Campus news archive

Former foster youth named White House ‘Champion of Change’

Former foster youth named White House ‘Champion of Change’ May 13, 2015:

Sokhom Mao, a data specialist at the California Social Work Education Center, has been named a White House “Champion of Change,’ a program that recognizes Americans doing “extraordinary things to make a difference” in their communities. Mao will travel to Washington to be honored on Tuesday, May 19. The event begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time and will be livestreamed.

New guide aims to help keep New Deal’s legacy alive

New guide aims to help keep New Deal’s legacy alive May 12, 2015:

The Living New Deal — a UC Berkeley-based project dedicated to documenting the vast treasury of public art, park trails, schools, civic buildings ad more it produced from 1933 to 1943 — has published its first Guide to the Art and Architecture of the New Deal, a pocket map and guide to 18 key sites in San Francisco.

Let the festivities begin: a commencement roundup with video

Let the festivities begin: a commencement roundup May 12, 2015:

UC Berkeley’s 2015 commencement, honoring all graduating seniors, is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and will be livestreamed. In addition to the main commencement ceremony, most departments on campus perform their own ceremonies as well. Here’s a look at all the graduation ceremonies happening this month.

Bittman video series, ‘California Matters,’ now on the menu with video

Bittman video series, ‘California Matters,’ now on the menu May 11, 2015:

Mark Bittman has teamed with the University of California and the campus’s Berkeley Food Institute — where he’s currently a distinguished visiting fellow — on a video series focused on food-related research that launches today.

Campus gets $1 million grant to boost study of religious issues

Campus gets $1 million grant to boost study of religious issues May 11, 2015:

The three-year grant from from the Henry Luce Foundation will help the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion to examine theology in ways rarely tried at a public university.

Dorothea Lange fellow plans to document Cairo recyclers

Dorothea Lange fellow plans to document Cairo recyclers May 8, 2015:

Journalism grad student Sara Lafleur-Vetter, the 2015 Dorothea Lange Fellow, plans to use her $4,000 fellowship to document the lives of members of a Coptic Christian community that has collected and recycled Cairo’s trash for seven decades.

UCPD to ‘bike the bridges’ for Special Olympics benefit

UCPD to ‘bike the bridges’ for Special Olympics benefit May 8, 2015:

The UC Berkeley Police Department will join the Bike the Bridges fundraising ride on June 14, benefitting Special Olympics Northern California. All are invited to register or make a donation for the team.

Michael Williams named director of athletics

Michael Williams named director of athletics May 8, 2015:

Michael Williams, who has overseen UC Berkeley’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics on an interim basis for the past 10 months, has been named the school’s full-time director of athletics, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced Friday.

Pausing to honor outstanding public service with photos

Pausing to honor outstanding public service May 7, 2015:

Remarkable contributions by students and others in the campus community were honored at the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service, May 5. Photographer Keegan Houser captured highlights of the event.

Laqueur, Alivisatos elected to American Philosophical Society

Laqueur, Alivisatos elected to American Philosophical Society May 5, 2015:

UC Berkeley historian Thomas Laqueur and chemist Paul Alivisatos have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, part of a 2015 class that includes such names as economist Thomas Piketty, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp.

Student-athletes recognized for academic prowess

Student-athletes recognized for academic prowess May 5, 2015:

“They say great moments are a product of great opportunity. You have the great opportunity to be student-athletes at Cal,” said soccer player Joey Mahalic, one of the outstanding students celebrated at Monday’s annual Cal Athletic Honors Luncheon. “Be grateful and appreciate it every day.”

Field research: Safety resources, training funds available

Field research: Safety resources, training funds available May 4, 2015:

Do you conduct research or lead trips at field stations or in remote areas? The Office of Environment, Health and Safety is offering matching funds for two-day wilderness first-aid trainings. Details, along with other field-safety resources, are on the EH&S website.

Berkeley teams up with financial industry to apply data tools to financial risk

Berkeley teams up with financial industry to apply data tools to financial risk April 30, 2015:

Economists and statisticians from across the UC Berkeley campus will soon be able to collaborate more easily, via the newly formed Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk, with financial-industry experts on advanced data-intensive techniques for managing and easing economic and financial risk.

Power back on after outage empties chemistry buildings

Power back on after outage empties chemistry buildings April 28, 2015:

Power was back on in after a two-hour outage at midday Tuesday emptied four chemistry buildings on the UC Berkeley campus as a precaution.