Fiona M. DoyleThe appointment of Carol Christ as Berkeley’s next Chancellor is exciting news for all of us who know Carol, whether from her previous tenure here from 1970 to 2002 or from her more recent work since 2015. Carol brings great energy and insight to all of her work, whether as a scholar or administrator, along with a deep commitment to Berkeley’s mission as a public university. But most striking is her tireless dedication to Berkeley’s students. I very much look forward to continuing to work closely with her for the benefit of Berkeley’s graduate students and programs.

On a different topic, I hope that you will join me at the third annual Berkeley Grad Slam competition on Wednesday, April 5, 3:00-5:30 pm, at 309 Sproul Hall.  Eight semi-finalists will present their doctoral and master’s research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience. All who attend can help select the “people’s choice winner.” The first-place champion, chosen by distinguished judges, will represent Berkeley at the UC-wide competition in May.

In addition to learning about some of the fascinating research being done at Berkeley, this is a great opportunity to think about how you might succinctly present your own work to prospective employers, funders, investors or policy makers. More information is provided on the Grad Slam website.

Finally, I hope that each of you has a chance to take a little time off to enjoy the upcoming Spring Break.

With warm regards,

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Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering