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Academic Ranking of World Universities: UC Berkeley in top 4, top public globally

The 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released last week, placed UC Berkeley in the top four globally — along with Harvard, Stanford, and MIT — and reaffirmed its ranking as the top public university in the world. It also rated UC Berkeley no. 2 in the world in natural sciences and mathematics, no. 3 in engineering/technology and computer sciences, and no. 3 in social sciences. The world rankings are compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The Bears in London — Cal brings home 17 medals from Olympics, 11 of them gold

Since the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, over 300 Olympians have represented UC Berkeley. The Golden Bears have earned 176 medals — including 17 at the recently concluded Summer Olympics in London. If UC Berkeley were its own country, it would be sixth in the world for the number of gold medals it earned in 2012. Watch “The Bears in London” video, which captures the spirit of excellence and pride of Cal’s Olympians in 2012 and through the years.

Here is a rundown of the 2012 performance by the 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches, and staff members who represented UC Berkeley in London. The 17 medals won in 2012 matched Cal’s record haul from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. You can check out profiles of some of Cal’s Olympians on the Berkeley Wall of Fame — a new blog that celebrates Cal alumni whose vision and talents have changed the world.

Students get sunny welcome; state of campus strong as new academic year starts

Monday’s New Student Convocation drew some 3,000 new freshman and transfer students to the newly renovated Greek Theatre as Chancellor Robert Birgeneau officially welcomed this year’s incoming class of undergraduates to UC Berkeley. In a briefing with reporters on Thursday, the chancellor and campus leaders reported that the state of the university is remarkably strong on a variety of fronts, from academic achievement to faculty recruitment and retention, to access for California’s students, whose numbers at Berkeley are greater than they were when Birgeneau arrived on campus in 2004.

Philanthropists Lisa and Douglas Goldman give $10 million to Cal Athletics

When California Memorial Stadium reopens for its first football game on Saturday, Sept. 1, it will be a transformed facility graced with a scenic and new gateway: the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza, named in recognition of a $10 million gift to Cal Athletics by the San Francisco philanthropists.

California Memorial Stadium Reopens

California Memorial Stadium reopening to a lineup of events

As much as Golden Bear fans are anticipating a return to Memorial Stadium to watch Cal football compete on the field this season, several special events celebrating a return to the historic venue are designed to have them eager to find their seats, as well. A pregame ribbon cutting will take place when the Bears host Nevada Sept. 1, and the stadium will have its official rededication at halftime of the Cal-UCLA game Oct. 6. Fans may also want to note that the rebuilt stadium will offer some of the most eclectic football fare for a U.S. university. Catch a video tour of Memorial Stadium.

New home for Daily Cal and J-School’s investigative program

The Daily Cal student newspaper and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, part of the Graduate School of Journalism, will work shoulder to shoulder in a newly purchased campus building on Hearst Avenue. Acquisition of the $2.5 million, 5,718-square-foot building was made possible by a gift from Liz Simons, an alumna of both the UC Berkeley journalism school and the Daily Cal, through the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Come to Cal for three days of fun!

Homecoming at Cal (Oct. 5–7, 2012) is your best chance to join fellow alumni, parents, and friends in celebrating all that Berkeley stands for. Register today to gain access to more than 100 fun-filled events, including festive alumni parties, the Bear Affair BBQ, faculty seminars, campus tours, museum open houses, and more. You may either purchase tickets to individual events or save money with a weekend package, available in several options. Tickets to the Cal vs. UCLA football game ($45 plus fees) are purchased separately.

Homecoming wouldn't be the same without you! Please register today.Questions? Call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or e-mail



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