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Letter from the Dean

This year marks a century of forestry scholarship, education, and practice that shaped the field in California, the United States, and the world. To celebrate the centennial, Breakthroughs tells a forestry story that goes to the heart of Berkeley and the University of California. The Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project, or SNAMP, was convened to solve a problem uniquely suited to UC’s land-grant mission, and in the process, the work became a model of science, community outreach, and land management.

The College’s Atkins Center for Weight and Health has been doing research that has influenced high-profile policies like California’s limiting of access to sugary drinks and snacks in schools. This summer, the Atkins Center will release a report documenting the recent trend toward nutritional improvements in food banks—the giant regional warehouses that supply local food pantries and soup kitchens. Food banks and their supporting agencies have come a long way in making the connection between public health and nutritious food in the emergency food system, the center’s research shows. And, like any major paradigm shift, there’s still some work to do.

Early this spring, the Campaign for Berkeley wrapped up its $3 billion effort with a total of $3.13 billion. Likewise, thanks to all of you—our alumni and friends—and our dedicated development team, the College exceeded our $70 million campaign goal, raising $84 million. Now, in honor of the forestry centennial, we turn our development efforts to the S. Donald and Bernice Schwabacher Fund. The fund has one purpose: help forestry students attend Berkeley’s unique residential summer field course in the Sierras. It should surprise no one that costs for such a program continue to rise steadily; nearly all similar university programs have shut down. We invite you to help us fortify the Schwabacher Fund to preserve this only-at-Cal experience for generations to come.

I welcome your comments at gilless@berkeley.edu.