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Good News from Berkeley: October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020

UC Berkeley adds two Berkeley professors to its lengthy list of Nobel Laureates this week.

Professor Jennifer Doudna received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing the win with Emmanuelle Charpentier “for the development of a method for genome editing.” Doudna and Charpentier are the first women to win together in the sciences. | UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley’s Reinhard Genzel awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Genzel, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy and director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, shares half the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics with UCLA professor Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy.” | UC Berkeley

Associate professor of molecular and cell biology Polina Lishko received a MacArthur “genius” award for her research on the development of new non-hormonal contraceptives. | UC Berkeley

More than 20 Berkeley Journalism alumni were recognized at The 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. | UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Top for entrepreneurs: Berkeley is now the No. 1 public and No. 2 university in the world overall for undergraduate programs that produce entrepreneurs who go on to obtain venture funding, according to PitchBook’s 2020 university rankings. | UC Berkeley

Pro football’s Golden Bears keep shining: Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff, Keenan Allen, and many more have had great seasons to date. | California Golden Blogs

Former Cal freestyle swimmer Catherine Breed set a record for the fastest crossing of Monterey Bay. Breed completed the 25-mile swim in just under 13 hours. | Swimming World

Falcons, a love story: Annie and Grinnell, two peregrine falcons, have raised four groups of chicks atop UC Berkeley’s 307-foot Campanile. Last year, the Cal Falcons team added two cameras to broadcast the birds live online. | KQED

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