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Commencement crowd gives Class of ’15 a joyous sendoff

Commencement crowd gives Class of ’15 a joyous sendoff 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.

Let the festivities begin: a commencement roundup

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

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 supports sexual assault awareness month

Campus supports sexual assault awareness month April 23, 2015

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and to build consciousness about the issue, students, faculty and staff have been hosting events throughout the month that give the campus community tools to prevent sexual assault, create a stronger culture around consent and support survivors.

Students celebrate Holi Day, a Hindu festival of colors

Students celebrate Holi Day, a Hindu festival of colors April 20, 2015

About a thousand students celebrated Holi Day on Sunday afternoon at UC Berkeley, throwing vibrant colored powders (don’t worry, they were organic!) and water on each other to mark India’s spring holiday.

Cal Day to feature BANDALOOP performances

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.

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world

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.

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Law prof looks at shootings of and by police

Law prof looks at shootings of and by police January 13, 2015

UC Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring turns up some surprises in his new study of shootings by and of police. He discusses the research, and the incomplete state of data on killings by police, on KQED radio’s “Forum” show.

From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride

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.”

50 years later: Memories of the March on Washington

50 years later: Memories of the March on Washington August 23, 2013

John Ohala worked his way through college as a photographer, and when he graduated, he picked up his camera and headed to the historic 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. Fifty years later, Ohala is an emeritus professor of linguistics and UC Berkeley, and he sat down with the NewsCenter to talk about his photos from that day, which appear in a slideshow and also are on display at the Berkeley Public Library.

I School prof Geoff Nunberg’s word of the year for 2012: big data

I School prof Geoff Nunberg’s word of the year for 2012: big data January 4, 2013

Berkeley linguist Geoffrey Nunberg picks “big data” as the word of the year for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air show, and explains why people should pay attention to it. With audio.

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Commencement crowd gives Class of ’15 a joyous sendoff

Commencement crowd gives Class of ’15 a joyous sendoff 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.

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

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.

Pausing to honor outstanding public service

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.

Sustainability efforts shine at Earth Day summit

Sustainability efforts shine at Earth Day summit April 23, 2015

Staff efforts to “green” campus product procurement, an umbrella organization for myriad student environmental efforts and a passionate fourth-year water advocate were honored at the campus’s 12th annual sustainability summit Wednesday.

Students celebrate Holi Day, a Hindu festival of colors

Students celebrate Holi Day, a Hindu festival of colors April 20, 2015

About a thousand students celebrated Holi Day on Sunday afternoon at UC Berkeley, throwing vibrant colored powders (don’t worry, they were organic!) and water on each other to mark India’s spring holiday.

How the web was won

How the web was won February 9, 2015

The pioneering spirit of UC Berkeley is reflected in the new main campus website, which launched Saturday, Feb. 7. The site features a mix of compelling campus stories, powerful videos, social media feeds and a lovingly detailed historical section with five timelines and 248 milestones with images or videos.

Slideshow: Campus goes big for Big Give

Slideshow: Campus goes big for Big Give November 17, 2014

This Thursday, Nov. 20, marks the Big Give, UC Berkeley’s first 24-hour online fundraising drive geared to support students, faculty and research. Check out this slideshow of Berkeley people who are making a big deal out of Big Give and visit BigGive.berkeley.edu to join them.

At Student Learning Center ‘Friday Jam,’ creative energy abounds

At Student Learning Center ‘Friday Jam,’ creative energy abounds October 21, 2014

More than 200 attended the Oct. 17 launch of “SLC Friday Jam,” featuring a multicultural array of spoken-word, rock and dance performances.

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks October 7, 2014

More than 1,000 inventive students from across the country inhabited California Memorial Stadium this weekend as they sought glory, prize money and the sheer thrill of solving problems together in a 36-hour tech event, Cal Hacks.

Students arrive for move-in as fall semester kicks off

Students arrive for move-in as fall semester kicks off August 27, 2014

Chancellor Dirks and campus leaders were on hand to greet students and their families as they moved into campus housing over the weekend. More than 6,000 students settled into residence halls. Classes beginning on Thursday, Aug. 28.

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers August 16, 2014

Everyone notices the academic superstars and failures, but what about the tens of millions of American teens straddling these two extremes? A new UC Berkeley study has spotlighted a high school subculture that has made an art of slacking, even with ample educational resources, and may be destined to perpetuate the nation’s struggling lower-middle class.

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