FBF News

January 29, 2019

Traditional sites of ritual and political action, the ovoo of contemporary Inner Asia are structures where private and public practices converge. FBF '18 grantees Jacob Dalton (South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley) and Isabelle Charleux (CNRS, Paris) have convened a team of scholars from the US, Europe, and Asia for an interdisciplinary conference exploring these complex spaces.


December 19, 2018

FBF 2016 grantees Linda Morris (UC Davis) and Roland Jenn (Université de Lille) won a Best Documentary prize at the 1st Anstia Festival for their film Mark Twain et Jeanne d’Arc. L’histoire d’une passion. Up to 60 films competed for awards in 3 different categories (educational, communicational, documentary). The judges praised how the documentary made its research topic accessible to a broad audience, highlighting the successful international scholarly collaboration. Congratulations!

November 8, 2018

The age of the Hebrew Bible has long been a controversial topic. In this comprehensive new study, FBF alumni Ronald Hendel and Jan Joosten make a crucial intervention in this debate, using historical linguistics as the key to dating biblical texts.

October 23, 2018

FBF 2017 grantees Lori Lubin (UC Davis) and Olivier Le Fèvre (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, CNES) led the international team of astronomers who identified the largest galaxy proto-supercluster to be found in the early Universe. Known as "Hyperion," the massive structure was located using the VIMOS Ultra-Deep Survey tool of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, through complex data analysis techniques developed at UC Davis. Read the full press release.

September 27, 2018

What can magnetism do for 2D materials science? Lots, suggest FBF '07 grantees Jeffrey Long (Chemistry, UC Berkeley) and Rodolphe Clérac (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Université de Bordeaux), showing how magnetic interactions in metal-organic structures can be applied to design novel 2D materials and porous 3D frameworks. Check out their results in the Nature Research Chemistry Community blog, and in the Nature Chemistry journal.

September 27, 2018

Proposals are now being accepted for the FBF 2019 grant cycle. Faculty and researchers may apply for up to $12,000 in seed funding for new research collaborations. Click the link above for detailed guidelines. Applications due by January 31.

July 27, 2018

2017 grantees Ian Duncan and Nathalie Vanfasse have launched a blog to showcase the findings of their FBF-funded project, "Form Across Literature and the Sciences in Victorian Britain". Featuring the full program of their May 2018 workshop, the site also includes book reviews,drafts of work-in-progress, pre-circulated papers, and other resources. The research blog as a whole examines  the porousness and impermeability of conceptual, disciplinary and methodological boundaries, with a focus on English and Anglophone studies. It has been officially acknowledged with an ISSN number by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

April 16, 2018

France-Berkeley Fund grantee Khalid Mosalam welcomed 14 French delegates to the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) headquarters in February. Mosalam (Taisei Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of PEER) presented the Center's research activites on global seismic risk, and emphasized his work with French collaborator Marc Rébillat on their FBF-sponsored project, "Open-Hardware Platform for Structural Health Monitoring" (2016).


February 17, 2018

Last fall, FBF 2017 grantee and Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter visited Sciences Po to launch a collaborative project with the Forccast Program. Perlmutter's FBF-funded project with Bruno Latour ("Mapping controversies and conspiracies: Exploring conceptual boundaries and pedagogical practices") aims to develop research and teaching collaborations between Sciences Po’s Medialab and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS),  around the questions of controversies and conspiracies in the digital world.

January 22, 2018

Does tapping into the natural “heat of the Earth” via geothermal energy lead to earthquakes? A study by FBF grantees Taka'aki Taira (UCB Seismological Laboratory) and Florent Brenguier (Université Joseph Fourier) provides new insight. 

June 7, 2017

The 2017 FBF grantees were announced at the joint meeting of the Executive Committee, held in Paris. There were many proposals of exceptionally high quality--for which we thank the applicants--and we congratulate all of our outstanding recipients.

April 21, 2017

Researchers from UC Berkeley and Inria-Paris deploy sensors and advanced software to monitor mooring occupancy and electricity and water consumption at a pilot location, Cap d'Agde, on the Mediterranean coast of Southwest France.

March 22, 2017

The article resulting from this study, "'The French Marginalia' of Mark Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1895-96)" has been published in the Spring 2017 issue of Mark Twain Journal.

September 6, 2016

2016 FBF Grantee Tsu-Jae King Liu was appointed Vice Provost for Academic and Space Planning, beginning October 1, 2016. Tsu-Jae joined the Berkeley faculty in 1996, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), becoming full professor in 2003. She has earned distinctions for her teaching, mentorship, and research, and presently holds the TSMC Distinguished Professorship in Microelectronics. Her 2016 FBF project with Professor Louis Hutin in Grenoble, France, is titled "3-D Hybrid CMOS/NEMS Technology for Energy-Efficient Electronics".

May 16, 2016

The IHEE, Institut de l'entreprise, visited Berkeley and the the Bay Area in late April, 2016. The group of over 30 French business executives came to learn about the FBF by our director, Larry Hyman, followed by a campus tour led by French students on the Berkeley campus, before participating in a workshop at the Berkeley I-Lab. The visit created ties between the FBF, and the IHEE program.

December 4, 2015

Earlier this week, the France-Berkeley Fund co-sponsored a Panel discussion on the attacks in Paris (and elsewhere). The extraordinary panel featured one of this year's FBF grantees, Prof. Christopher Kutz, and the moderator was former FBF Executive Director and grantee, Prof Tyler Stovall.

November 2, 2015

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance.

September 30, 2015

Peidong Yang, a UC Berkeley chemist who is trying to capture carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into a sustainable transportation fuel, has been named a MacArthur “genius” Fellow.

April 22, 2015

On Monday, April 20, 2014 FBF grantee John Searle was a guest on KQED radio to discuss his new book, "Seeing Things As They Are". Searle met with host Michael Krasny to talk about why Western philosophy is all wrong about how we experience reality.

March 19, 2015

Lev Michael is one of the five UC Berkeley faculty members who are being awarded the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award