Obama hosts Bears at first White House demo day
President Obama recently hosted an event focused on inclusive entrepreneurship, welcoming startup founders from diverse walks of life. Five inspiring, Berkeley-affiliated innovators were in attendance: Christopher Ategeka, Anwaar Al-Zinreeni, Mitch Kapor, Ramona Pierson, and Rubi Sanchez.
Astronomers discover young Jupiter
The Gemini Planet Imager team—comprising three Berkeley researchers and one from Stanford—has discovered and photographed its first planet, a gas giant much that may hold the key to understanding how large planets form.
Berkeley is world's top public university
Cal is again the top public university in the world and is fourth overall in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released last weekend. The global ranking of universities, published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, focuses on quality of faculty and research.
Siebel Institute makes smart grid smarter
The Siebel Energy Institute, a global university consortium focused on smart energy, marked its debut by announcing 24 research grants nearing $1 million. The winning proposals, many of them led by Berkeley faculty, will accelerate improved performance in modern energy systems.
Times Higher Ed: Berkeley thinks global, stays local
The focus of global engagement, writes The Times Higher Education, “is shifting towards student/academic mobility and establishing partnerships between global players.” With its plans for the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond, Cal “is the latest institution to confirm this emerging pattern.”
Ph.D. student wins American Book Award (alongside Carlos Santana)
Craig Santos Perez, a Ph.D. candidate in ethnic studies, is a 2015 winner of the American Book Award for his collection of poems, from unincorporated territory [guma'].