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Napolitano nominated to serve as UC president

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been nominated for appointment as the 20th president of the University of California. Regent Sherry Lansing, chair of a 10-member special search committee, said today (July 12) that Napolitano rose to the top from a large field of candidates and was recommended on a unanimous vote. The full Board of Regents will act on the recommendation Thursday, July 18, during a special meeting following the board’s regular bimonthly meeting in San Francisco.

Dirks lauds renewed support for higher education and promise of Master Plan, in LA Times Op-Ed

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks applauds the California Legislature for adopting the new Middle Class Scholarship Plan and writes about the importance of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California — in an Op-Ed published today (July 12) in the Los Angeles Times.  Dirks writes: “While more will be required of us all to ensure that our public colleges and universities rest on sustainable financial foundations, the renewed recognition of our deeply shared interests in the widest possible access to higher education gives me real hope for our collective future.”

Chancellor Dirks - If you can play...

If you can play…

In a new video featured on the Cal Athletics Web site, UC Berkeley administrators, coaches, and student-athletes themselves voice their support for an open environment for LGBT student-athletes. The message: If an athlete is good enough to play a sport, that’s all that should matter.

Privacy expert and linguist analyze implications of NSA surveillance

The massive scale of domestic surveillance conducted by the National Security Administration has stunned many Americans. But Berkeley Law’s Chris Hoofnagle saw it coming. Nearly a decade ago, the lecturer in residence warned of increasingly broad and unchecked monitoring. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Nunberg, linguistics researcher and faculty member at Berkeley’s School of Information, discussed NSA surveillance of Americans’ phone records and Internet activity on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”

Nobelist Saul Perlmutter profiled in The Guardian

Writer Zoë Corbyn profiled Berkeley physicist and Nobel laureate Saul Perlmutter in the July 6 issue of the England’s The Guardian — part of a series on “rational heroes.”

Decline of the humanities? Not so fast!

An opinion piece published in The New York Times by English Prof. Scott Saul tackles the misconception that the humanities are on the decline in higher education. Notions of a decline fly in the face of what is happening at universities like Berkeley, where, according to the piece, “students remain grabbed by the questions we pose in humanities classrooms — about style and character, politics and perception, love and ethics — and by how we follow these lines of inquiry into the pages of a novel, or the composition of a painting, or the prose of a philosophical treatise.”

Remembering alum Douglas Engelbart, trailblazer of the personal computer and Internet, inventor of the computer mouse

An obituary in The New York Times fondly recalls the life and lasting impact of Douglas Engelbart M.S. ’53, Ph.D. ’55. He was the inventor of innovations that became the basis for the Internet and the personal computer — most famously, the computer mouse. Engelbart died July 3 in Atherton.

Seeking Cal alums who have made a difference through public service

UC Berkeley is seeking nominations for its premier public service prize, the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award. Each year, the award recognizes an alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution in one of four major areas — community service (including social service), health care, the environment, and education. The winner receives a cash prize of $20,000, an engraved medallion, and an additional prize of $20,000 to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. All UC Berkeley alumni living in the United States are eligible for nomination. Get your nominations in by Friday, August 30!

Wall of Fame welcomes alums from the graduation podium to the floor of the House

  • Highlighting young alumni, the Wall welcomed 18-year-old Ritankar Das ’13, Berkeley’s youngest top graduating senior in at least a century, as well as Natasha Case ’05, who turned a dumpy postal truck into an ice cream “sammy” sensation.
  • Three stellar athletes were added to the Wall, including Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers; Jill Costello ’10, the women’s crew coxswain whose early death from cancer inspired a wave of activism; and Kevin Johnson ’97, a former NBA All-Star and Sacramento’s mayor.
  • In honor of Independence Day, we are dedicating July to public servants, starting with U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee M.S.W. ’75.

Alumni and Family Weekend registration now live!

Come back to Berkeley! With three days of fun and 100+ events, it wouldn’t be the same without you. Registration is now open for Alumni and Family Weekend on October 4–6, 2013. Enjoy festive alumni parties, the Bear Affair BBQ, faculty seminars, tours and open houses, a film showcase, the Cal vs. WSU Homecoming football game, and more. Visit to see the full range of excitement. 



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