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Japanese cherry tree grove commemorates UC alumni

A seed planted several years ago at a meeting of the California Japanese American Alumni Association reached fruition April 6 with the formal dedication of a Japanese cherry tree grove at the West Circle of the Berkeley campus.

Bakar Fellows program supports cutting-edge research

Neuroengineer Jose Carmena and bioengineer Michel Maharbiz are working to develop a brain-machine interface, an emerging technology for retraining the brain to operate a prosthetic device such as an artificial limb. They are among a group of faculty whose work is supported by the campus’s Bakar Fellows Program, which helps scholars at the early stage of their careers to pursue innovative research with commercial promise. The 2012-13 Bakar Fellows exemplify the innovative work of Berkeley faculty.

Yeast-derived antimalarial drug a triumph for Berkeley

The best therapy today for malaria is a drug combination that includes a derivative of artemisinin, now solely available from plants. On April 11, production began of the first semi-synthetic version of artemisinin, derived from yeast developed by biotech company Amyris based on discoveries in the laboratory of Jay Keasling at Berkeley.

Campus poised to join Obama’s BRAIN initiative

President Barack Obama has announced a major national initiative to understand how the brain works and how it goes awry. Neuroscientist John Ngai, chemist Paul Alivisatos and chemical engineer Jay Keasling were on hand at the White House to lend support to the so-called BRAIN Initiative, which Ngai termed “our moon project.”

Wall of Fame welcomes your nominations

Thanks to you, we asked for help in uncovering outstanding alumni to add to the Wall of Fame and have received more than 200 nominations to date. We are pleased to welcome some of our favorites, from household names to unsung heroes who are quietly, yet powerfully, changing the world. Come back throughout April to discover the change-makers you have chosen.

  • Anu Sridharan ’09, M.S. ’10 cofounded NextDrop, which provides real-time alerts about piped water to families and utilities in urban India.
  • Gregory Peck ’39, one of the movie industry's most towering figures of all time, embodied the strength and compassion of the characters he portrayed.
  • Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa ’94, known as Dr. Q, transformed from an undocumented migrant worker to an internationally renowned neurosurgeon.

For California Golden Bears, it’s a brand new look

The University of California Athletic Department unveiled an updated visual identity for the Golden Bears, showing a set of graphics, colors and imagery that pays homage to Cal's historic past and creates a contemporary look and feel for the future.

Come back to Berkeley for Alumni and Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for Alumni and Family Weekend (formerly called Homecoming) on October 4–6, 2013. Choose from more than 100 fun-filled events, including alumni parties, the Cal Parents Family Dinner, Bear Affair BBQ, faculty seminars, tours and open houses, and the Cal vs. Washington State football game. The website and registration will open on July 1. Call 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) or e-mail with questions. We look forward to seeing you this fall!

2014 Alumni Awards: Call for nomination

Help us locate the “Best of the Best.” The Cal Alumni Association annually recognizes distinguished alumni whose achievements exemplify the excellence of our University. We invite you to nominate outstanding alumni and alumni volunteers for one or more of our 2014 awards.

ihouse raffle

Last chance to enter the International House Raffle

You can win a one-week stay in Paris plus $3,000 cash, a three-night stay in a luxury Pebble Beach vacation home or dinner at Fleur de Lys restaurant in SF. Increase your chance of winning with more tickets ($100 each, $180 for two, $400 for five). Order tickets by calling (510) 642-4128 by April 17.

All proceeds from the raffle will support the Fund for I-House. Details at



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