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Hell-bent on getting out the vote

Hell-bent on getting out the vote October 28, 2014:

Sarah Funes’ million-dollar question is how to get minorities excited about voting. The UC Berkeley junior, who has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., advised transit agencies and been a poll worker, says her political passion comes from being “Latin, a woman and disabled. I want to elect people who look like me.”

The skinny on soda taxes, in under 3 minutes with video

The skinny on soda taxes, in under 3 minutes October 28, 2014:

As the Nov. 4 election nears, Professor Alan Auerbach answers some key questions about the initiatives in Berkeley and San Francisco to add taxes to purchases of sweetened drinks. Auerbach is director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance.

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public October 27, 2014:

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, the 29-year-old UC Berkeley psychology graduate has uprooted her life in the Bay Area and moved to Oregon so that when her symptoms grow intolerable, she can legally swallow a lethal dose of medication. Her story is in California Magazine.

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.

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit with video

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit 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.”