As 2013 and the spring semester get underway, I want to welcome you back to the swing of the campus. I hope you took time during the holiday break to recharge your batteries and gain some fresh perspectives on your work and your life. As for me, my perspective was altered by a week in rural Cambodia, doing my small part to volunteer with a medical clinic for underserved children and adults. The pace was hectic, the needs were great, but the rewards of feeling useful were even greater.
Naturally, the experience prompted me to reflect again on how much good so many Berkeley students, alumni, faculty and staff do in the world in so many ways. Your scholarship and research are part of preserving and advancing knowledge and understanding of ourselves and our universe. We in the Graduate Division try to document and publicize the aspirations and achievements of our graduate students through various media, including this platform of the monthly eGrad/GradNews, in addition to Facebook posts and Twitter feeds and our website as a whole. Please do stay connected and take advantage of the information and insights offered.
And let us know of your good news and your ideas for features of interest to you and your colleagues (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Andrew J. Szeri
Dean of the Graduate Division