Catherine Albiston, professor of Law and Sociology and winner of the 2016 Carol D. Soc Award for Senior Faculty, celebrates with family and colleagues at the Graduate Mentoring Awards on April 13, 2016 at Anna Head Alumnae Hall.

Faculty Recognized by Mentorship Awards

On April 13, 2016, five faculty members were honored with the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award and Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award.

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Rewarding Berkeley’s Aspiring Scientists

Seven Berkeley doctoral students traded in lab coats for formal wear to attend the 45th Annual Scholar Awards Luncheon of ARCS on October 29, 2015.

Associate Dean Susan Muller places Una's necklace on this year's recipient, Yu-Hui (Amy) Lin.

Yu-Hui Lin is Celebrated as this Year’s Una Fellow

Yu-Hui (Amy) Lin, a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnic Studies was awarded this year’s Una Fellowship. The Una fellowship is awarded each year to an outstanding woman graduate student studying history at Berkeley.

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Two Social Welfare Alumni Win Research Awards

Two UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare alumni were recently awarded research awards. Carly Devlin (’14) was awarded the American Clinical Social Work Association‘s (ACSWA) Judith Holm Memorial Student Awards, including a $2,000 grant and a $1,000 Snooks Prize grant … Continued

Tami Bond, a 1995 U.C. Berkeley alumna, was recently named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow for her work on measuring black carbon emissions.

UC Berkeley Alumna Wins MacArthur Fellowship

UC Berkeley alumna, Tami Bond, was recently named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow for her work on measuring black carbon emissions on human health and the atmosphere.

Post-doctoral student Kurtis Heimerl started a company that provides cellular power to rural areas.

Kurtis Heimerl Named MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35

At 30, Kurtis Heimerl has held many titles. Computer scientist. Ex-Googler. Postdoctoral researcher. Humanitarian. CEO. This year, he created a new technology that has the potential to provide low-cost, community-owned cellular networks to the estimated 1 billion people currently living … Continued

Gavin McCormick

Innovation Gives Users a Say in Energy Consumption

McCormick, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is the recipient of this year’s Echoing Green Climate Fellowship for his innovation that empowers people and business to control their own energy choices.

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Researcher Michael Jordan Wins $100,000 Rumelhart Prize for Cognitive Science

Michael Jordan, a leading UC Berkeley faculty researcher in the fields of computer science and statistics, is the 2015 recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize, a prestigious honor reserved for those who have made fundamental contributions to the theoretical foundations of human cognition.

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Berkeley Professor Wins International Award in Renewable Energy

Jay Keasling, a professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering, has won the 2014 Eni Award prize in Renewable Energy for his achievements in the microbial production of hydrocarbon fuels.

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Berkeley Students Recognized by NAEd/Spencer Fellowship

Four UC Berkeley students were awarded National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for their research in the field of education. Each recipient was given a $25,000 cash prize for the 2014-15 academic year and an opportunity to network with members of NAE and other senior scholars during a retreat.

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Berkeley Grad Wins Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Kelly Clancy, a graduate student in Biophysics, has won the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation, a newly established award with only two winners each year. As the reward, Clancy took home a trophy and a $50,000 cash prize. UC Berkeley will also receive an award to support a seminar series.

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Seven Students Win Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowships

Each year the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha of California Chapter awards fellowships to PBK members who are currently enrolled as doctoral students at UC Berkeley. The seven winners of the 2014 fellowship awards of $5,000 each are: Emily S. Cibelli, Linguistics … Continued

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Women’s Hackathon Honors I-School Students

Four Master’s students from the School of Information competed in the one-day Women’s Hackathon at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park in April.  The four designed a new Facebook feature that allows users to save and organize especially interesting content from their own timeline or from elsewhere on Facebook. Later they can “relive” that saved content in its social context.

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Graduate Student Wins Chancellor Award

In early May, Margaret Rhee, a doctoral candidate in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in New Media Studies, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in the category of Campus-Community Partnership for her project “From the Center.”

