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Vol XVIII, No. 3   |  July 29, 2011  |  News for the Cal Family Online Since 1994

Register for Homecoming 2011

Register today for Homecoming
Whether you are reuniting with old friends, cheering on the Golden Bears, or stepping into the classroom, Homecoming at Cal (Oct. 13–16, 2011) offers something for everyone. Register online today to ensure that you don’t miss four days of fun, including reunions for the Classes of 1966–1996, faculty seminars,tours and open houses, a barbeque, and several athletic events. In addition, while single tickets to the Cal vs. USC game on Oct. 13 are sold out, the Alumni House and several local pubs will be hosting viewing parties. Questions? 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or

Nutrition label gets a design overhaul
A project at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism — News21, along with GOOD — has taken on the task of designing a better food label, reports The New York Times this week.

Berkeley scores high in QS World Rankings
UC Berkeley has earned a top-seven berth in all 25 academic disciplines reviewed for the latest QS World University Rankings, with second-place showings in chemistry, environmental sciences, geography and area studies, metallurgy and materials, and sociology.

Facebook users’ app use contradicts their stated security concerns
Although most Facebook users claim to be very uncomfortable with how third-party apps use their personal information, their actual behavior doesn’t reflect this concern, a new study by School of Information researchers has discovered.

Students report from the field in new Berkeley in the World blog
Summer sends UC Berkeley students out around the globe to work on community-service projects and conduct research whose ultimate goal is human progress. Berkeley in the World is a new blog for these young scholars — and a destination for those interested in students’ accounts of their ongoing discoveries, be it in Guatemala helping Mayan weavers build a business, in Malaysia laying the groundwork for a prison-based syringe exchange or in Washington, D.C. working on youth-disability issues.

At UC Berkeley, a tool that measures your carbon impact
Reporter Sumi Das of SmartPlanet profiles the CoolClimate Calculator created in UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Chris Jones shows Das how to calculate a household carbon footprint and what steps to take to reduce it.

Know any Cal alums making a difference?
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 a significant voluntary public contribution to the betterment of society, particularly at the community level, in the United States. The award includes a cash prize of $20,000, an additional prize of $20,000 to be donated to a charity of the recipient’s choice, and an engraved medallion. Get your nominations in by Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.

Reader survey: final reminder
Berkeley Online asked readers last month to sound off on this e-newsletter and other e-communications from campus. Thank you to those who have responded to the readership survey. If you haven’t responded yet, you have one more week. This is your opportunity to fill out the survey and tell us what you really think. The survey closes Friday, August 5. Results will be compiled this summer and reported in the fall.

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