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Vol XVII, No. 9   |  January 20, 2011  |  News for the Cal Family Online Since 1994

UC Berkeley tops international ranking of “greenest universities”
The Green Metric Ranking of World Universities, the University of Indonesia’s look at educational institutions’ commitment to “going green” and developing sustainability initiatives, UC Berkeley’s environmental policies have earned the No. 1 spot.

State budget cuts

Proposed California budget cuts $500 million from UC
California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a balanced, deficit-closing 2011-12 state budget last week that includes a $500 million reduction in support for the University of California, part of a $1.4 billion cut in the state’s entire public higher education system. The 16.4 percent drop in state general fund support for UC would result in a historic shift in how California’s public research university is funded: For the first time in UC’s 143-year history, student tuition revenue will surpass what the state contributes to the university’s core operating budget. UC President Mark Yudof addressed this issue in an open letter and in a statement to the UC Regents.

High school students apply for fall 2011 admission in record numbers
High school students continue to apply in record numbers for freshman admission to UC Berkeley, with almost 53,000 students submitting applications.

The “fruits of Californication”; exploring what made Berkeley great
The Times of London Higher Education Supplement reports on California’s exceptional higher education system, calling it a global powerhouse threatened by funding cuts. It describes how cuts threaten the University of California’s “preeminence and the precious balance of an interconnected system.” In a separate publication, UC Berkeley’s chief academic officer explores the five historical factors responsible for UC Berkeley’s excellence and the extent to which they continue today.

Advance speeds up MRI scans
UC Berkeley physicist David Feinberg, in collaboration with physicians at the University of Minnesota, has combined two new techniques to speed MRI scans of the brain by more than a factor of 10. The faster functional MRI scans will boost the national effort to map the brain’s wiring, called the Human Connectome Project.

Cal gears up for USC-UCLA weekend
The Golden Bears face their Southern California rivals this week. The men’s basketball team travels to UCLA for today’s (Jan. 20) matchup at 7:30 p.m. and to USC for Saturday’s (Jan. 22) game at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the Cal women’s basketball team hosts USC today at Haas Pavilion at 7 p.m. and UCLA on Saturday at 2 p.m. All times are Pacific. Check the calbears.com Web site for all game details, including live broadcast links, and for updates on all Cal athletics.

Cal gets mobile app, top 5 Twitter ranking, and new NewsCenter
The campus just launched its first mobile app, providing quick smartphone access to campus news, maps, directory, events, videos, and athletics. Also, this week UC Berkeley was recognized as being among the top five “influential” colleges on Twitter, in a new ranking by Klout, the leading company measuring social influence online.

Rounding out these developments, UC Berkeley launched a clean new design and improved news format for the NewsCenter, making it easier than ever for people to connect quickly with what’s happening on campus and with Cal’s impact around the world.

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