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June 30, 2015:
Christopher Chang, the Class of 1942 Chair in the College of Chemistry, was one of three University of California recipients of the 2015 Blavatnik Award, given yearly to exceptional young scientists and engineers. Chang was honored for his discoveries in chemistry that span both neuroscience and energy science and will receive an unrestricted prize of $250,000.
June 22, 2015:
UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany and of Umeå University in Sweden have received the 2015 Gruber Genetics Prize for their invention of a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR/Cas9, which has revolutionized the field of molecular genetics.
June 3, 2015:
UC Berkeley has won two Grand Gold Awards — in the photography and interdisciplinary advancement projects categories — from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its efforts to communicate campus news to the public, media, alumni, parents and friends of the campus.
May 27, 2015:
Susan Oxtoby, senior film curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, received the French Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters at a ceremony in San Francisco yesterday, and next Tuesday, in Washington, D.C., she will receive a Medal of Honor from the Republic of Georgia for her work enhancing knowledge of the film-making important to both countries.
May 26, 2015:
Five new faculty innovators have joined the ranks of the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports Berkeley faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues in the fields of engineering, computer science, chemistry and biological and physical sciences. The 2015-16 fellows are computer scientists Pieter Abbeel and Michael Lustig, physicist Holger Müller, architect Ronald Rael and chemist Ke Xu.
May 21, 2015:
Britt Glaunsinger, an associate professor of plant and microbial biology, and Andreas Martin, an associate professor of molecular and cell biology, are the campus’s newest Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators, joining 19 other UC Berkeley faculty members whose salaries and a major part of their research are paid for by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
May 18, 2015:
Beaming parents crowded the Memorial Stadium stands at Saturday’s campuswide commencement, featuring a keynote by tech leader Marc Benioff and moving, personal remarks by top graduating senior Radhika Kannan. See photos of the celebrants and videos of the speakers. Also: Catch students and families posting on social media.
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.
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.
May 5, 2015:
Each year, graduating seniors can apply for UC Berkeley’s prestigious University Medal. Radhika Kannan took home first place, but the four runners up are all exceptional in their own right. Here is a little about the finalists — who they are, what they’ve learned, what inspires them and what comes next.
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.”
May 4, 2015:
The Earth could use a tough litigator like Radhika Kannan, who was just named the winner of the coveted University Medal. She dazzles whether she’s defending the environment or performing a classical Indian dance. Kannan excelled despite the sudden and inexplicable death of her mother during her junior year. Click here to read about the runners-up.
April 28, 2015:
The National Academy of Sciences on April 28 elected five UC Berkeley faculty members to its ranks, raising the number of members on campus to 143. They are Martin Head-Gordon and Daniel Neumark of chemistry; Eva Nogales and Jeremy Thorner of molecular and cell biology; and Jitendra Malik of electrical engineering and computer sciences.