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Scientists warn of looming tipping point for Earth

A prestigious group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate change may be driving Earth toward an irreversible change in the biosphere, a planet-wide tipping point that would have destructive consequences absent adequate preparation and mitigation.

Cal at the Summer Olympics

Cal athletes gear up for Olympics

Continuing a long tradition of competing in the Olympic Games, athletes from UC Berkeley will be participating in the 2012 London Olympics next month. So far 11 athletes from Cal have qualified in seven sports, representing the United States and diverse countries, including the Netherlands, Slovenia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Three Cal coaches will also serve as team coaches in the games. Check out the latest on who has qualified, past medal winners, and the 2012 schedule.

A global first: Berkeley takes up plastic-waste challenge

Stepping up to the global challenge of trying to keep plastic waste from clogging waterways, coastlines and landfills, UC Berkeley is the first university in the world to embrace the Plastic Disclosure Project. The project aims to use the concept of a plastic footprint — like a carbon footprint — as a way of stimulating change in the way the world deals with an important but problematic resource. It was co-founded by Berkeley alum Doug Woodring, who swam for the Golden Bears and graduated in 1988.

On the same page: Fiat Lux

Fiat Lux ("let there be light") is not only the motto of the University of California. It is also the name a vast repository of photographs taken of the entire UC system nearly fifty years ago by Ansel Adams, one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century. "Fiat Lux" is the centerpiece for the 2012 "On the Same Page" program, providing Berkeley students and faculty the chance to use the collection as a springboard for exploring the history — and imagining the future — of the university via classes, public events, and interactive activities in the fall semester. In collaboration with UC Press, On the Same Page has created a 2012 edition of the 1967 Fiat Lux book for all incoming students and current faculty, and is creating a digital version that will be available online.

Who’s new to the Wall of Fame? Sign up to find out!

A new Web site and constantly evolving blog — the Berkeley Wall of Fame— launched in May to celebrate Cal alumni whose vision and talents have changed the world. You can now sign up to receive quarterly updates on who has been added to the wall, as well as nominate alums who best exemplify UC Berkeley’s far-reaching influence. Look out for special features each month, such as Olympians in July and innovative business leaders in August.

Campus gold for Berkeley publications and news writing

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education recently awarded three international gold medals to UC Berkeley publications and work, highlighting the efforts of the campus to communicate with the public:

  • Print external audience tabloids and newsletters, to University Relations Marketing and Communications, for The Promise of Berkeley magazine.
  • Excellence in news writing, for research, medicine, and science news writing, to the campus’s Media Relations unit, part of the Office of Public Affairs.
  • College and university general interest magazines, to the Cal Alumni Association, for California magazine.



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