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New evidence comet or asteroid impact was last straw for dinosaurs

A team of scientists from the Berkeley Geochronology Center and UC Berkeley has determined the most precise dates yet for the dinosaur extinction 66 million years ago and for the well-known impact that occurred around the same time, and concluded that they were simultaneous. While the impact probably was not the sole reason for the die-off, it was likely the last straw. A wide range of news media, including National Public Radio, covered the findings. launches, a collaboration between the School of Public Health and a national team of writers and editors, has just launched — featuring articles from the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter as well as original content and updates. The site relies on the expertise of the School of Public Health, other researchers at UC Berkeley, and top scientists from around the world. It translates this leading-edge research into practical advice for daily living—at home, at work, while exercising and in the market or health-food store. Check it out.

Berkeley Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame welcomes a reservist, composer, astronaut, and more

TheBerkeley Wall of Fame regularly features remarkable alumni and their contributions to the world, as well as pairs of people who are connected in offbeat ways. Visit the wall see who’s new, including:

  • Nina D’Amato M.E. ’08, a Marine reservist who helped rebuild schools in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold
  • Hector “Hecdog” Perez ’94, a Grammy-nominated composer who meshes Mexico’s traditional music with electronica
  • Space Travelers, honoring Tom Anderson ’98, co-founder of the trailblazing site Myspace, and Rex Walheim ’84, who has logged millions of miles in space
  • Sweet and Salty, which pairs former chocolate-maker John Scharffenberger ’73 with Patricia Bragg, whose zesty comestibles are a health-food favorite
  • Global Healers, celebrating Professors Ashok Gadgil Ph.D. ’79 and Kirk Smith ’68, M.P.H. ’72, Ph.D. ’77, who both tackle air pollution from different angles

Chancellor Birgeneau selected for CEO Leadership Award

Recognizing Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s leadership of UC Berkeley during a period of great change in its history and establishing a financial model for ensuring its continued excellence, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is awarding him the 2013 Chief Executive Officer Leadership Award. The award covers District VII of the worldwide organization, which covers the Western region of the United States, and will be presented in San Francisco next month.

Math Club president reveals he’s a DREAMer

In a video released nationally, UC Berkeley Math Club President Terrence Park reveals that he is an undocumented immigrant and, as part of an effort to sway American minds on immigration, makes an economic case for legislation to make young people like him citizens. The video is part of The Dream is Now project and was first covered yesterday in a San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate news blog.

Love, International House style

More than 1,000 couples have gone off to lives together after meeting at UC Berkeley’s International House. Among them: Ken and Pat Taylor, whose story of sheltering hostages in Iran is told in the Oscar-nominated film “Argo;” and Mason Gaffney and Estelle Lau, who couldn’t legally marry until laws against interracial marriage changed and whose son and partner were involved in the same-sex marriage case that went to the California Supreme Court. Check out some of the amazing stories.

You are invited to Charter Gala 2013!

The Cal Alumni Association invites you to celebrate the 145th anniversary of the University and honor the Alumnus of the Year at Charter Gala 2013.



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