Alumni

Grateful for Self-Confidence

Yuyang Zhong '21 photo by Jim BlockWho I Am

Yuyang Zhong, Class of 2021, San Francisco, CA

How Donors Helped

Leadership Fund donors support Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, small classes that give undergraduates a chance to explore interesting subjects in intimate settings.

Grateful for My Campus Community

Tasmia Hussain '21, photo by Jim Block

Who I Am

Tasmia Hussain, Class of 2021, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

How Donors Helped

Leadership Fund donors underwrote this year’s first-ever Golden Bear Orientation, a welcome program that focuses on academic opportunities to help students like me get the best of Berkeley from day one.

Why we itch, and why it’s so hard to stop

August 1, 2018

Diana Bautista, an associate professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, at the University of California, Berkeley, says that in the last decade, our understanding of acute itch has skyrocketed. Read more...

Flies meet gruesome end under influence of puppeteer fungus

July 31, 2018

"In their death throes, the infected flies – like puppets on a string – obligingly climb to a high point and spread their wings, exposing their abdomen and allowing the fungus to shoot its spores as widely as possible to infect new flies." Read more...

DNA repair after CRISPR cutting not at all what people thought

July 30, 2018

Despite high hopes and high investment in CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, scientists still have a lot to learn about how it works in humans. Read more...

Grateful for Opportunities

Patricia Hernandez, photo by Jim Block

Who I Am

Patricia Hernandez, Class of 2018, Los Angeles, CA

3 weeks on the road with 5 lbs of luggage

June 28, 2018

I just got back from three weeks of travel (three conferences and a week of cycling). I carried less than 5lbs of luggage. This includes my pack, clothes, rain gear, toiletries, first-aid kit, flashlight, house keys, a water bottle, emergency tools, and a 10.5” iPad Pro and Apple Pencil — everything but the clothes on my back.¹ Almost half the weight was the iPad.

Tiny fossils give clues to origins of human social structure

June 22, 2018

A new study suggests that our distant ancestors actually had such nails, known as grooming claws. Read more...

When it comes to women in business, Cal clobbers Stanford

June 7, 2018

Whose women alums are rocking it in the Bay Area business world? UC Berkeley’s, according to a new list of Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2018 - and L&S grads lead the pack.

Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

February 27, 2018

An oft-neglected layer of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillslopes could be a significant reservoir for water, providing critical moisture for trees during droughts, according to a new study by scientists from UC Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin. Read more...