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Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit

'California Captured on Canvas' tells Golden State story with paint with video

October 21, 2014:

The Bancroft Library is providing a window onto California’s unique history and culture with an new exhibit of oil paintings from its pictorial collection, some of which haven’t been publicly displayed before.

Randy Schekman named to Institute of Medicine

Randy Schekman named to Institute of Medicine October 21, 2014:

Nobelist Randy Schekman, a UC Berkeley professor of cell and developmental biology, has been named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest national honors in the fields of health and medicine.

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.

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.

Three faculty members awarded National Medal of Science

Three faculty members awarded National Medal of Science October 3, 2014:

President Barack Obama has chosen three UC Berkeley faculty members – chemist Judith Klinman, applied mathematician Alexandre Chorin and the late statistician David Blackwelll – to receive the 2014 National Medal of Science. They were among 10 honorees announced Oct. 3 by the White House.

Después de 26 días ‘en los zapatos del inmigrante,’ madres estudiantes reflexionaron sobre sus próximos pasos with video

Después de 26 días ‘en los zapatos del inmigrante,’ madres estudiantes reflexionaron sobre sus próximos pasos October 2, 2014:

Durante el verano, seis madres estudiantes de UC Berkeley, junto con sus hijos, caminaron 350 millas en “Un Sendero por la Humanidad,” en el que clamaron por una reforma migratoria a lo largo del camino, que concluyó en la frontera con México. La acción fue “ponerme en los zapatos del inmigrante,” dijo una de las líderes, Valeska Castañeda, estudiante del último año. (English verion here.)

Gibor Basri to step down as vice chancellor

Gibor Basri to step down as vice chancellor September 30, 2014:

After eight ground-breaking years as UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for equity and inclusion, Gibor Basri will be stepping down from that position at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, Chancellor Dirks has announced. Basri plans to return to the Astronomy Department as a professor of the graduate school and to a full research program in astrophysics.

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico September 18, 2014:

President Obama has nominated UC Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste to become the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and if confirmed, she will be the first woman to hold the prestigious post.

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.”

2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize for boosting women in architecture, sustainability announced

2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize for boosting women in architecture, sustainability announced September 15, 2014:

Sheila Kennedy, an internationally recognized architect, innovator and educator, is the 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize. The award is given by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design to a design practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to advance gender equity in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and community.

Can UC’s Lick Observatory be saved?

Can UC’s Lick Observatory be saved? September 4, 2014:

“I’m fighting in part for the next generation,” says UC Berkeley Professor of Astronomy Alex Filippenko in a Daily Californian feature on the future of UC’s Lick Observatory, near San Jose. UC Office of the President recently announced it plans to phase out funding for the facility by 2018.

Professor and poet Robert Hass receives Wallace Stevens Award

Professor and poet Robert Hass receives Wallace Stevens Award August 26, 2014:

UC Berkeley English professor Robert Hass has received the Wallace Stevens Prize from the Academy of American Poets, adding to his honors that already include a Pulitzer Prize and serving as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995 to 1997.