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$60 million Simons Foundation grant to launch theory of computing institute

The Simons Foundation has awarded a landmark $60 million grant to UC Berkeley to establish a theory of computing institute that promises to catalyze new advances in broad disciplines that affect our everyday lives, from how we spend our money to how we fight disease. The groundbreaking award will establish the campus as the worldwide center for theoretical computer science.

Google’s Eric Schmidt to speak at Saturday’s commencement ceremony

More than 3,000 newly minted graduates will participate at Commencement Convocation tomorrow, Saturday, May 12. All told, at least 7,000 students will receive diplomas this month at nearly 100 ceremonies being sponsored by the campus’s individual departments, colleges and units.

The keynote speaker at Commencement Convocation will be Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, a software engineer, Internet pioneer, and UC Berkeley’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year. Among the student speakers will be top graduating senior Eric Olliff, a double major in Chinese language and literature and in conservation and resource studies. He will receive the coveted University Medal at Saturday’s ceremony in recognition of his scholarship, public service, and amazing life experiences.

UC Berkeley celebrates famous alumni with new Web site

As 7,000 students become alumni of UC Berkeley this month, they join generations of Cal alumni with the potential to change the world. A new Web site and constantly evolving blog — the Berkeley Wall of Fame — celebrates those who have helped brand Cal alumni as change makers, risk takers, and boundary breakers. The site kicked off just before commencement and showcases alumni whose innovations have significantly influenced their fields, demonstrating the impact that a single university can have.

Fatty-liver disease discovery promises new treatments for diabetes, other problems

Two types of naturally produced substances — one of them a bear bile acid — reduce the uptake of fat by the liver, opening the door to the development of new treatments for fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley.

How safe is your seafood? Wellness Letter sifts through facts

If you’re like most health-conscious people, you’re probably eating more fish these days. But along with heart-healthy omega-3 fats, you may be getting something in your seafood that’s not so welcome: contaminants. The Berkeley Wellness Letter guides readers through the latest information.

The Promise of Berkeley highlights impact of alumni

The latest issue of The Promise of Berkeley magazine features a whimsical sampling of some of Berkeley’s most notable alumni — people who remind us of the changes and innovations that can take place when boundaries are lifted. Additional articles spotlight Chancellor Birgeneau’s accomplishments and his decision to step down at the end of the year; Professor Saul Perlmutter’s experiences as a winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics; and the opening of the new Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.



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