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Berkeley Crowdfunding a success

Thanks to 493 donors who raised $63,628, UC Berkeley recently completed a successful pilot program to gauge the feasibility of a full-scale campus crowdfunding platform. The first round of projects ran from April 6 to May 6, and brought five unique, Berkeley-based projects closer to completion.

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Top graduating senior soars despite loss

How University Medalist Radhika Kannan coped with the 2013 loss of her mother, going on to graduate with the highest distinction and a near-perfect GPA, is a marvel of personal fortitude and determination. “We’re Golden Bears,” says the top graduate. “We survive.”

Director of athletics announced

Michael Williams, who has overseen the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics on an interim basis for the past 10 months, has been named Cal’s full-time director of athletics.

Nepali students fundraise for earthquake victims

Due to damaged infrastructure, broken pipelines, and contamination of existing water supplies, access to clean water is now near to impossible in earthquake-stricken Nepal. The Nepali Student Association of Berkeley is raising funds to provide clean drinking water by means of water purification.

Smartphone video microscope detects blood parasites

A research team led by Berkeley engineers has developed a new smartphone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood.

Al Gore: “Democracy has been hacked”

In an impassioned speech at International House, former Vice President Al Gore urged the audience of nearly 400 to “stop tolerating the destruction of humankind” and the environment and to redouble their efforts to stop climate change.

Berkeley scientists named to national academies

Six UC Berkeley faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, the National Academy of Sciences has elected five UC Berkeley faculty members to its ranks, raising the number of members on campus to 143.

 

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