Faculty Research Lecture (FRL)

Nominates for the approval by the Divisional Council two members of the Division who have distinguished records in research, each to deliver a lecture upon a topic of his or her choice.

The Martin Meyerson Berkeley Faculty Research Lecture recognizes representatives from our distinguished faculty whose research has changed the shape of their discipline and allows them to share their innovative work with the broader campus community and the public. The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate selects two Faculty Research Lecturers per year—usually one in the sciences and one in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Each will give a public lecture hosted by the Chancellor.

This year's Faculty Research Lecturers are Alison Gopnik (Psychology and Philosophy) on March 19, and Jill Banfield (Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management) on April 30. Please see the FRL webpage for more information, or download a large format poster here.

Committee Roster 2018-19


  • Francine Masiello (Comparative Literature/Spanish and Portuguese) - Chair


  • Harvey Blanch (Chem Eng)
  • William Dietrich (EPS)
  • Jennifer Doudna (MCB/Chem)
  • Mark Griffith (Classics)
  • Victoria Kahn (English)
  • Thomas Laqueur (History)
  • Pamela Samuelson (Law)
  • James Sethian (Mathematics)
  • Montgomery Slatkin (Integrative Biology)

Ex Officio

  • Barbara Spackman (Italian Studies/Comp Lit) - Division Chair (nonvoting)


Meeting Schedule

February 6

Annual Report

Please contact the committee analyst for reports.