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Michael D. Thomas of nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. has been named a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Visionary by the Los Angeles Times. The publication highlighted prominent thought leaders in the California business community who prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion policies within their respective sectors. Michael is a principal in the firm’s Orange County, California office […]

Larry Lazaro Badajos – dedicated father, brother, uncle, and friend to many – passed away on December 2nd, 2022, at the age of 71 at his home in El Monte, California. Larry Badajos was born in El Centro, California, and proudly resided in El Monte, California. He graduated from Arroyo High School in El Monte, California, before attending community college […]

Warm New Year greetings for 2023, everyone!  Hope you’re all doing well and progressing along your path.  Craig Carpenter Downer was just very impressed with the article about the artist Joan Brown that appeared in the current issue of California. Since he has recently written a published a book that shows a similar copacetic view of life as Joan […]

Jate Samathivathanachai ’01 joined Foundery Innovations, an immunotherapeutics-focused venture fund and studio, as Chief Business Officer in December 2022. Foundery validates and develops early drug concepts to produce pre-IND candidate packages in collaboration with academic investigators that are spun-out into independent NewCos or out-licensed to industry partners for clinical development.

Devin Fei-Fan Tau (B.S., Business Administration, 1997), independent director and producer, is pleased to announce an option on the film rights to Jen L. Hanson’s (B.S. Mass Communications, 1994) speculative fiction novel, “Sensored Souls.” The sci-fi thriller, “The Gallery,” will be Tau’s fourth feature film, following the thriller-suspense “Half Sisters,” to be released in 2023. Go Bears! 

Jennifer L. Hanson (B.S., Mass Communications, 1994) is pleased to announce her book “Sensored Souls,” published in October 2021, has been optioned for a feature film by production company No Sunrise Wasted, headed by Devin Fei-Fan Tau (B.S., Business Administration, 1997). 

Carol Brandt is a Senior Project Control Analyst for Environmental Science Associates (ESA). She is a founding member of the Cal Women’s Crew Team (1975). Carol lives in Petaluma, CA with husband Gregg. She is a published photographer and loves the outdoors, taking photos of birds, landscapes and everything else in between!

Juno Song has been promoted to Senior Associate at Kuth Ranieri Architects in San Francisco. He joined Kuth Ranieri in 2015. His current work includes a private residence in Napa Valley and ongoing projects at Terminal 1C at San Francisco International Airport. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor of […]

(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.

Tetons are Awe-ful (Dexter Hake)

Awe is the Secret Ingredient to a Good Life

By Laura Smith

What Dacher Keltner teaches isn’t likely to land you a job on Wall Street or even make you more hireable, but that’s not really the point.

Iris Yamashita (Anthony Mongiello)

How an Unusual Alaskan Town Inspired Iris Yamashita’s First Murder Mystery

By Margie Cullen

Iris Yamashita has always loved fiction writing, but it was a winding road to her first novel, City Under One Roof (Berkley/Penguin, January 2023). As she explained, “I have Asian parents and they really expected me to be a doctor or engineer or something. Writing was okay as a hobby, but not okay  as my main focus.”