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Holiday giving — with a Berkeley twist

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

Meet the Chancellor — an open Q and A with Nicholas B. Dirks

Berkeley’s newly inaugurated tenth chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, will host a 45-minute webcast for alumni and parents. Chancellor Dirks will address questions submitted in advance fromlive these important constituencies while sharing his vision and priorities for the direction of the university. Find out more and register for this event, set for Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. PST.

Gratitude or guilt? People spend more when they “pay it forward”

As shoppers across the nation embark on winter holiday gift-buying, researchers at Berkeley are looking at what happens to commerce when there’s no set price tag. In an exhaustive study of consumer behavior, they found that shoppers spend more money when engaged in a chain of goodwill known as “pay-it-forward” than when they can name their own price.

25 days left to give to Cal in 2013 — every gift counts in The Campaign for Berkeley

With 25 days left to make a tax-deductible contribution in 2013, you still have an opportunity to give to programs that benefit students and faculty at UC Berkeley. Give to Cal features an easy and powerful way for you to search for the right cause and make your contribution. You can make one-time gifts and you can schedule future payments or set up recurring monthly, quarterly or annual donations online. Every gift made by Dec. 31 will also count in The Campaign for Berkeley, the landmark effort to raise $3 billion to support students, faculty, research, and programs.

2012 alum named Rhodes Scholar

Berkeley alum Zarko Perovic is among 32 new Rhodes Scholars representing the United States, the Rhodes Trust announced Nov. 23. The prestigious award provides all expenses for academic study at England’s Oxford University. Perovic plans to use his Rhodes scholarship to pursue a graduate degree in international relations.

From a pianist to a poverty fighter, Wall of Fame welcomes five illustrious alumni

To mark the start of the school year, the Wall of Fame closed a series on faculty members who are also alumni with Ananya Roy M.C.P. ’94, Ph.D. ’99, a professor of city and regional planning who is taking the fight to end global poverty to new levels — and inspiring thousands of students to join her. We also celebrated several graduate student alumni who are using the tools of their trade — piano, curricula, and pen — to change the way we see and understand the world, including:



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