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Batter’s Choice: Coach Zamloch’s Reversible Baseball

By Dan Schoenholz (B.S. '85; MPP '98)

Unless you’re a hardcore baseball fan, you’re likely unaware of the new rules coming to major league baseball in 2023.

(Illustration using Canva)

The Science of Love

By Margie Cullen

To help us get a handle on the subject in time for Valentine’s Day, we turned to Simon-Thomas for answers on questions about the biological basis for love, the different kinds of human love, and unconventional arrangements like polyamory.

Hu Xin writing Nushu (Feng Tiebing)

Hidden Letters: The Co-optation of a Once Secret Language

By Margie Cullen

When filmmaker Violet Du Feng, M.J. ’04, returned to China after earning her master’s degree at Berkeley, she was struck by a kind of gender inequality she hadn’t noticed before.

Michael D. Thomas

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.

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.

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.