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Stellar L&S students among finalists for prestigious University Medal

Students majoring in L&S subjects from political science to English were among a select handful considered for the prestigious University Medal, which requires a 3.95 grade point average and a resume illustrating a track record of overcoming challenges and helping others.

Plunge into water policy earns interdisciplinary studies major the top graduating senior award

A diehard water and sanitation access warrior, Rebecca Peters, 23, is this year’s winner of the University Medal, which goes to UC Berkeley’s top graduating senior. Peters is graduating with a double major in society and environment and interdisciplinary studies, and a minor in global poverty and practice.

Geography Professor Michael Watts offers insights into Nigeria's Boko Haram

Professor Michael Watts, Class of 1963 Chair of the Department of Geography, has authored many books, including "Silent Violence: Food, Famine, and Peasantry in Northern Nigeria" and "Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta." 

As Tyler Stovall prepares to step down as dean of Undergraduate Division, Bob Jacobsen accepts interim role

Gains in staff diversity and undergraduate research opportunities are among the contributions of Dean Tyler Stovall of the Undergraduate Division, who has served in the role since 2008. When he steps down from the position June 30, Bob Jacobsen will begin a one-year term in a new role as interim dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Integrative biologists bid farewell to hyena colony

A colony of hyenas studied by L&S scientists for decades, and once used as models for characters in the film "The Lion King," has been disbanded. Calling the animals "comical, charismatic, social and very intelligent," Integrative Biology Professor Stephen Glickman says there's still much to learn about hyenas, which are immune to the infectious disease anthrax.

Berkeley Connect earns high marks in its first semester

A learning concept nurtured in the English department has spread to 10 majors. Following Berkeley Connect's first semester as a campuswide program, California magazine takes a close-up look to see how undergraduates have responded to Berkeley's version of the intimate class size and discussion groups common to small liberal arts institutions.

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