This scholarship was established to assist exceptional students with financial need in obtaining a masters or graduate degree in: business, mathematics, computer science, biology, physics or chemistry.
In August, the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation announced the winners of its half-million dollars worth of environmental fellowships and grants for 2011. There were 20 of them around the United States, master’s and Ph.D. students. Four — a fifth of the total — are pursuing studies at Berkeley.
Elizabeth Blackburn, then a Berkeley professor, challenged her Ph.D. student Carol Greiderin the 1980s with some research that clearly wasn’t easy. It turned out to be breakthrough stuff in molecular biology, but neither suspected at the time that it, with work in a couple of intervening decades, would bring them both the Nobel Prize in [...]
In mid-August, John Gofman died at the age of 88. He was widely known in a variety of roles: physician, cardiac researcher, radiation scientist, and nuclear safety advocate. While working for his Ph.D. here in the 1940s under Glenn T. Seaborg he co-discovered isotopes of protactinium, uranium-232, and uranium-233, and soon found himself working on [...]