Russell Jones receives the Berkeley Citation Award
By: Karyn Houston
Plant and Microbial Biology Department Chair Brian Staskawicz, Citation Recipient Russell Jones, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer. Professor Jones was presented with the Berkeley Citation at a reception honoring PMB faculty
The Berkeley Citation was awarded on Friday, November 19, 2010 to Russell Jones of Plant & Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources in honor of his distinguished and extraordinary service to the University. The award was presented by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer on behalf of Chancellor Birgeneau.
Russell Jones has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 1966. He rose through the ranks from Assistant Professor, and served as Chairman of the Department of Botany from 1981 to 1986. Jones also chaired the Lawrence Hall of Science Advisory Committee, the College of Letters and Science Committee on Courses and three Academic Senate Committees: the Committee on Research, the Committee on Committees, and the Committee on Budget and Interdepartmental Relations.
Jillian Banfield to receive Franklin Medal, L'Oreal award
By: Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations
Jillian Banfield, a University of California, Berkeley, biogeochemist and geomicrobiologist, will receive two prestigious awards – the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science and the L-Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" award – for her groundbreaking work on how microbes alter rocks and interact with the natural world.
The awards were announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 9) in Philadelphia and New York, respectively.
Banfield, who came to UC Berkeley in 2001 after 11 years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a professor of earth and planetary science, of environmental science, policy and management, and of materials science and engineering, and a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Unusual Suspects: Resurgence, resilience and regeneration in the face of Climate Change
A conversation with community leaders about the experiences of their communities, as they propose and implement novel climate change interventions that challenge the technocratic alternatives produced by central policy players in government or business sectors.
Whether it's urban farming, renewable energy, or public health concerns, diverse individuals are stepping up and joining forces to strategize and optimize their creative potential in the face of climate change.
Will Allen, CEO, Growing Power, Inc., Dr. Michel Gelobter, Founder & CEO, Cooler, Inc., and Jihan Gearon, Native Energy Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network will use their experiences to reflect on the possibilities and challenges of giving voice to these groups and of strategizing around climate change in ways that are often excluded from official policy and political conversations. From this perspective they are a veritable group of "unusual suspects", effectively broadening and challenging the prevailing policy discourse.
When Shelton Johnson was 5, his family took him to Berchtesgaden National Park in the Bavarian Alps. To this day, he remembers his sense of awe.
“The mountains, the sky being so close — it affected me profoundly,” said Mr. Johnson, who now works as a ranger at Yosemite National Park in California.
In 23 years on the job, Mr. Johnson, 52, has been equally struck by how few of his fellow African-Americans visit the national parks, Yosemite included. A few years ago, he decided to do something about it.
In a plaintive letter to Oprah Winfrey, he wrote:
“Every year, America is becoming increasingly diverse, but that diversity is not reflected in the national parks, even though African-Americans and other groups played a vital role in the founding of national parks. If the national parks are America’s playground, then why are we not playing in the most beautiful places in America?”