Campus news archive

Commencement crowd gives Class of ’15 a joyous sendoff

Commencement crowd gives Class of '15 a joyous sendoff with photoswith video

May 18, 2015:

Beaming parents crowded the Memorial Stadium stands at Saturday’s campuswide commencement, featuring a keynote by tech leader Marc Benioff and moving, personal remarks by top graduating senior Radhika Kannan. See photos of the celebrants and videos of the speakers. Also: Catch students and families posting on social media.

UCPD drive collects 700 toys and books for kids in need

UCPD drive collects 700 toys and books for kids in need May 27, 2015:

A new initiative by UC Berkeley police, Community United By Service, has begun making a difference for children in need. The UC Police Department’s toy drive received about 700 toys and books donated by 14 groups on campus.

Multiple mayors take town-gown ride on Bike to Work Day with photos

Multiple mayors take town-gown ride on Bike to Work Day May 14, 2015:

City of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ wife, faculty member Janaki Bakhle, headlined a town-gown ride from Sproul Plaza for Bike to Work Day 2015. Mayors from Europe were also among the pack.

Former foster youth named White House ‘Champion of Change’

Former foster youth named White House ‘Champion of Change’ May 13, 2015:

Sokhom Mao, a data specialist at the California Social Work Education Center, has been named a White House “Champion of Change,’ a program that recognizes Americans doing “extraordinary things to make a difference” in their communities. Mao will travel to Washington to be honored on Tuesday, May 19. The event begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time and will be livestreamed.

New guide aims to help keep New Deal’s legacy alive

New guide aims to help keep New Deal’s legacy alive May 12, 2015:

The Living New Deal — a UC Berkeley-based project dedicated to documenting the vast treasury of public art, park trails, schools, civic buildings ad more it produced from 1933 to 1943 — has published its first Guide to the Art and Architecture of the New Deal, a pocket map and guide to 18 key sites in San Francisco.

Let the festivities begin: a commencement roundup with video

Let the festivities begin: a commencement roundup May 12, 2015:

UC Berkeley’s 2015 commencement, honoring all graduating seniors, is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and will be livestreamed. In addition to the main commencement ceremony, most departments on campus perform their own ceremonies as well. Here’s a look at all the graduation ceremonies happening this month.

Bittman video series, ‘California Matters,’ now on the menu with video

Bittman video series, ‘California Matters,’ now on the menu May 11, 2015:

Mark Bittman has teamed with the University of California and the campus’s Berkeley Food Institute — where he’s currently a distinguished visiting fellow — on a video series focused on food-related research that launches today.

Campus gets $1 million grant to boost study of religious issues

Campus gets $1 million grant to boost study of religious issues May 11, 2015:

The three-year grant from from the Henry Luce Foundation will help the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion to examine theology in ways rarely tried at a public university.

Dorothea Lange fellow plans to document Cairo recyclers

Dorothea Lange fellow plans to document Cairo recyclers May 8, 2015:

Journalism grad student Sara Lafleur-Vetter, the 2015 Dorothea Lange Fellow, plans to use her $4,000 fellowship to document the lives of members of a Coptic Christian community that has collected and recycled Cairo’s trash for seven decades.

UCPD to ‘bike the bridges’ for Special Olympics benefit

UCPD to ‘bike the bridges’ for Special Olympics benefit May 8, 2015:

The UC Berkeley Police Department will join the Bike the Bridges fundraising ride on June 14, benefitting Special Olympics Northern California. All are invited to register or make a donation for the team.

Michael Williams named director of athletics

Michael Williams named director of athletics May 8, 2015:

Michael Williams, who has overseen UC Berkeley’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics on an interim basis for the past 10 months, has been named the school’s full-time director of athletics, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced Friday.

Pausing to honor outstanding public service with photos

Pausing to honor outstanding public service May 7, 2015:

Remarkable contributions by students and others in the campus community were honored at the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service, May 5. Photographer Keegan Houser captured highlights of the event.

Laqueur, Alivisatos elected to American Philosophical Society

Laqueur, Alivisatos elected to American Philosophical Society May 5, 2015:

UC Berkeley historian Thomas Laqueur and chemist Paul Alivisatos have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, part of a 2015 class that includes such names as economist Thomas Piketty, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp.

Student-athletes recognized for academic prowess

Student-athletes recognized for academic prowess May 5, 2015:

“They say great moments are a product of great opportunity. You have the great opportunity to be student-athletes at Cal,” said soccer player Joey Mahalic, one of the outstanding students celebrated at Monday’s annual Cal Athletic Honors Luncheon. “Be grateful and appreciate it every day.”

Field research: Safety resources, training funds available

Field research: Safety resources, training funds available May 4, 2015:

Do you conduct research or lead trips at field stations or in remote areas? The Office of Environment, Health and Safety is offering matching funds for two-day wilderness first-aid trainings. Details, along with other field-safety resources, are on the EH&S website.