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Cal Athletics mourns passing of soccer player Eloi Vasquez

April 1, 2015:

The 19-year-old student, said Athletic Director Mike Williams, was “a, wonderful young man who excelled both athletically and academically… This is a tremendous loss for our men’s soccer program, our athletic department and our whole university community.”

Remembering anthropologist James Anderson

Remembering anthropologist James Anderson March 31, 2015:

Professor emeritus James Nelson Anderson passed away March 13. An early proponent of environmental anthropology, he studied how people in Southeast Asia lived “sustainably,” long before that term was coined.

Cal Day to feature BANDALOOP performances with video

Cal Day to feature BANDALOOP performances March 31, 2015:

Saturday, April 18, is Cal Day, the campus’s annual open house. Highlights will include an aerial dance performance on the 100-year-old Campanile, and a chance to view rarely-seen prehistoric fossils.

Mobile tour tells campus story through standout trees

Mobile tour tells campus story through standout trees March 30, 2015:

A free, smartphone-based guided tour, Tall Tree Tales of Cal, highlights the campus’s landscape and cultural history through 16 exemplary trees. Its content was developed by CNR experts in partnership with a Cal alum’s software company.

Interior’s Sally Jewell headlines 2015 Albright Lecture with video

Interior’s Sally Jewell headlines 2015 Albright Lecture March 30, 2015:

“America’s two best ideas, public education and public land,” were the focus of the 2015 Albright Lecture by Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, on Thursday evening. Watch video of her discussion with UC President Napolitano, Chancellor Dirks and historian Douglas Brinkley.

Electric vehicle batteries last longer than previously thought

Electric vehicle batteries last longer than previously thought March 30, 2015:

Scott Moura, UC Berkeley assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has co-authored a study with Berkeley Lab colleagues that may alleviate the concerns of battery life in electric vehicles. After analyzing real-world driving patterns, the researchers found that batteries that have lost 20 percent of their originally rated energy storage capacity can still meet the daily travel needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers.

White House honors Humphreys, Matsui for STEM mentorship

White House honors Humphreys, Matsui for STEM mentorship March 30, 2015:

President Barack Obama named 14 individuals, including two from UC Berkeley, as the newest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. These mentors, which include Sheila Humphreys and John Matsui, will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

Granholm announces launch of America Jobs Project

Granholm announces launch of America Jobs Project March 30, 2015:

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, an adjunct professor of public policy and a senior research fellow at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Climate Institute, has announced the launch of The  American  Jobs Project. The national initiative is focused on the creation of good-paying middle-class jobs in advanced energy-economic clusters.

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world with video

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world March 26, 2015:

Lindsey Dougherty’s love of the sea eventually led her to UC Berkeley, where she is now a graduate student focusing on one of the ocean’s more unusual critters: a clam that flashes in the deep. In a recent interview with Discovery Canada’s science show “Daily Planet,” Dougherty talked about her love of diving and her first encounter with these unusual mollusks.

Former UC Berkeley professor wins $1 million Turing Award

Former UC Berkeley professor wins $1 million Turing Award March 25, 2015:

Michael Stonebraker, an MIT researcher and former UC Berkeley professor, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s A.M. Turing Award, considered the most prestigious honor in the field of computing. Stonebraker revolutionized the field of database management systems in his nearly three decades as a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Paul Alivisatos announces plans to step down as Berkeley Lab director

Paul Alivisatos announces plans to step down as Berkeley Lab director March 24, 2015:

Paul Alivisatos, a professor of chemistry and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will step down from his leadership role at Berkeley Lab as soon as a successor is found. Alivisatos, who has served as director for six years, will return to his campus research and teaching activities as well as retain his position as a senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division.

Berkeley students offer free tax service in East Bay

Berkeley students offer free tax service in East Bay March 23, 2015:

Scores of IRS-certified student volunteers, after learning income-tax basics, are helping East Bay residents of limited means prepare their federal and state returns. The students are part of the Berkeley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Recent grad launches new app where students can hang out

Recent grad launches new app where students can hang out March 18, 2015:

A young Berkeley-educated entrepreneur has just launched a new iPhone app called Five, which he calls a “virtual version of Berkeley,” where students can chat and meet.