Neil Smelser, a distinguished sociologist and higher education leader who navigated the swells of student uprisings during the exhilarating and tumultuous 1960s, died peacefully on Oct. 2 at his home in Berkeley. He was 87.
Three L&S alumni are among the 24 amazing Americans revealed today as winners of the coveted MacArthur “genius” award. Writer Viet Than Nguyen and opera director Yuval Sharon are both alumni of the Department of English, and conceptual artist Trevor Paglen has a BA in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Geography.
Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new UC Berkeley research.
UC Berkeley researchers have begun to preserve rare audio of indigenous California languages thanks to a new, non-invasive technology — bringing us a step closer to understanding the area’s oldest cultures.