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.

The 2019 Faculty Research Lecturers are Alison Gopnik (Psychology and Philosophy) and Jill Banfield (Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management). Please see the Faculty Research Lectures website for more information, or download a large format poster here.

Committee Roster 2019-20


  • Montgomery Slatkin (Integrative Biology) - Chair


  • Jill Banfield (EPS)
  • William Dietrich (EPS)
  • Jennifer Doudna (MCB/Chem)
  • Alison Gopnik (Psychology)
  • Mark Griffith (Classics)
  • Victoria Kahn (English)
  • Thomas Laqueur (History)
  • Pamela Samuelson (Law)
  • James Sethian (Mathematics)

Ex Officio

  •  Oliver O'Reilly (Mech Eng) - Division Chair (nonvoting)


Meeting Schedule


Annual Report

Please contact the committee analyst for reports.