College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley


April 26, 2011

Undergrad wins Young Botanist of the Year award


A Plant & Microbial Biology undergraduate student has been awarded a 2011 Young Botanist of the Year award from the Botanical Society of America.

Gracie Benson-Martin, a Genetics and Plant Biology major who will be graduating in 2011, was given the award by the Botanical Society of America.

She was also recently awarded a microMORPH National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network grant to spend the summer at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany. While there she will continue a research project that she started here at UC Berkeley. Benson-Martin was able to begin her research through the Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research Program (SPUR), which is funded by alumni of the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley.

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September 8, 2010

Letter from the Vice Chancellor for Research, Graham Fleming 9/10/10

Dear Students,

As our next generation of energy and climate scientists and policy makers, I am inviting you to attend an unprecedented symposium featuring energy and climate scientists from both UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, plus leading international experts, who will convene to discuss a range of critical issues and the best courses of action to secure our energy future. With energy at the center of our nation’s most pressing global challenges — national security, long-term economic competitiveness, and climate change — Berkeley is leading the way to finding solutions.

*Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future* on *October 1–2, 2010,* will bring together the finest, most passionate minds dedicated to issues related to energy supply, demand, policy, and the environment. Among our keynote speakers are: *Ralph Cicerone*, President of the National Academy of Sciences and world leading expert on atmospheric chemistry; Arun Majumdar, the first director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, whose wide-ranging expertise includes energy-efficient technology and innovations in materials science; Chris Field, co-chair of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group and widely regarded for his research in ecosystem responses to global climate change; and Art Rosenfeld, long-time Commissioner to the California Energy Commission, and one of the most influential figures in helping the state of California achieve greater energy efficiency.

In addition to the keynote speakers, 16 distinguished presenters from UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab will present their own cutting-edge research and innovations. They include: Paul Alivisatos, director of Berkeley Lab and an authority on applying nanoscience to solar energy; Severin Borenstein, co-director of the Energy Institute at Haas and a leading
voice in economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases; Inez Fung, faculty director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment and a specialist in predicting the effects of carbon dioxide levels on the planet and atmosphere; and Harrison Fraker, a Berkeley professor of architecture pursuing the design of entirely resource-self-sufficient, transit-oriented neighborhoods of 100,000 people in China.

This symposium pools together the vast expertise and transformational impact of two of the world’s foremost research institutions. It is free, but registration is required. I have enclosed a flier, and you may visit or e-mail for information and to register. There will be a lottery held for students, so please be sure to register before 5PM on September 15th .

I hope you will join me to learn about and become engaged with crucial efforts to realizing an affordable, endurable supply of global energy.


Graham Fleming

Vice Chancellor for Research &
Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry University of
California, Berkeley

April 1, 2010

Upcoming Campus Events and Announcements 4/2/10

I. Design 4 Resilience: Thriving in an Uncertain World
II. JVS College Graduates Series of Workshops
III. Career Center Special Workshop
IV. DeCal/UCFTR Start-Up Workshops for April
V. Non-Profit Job Search: Networking/Informational Interviews
VI. The Destination College: Deadline Extended to April 9th
VII. Soul Food for the Activist Retreat: Sustaining Ourselves for a Lifetime of Service
VIII. 2010 Berkeley Poverty and Homelessness Symposium
IX. Student Campus Climate at Cal
X. Student Affairs Day
XI. UC Berkeley BRIDGES Multi-Cultural Shadow Day
XII. Attend the Grantmakers Without Borders Conference on June 7th to 9th in SF FOR FREE
XIII. New Master's Program in Community & Social Change - University of Miami
XIV. Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program Info Session

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March 4, 2010

Volunteer Opportunties 3/5/10

I. Want to be interviewed for a video series on Green Science?
II. Volunteers Needed for CACS Selection Committees
III. Design This Year's Annual Sustainability Summit Poster

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