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Why UC Berkeley matters: Chancellor lays out key issues facing university 

Today (Aug. 26) Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau issued his fall 2011 welcome and state of the campus message. In it, he outlines how UC Berkeley is working hard to sustain access and excellence, and looks to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Earlier in the week, in his annual back-to-school media briefing, Chancellor Birgeneau gave a wide-ranging overview of the issues facing the campus. He answered reporters’ questions and covered topics from the latest international rankings that place Berkeley among the very best universities in the world to how alumni, parents, and friends are stepping up to support Cal.

A new year begins on campus

UC Berkeley’s 2011-12 academic year begins this week with what promises to be a record number of freshmen, financial aid for some 70 percent of undergraduates, more lower-division and foreign language courses, the opening of a law school addition, and the Cal Bears football team playing home games at AT&T Park while Memorial Stadium is under renovation.

Media call Berkeley experts for answers on East Coast tremors

After the shock wore off from this week’s shaking on the East coast, UC Berkeley seismology experts were popular sources for news media. Reporters wanted to know why such a shocking event could happen there, when the last ‘quake occurred, and what you’re supposed to do when the ground shakes.

Cal alum is Treasury official who spotted $2 trillion error

John Bellows Ph.D. ’09 may not have thehousehold-name recognition of Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke or Christina Romer.  But the U.S. Treasury Department’s acting assistant secretary has generated widespread buzz in finance and policy circles since finding a $2 trillion error in the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) calculations it used to support a historic decision to downgrade the nation’s credit rating.

Clearing the confusion around cholesterol

Most Americans are watching their cholesterol, according to experts. More are getting tested, and more are successfully treating their undesirable levels through diet, weight loss and/or drugs than ever before. But if you’re like most people, you’re tripped up by some fundamental questions, especially about the connection between the cholesterol you eat and that in your bloodstream. The newest issue of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter tackles the confusion.

Homecoming is filling up! Register today!

With Homecoming at Cal just around the corner (Oct. 13–16, 2011), several events are getting close to selling out. 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 have sold out, you may still purchase season tickets at, or plan to watch the game at Alumni House or at a local pub in Berkeley.  Questions? 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or

Cal alums making a difference step to the front of the line

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.



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