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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.

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.

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.

‘Richard Pryor’ author Scott Saul up for PEN literary award

‘Richard Pryor’ author Scott Saul up for PEN literary award March 18, 2015:

English professor Scott Saul, who has has won critical acclaim and widespread attention for Becoming Richard Pryor, has been longlisted for the prestigious literary organization’s 2015 award in the category of biography.

The ‘temptation’ of military leadership: Resist, urges Barney Frank

The ‘temptation’ of military leadership: Resist, urges Barney Frank March 13, 2015:

The cost of the United States’ need to “lead,” longtime Democratic congressman Barney Frank said at I-House, has been its ability to pay for vital domestic programs and growing cynicsm about government itself. He believes the U.S. military budget could be cut by 20 percent with “no reduction” in the nation’s security.

Saturn expert and science popularizer Carolyn Porco joins astronomy department

Saturn expert and science popularizer Carolyn Porco joins astronomy department March 13, 2015:

Carolyn Porco, a veteran planetary scientist and leader of the imaging team on NASA’s Cassini mission at Saturn, has accepted dual invitations to be a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and a Distinguished Scholar within UC Berkeley’s Department of Astronomy. Porco is known for her work on the Voyager and Cassini missions and her award-winning efforts to engage the public in appreciation of the scientific enterprise.

Monkeys for equal pay (and every cat for itself)

Monkeys for equal pay (and every cat for itself) March 11, 2015:

In a campus appearance hosted by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, primatologist Frans de Waal discussed his research on “the emotional side of animal behavior” — behavior, he insists, more like our own than some humans admit.