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By Anabel Sosa

Blind thinkers, scientists, and artists showing us the way.

Professor David Card

Workingman’s Economist

By Kweku Opoku-Agyemang

When Cal professor and labor economist David Card got the early-morning phone call from Sweden last October informing him that he’d won the 2021 Nobel Prize in  economics, he thought it was a buddy back home in Ontario pulling his leg. “My old friend, Tim, who lives in Guelph, I thought it was one of his practical jokes,” Card told the Canadian news media. 

The View from the Trenches

By Glen Martin and Photos by Marcus Hanschen

Two years into the pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 continues to defy predictions. At the date of this writing, the Omicron variant—as contagious as ultra-transmissible viruses such as measles, if somewhat less severe than earlier COVID variants—continues to spread rapidly. While the surge appears to be ebbing in some areas of the United States, hospitalizations remain high and, nationally, about 2,500 deaths are reported daily. 

Peregrines in Love

By Hayden Royster

If Berkeley has a celebrity couple, it’s Annie and Grinnell, the peregrine falcons who alighted on the Campanile and have called it home since late 2016. Year after year, the lovebirds have nested and fledged their chicks, generating 24/7 entertainment for those tuning in to the Cal Falcons live cams (first installed in 2019). Viewers have had unprecedented access to the daily lives of a falcon family: first meals, first flights, the one kid who just won’t leave the nest. It was like Jon & Kate Plus 8, but with a lot more dead pigeons and doves. 

Running Start for Perlmutter

By Hayden Royster

Named after Cal’s Nobel-winning cosmologist Saul Perlmutter, Ph.D. ’86, Berkeley’s newest supercomputer was launched in May 2021 by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and hailed as one of the fastest ever. The next month, it ranked fifth on the coveted TOP500 list, the biannual record of the world’s most powerful commercially available supercomputers. 

Haas Dean Ann Harrison Photos Copyright Noah Berger / 2018

5 Questions

By Dhoha Bareche

A conversation with Ann E. Harrison ’82, Dean and Professor, Haas School of Business

Snapp Chats

By Martin Snapp

The National Lawyers' Guild, distributing basic necessities, and the uphill battle for transfer students.

Mechanical engineering students Phil Downey, Jordan Machardy, Daniel Zu, Megan Banh, and Aldo Suseno practice for an upcoming Mars Rover competition in UC Berkeley's Memorial Glade in Berkeley, Calif. on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Adam Lau/Berkeley Engineering)

Chancellor’s Letter

By Chancellor Carol T. Christ

Let’s face it, over the last few years, every day seems to arrive with a new set of unhappy headlines about existential issues. 

How Cal Golf Went From A Ragtag Team to the Top of the Game

By Scott Ball

Cal's masters of golf are leading the way. But it wasn't always this way.

Fishing for Answers with Robert Tjian

By Pat Joseph

The professor of biochemistry on the intersection of science and entrepreneurship

First Person: Berkeley Student and Afghan Refugee on Why She Hasn’t Given Up on Afghanistan

By Maryam Karimi, as told to Dhoha Bareche

On the pain of leaving home and hopes for the future