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Winners Announced

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recently named five UC Berkeley School of Optometry students and one School of Public Health student as this year’s recipients. Ka Yee So won for her proposal to employ a bilingual, telemedicine approach as a screening … Continued

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AERA Awards Two Berkeley Professors

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) — the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education — recently recognized two Berkeley graduate school professors for excellence in education research. Janelle Scott, an assistant professor in the Graduate … Continued

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Alumna Wins on “Wheel of Fortune”

Haas School of Business alumna, Melody Akhtari, appeared on the popular televised show “Wheel of Fortune” on March 20, 2014, and went home a champion. Soon after graduating from Haas School of Business in 2011, Akhtari applied to become a … Continued

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Investigative Reporting Program Wins Prestigious DuPont Award

The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism recently won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for broadcast and digital news for the documentary “Rape in the Fields.”

SEED Initiative Executive Director Dr. Helen Marquard (first on left) and United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner (second on left) present a UN SEED prize to Berkeley PhD candidate Jalel Sager (Energy and Resources, third from right), and other awardees from Vietnam, South Africa, and Uganda.
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UC Berkeley Group Wins United Nations Award

United Nations SEED grant for sustainable energy development grant will fund a pilot energy project of a solar-based microgrid in an island community in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

Team members Vivek Rao and Henry Kagey observe an experiment in progress.

Graduate Students in Hermanowicz Lab Named Odebrecht Finalists

Graduate students in CEE Professor Slav Hermanowicz’s Lab and collaborators received second place in 2013 Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. The award, which includes cash prizes totaling $65,000, invites university students to search for innovative technologies and methods to promote sustainable and … Continued

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Berkeley Alumnus Wins PEN Literary Award

Last month UC Berkeley alumnus Leonard Mlodinow was awarded the PEN: E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for his book Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.

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J-School student wins WHCA Scholarship and meets President Obama

Angela Hart, a student in the Graduate School of Journalism, was a recipient of the 2013 White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) Student Scholarship. In April, Hart attended the WHCA awards dinner in Washington D.C. and a luncheon with President Obama.

Teaching Effectiveness Award recipients 2012

GSI honors for a dozen new ways of helping people learn

These 12 people, in some ways the crème de la crème of this year’s top graduate student instructors, have effectively, and often cleverly, identified, addressed, and documented a teaching problem they encountered and, for the benefit of all, told how they solved it. Read, for instance, how Sonja Schwartz reinvented the bean jar.

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The key to totally surprising a mentor: no leaks

So far, nobody’s let the cat out of the bag, so the surprise has been total in every case. Despite Berkeley’s long tradition of protest and California’s reputation for spontaneity, faculty members here simply don’t expect to be interrupted by outsiders while they’re teaching a class.  When it dawns on them that the invasion brings unexpected but happy news for them personally, decorum goes out the window.

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Mentoring comes of age at Berkeley

Not all aspects of a dean’s job bring smiles; it’s hardly possible to please everyone all the time.  That said, there are events during the year that irresistibly bring a smile to my face, and make a lot of people … Continued

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Google’s Eric Schmidt and two other grad alumni receive high Cal Alumni Association honors

The magnitude of what the faculty and the students did back then still makes Schmidt reflective. “The consequence of our research,” says the self-confessed former nerd, with “our” meaning all those physicists and semiconductor-makers and others, “is that another five billion people will join the global conversation. That’s billion with a b.”

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Meet the Winners of the 2012 Distinguished Fellows Video Contest

Meet the winners of the 2012 Distinguished Fellows Video Contest: First Place: Jeremy Chase Crawford. Second Place: Arturo Cortez. Third Place: Kristina Kangas. Winners received conference travel awards in the amounts of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively.

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Perlmutter collects his Nobel

Accompanied by his wife, Laura Nelson, and daughter, Noa, Perlmutter and the other newly named Nobelists, their families, friends and colleagues arrived in Stockholm for the start of festivities on Tuesday, December 6.

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294 GSIs are celebrated as officially “Outstanding”

Of the many, many GSIs on campus, nearly 300 were singled out as Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors by the Graduate Division’s GSI Center — and 10 GSIs were given special recognition for their innovative solutions to teaching problems.