University of California Human Rights Fellowship — 2/21/2013

The Human Rights Center is holding its annual competition for student fellowships in partnership with organizations working on human rights issues. Registered students at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union are eligible, with priority given to graduate and returning students. 

Switzer Environmental Fellowship — 1/10/2013

The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation specifically seeks innovators and problem-solvers who have the ability, determination, and integrity to become environmental leaders in the 21st century.

Speciesism

Speciesism seminar November 15 and beyond

A series of seminars and public outreach events aimed at inspiring a global dialogue on the relationships of humans to the rest of the natural world.

NSF Fellows 2012

Berkeley leads the way in NSF fellowships

The National Science Foundation fellowship is a crown jewel of graduate student awards. And Berkeley students lead the nation in capturing these prestigious and highly competitive grants. Here are 6 of this year’s recipients.

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.

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.

Shade

Berkeley students win a sizable share of environmental fellowships

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.

Gary Sposito “ambushed” with honors

Environmental Science, Policy and Management professor Gary Sposito is not fond of having his picture taken. When a friendly deputation (including his GSIs and departmental chair, colleagues, and staff and, oh, God, a photographer) invaded his Wheeler Hall classroom earlier this month to surprise him with an honor, his first impulse was to cross his arms in front of his face, not like a perp-walked mob boss, but more reminiscent of an exhausted exorcist facing the ultimate evil.

Dan Fahey

Student Profile: Dan Fahey

An environmental and health crisis ravaging the Democratic Republic of the Congo has long been overlooked, says Dan Fahey. Despite years of bloody conflict, the region “wasn’t on the radar of the international community,” says Dan, a Ph.D. candidate in Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.