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Think bigger Thursday, November 19

How does Berkeley help you shine brighter, aim further, or stand taller? Visit BigGive.berkeley.edu today to learn how to tell us on social, win prizes for your favorite schools and programs, and much more during Big Give, our annual 24-hour fundraiser to support students, faculty, and research.

Alumni, faculty named MacArthur “geniuses”

Five of this year's class of MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellows have Cal connections: Pidong Yang, the S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Department of Chemistry; Patrick Awuah, M.B.A. '99; William Dichtel Ph.D. '05; John Novembre Ph.D.'06; and Gary Cohen, who attended Berkeley between 1983 and 1984.

Campus announces new global alliance

Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, the vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and the president of the National University of Singapore have announced their intention to utilize their combined academic resources for the greater good in their respective home countries and around the world.

Times Higher Ed ranks Berkeley top public

Cal is the No. 1 U.S. public university and 13th overall in the 2015–16 Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

NY Times: UC is “California's upward-mobility machine”

University of California campuses took six of the top seven slots in the New York Times's new rankings that measure top colleges' efforts on economic diversity.

African American Initiative aims to improve climate

“For too long, African Americans on our campus have faced obstacles to feeling fully included in the life of our university,” says Chancellor Dirks, explaining the impetus behind Berkeley's new African American Initiative.

Clinton Global Initiative University coming to campus in April

At the ninth annual CGI U meeting, President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea will welcome to Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to discuss projects addressing major global challenges.

To the rescue: Berkeley's climate hero

Whendee Silver might not think of herself as an action hero, but the professor of environmental science, policy, and management has been named Cal's first Faculty Climate Action Champion.

Message from campus leadership about Geoff Marcy's resignation

“We want to state unequivocally that Professor Marcy's conduct, as determined by the investigation, was contemptible and inexcusable,” write Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele.

Shape Shifting Robots

Shape-shifting robots? (video)

The rigid parts of the “six-bar tensegrity structure” seen in this video are held together not by nails or screws, but by wires, cables or elastic bands, lending it some remarkable properties. “It can be squashed, it can be dropped, it can change its shape,” says Alice Agogino, professor of mechanical engineering.

 

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