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Do New Year’s Resolutions Really Work?

Do you make a New Year’s resolution every year? It turns out that people who make resolutions at the New Year have a much higher chance of keeping them.

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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

Kim Geron and Sarah Taylor speak at the 4th Annual Ph.D. Colloquium.

4th Annual Ph.D. Colloquium Offers Alternative Career Options

The Fourth Annual Ph.D. Colloquium provided insider information on attaining a teaching position in a liberal arts or community college. The colloquium was the first of a three part series that explores teaching opportunities.

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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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Get to Know Your Graduate Assembly

From the Welcome Back Party, to the Empowering Women of Color Conference. From free tax consultation, to workshops for student parents. From The Berkeley Graduate online journal, to the Queer and Transgender Advocacy project. Discover how the Graduate Assembly is working to improve the lives of graduate students and create a vibrant and inclusive graduate community.

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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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Introducing New Leadership in the Graduate Division

For the past three years, Rosemary Joyce has served as Associate Dean. Now, she is stepping in as Interim Dean of the Graduate Division this summer and fall, while the campus conducts a search for a successor to former Dean Andrew Szeri, who has taken on a different Vice Provost role.

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A Lycopod Odyssey with Jeff Benca

See a video on Jeff Benca, a graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology, who is studying a group of early land plants called lycopods. The video was produced by Molly Sharlach, Ph.D. ’13, who recently completed a graduate certificate in science communication at UC Santa Cruz.

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Prestigious Canadian Scholarship Granted to Berkeley Student

Andrea Marston, a doctoral student in the Department of Geography, has been granted the 2014 Trudeau Scholarship, the most prestigious doctoral award for the social sciences and humanities in Canada. The Foundation awarded the scholarships to 14 students this year.

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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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Reflections on Moving On

As Andrew Szeri moves on to his new position, Vice Provost, Strategic Academic & Facilities Planning, he reflects on his time at Graduate Division. “It has been my privilege to help lead Berkeley’s efforts to support the ambitions of more than 10,000 graduate students and to help enable the world-class excellence of 100-plus programs.” said Szeri.

2014 Teaching Effectiveness Award Recipients.

GSIs and Faculty Win Awards for Teaching and Mentorship

In recognition of the excellence of Graduate Student Instructors’ in teaching undergraduates, as well as the outstanding work of faculty members who mentor those GSIs, the GSI Teaching & Resource Center held three award ceremonies this spring.

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Memorial Fund Benefits Berkeley Students for Half a Century

In 1965 when Paul Hertelendy graduated from Berkeley with a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, he established a fund in memory of his colleague Tse-Wei Liu who died in an auto accident. For half a century, the fund has been benefiting students in Berkeley.

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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.”

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Cal Performances Announces 2014-15 Season

Season highlights include Yo-Yo Ma performing solo Bach at the Greek Theatre and a three-concert residency with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; UCB students receive a 50% discount on single tickets.

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Congratulations on Another Successful Semester!

Congratulations! The semester is coming to an end, as recently did the “Campaign for Berkeley.” The six year campaign successfully raised over $3 billion for the University and nearly doubled graduate fellowships.

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Campus Climate Survey Yields Results

About one-quarter of all graduate students participated in the survey, which found 79 percent of graduate students were satisfied with their academic experience at UC Berkeley. The survey is believed to be the largest study of institutional climate ever conducted.

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The Presence of Women in Physics

Katayun Kamdin, a third-year graduate student of physics and head coordinator for UC Berkeley’s Society for Women in the Physical Sciences, shares her experiences in the field.

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Berkeley Graduate Students Wow Sacramento Lawmakers

On March 12, doctoral candidates Margaret Rhee and Paul Yosefi joined Vice Provost Andrew Szeri — and their counterparts from the other nine UC campuses — in Sacramento for Graduate Research and Education Advocacy Day.

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

Margaret Rhee and Paul Yousefi with Graduate Dean Andrew Szeri (Melani King photos)

Graduate Researchers Bring their Passion to Sacramento

Graduate students from across the UC system shared their personal stories and research interests with Sacramento lawmakers at the University of California’s fifth annual Graduate Research and Education Advocacy Day, March 12.

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Tips for Surviving Graduate School

Alumnus, David Nguyen, found the transition from college to graduate school difficult. It took him longer than he first anticipated to complete his degree. He now shares his ideas on how to survive graduate school in a recently published book.

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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.”

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Student in School of Social Welfare Studies Sex Trafficking

Lynsey Clark, a master’s degree student at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, recently published an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, focusing on the child sex trafficking epidemic in her local community.

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Berkeley Becomes Beacon for Entrepreneurs

Unlike the South Bay, which has long been a mecca for startups, the East Bay is only recently blossoming as a nebula for startups and, at its center, is the business accelerator, SkyDeck Berkeley.

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Message from the Dean

Here’s good news to start the spring semester: A personalized one-stop web service — called CalCentral — has just been released to all campus constituencies.

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.

Former Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau and Frederick Wiseman answer questions during a screening of "At Berkeley."

Wiseman Comes to Berkeley

Frederick Wiseman visited Berkeley on December 3 to present his newest film “At Berkeley,” during two free screenings.

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City Planning Students Tackle Climate Change in Richmond

A group of UC Berkeley graduate students have recently teamed up to help Richmond residents tackle the negative impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels, flood risks, and increased energy and water consumption.

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White House Fellow – 1/15/2014

White House Fellows typically are full-time, paid assistants to senior White House staff, the Vice President, Cabinet secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials.  These are demanding assignments, requiring a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often … Continued

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Thanksgiving Fun

To help weed through the seemingly endless possibilities this Season we compiled a list of opportunities to have fun, plan your holiday shopping and perhaps give back to the community.

New faculty members gather at Morrison Reading Room during the reception to welcome them to Berkeley.

New Faculty Reception

The Graduate Division hosted the New Faculty Reception for 63 newly hired faculty, many of whom gathered at the Morrison Reading Room to become acquainted with resources available to faculty working with graduate students.

File Your Thesis or Dissertation by December 20th

December 20th is the last day of the 2013 fall term to file your thesis or dissertation! Frequently asked questions (FAQ) and essential information on how to format your manuscript and file your project.

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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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The Master of Fine Arts at Berkeley

The two year MFA in Art Practice has attracted applicants from around the world for its flexible curriculum based on the practice of creating art in a variety of mediums.