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Next Thursday is the BIG day (video)

November 20 is Big Give, UC Berkeley’s first-ever 24-hour online fundraising drive to support students, faculty, and research. The entire Cal community is getting together for this. Don’t miss out! By giving that day, you could help your favorite schools and programs win additional prize money in a variety of contest categories.

Visit today to check out the social media buzz, create your own #CalBigGive selfie, and learn all about the event. Then come back on Thursday, November 20 to track the contests and watch the new video content rolling out every two hours. One day. Make it BIG!

Student-veterans cheer their first campus center

At a time when wars are winding down in Afghanistan and Iraq, UC Berkeley’s student-veterans program is expanding to accommodate an anticipated increase in the number of veterans expected to enroll here in the next five years. Earlier this week, Cal Veteran Services opened a new headquarters as the result of a gift of more than $500,000 from alumnus Coleman Fung ’87, a U.S. Army veteran. The funding also provides a comprehensive network of services — an additional academic counselor, paid internships for student-veterans, peer mentoring, a new website and outreach and recruitment activities. If you’re curious, here’s a roundup of Berkeley’s military history.

Berkeley third among “Best Global Universities”

UC Berkeley was rated the No. 3 global university in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released late last month. The “Best Global Universities” rankings focus on institutions’ research overall. The methodology weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation, academic research performance using bibliometric indicators, and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. While U.S. News has been ranking colleges for 30 years, the 2015 rankings are its first evaluation of higher-education institutions worldwide.

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Buy Berkeley this holiday season — and save

Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Look no further: You can “buy from the Bear.” This year, more Berkeley alumni entrepreneurs than ever — at the leading edge of founding new companies, apps, and services — are generously offering holiday discounts to fellow alums and Cal parent readers of Berkeley Online. Check out this very special gift guide!

Arsenic linked to big drop in breast cancer deaths

A new study by researchers from UC Berkeley and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has linked arsenic to a 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths. The study, published this month in the open-access journal EBioMedicine, presents results of breast cancer mortality data from a region in Chile where residents were inadvertently exposed to high levels of arsenic, a naturally occurring element found in many minerals. Instead of an increase in mortality, as with many other cancer sites, the study found that breast cancer deaths were cut in half during the period that coincided with high arsenic exposure.

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Berkeley Global Campus

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has laid out an “unabashedly bold” new vision for UC Berkeley’s Richmond Field Station, telling faculty members of plans to remake the site as a global campus and “living laboratory” in partnership with public universities from around the world, as well as with private industry. In a presentation to the Academic Senate, Dirks unveiled the outlines of the proposed Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay, a reimagining of what was originally planned as a joint “second campus” for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley.


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