The University of California's Natural Reserve System (NRS) has just completed the installation of weather stations at 20 of its 38 reserves that will gather and disseminate real-time climate data.
The weather stations will allow scientists to connect their on-the-ground observations about ecology — acorn production, range shifts in plants and other changes — to the effects of climate. The information will be fed to a central online site that is a hub for disseminating major weather station information and is publicly available.
Natural Reserve System climate monitoring stations provide highly accurate weather data at reserve sites across the state, including this one at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. PHOTO: NPS
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In response to the devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent out this message on Tuesday, Nov. 12:
To Berkeley faculty, staff, students and alumni:
Today our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines as they struggle to cope with the terrible devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded.
We are also reminded that our campus is a global community that includes students, faculty, staff, scholars, alumni and friends with ties to the Philippines. We are currently trying to gather information about the effects of this disaster on members of our campus community so that we are in position to provide them support and resources during these difficult days. We will also be ready to support efforts by faculty, student and/or staff associations with an interest in supporting aid and relief activities. Together, we will do all we can to help those in need.
Read the full text of the letter.
Four faculty members and one external supporter were honored for their outstanding contributions to the College of Natural Resources in a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1, presenting CNR Citation awards. Dean J. Keith Gilless presided over the festivities.
The CNR Distinguished Teaching Award, honoring a professor who has excelled in undergraduate teaching and made significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College, was awarded to Professor George Roderick, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM). ESPM professor Vince Resh made the presentation.
Professors Vincent Resh (left) and George Roderick
The CNR Career Achievement Award honoring a professor or specialist who has provided distinguished service as an educator and scholar over the course of their career, was awarded to ESPM Professor Mary Firestone. ESPM professor and former Firestone student Lynn Huntsinger presented the award.
Professors Lunn Huntsinger (left) and Mary Firestone.
The CNR Young Faculty/CE Specialist Award, honoring young colleagues who have made outstanding contributions in research, teaching and service, was awarded to two recipients this year: Assistant Professor Stephanie Carlson, Assistant Professor Matthew Potts--both of ESPM. ESPM professor John Battles introduced both awardees.
The CNR Citation Award, honoring an external supporter who has made extraordinary contributions to CNR, was awarded to Dr. Matt Winkler '74, a friend and donor. Dr. Winkler was unable to attend on Friday and was feted at a special alumni dinner.
Assistant Professors Matthew Potts and Stephanie Carlson