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Mobilizing to be heard on campus and by busload in Sacramento: an update

On Sproul Plaza, in the streets of Berkeley, and in the state Capitol, students and members of the campus community massed repeatedly over the past week, calling attention to the need to support public higher education. In Sacramento, a busload of UC Berkeley students joined a UC rally on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Their message to legislators: “no” to continued funding cuts to public education, “yes” to structural changes needed to increase available state funds.

The campus has supported peaceful protests and at the same time has enforced a “no encampments” policy, clearing Sproul Plaza of tents as of Thursday, Nov. 17. Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau has called on the governor and leaders of both parties in the state Legislature to come to Berkeley and engage in a public forum with students and campus leaders.

For the latest on these events, visit the UC Berkeley NewsCenter. 

Discovered at Berkeley

“Discovered at Berkeley” showcases knowledge turned into real-world solutions

Discovered at Berkeley highlights the research breakthroughs that are changing the world in which we live. The site shares information about new knowledge that is generating high-tech innovations, improving health and well being, or radically altering how we see the universe and our place in it. Check back each week for a quick take on how UC Berkeley researchers are addressing some of the most interesting and pressing challenges we face.

College of Engineering launches collaboration with Shanghai innovation hub

The College of Engineering last week announced a new partnership with the Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, one of China’s top high-technology parks, to develop a platform for expanding industrial and academic research collaborations in Asia and fostering global learning opportunities for UC Berkeley students.

How to feed the world: start small

How to feed a fast-growing world where 900 million people are undernourished? Claire Kremen, a conservation biologist, sees traditional, sustainable practices as the solution. She and a group of campus colleagues are establishing a new Berkeley Center for Diversified Farming Systems to find ways to scale up agroecological practices around the globe.

UC Berkeley start-up creates energy-efficient buildings

In 2005, Charlie Huizenga and two UC Berkeley MBA graduates started Adura Technologies to install energy efficient wireless lighting systems in buildings. Their technology, based on innovations by UC Berkeley architects and engineers, has significantly reduced lighting costs in more than 2 million square feet of public and private buildings, including UC Berkeley’s undergraduate library.

Big Game Week wraps up

Cal (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) and Stanford (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12) face off tomorrow, Nov. 19, at Stanford Stadium for the 114th  Big Game. Both teams have already become bowl eligible in 2011. Game time is 7:15 p.m. Pacific. For a look back at a century of Big Game rivalry, check out the photo gallery published by the San Francisco Chronicle. Cal fans can also recall The Play in this innovative HD commercial.

Mapping UC Berkeley’s changing landscape through its voices

Linguistics professor Keith Johnson discusses "The Voices of Berkeley," an interactive freshman orientation project he designed to explore students' linguistic diversity. Link to audio.

Become your own brain fitness coach

How can you apply today’s emerging science on neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve to stay mentally sharp? Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkeley, an educational program for older adults, this online class starting in February will equip you with the latest information and tools to enhance brain performance and delay decline. Visit for details and registration.



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