Campus Notices archive

Latest NCAA data show improvements in grad rates

Latest NCAA data show improvements in grad rates October 28, 2014:

According to the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data released by the NCAA , the vast majority of Berkeley’s intercollegiate athletics teams are performing well in the classroom, and steps taken in recent years to improve graduation rates among underperforming programs are showing positive results.

AC Transit, BART seek campus views on transit

AC Transit, BART seek campus views on transit October 27, 2014:

AC Transit planners will hold a campus workshop Thursday, Oct. 30, to get feedback on East Bay and transbay bus service. Members of the campus community are also invited to answer online surveys about AC Transit and BART, as part of the agencies’ long-range planning.

New book tracks visually impaired MBA’s tales of resilience

New book tracks visually impaired MBA’s tales of resilience October 27, 2014:

Haas grad Alan Lock, the first visually impaired person to trek from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole and to row across the Atlantic Ocean, is featured in a new book that tracks tales of human resilience from around the world.

Maximino Martinez Commons garners $500,000 PG&E award

Maximino Martinez Commons garners $500,000 PG&E award October 27, 2014:

The campus recently celebrated a $500,000 incentive award from Pacific Gas & Electric’s “Savings By Design” program, for building and maintaining Maximino Martinez Commons as a sustainable student-residence hall. The LEED Gold-rated facility is designed to save energy and water and to filter storm-water runoff.

Bassem Youssef, ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart,’ heads to campus

Bassem Youssef, ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart,’ heads to campus October 23, 2014:

As part of the Free Speech Movement’s 50th-anniversary commemoration, the political satirist is set to appear Oct. 29 at Zellerbach Hall to talk with Chancellor Nicholas Dirks about free speech and social change.

Panel explores impact of teacher tenure ruling by California Supreme Court

Panel explores impact of teacher tenure ruling by California Supreme Court October 22, 2014:

If upheld on appeal, changes mandated by the state Supreme Court ruling in Vergara vs. California would eliminate some employment protections for teachers, extending the time to “tenure” and limiting the role of seniority in decisions about employment and assignment. An Oct. 29 forum will explore whether and how these changes matter as the state seeks to provide high-quality teachers for students in California schools.

Campus mourns the loss of David Wessel, pioneer in music and science

Campus mourns the loss of David Wessel, pioneer in music and science October 20, 2014:

David L. Wessel, who forged new territory in the arena of cognitive science, computer programming and music, has died at the age of 72. He was a leader in the campus’s Center for New Music and Audio Technology and its music department.

Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund application process begins

Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund application process begins October 17, 2014:

Chancellor Dirks has announced the launch of the 2015-16 grant cycle for the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund. This year the fund can grant up to $260,000 to innovative campus-Berkeley community partnerships, for projects beginning in the summer or early fall of 2015.

Campus to join statewide ‘ShakeOut’ Thursday

Campus to join statewide ‘ShakeOut’ Thursday October 15, 2014:

At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, campus sirens will sound as UC Berkeley participates in the “Great California ShakeOut,” a day of events designed to encourage Californians to prepare for major earthquakes and other emergencies.

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture October 7, 2014:

Environment, Health and Safety is distributing lab coats and other personal-protective equipment to new lab researchers and staff Oct. 7 and 8 at the foot of the Campanile.

Big Ideas @ Berkeley sets minds to work on global food challenges

Big Ideas @ Berkeley sets minds to work on global food challenges October 7, 2014:

Inspired by the depth and breadth of activity across the UC system to address challenges in the global food system, Big Ideas@Berkeley has launched a new contest category, “food system innovations.”

Centenarian finally gets his degree — 70 years later

Centenarian finally gets his degree — 70 years later October 7, 2014:

It may have taken Hugh D. Williams more than 70 years to get his UC Berkeley degree. But at age 101, he finally did it. Williams received the diploma recently at the senior complex where he lives in Cupertino.

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues with video

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues October 3, 2014:

At a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing, UC Berkeley senior Ann Kwong delivered forceful testimony regarding federal policies affecting people with disabilities. Video and a written transcript are now available.

Fall flu-shot clinics begin Sept. 29

Fall flu-shot clinics begin Sept. 29 September 24, 2014:

Just in time for flu season, University Health Service is launching its fall flu-shot clinics. Get immunized at Tang on Sept. 29 or any of five more clinics scheduled through early December. No appointment necessary.

From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride with audio

From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride September 18, 2014:

Wednesday’s midday carillon concert began with the first-ever performance from the Campanile of the song known as the “black national anthem.” At the foot of the tower, D. Mark Wilson directed an ad hoc campus chorus in its rendition of “Life Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

Lessons for saving our forests

Lessons for saving our forests September 11, 2014:

UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens lost 400 research sites in last year’s Sierra Nevada Rim Fire, but the harm to the forest ecosystem is incalculable. Now fires are raging again in Yosemite. Stephens offered advice on how to reduce future catastrophes, in a NewsCenter story that first ran in October 2013; it is reposted here.