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Berkeley’s Nobel minds take the stage

For the launch of “Berkeley Talks: Thought Leaders in Conversation,” the new speaker series by Cal Performances and UC Berkeley, Chancellor Nick Dirks gathered with four of UC Berkeley’s 22 Nobel laureates — Randy W. Schekman, Saul Perlmutter, George Smoot, and Daniel L. McFadden — to moderate an illuminating discussion of the role of science in modern society and the impact of the award on their own personal and professional paths.

Haas makes list of top entrepreneurship programs

Mashable editors analyzed graduate and undergraduate rankings and curriculums to create a list of the top 15 universities for entrepreneurship in the United States. The list ranks Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and its Lester Center for Entrepreneurship in the top 3. The center opened in 1991 and offers both undergraduate and graduate courses. Alumni that were cited included Gordon Moore ’50 (co-founder, Intel), Danae Ringelmann M.B.A. ’08 and Eric Schell M.B.A. ’08 (founders, Indiegogo), Marc Tarpenning ’85 (co-founder, Tesla Motors), and Steve Wozniak ’86 (co-founder, Apple).

Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin named head men’s basketball coach

Bringing a track record of success — including a conference Coach of the Year honor and postseason berths each of the past five seasons — Cuonzo Martin has been named to head the Cal men’s basketball program.

Haight Ashbury Free Clinic founder receives Haas Public Service Award

“In my era, I had to get into a countercultural revolution that was antiestablishment in order to get into public service,” says David E. Smith ’60, founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. “And while that’s interesting historically, it’s not a career path.” It is, however, a path that led him to be honored with the 2013 Peter E. Haas Public Service Award as part of Cal Day this past Saturday. 

On memory’s trail: solving a mystery of the brain

Memories shape our lives, yet how the brain makes, stores, and retrieves them remains largely a mystery. Berkeley neuroscientist Ehud Isacoff, professor of molecular and cell biology and director of Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and his colleagues are researching how neurons make connections and communicate so that we can begin to understand the normal process of memory and the missteps that steal memory away.

Wall of Fame expands with a singer, governor, reporter, and others

Whereas Howard “Howdy” Brownson ’48, a founder of the campus’s Men’s Octet and lifelong barbershopper, sang “Hail to California” countless times, Tamara Keith ’99, M.J. ’01, an NPR reporter, has covered politics, the environment, agriculture, and other California topics since she began her careeras a student. We welcome both to the Berkeley Wall of Fame, which also now includes three alumni recently awarded at the Cal Alumni Association’s annual Charter Gala:

  • Alumnus of the Year William Powers Jr. ’67 is president of the University of Texas at Austin and a champion for public higher education.
  • Minh Dang ’06, M.S.W. ’13 has turned the harrowing experience of being sexually abused and trafficked as a child into a fight for justice.
  • Jennifer Granholm ’84 had to grapple with unprecedented economic challenges as Michigan’s former first female governor.

Discover Cal coming to Chicago

Discover Cal, the traveling lecture series that brings Berkeley to a location near you, is making its debut June 19 in Chicago. This spring’s events in other cities feature Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in a casual but stimulating conversation. Details on Chicago’s Discover Cal are still to come, but in the meantime hold the date.

Homecoming set for October 10–12, 2014

Mark your calendar for Homecoming on October 10–12, 2014 — the perfect chance to reconnect with your friends and enjoy the best of Berkeley. While plans are just getting started, we already have tons of fun in store for you, including:

  • Seminars by distinguished faculty
  • Special reunion events for schools and colleges, class years ending in a 4 or 9, and affinity groups
  • Campus tours and museum open houses
  • Bear Affair BBQ
  • Cal vs. University of Washington Homecoming football game

Your invitation will arrive in July, and online registration opens July 1. Call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or e-mail if you have any questions. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Berkeley.


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