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Schmidt on thinking, thanking Berkeley

Alumnus of the Year Eric Schmidt on thinking —and thanking — Berkeley

Saying thanks to Berkeley for the role that it has played in a spectrum of fields from mathematics to technology, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’82 accepted his award as Cal Alumnus of the Year at the recent Charter Gala ceremony. In his acceptance speech, Schmidt described meeting his wife at International House, the food on the Northside at 4 a.m., developing the architecture of the Internet, and the importance for fighting for higher education.

“From my perspective, the story of Berkeley is about entrepreneurship, it’s about innovation, it’s about free speech, it’s about having fun, it’s about, in my case, being lucky,” Schmidt told his audience. “When you think about the Internet, think about Berkeley — a lot of this was invented there. When you see the world moving to free speech, think Berkeley. When you start thinking about all the tools and technologies flying around, all of the engineering and so forth, think Berkeley. When you think about much of the culture that we care about, that we celebrate, think Berkeley. Not only do I think Berkeley, but I also thank Berkeley.”

NPR series chronicles birth of Silicon Valley; Cal alums Moore and Grove spotlighted

National Public Radio aired a series last week describing the birth of Silicon Valley, detailing the synchronicity of higher education, venture capital, and “outside the box” thinking. In the final installment, Berkeley alums Gordon Moore ’50, who is credited with “Moore’s Law,” and Andy Grove Ph.D. ’63 describe their journey and thoughts about Silicon Valley today.

Forbes names female high-tech entrepreneurs “to watch” from Berkeley

While Stanford sits in the heart of the Silicon Valley, UC Berkeley has been quietly delivering promising women entrepreneurs as well, and Forbes magazine has posted a list of investors and founders of tech startups of note.

uok? Text messages can soothe the disconnected soul

Text messaging often gets a bad rap for contributing to illiteracy and high-risk behavior such as reckless driving. But a Berkeley social-welfare professor has found an upside to texting, especially for people who feel stressed out, isolated and alone.

NIH awards $4 million to Berkeley for global health

With support from a $4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) award, researchers from UC Berkeley and three partner institutions are establishing a new program to train and educate researchers, educators and professionals who can tackle global health challenges specific to slum dwellings.

Big grant for Big Data: NSF awards $10 million to harness vast quantities of data

Never before has data analysis been so hot. The quest to capture the massive amounts of data being produced in our world — and thus unveil answers to some of society’s most vexing problems — has gotten a $10 million boost, via a National Science Foundation award to UC Berkeley.

Memorial Stadium on track for Sept. 1 kickoff

The seismic strengthening and renovation of UC Berkeley’s 90-year-old football stadium is entering its final phase and on schedule to be game-ready for the Golden Bears’ season opener against Nevada Sept. 1.

Be a part of Bear Territory Legacy Wall at the renovated California Memorial Stadium

Create your personal legacy at California Memorial Stadium by donating to Cal Athletics! In appreciation for your gift of $595, you will be recognized with a ceramic tile that will be displayed on the Bear Territory Legacy Wall located on the historic west wall.

Pinterest boards capture campus history, Bears spotted in the wild, more

Pinterest, the online pinboard that gathers images, ideas, and content from the online world, now has several pinboards about UC Berkeley. Users can scroll through historic photos of the campus, spot Golden Bears in the wild, and see Cal students and their banners.

2013 Alumni Awards: Call for nominations

Help locate the "Best of the Best." The Cal Alumni Association annually recognizes distinguished alumni whose achievements exemplify the excellence of our University. We invite you to nominate outstanding alumni and alumni volunteers for one or more of the 2013 awards.



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