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Nobel Laureate, Randy Schekman

Berkeley celebrates its 22nd Nobel laureate, Randy Schekman

Last week, Berkeley basked in the glow of its 22nd Nobel laureate. Randy Schekman, UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work on how yeast secrete proteins. This research led directly to the success of the biotech industry and advances in treating diseases like diabetes and hepatitis B. In a video, Schekman offers his observations on teaching at Berkeley and the importance of investing in public higher education.

Campus to inaugurate new chancellor Nov. 8

In a tradition-rich celebration honoring the campus’s history, achievements, and plans for a vibrant future, Berkeley will inaugurate its 10th chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, on Friday, Nov. 8. The day will feature symposia, a rally, a procession and investiture ceremony, followed by a tailgate party prior to the Cal-USC football game. More at the inauguration Web site.

Make a promise for UC scholarships by Oct. 31

If you think crowdfunding is only for indie filmmakers and bootstrap startups, think again. The University of California recently became one of the first universities in the nation to tap the fundraising power of social networks with its Promise for Education campaign — and you can contribute to a promise or make your own by Oct. 31.

The promises run the gamut, from Daniel Chun’s pledge to serve 2,000 meals at a local soup kitchen (he’s 81 percent of the way toward his $2,000 goal) or Thao Bui’s promise of eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting (he’ll also match all contributions to his promise if his $500 goal is met). Check it out!

Business School’s Janet Yellen named to lead Federal Reserve

President Obama has nominated Haas School of Business professor emeritus Janet Yellen to become the first woman to head the nation’s Federal Reserve Board of Governors. If confirmed, Yellen will succeed current Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, who will step down in January 2014.

UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab announce Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute

The Kavli Foundation has endowed The Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to explore the basic science of how to capture and channel energy on the molecular or nanoscale, with the potential for discovering new ways of generating energy for human use.

Thank you for joining us at Alumni and Family Weekend!

Thank you to all the alumni, parents, and friends who helped make Alumni and Family Weekend a delightful success. We welcomed more than 4,000 guests to enjoy more than 120 events, including faculty seminars, a film showcase, and a provocative discussion between Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and William Powers, Jr. ’67, president of the University of Texas at Austin and the Cal Alumni Association’s newly named 2014 Alumnus of the Year. We are especially grateful to the alumni classes celebrating a reunion this year, who collectively raised more than $14 million for Berkeley and who presented their gift during the weekend.

We also want to thank the more than 70 participants who submitted nearly 200 entries to our #CalWknd photo contest. The grand prize went to Al Sermeno ’95, whose photo artfully captured the reflection of the Cal Band in a sousaphone. Visit Storify to see that and the other winning photos.

Alumnus of the Year: William Powers, Jr. ’67, legal scholar, UT Austin president

The Cal Alumni Association has selected William Powers, Jr. ’67 as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Powers is one of the country’s most respected legal scholars and has served as president of the University of Texas at Austin since 2006. The Cal Alumni Association is also honoring alumni for excellence in achievement and service in a variety of categories. All will be honored at the Charter Gala — Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco.



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