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Berkeley ranked 'best value' top 10

Berkeley ranked one of Kiplinger’s “best-value” top 10

In its new ranking of 100 “best-value” colleges and universities, based on academic quality and affordability, Kiplinger magazine ranks UC Berkeley among the top 10. The campus was the most selective of the top 100 universities, and the report noted the comparatively low level of student debt of Berkeley students at graduation.

EdX expands offering to include online courses in humanities and social sciences

Do you remember your first course on campus? Maybe it was an introductory economics course or something technology related? Do you have fond memories of reading the Greek classics or puzzling out compounds in a laboratory? You can relive those experiences today — but the venue has changed, thanks to edX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative in which UC Berkeley plays a leading role.

EdX has just expanded its course offerings for early 2013, including its first set of courses in the humanities and social sciences. New courses cover subjects from The Ancient Greek Hero to The Challenges of Global Poverty. Although you may no longer be on campus, you can still be part of the intense learning experience through any of the edX courses. All edX courses are now open for registration and available to anyone at no cost. EdX expects to announce additional courses within the next few weeks and months. For more information, and to register, go to

A high-achieving bunch: Berkeley’s 27 triple majors

The remarkable stories of UC Berkeley’s undergraduates who are pursuing triple majors were reported recently by the San Francisco Chronicle. The article delved into what makes the 27 students currently tackling triple majors so special.

Campus named a Fulbright “top producer,” twice over

In the current year, 23 Berkeley students — 16 graduate students and 7 undergraduates — were awarded Fulbright fellowships, putting Berkeley in fifth place among U.S. research universities in the prestigious program. See the list of “top-producing institutions.”

How grateful are Americans?

Americans are very grateful, and they think gratitude is important — they’re just not very good at expressing it. That’s one of the conclusions from a national survey on gratitude commissioned by the John Templeton Foundation, which also funds the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center’s gratitude project.

See the best Cal social media moments of 2012

UC Berkeley alumni, students, and friends tweeted, blogged, and otherwise shared their Cal experiences through a wide variety of social media in 2012. Check out some of the highlights.

An ambassador, filmmaker, and nun — Wall of Fame features them all

The Berkeley Wall of Fame — a constantly evolving blog — celebrates remarkable alumni and their contributions to the world. Visit the wall to see who’s new, including Kenneth Taylor ’59, the former Canadian ambassador to Iran whose role in helping six U.S. diplomats escape following the American embassy takeover is a centerpiece of Argo; Tiffany Shlain ’92, honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century;” and Pema Chodron ’63, C.MULT. ’65, one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the West. We’ve also added several duos of people who are connected in offbeat ways. Sweet and Salty pairs former chocolate-maker John Scharffenberger ’73 with Patricia Bragg, whose zesty comestibles are a favorite among health-food aficionados.  Global Healers honors Professors Ashok Gadgil Ph.D. ’79 and Kirk Smith ’68, M.P.H. ’72, Ph.D. ’77, who are both tackling air pollution from different angles. Sign up to receive updates on who has been added.

Biochemistry innovator named Cal Alumnus of the Year

Biochemistry innovator Dr. Frank Davis, Ph.D. '55 has been named Alumnus of the Year by the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). He will be recognized for his contributions to medical advancement at Charter Gala 2013.



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