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22nd Nobel Prize at Berkeley

22nd Nobel Prize for Berkeley: Perlmutter awarded in Physics

It was a banner day for Berkeley when Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley professor of physics and LBNL senior scientist, won a share of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics with two other scientists. The prize is Berkeley’s 22nd Nobel and was reported in media in California and around the world. The scientists, including former UC Berkeley postdoc Adam Riess, discovered that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. This discovery in 1998 led to the realization that the universe is largely composed of an enigmatic “dark energy.”

Perlmutter is a UC Berkeley alumnus, and two other alumni won Nobel Prizes this year — both in Economics. Thomas J. Sargent got his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and Christopher A. Sims did post-graduate work in economics on campus.

Homecoming Weekend to draw 3,600 alumni and parents to campus

Starting today, four days of football, reunions, and lots of blue-and-gold Cal spirit are on tap for alumni, families, and friends. Some 3,600 are expected to be on campus this weekend.

Wall Street protests echo researcher’s income-inequality findings

Emmanuel Saez, a UC Berkeley economist, received a 2010 MacArthur “genius” award for his research on the growing income gains of super-wealthy American households and the parallel income erosion of the other 99 percent of the nation. In a Q & A, Saez talks about the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, in light of his work.

Granholm talks jobs on “The Daily Show,” launches new primetime program

Jennifer Granholm, Goldman School lecturer and former Michigan governor, laid out what the U.S. needs to do to rebuild its economy in a recent “Daily Show” interview. Granholm also will be the host of a new program — “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” — that will air on Current TV.

The many languages of UC Berkeley captured on video

Student George Yang created a YouTube video to show the linguistic diversity at UC Berkeley, as reported by local blog BerkeleyPatch.To help students gain an edge in an increasingly global society, the campus is using $500,000 in revenues to add 30 new language courses this fall in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and some African languages.

Berkeley graded “military friendly” — again — by G.I. magazine

For the second year, UC Berkeley has made the list of Military Friendly Schools, in a survey conducted by G.I. Jobs magazine. The campus ranked among the top 15 percent of schools surveyed. The Daily Californian reports.

Film by public policy grad students wins Emmy

“Presumed Guilty,” a film made by public-policy grad students Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete, won an Emmy Award in New York two weeks ago. The documentary probing the Mexican criminal justice system was honored for best investigative journalism.

Faculty and deans “re-imagine” undergraduate education

Beginning in the spring of 2010, Mark Richards, executive dean of the College of Letters and Science, spearheaded an 18-month examination of teaching and learning at Berkeley, assembling a group of L&S deans and outstanding teachers from different disciplines to come up with ideas for innovation in undergraduate education. The result is a new report, “Re-imagining Undergraduate Education at Berkeley,” a sort of roadmap to the future — which, in Richards’ view, has already arrived.

National award for campus program boosting Latino degree completion

UC Berkeley’s Transfer Alliance Project was honored Sept. 27 at the U.S. Capitol as one of the top programs in America that increases degree completion among Latinos.

Brain exercise: what to keep in mind

As we grow older, we all worry about having “senior moments” that last more than a moment. That’s why brain-training programs have become a big business. Can mental workouts really “improve memory by 10 years” and prevent age-related cognitive decline and even dementia, as the programs claim?

Looking for Cal alumni who have made a difference

UC Berkeley’s premier public service prize — the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award — each year 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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