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Hitting the Right Note

Myra MelfordBy 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.”

New course to tap UC Berkeley's diversity and maker spirit

December 13, 2017
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.

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce

November 29, 2017


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A Talk by Mike Summers, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Highlighting a brain scientist’s thought-provoking legacy

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.

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Golden Bear Orientation Welcomes New Bears to Berkeley

August 15, 2017

Supported in part by the College of Letters & Science Advisory Board and College Leadership Fund donors, an ambitious program to introduce all 9,500 incoming students to UC Berkeley launches Tuesday, Aug. 15. Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) — eight jam-packed days of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming — is expected to be the largest orientation of its kind at a U.S. university, in terms of the number of students participating.

UC Berkeley to open first university center for Silk Road study in North America

May 3, 2017
UC Berkeley is opening the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, the first institutionalized center in the U.S. dedicated to the study of the historical trading networks serially known as the Silk Road, thanks to a $5 million gift by two branches of the Tang family.

L&S Inaugural Gala Dinner Celebrates (Almost) 150 Years of Excellence in the Liberal Arts

On April 26 more than one hundred friends of the College of Letters & Science gathered at the St. Francis Yacht Club to celebrate almost 150 years of excellence in the liberal arts at Berkeley. UC President Janet Napolitano welcomed the incoming Chancellor of UC Berkeley, Carol Christ, currently Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Over dinner guests heard a speech entitled, 'How Cal Prepared Me for Putin, Pablo Escobar, and Taylor Swift,' about the liberal arts in action from Vanity Fair Senior Correspondent and L&S alumna Maureen Orth '64.

A Gift to Iranian Studies and Beyond

To attract and retain top-flight faculty across all 10 campuses, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced a $50 million matching fund program in 2014 that aims to establish 100 new endowed faculty chairs within five years. Seizing the opportunity to support excellence, Berkeley donors have quickly stepped forward. In less than two years, five out of an anticipated eight chairs have been created at Cal, and a sixth chair is in progress.