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Exit Interview with the Chancellor

By Pat Joseph

After seven years at the helm, Carol Christ hangs up her iconic blue blazer. Before she headed out the door, California sat down with her for a final interview.

Meredith Walters

Meredith Walters ’01 just had her debut novel published by SparkPress. The story is based in part on Meredith’s experience at Cal and centers on UC Berkeley grad student Frankie Conner, who after multiple failures and several false starts, has finally found her calling: become a neuroscientist, discover the cause of her depression and anxiety, […]

Elaine Fitch

Elaine Fitch ’89, managing partner of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch in Washington, D.C., was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. The installation of new Fellows […]

Michele M. Masuda

Gary C. Williams ’72 (Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, California Academy of Sciences) and Michele M. Masuda ’87 co-authored A Guide to the Corals of Alaska, the most current and comprehensive guide to 161 cold-water corals in Alaska, including the extraordinarily rich Aleutian Islands. The 416-page guide provides a profile for each coral species, including photos, […]

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To Infinity (Err, Umm, the Moon) and Beyond

By Geoff Koch

NASA astronaut Woody Hoburg Ph.D. ’13 on life in space and why returning humans to the Moon matters

Photo by Julie Cheshire

Building Trust

By Nathalia Alcantara

With deepfakes rapidly becoming a fact of life and conspiracy theories in no short supply, it’s easy to despair over our digital future. We sat down with Coye Cheshire to explore whether we are doomed or not.

Down Home Music Store. Photo by Nathalia Alcantara

More Berkeley on the Jukebox

By Pat Joseph

Volume II in our growing playlist of Cal-connected music.

Illustration by Michael Byers

Solving for Doomsday

By Hayden Royster

Harold Camping ’42 thought he had calculated when the world would end. Ten years after his death, he still has plenty to teach us about the dangers and appeal of “doing your own research.”


The Bedrock of Good Journalism

By Francisco Martínezcuello

2024 Alum of the Year Bill Whitaker brings integrity to his storytelling.


What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer

By California magazine editors

Here are our favorite books, shows, and podcasts by people from Berkeley to enjoy this summer.


Kingdom Come Never Came

By Pat Joseph

Solving for the end of the world, plus much more in this issue

Illustrations by Patrick Welsh

Cal Comedians

By Dano Nissen ’18

Six comedians walk onto campus…