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Homecoming is … great friends, great minds, and great fun!

Register today for Homecoming on October 10–12, 2014 — the perfect chance to hang out with your friends and family and enjoy the best of Berkeley. We’ve got tons of fun in store for you, including alumni parties, faculty seminars, tours and open houses, Bear Affair BBQ, and the Cal vs. Washington football game. Weekend packages start at $45. Game tickets are sold separately at calbears.com/code starting on July 23 at noon. Alumni may enter the codes REUNION1954 (Class of 1954), REUNION1964 (Class of 1964), or CALALUMNI for all other classes. Questions? Visit homecoming.berkeley.edu, e-mail homecoming@berkeley.edu, or call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225).

Berkeley grad wins Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Kelly Clancy, a graduate student in biophysics, has won the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation, a newly established award with only two winners a year. As the reward, Clancy took home the graduate student division trophy and a $50,000 cash prize. Berkeley will also receive an award to support a seminar series. The winner of the postdoctoral award studies at the Rockefeller University; the two recipients of honorable mention prizes study at M.I.T. and Gerstner Sloan Kettering, making Clancy the only prize recipient from a public university.

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Young researcher discovers source of disco clams’ light show

Four years after falling in love with the disco clam, Lindsey Dougherty has discovered the secret of its mirrored lips. A dive instructor and Berkeley graduate student, Dougherty first encountered the two-inch clam in 2010 while diving with her mother and sister in Indonesia. It wasn’t long after she decided to do her Ph.D. on the clam that she confirmed that the flashing was not, as most people assumed, a form of bioluminescence; instead, she found, the edge of the clam’s mantle lip is highly reflective on one side, as you can see in this video that Dougherty made with some of her fellow researchers.

A leadership transition for Cal Athletics

Having served as director of athletics at Berkeley since the fall of 2004 and guided the department through one of the most successful periods in its long history, Sandy Barbour is leaving her position to accept a new role on campus, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced late last month. Barbour transitioned this week to Berkeley’s Extension Program, where she is developing an academic program in sports management. Michael Williams ’82, a former Golden Bear student-athlete and current vice chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation, is overseeing Cal Athletics on an interim basis until a national search is completed for a director of athletics.

Berkeley a big part of new initiative on global food needs

The University of California is launching an initiative to marshal resources across the UC campuses — including Berkeley’s 90 courses, 150 faculty and staff, and various institutes and centers devoted to the study of agriculture and food — to address global challenges related to food. UC President Janet Napolitano announced the initiative earlier this month at a press conference with restaurateur and sustainable food leader Alice Waters, among others.

2015 Alumni Awards: Call for Nominations

Each year, the California Alumni Association awards distinguished alumni whose achievements and service exemplify the excellence of our university. The nomination period for the 2015 Alumni Awards is now open until August 15, 2014. Send in your nominations today!

 

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