Alumni

Statistics alum working to make Pittsburg a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

March 20, 2017

Arturo Fernandez, a Berkeley alum, is leading the Pittsburg Sanctuary Organizing Committee currently working  to make Pittsburg a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

A Cal Alum’s Recipe for More Tuolumne River Salmon: Add Water

October 21, 2016

“It’s not a coincidence that returns have been exceptionally low during the drought,” says Drekmeier, a Cal undergraduate alumnus in political science and a former mayor of Palo Alto. “Low water levels correlate with poor salmon returns. Chinook salmon typically return to spawn on two year cycles. A couple years after the extremely wet winter of 1997-1998, when the rivers ran exceptionally high, 18 thousand fish returned to the Tuolumne. And two years after the 1982-1983 winter, which marked one of the wettest years on record, 40 thousand salmon returned.”

Two Berkeley alums, including one L&S alum, win MacArthur ‘genius’ grants

September 26, 2016

Josh Kun earned his Ph.D. in ethnic studies at Berkeley in 1999 and is a professor of communication at USC’s Annenberg School.  As a cultural historian, he explores “the ways in which the arts and popular culture are conduits for cross-cultural exchange,” according to his MacArthur citation.

Berkeley L&S alumna back from simulated Mars mission

August 31, 2016

Among the six scientists who emerged this week from a yearlong simulation of Mars was UC Berkeley alumna Sheyna Gifford, who left family and friends behind in August 2015 to live in a 1,000-square-foot dome on the north side of Mauna Loa.

Notes from Understory: A Berkeley Biologist Gauges the Health of the Redwoods from the Ferns on the Forest Floor

August 29, 2016

Emily Burns, who got her PhD from Berkeley in integrative biology 2009 and is the science director of Save the Redwoods Leaguefinds that water is the critical determinant in fern size.