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6 (More) Things You’ll Never Believe Came from Berkeley!

By Pat Joseph

Curb cuts, smokestack scrubbers, hanging chads, and more!

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Berkeley Center Brings Science-Based Mindfulness to the Masses

By Leah Worthington

A stone’s throw from the southwestern edge of campus sits a squat, nondescript, brown building with a lofty dream: to untangle the science of a meaningful life.

Margie Cullen

Remembering Joe Kapp

By Pat Joseph

Joe Kapp ’59 was the greatest bad quarterback there ever was—a larger-than-life character who left his mark as a player, coach, and activist. 

getty images/D C Malan

Berkeley Bucks the Trend in Humanities

By Hayden Royster

Early into his tenure as chancellor, Clark Kerr had a realization: Berkeley’s humanities were in crisis.

Patrick Welsh

The Legacy of Berkeley’s I-House

By Margie Cullen

Meet five notable alumni who made waves in their fields


Publisher Wants Your Thrutopian Novel

By Leah Worthington

Author and activist Aya de León talks about rewriting the climate narrative through pop fiction.

Out front: Prof. Ken Goldberg is a pioneer in AI research.

Bringing Real Smarts to Artificial Intelligence

By Chancellor Carol T. Christ

“Our newest academic unit could not be more perfectly positioned.”

Special Edition of “What to Read, Watch, and Listen To”

By the editors of California magazine

Try one of these this summer

Courtesy of the Law family

“I was afraid we’d be isolated.”

By Martin Snapp

...years ago when his wife Veena gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Violet. “The first nine months were perfect,” he says. “But when Violet was ten months old...

Zona Roberts (Courtesy of the Roberts family)

Meet Zona Roberts

By Martin Snapp

Nowadays, people look back on the 1950s as the Happy Days, but for the kids who grew up during that time, it was anything but. Hovering over them were the twin terrors of The Bomb and a raging polio epidemic. One victim of the latter was Zona and Verne Roberts’ eldest son, Ed.

(Alyssa Case '18)

Saving a Language from Extinction

By Madeline Taub

90-year-old Berkeley alumna Rebecca Contopoulou speaks Greek, Italian, French, English, Spanish, and another language that sounds a lot like Spanish but is actually Ladino, a Sephardic language that traces its origins to Medieval Spain.

The Pelican Building (Margie Cullen)

Seamus Heaney in Berkeley

By Edward O’Shea

Many Berkeleyans know that Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz taught at Cal for many years. Fewer likely remember that his fellow laureate Seamus Heaney.