While our research is always advancing and our teaching is always improving, our core needs remain constant. It is our people – faculty and students – who bring excellence to Berkeley, so funding for faculty positions and graduate student fellowships are our very top priorities.
The L&S Development and College Relations Office is responsible for raising private support for all L&S departments from alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations, and provides leadership and assistance to the campus community.
In academia, the adage “publish or perish” is often the standard rubric for defining an illustrious career. Not for the late Norman Jacobson (1922–2007), whose 54-year career as a political science professor was devoted almost exclusively to teaching — creatively and across disciplines.
Does God exist? What happens when people die? These were top-of-mind questions for Jeffrey Kaplan ’18, when he was a child. “I was definitely interested in the big questions as a kid,” says Kaplan, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s philosophy department. “It seemed that most adults stopped thinking about them.
By the age of 3, Myra Melford had found her passion: the piano. “One of my earliest memories is of climbing onto a piano bench and starting to improvise my own songs,” she says. “I begged my parents for lessons, and they gave in. I’ve been playing ever since.”
Robert Full wants to tap the diverse experiences of UC Berkeley undergraduates to teach them the fun of discovering biology’s secrets and the innovations that can spring from hacking them.
Maybe he’ll spark a few entrepreneurs in the process.
Berkeley brain scientist Marian Diamond may be best remembered by the general public for carrying a real human brain around in a hat box during her 55 years on campus. Alumnus Ron Hammer, however, remembers Diamond for sparking his lifelong interest in neurobiology and for mentoring him as a student researcher in her lab.