‘Trail of Humanity,’ four other news stories honored for excellence

Via hundreds of news articles and press releases each year, staff at UC Berkeley’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs shine a bright light on research discoveries, student life and staff accomplishments.

For their work, the news team was honored this month with a 2015 Silver Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education — an international association of communications and advancement professionals working in educational institutions. The organization received more than 3,200 entries from some 720 higher education institutions for its 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards in all categories.

The CASE award for excellence in news writing went to a package of five news pieces published on the UC Berkeley NewsCenter (now Berkeley News) and homepage in 2014, on topics ranging from a long walk by immigrant mothers, a 25-year study of marriage in middle and later life to a grad student’s research on the light-emitting properties of the “disco clam.”

Here are the winning articles and accompanying video pieces:

Foragers find bounty of edibles in urban food deserts highlighted a faculty-led effort to demonstrate just how much nutritious, wild, edible vegetation — much of it typically dismissed as weeds — is there for the picking in communities with little access to healthy food.

Young researcher discovers source of disco clams’ light show highlighted a grad student’s underwater encounter with a small mollusk known as the “disco clam”— and how she unlocked the secret of its mirrored lips.

After 26 days ‘in immigrant shoes,student mothers ponder next steps took readers along with a committed group of undergrads as they completed a 350-mile trek through California to defend immigrant rights.

Study shows marriage gets better in old age — published in time for Valentine’s Day — looked at a campus psychologist’s 25-year body of research on marriage in middle and later life.

New athletic team breaks barrier for the disabled celebrated a model UC Berkeley program that aims to make fitness and team sports accessible to college students with disabilities.