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UC Berkeley launches groundbreaking middle-class financial aid plan

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau announced today (Wednesday, Dec. 14) a new financial aid program to help middle-class families pay for the growing cost of an undergraduate degree.For families whose gross income ranges from $80,000 to $140,000 annually, the new plan caps the contribution parents make toward the total annual cost of a UC Berkeley student’s education at 15 percent of their earnings. Total cost includes tuition, fees and expenses, such as room, board, and books.

The initiative, named Berkeley MCAP (Middle Class Access Plan), is the first program in the nation at a public university to extend comprehensive financial aid to this category of middle-class families. The university is launching this initiative in recognition of California’s high cost of living, the challenges these families face, and the significant tuition increases of recent years.

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17 days left to give to Cal in 2011

With 17 days left to make a tax-deductible contribution in 2011, you still have an opportunity to give to programs that benefit students and faculty at UC Berkeley. Give to Cal features an easy and powerful way for you to search for the right cause and make your contribution.

Cal to play Texas in Holiday Bowl Dec. 28

Cal (7-5) has accepted a bid to play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl against Texas (7-5) of the Big 12 Conference at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The game will be televised live nationally by ESPN and kick off at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Check out Cal Bowl Central and the alumni events calendar for more information.

Monster black holes discovered lurking in huge galaxies

UC Berkeley astronomers have discovered the largest black holes to date — two monsters with masses equivalent to 10 billion suns that are threatening to consume anything, even light, within a region five times the size of our solar system.

Berkeley hosts manufacturing brainstorm

Representatives from government, industry and academia gathered at UC Berkeley recently to discuss strategies to re-establish the United States as a global leader in advanced manufacturing. Co-hosted by Berkeley and Stanford, the daylong Advanced Manufacturing Partnership regional meeting at the Bechtel Engineering Center sought to jump-start the national effort launched by President Obama in June.

Computer scientists may have what it takes to help cure cancer: professor in NY Times

In an essay last week in The New York Times, UC Berkeley computer science professor David Patterson shed light on the many ways that computer scientists may have the best skills to fight cancer in the next decade — and it relates to how efficiently crucial information is collected and made available to cancer researchers.

Redfin CEO and alum in LA Times: Berkeley was a “gladiator academy”

UC Berkeley alum Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, spoke recently to the Los Angeles Times about how his company has helped to move the experience of shopping for a home online. In the interview he credited his undergraduate experience at Berkeley with helping him to prepare for the challenges that he would face ahead: “I just developed this deep affection for the place. I felt like it was sort of an intellectual scrum, a political scrum. It is kind of a gladiator academy. I think if I had gone to a private school and been coddled a little bit, I wouldn't be as tough as I am now.”

Berkeley linguist picks “occupy” as word of the year on NPR

Berkeley linguist Geoffrey Nunberg picked “occupy” as the word of the year for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air show with Terry Gross, because it “has actually shaped the perception of important events.”

Campus releases fall 2011 final enrollment data

Overall enrollment at UC Berkeley has increased by about 300 students to approximately 36,100 undergraduate and graduate students, according to final fall 2011 enrollment data released by campus officials last week.

The Promise of Berkeley— latest issue online

The latest issue of The Promise of Berkeley magazine is available online. This issue explores UC Berkeley’s impact on California, featuring business and innovation, education, the environment and science, health and social services, and humanities and the arts. Additional articles spotlight Rex Walheim, one of the last astronauts aboard the space shuttle, and a gift aimed at boosting giving to campus among young alumni.

 

 

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