CAA Announcements

Crisis in Japan

Check out unfolding coverage of how UC Berkeley is responding to the Japan earthquake and tsunami. You’ll find events to attend, comments from campus experts, updates from campus officials, and more. Read more

Photo Jasmina Vujic (center, holding microphone), UC Berkeley professor of nuclear engineering, addresses audience questions at a panel about Japan’s nuclear crisis. Aaron Walburg photo

The Cal Alumni Association Announces the 2011 Alumnus of the Year Steven Chu ’76

Steven Chu, who received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976, has been selected as the 2011 Alumnus of the Year by the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). The United States Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate is being recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to the fields of biophysics and atomic physics, commitment to addressing climate change, and transformative leadership in energy research and policy.

The Cal Alumni Association Presents a CALIFORNIA Live! Event, Can Cal Afford Athletics? During Homecoming 2010

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) will present Can Cal Afford Athletics? A conversation with Sandy Barbour, a frank discussion about the future of sports at Cal. San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius will engage Cal Director of Athletics, Sandy Barbour, in a conversation about the value of intercollegiate athletics and the cost of being competitive at the highest levels. The event will take place on Friday, October 8, 2–3 p.m. at the Bechtel Engineering Center.

Traveler Review: 2010 Israel & Jordan Trip

 We had a wonderful group of 25 Cal Discoveries Travelers journey to Israel & Jordan earlier this year (March 12-24) accompanied by our lecturer Paul Hamburg. 

Here are a few great comments from our travelers after their return:

“…the trip was wonderful, I enjoyed it immensely. We made a lot of friends that I hope we can continue friendships with.” {Ellen D.}

Travel Reception and 2011 Program Preview

If you are curious about learning more about our upcoming travel reception June 6, 2010 (3-5pm) here are some questions and answers to guide you:

Q: What exactly happens at the travel reception?

The Cal Alumni Association Presents a CALIFORNIA Live! Event, Truth and Lies - Featuring High-Profile UC Berkeley Academics

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) will present Truth and Lies, a provocative panel discussion with some of the University of California, Berkeley’s highest-profile academics, on Wednesday April 21 at the Autodesk Gallery, One Market, San Francisco. This event is open to all and presented as part of the California Live! series of lectures and discussions that bring to life the themes of CAA’s award-winning magazine, California.

Bail Out Our Schools

UC Berkeley Professor of Public Policy and former secretary of labor Robert Reich blogs on the need for investing in human capital.

Any day now, the Obama administration will announce $4.35 billion in extra federal funds for under-performing public schools. That’s fine, but relative to the financial squeeze all the nation’s public schools now face it’s a cruel joke. 

Travel with Cal Discoveries to Italy’s Amalfi Coast

I had the good fortune to travel to the Amalfi Coast with 28 Cal Discoveries travelers in September 2009 and it was a photographers dream. Everywhere you look, from your hotel veranda to the small hillside towns, you’ll find beautiful vistas and interesting street scenes. We had ample opportunity to explore the town along the Amalfi Coast and enjoy the wonderful food this region offers. Paestum offers the best Greek ruins outside of Greece and our visit to the buffalo farm was fascinating and the mozzarella cheese was the best I’ve ever tasted.


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