A Letter from the Dean

Photo of Dean David Ackerly.

Here in the College of Natural Resources, the term health can have a lot of meanings. Depending on the class, the lab, or even the day, we might be referring to the health of a particular species, a forest, an ecosystem, the entire planet, or—of course—a person.

This issue of Breakthroughs spotlights work in the College that furthers human health and well-being. We feature two research labs that are advancing our understanding of human disease on a cellular level. One is a collaboration of chemists and biologists who are analyzing the human proteome with the hope of developing next-generation therapies for cancer and other diseases. The other is revealing the fascinating world of viruses and how they interact with their mammalian hosts. In addition to these labs and others engaged in fundamental science, CNR is home to social scientists and economists who are focusing on environmental health and justice, nutrition-related chronic disease, health care access, air quality, and more.

We also share the stories of two alumni who have made meaningful impacts in the world of public health, one through innovations in forensics and the other by serving Native populations and veterans as both a physician and a policy leader in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Finally, we’re excited to tell you about the CNR Summer Internship Grants, a program piloted this year to support students participating in internships that are unpaid or that require additional funds for travel or living expenses. These opportunities—which range from working to reduce the carbon footprint of a hospital in India to advancing food justice in Oakland—are helping our students make a difference in the world while preparing for their careers beyond Cal.

I welcome your feedback at dackerly@berkeley.edu.

David D. Ackerly

Fall 2019 Masthead


David D. Ackerly


Julie Gipple

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Mackenzie Smith

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Ian Price

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Mark MacNamara
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Kirsten Mickelwait
Kristin Baird Rattini
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Nate Seltenrich
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Theresa Oborn
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