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Chancellor Dirks charms students in the Cal Calling Center

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks spent some time with the student callers in the Cal Calling Center this past semester. His words inspired them, and although they ran out of time for questions, caller Isabelle Avila ’14 was able to share her personal creation — a banner depicting Dirks in his trademark spectacles.

Summer reading list honors 50th anniversary of Free Speech Movement

Each year, faculty, staff, and students offer reading recommendations to incoming freshmen based on a particular theme. This year’s compelling mix of fiction and nonfiction covers the people and events that catalyzed the campus in the fall of 1964 as well as such related topics as freedom of the press, the women’s movement, and Nelson Mandela.

J-School’s Investigative Reporting Program Documentary Wins RFK Award

Rape in the Fields, a yearlong investigation into the widespread sexual assault of American field workers, won the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights' top journalism award. In addition to the grand prize, the committee also selected the film for the 2014 Domestic Television Award. The documentary was a collaboration between the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism, the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS Frontline, and Univisión.

Obama names Berkeley economist to White House council

Berkeley economist Maurice Obstfeld will join President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) when James Stock returns to Harvard University in July. Obstfeld, an authority on international economics, joins Janet Yellen, Laura Tyson, and Carl Shapiro, all fellow Cal economists who have served as members of the CEA in the past.

Wall of Fame salutes tech innovators in June

Berkeley alums who revolutionize the technology sector often do so with a conscience befitting their alma mater: Andy Grove Ph.D. '63, the legendary former CEO of Intel, has shifted his focus from faster computers to a faster turnaround on life-saving medical therapies; Danae Ringelmann M.B.A '08 turned a desire to democratize finance into the first crowdfunding website, Indiegogo. These two join Allan Alcorn '71, who used his engineering degree to invent Pong, one of the first arcade games, and Intel cofounder and prophet of Silicon Valley Gordon Moore ’50 on the Berkeley Wall of Fame.

The Campanile — the perfect addition to your LEGO set

Berkeley alumnus Michael Lin ’01 designed a 9.5-inch tall model of the Campanile and is campaigning to make it an actual LEGO product. At 10,000 supporters, LEGO will formally consider making this a real set, so visit Michael’s project page to register your support for the LEGO Campanile! The deadline is April 30, 2015. 

Here’s a video of the model being built, and a photo of it on Memorial Glade.

“Queen of the Andes” prepares for a visual splash

A rare Puya raimondii plant is beginning to bloom at Berkeley’s UC Botanical Garden, a sight that you may only have one opportunity to see — unless you find yourself in the right place at the right time in the Bolivian Andes. The Puya raimondii dies after flowering, and it will be decades until one blooms again in Berkeley. The endangered plant, nicknamed “the Queen of the Andes,” is beginning to bloom in a process that can produce 30,000 flowers on a 15-foot stalk above the already large plant.

Life stories of early African American faculty offer window onto history

It took 12 years for David Blackwell, who eventually became the first tenured African American professor in the UC system, to be hired by the Berkeley mathematics department. His life history is part of a recently completed oral-history series on 18 pioneering African American faculty and senior administrators who broke barriers and laid the groundwork for those who followed in the decades to come.


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