? Join Chancellor Carol T. Christ and distinguished faculty and friends as we kick off the Berkeley 150 Roadshow lecture series with an event featuring Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter Ph.D. ’86, director of the Berkeley Institute of Data Science; and Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor Adam Arkin, director of the Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute. Using new methods in data science, they’re revealing far-reaching insights into the dynamics of our cosmos and what it would take to survive in harsh environments on both Earth and Mars.


Carol T. Christ

Carol Tecla Christ began her term as the 11th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on July 1, 2017. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is also well known as an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses.

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Saul Perlmutter Ph.D. ’86

Saul Perlmutter Ph.D. ’86 is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Franklin W. and Karen Weber Dabby Chair, and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He is the leader of the international Supernova Cosmology Project, director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and executive director of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics. His undergraduate degree was from Harvard and his Ph.D.

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Adam Arkin

Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor, Bioengineering
Senior Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Director, Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute

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