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The impact of giving — in human terms

Earlier this year we announced that 281,855 donors had stepped forward to raise a record $3.13 billion. Visit for more than 40 new stories and videos that highlight the broad impact of their generosity. Read about scholarships and fellowships that keep the dream of a Berkeley education alive, endowed faculty chairs that secure the excellence — and future — of our esteemed professors, and new research initiatives and facilities that aim to improve the human condition. 

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New interactive site marks 50th anniversary of Free Speech Movement

Gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement this fall, Berkeley has launched a new, interactive website with a visual timeline of the momentous events of 1964; biographies of Berkeley students, faculty, and staff who were major players of the movement; and more.

In April, students participated in a hackathon, competing to develop a compelling digital archive for The Bancroft Library’s digital images and texts — the winning design is currently online. Students are invited to submit designs for a 50th-anniversary commemorative poster contest, and further events are scheduled to commemorate the anniversary of the FSM.

Campus celebrates Nelson Mandela in series of events

UC Berkeley’s first celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy took place April 28 at International House. The conference on “the hard work of reconciliation” featured a panel of survivors of South Africa’s chaotic transition to democracy 20 years ago. This was first of a series of campus events celebrating Mandela.

Top graduating senior makes a splash in water policy

A diehard water and sanitation access warrior, Rebecca Peters, 23, is this year’s winner of the University Medal, which goes to UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior and comes with a $2,500 award. A transfer student by way of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Peters is graduating with a double major in Society and Environment and Interdisciplinary Studies, and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Peters will speak at this weekend’s Commencement ceremony, and you can meet her in this short video introduction.

At Haas Pavilion, Cal student-athletes in spotlight for academic excellence

Some 40 Golden Bears were recognized earlier this week at an Athletic Study Center-hosted event celebrating scholastic success. In all, awards and postgraduate scholarships were given to 16 student-athletes from across the spectrum of sports at Berkeley, as well as recognition of the highest team GPA and most-improved team GPA — both scored by the women’s golf team, which combined for 3.54 — and Golden Bear Awards for those with the highest GPA on each team.

Drunken monkeys may hold clue to evolution of alcoholism

While working in the Panamanian forest 15 years ago, Robert Dudley, a Berkeley professor of Integrative Biology, saw monkeys eating ripe fruit — likely containing small amounts of alcohol – and wondered if our ancestors had gained an evolutionary advantage by associating the smell and taste of alcohol with ripe fruit. The hypothesis has aged well: University of California Press has just published The Drunken Monkey: Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol.

Details on Discover Cal in Chicago

Details have been announced for Discover Cal’s Windy City debut: The traveling lecture series is bringing Chancellor Nicholas Dirks to the Chicago Club on Thursday, June 19, 6-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and cash bar will be followed by a presentation and audience Q&A moderated by Tony Smith ’92, M.A. ’93, Ph.D. ’02, executive director of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Register now.


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