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April 13, 2018

The leech is making a comeback -- in science and medicine.

April 11, 2018

Remember the first few days at college: excitement, fear, nervousness, acceptance or anxiety? Whatever those first impressions were, many remember their first year as the beginning of some of the best days of their lives. Research has shown that a student's first year shapes their perceptions of a college and will determine if they remain. In short, the first year is crucial because of its impact on student ​success.

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Shari Huhndorf, chair and professor of Native American Studies; Nicolas Tackett, associate professor of East Asian Studies; and Fei Xu, professor of psychology are among this year’s 175 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows. The prestigious annual Guggenheim fellowships recognize scholars with impressive past achievements who show promise for future accomplishments in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts. 

Department of Geography
Roger Byrne passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Berkeley on March 11, 2018. Roger began his career as professor in the Geography Department at U.C. Berkeley in 1973 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He established the Quaternary Paleoecology Lab and was an Associate Curator with the UC Museum of Paleontology.

April 9, 2018

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Melvin Gordon, a multifaceted theater scholar who was a world expert in Stanislavsky and acting theory, died on March 22 in Richmond, California, due to complications of renal failure. He was 71.

April 5, 2018

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UC Berkeley student Natalea Schager piloted dozens of drone flights last summer over the vast Sacsayhuamán Archaelogical Park in Cusco, Peru. Hands-on research experiences like this, where students like Schager are in the driver’s seat, are a hallmark of the Berkeley undergraduate education. Schager’s drone flights produced so much information on Inca archaeology in Peru, and video footage, that she was able to launch an augmented reality app of Sacsayhuamán. The app is used as an educational tool aimed at giving students a 3D tour of the archaeological park from their classroom.

April 3, 2018

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Low-achieving, non-white and poor students stand to gain the most academically from attending charter schools but are less likely to seek charter school enrollment than higher-achieving, more advantaged students who generally live closer to charter schools, according to research conducted by UC Berkeley economist Christopher Walters.

March 29, 2018

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It may be time to tailor students’ class schedules to their natural biological rhythms, according to a new study from UC Berkeley and Northeastern Illinois University.

March 27, 2018

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"Most exploding stars flare brightly and then slowly fade over weeks to months, but an unusual group of supernovas noticed only in the last 10 years flare up and disappear within days." Read more...

March 23, 2018

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Ethnic Sudies undergraduates Pablo Paredes and Camila Ruiz are spending their spring break in Puerto Rico as part of Alternative Breaks, a program in Berkeley’s Public Service Center that gives more than 100 students each year a chance to explore social justice issues through hands-on service during their winter and spring breaks.
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On March 23, 1868, the University of California was born at Berkeley. Exactly 150 years later, university and campus leaders, students, staff, faculty, alumni and guests came together to celebrate the UC’s — and Berkeley’s — illustrious past and march proudly into its future.

March 21, 2018

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Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions.

March 16, 2018

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Four faculty members, including two from L&S, are singled out this year for one of UC Berkeley’s highest honors, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

A special lecture and panel discussion followed by a reception. Keynote speaker is Professor Tracy Johnson from UCLA. Event also features UCLA Professor Paul Barber, and UC Berkeley Professor Tyrone B. Hayes.
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Olly Wilson grew up in St. Louis surrounded by jazz, blues, gospel, popular and classical music. By the time he turned 15, he earned money as a jazz and rhythm and blues musician, backing up legends like Chuck Berry. Wilson went on to become a pioneer in electronic music and to share his love for music with thousands of UC Berkeley students and colleagues during his campus tenure as a professor and chair of the music department. He died Tuesday at the age of 80.

March 14, 2018

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When Kelly Chou, a freshman chemistry major, started at UC Berkeley last semester, she felt overwhelmed. She was taking all STEM classes and she was missing an outlet for her risk-taking, creative side. After participating in a design-a-thon in Jacobs Hall, she realized she needed a course where she could break out of the rigid structure of her undergraduate chemistry courses. So she enrolled in Collaborative Innovation, a Big Ideas course in the College of Letters and Science, and found just what she was looking for.

March 13, 2018

Despite being one of two underrepresented minority scholars, and the only woman in Berkeley’s Nanoelectrics and Nanostructures Group, Amal El-Ghazaly is not isolated in her STEM field. She’s among 25 scholars from Berkeley, Stanford, Caltech and UCLA who have postdoctoral fellowships in the California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a diverse, cross-institutional community of Ph.D. students, postdoc scholars and faculty members funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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UC Berkeley anthropology professor Saba Mahmood, a scholar of modern Egypt, died on March 10 of pancreatic cancer.
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California Senator Kamala D. Harris, only the second African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate and a leading progressive voice, will deliver the commencement address to UC Berkeley’s 2018 graduating class.

March 9, 2018

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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name?” Now, a student co-curated exhibition at UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology ponders the messages conveyed by the human face directly or subtly via the globe’s diverse cultures over the centuries.