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Vol XVII, No. 8   |  December 15, 2010  |  News for the Cal Family Online Since 1994

16 Days to Give

16 days left to give to Cal in 2010
With 16 days left to make a tax-deductible contribution in 2010, you still have an opportunity to give to hundreds of programs across UC Berkeley benefiting students and faculty. Give to Cal features an easy and powerful way for you to search for the right fund and make your secure online transaction.

Classes of 2006 through 2011: Double your gift with the New Alumni Challenge
If you graduated from UC Berkeley from 2006 to 2010 or plan to graduate this coming spring, you can double the impact of any gift to Cal. The New Alumni Challenge, now in its second year, invites recent graduates to become part of the next generation committed to keeping Cal the No. 1 public university in the world. In its first year, the challenge was an unprecedented success, with more than 5,600 alumni contributing over $850,000 to programs across the Berkeley campus. Find out more and give.

Some 400 students to graduate at December Convocation
To the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” some 400 UC Berkeley students will march across the graduation stage at the December Convocation this Sunday (Dec. 19). In a ceremony that has grown increasingly popular with students and their families and friends each year, December graduates will celebrate this milestone with family and friends at Haas Pavilion and will hear from a keynote speaker, digital effects master Joe Letteri ’81, and student speaker Christian Blanco.

Jet lagged and forgetful? It’s no coincidence
Holiday travel can leave people cranky and tired, in part because of jet lag, the result of your body’s internal clock being out of synch with your current time zone. For chronic travelers, it’s more than a passing annoyance, however. A new study shows that chronic jet lag can cause long-term brain changes that lead to memory and learning problems for at least a month after return to a normal schedule.

Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves
Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we’re listening to. But when following our own speech, a new brain study from UC Berkeley shows that instead of one mute button, we have a network of volume settings that can selectively silence and amplify the sounds we make and hear.

Cal opens new basketball season, McKeever to lead U.S. women’s swim team at 2012 London Olympics
Cal men’s and women’s basketball teams opened a new season at Haas Pavilion, with Pac-10 action starting on Jan. 2 versus Stanford (men at Stanford, women at home). In other sports news, Cal swim coach Teri McKeever was named to lead the U.S. women’s Olympic swim team at the 2012 London Olympics. This is the third Olympic coaching stint for McKeever, who was assistant coach in 2004 and 2008, and the first time a woman has been the head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. Get all the latest on Cal winter sports action.

The Promise of Berkeley spotlights energy, Founders’ Rock, more
The latest issue of The Promise of Berkeley magazine highlights UC Berkeley’s excellence in energy research, including developments in the areas of supply, demand, policy, and environment. It also spotlights:

  • the 150th anniversary of the campus site dedication at Founders’ Rock;
  • Berkeley faculty who are providing guidance in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill; and
  • the work of numerous alumni.


Travel abroad with OLLI @Berkeley
OLLI @Berkeley is an educational program for older adults taught by distinguished Berkeley faculty and other Bay Area experts. This spring, we are offering two weeklong programs at Tahéima Wellness Resort and Spa near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that combine our extraordinary programming with the cuisine and amenities of a world-class resort. Explore the cultural connections between Mexico and the United States from Jan. 2229, 2011, or join a writers’ retreat from March 1926, 2011. For details, visit, or call 510.642.9934.

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