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Greetings from Chancellor Nicholas Dirks

Greetings from Chancellor Nicholas Dirks

In an introductory video, Nicholas Dirks — on his second day as Berkeley’s new chancellor — declared himself “thrilled finally to be here,” “deeply honored to take on this role at UC Berkeley,” and “unreservedly enthusiastic about our future.” Meanwhile, California magazine published a profile of Dirks, whose career has led him out of the classroom in order to influence what happens within it.

$20 million gift from Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation will launch design innovation institute at Berkeley

Answering a national call for a more technologically literate workforce, the College of Engineering announced last week the launch of a new institute for design innovation that will expand the role of design in engineering education, emphasizing rapid design and prototyping for manufacturability. A $20 million gift from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation enables UC Berkeley to start planning the institute’s educational activities, which focus on immersing design throughout the engineering curriculum. The campus will also begin planning a facility with studios and workshops where students can design and fabricate advanced technologies and test their potential for marketplace adoption.

Five new Bakar Fellows pursue path to marketplace

Five UC Berkeley scientists eager to take their lab-bench discoveries into the marketplace have been awarded Bakar Fellowships to help them achieve their goals. The year-old Bakar Fellows Program is a unique UC Berkeley initiative to support innovative research by early career faculty, in particular those who want to focus on a project that has real-world applications in areas ranging from health care and agriculture to high-tech and biotech.

NPR’s “Teacher Feature” profiles biologist Tom Carlson

National Public Radio’s Science Friday program recently saluted Berkeley’s Tom Carlson. "Office hours are some of my favorite hours of the week," said Carlson, a medical doctor, ethnobotanist, and instructor of 1,700 students annually at Berkeley. Science Friday associate senior producer Christopher Intagliata, an NPR producer, credited Carlson's class for putting him on a path toward science (listen here).

New book highlights harsh lives of migrant workers

A new book by Dr. Seth M. Holmes, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, documents the stories of undocumented Mexican migrant farmworkers. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies is based on five years of research, during which Holmes embedded himself with migrant workers. He shows how social inequalities, racism, and anti-immigrant prejudice detrimentally affect the health of those who harvest our food.

Come back to Berkeley for Alumni and Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for Alumni and Family Weekend on October 4–6, 2013. Choose from more than 100 fun-filled events, including alumni parties, the Cal Parents Family Dinner, Bear Affair BBQ, faculty seminars, tours and open houses, and the Cal vs. Washington State Homecoming football game. The website and registration will open on July 1. Call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or e-mail with questions. We look forward to seeing you this fall!



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