As part of a broad effort to put Berkeley's athletics program on sustainable footing, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced Tuesday that the campus will no longer field intercollegiate teams in baseball, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse. In addition, men's rugby will become a varsity club sport. "This plan preserves what sets Cal Athletics apart from the crowd - a rare combination of competitive excellence, academic achievement and community engagement," the chancellor said.
The first detailed survey since 1995 of doctoral programs at the nation's research universities shows that Berkeley continues to have the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country, with a 48 programs placing among the top 10.
Two Berkeley faculty members, 37-year-old economist Emmanuel Saez and 35-year-old computer scientist Dawn Song, have been named MacArthur "genius" Fellows. They are among 23 recipients to receive the prestigious award for 2010, announced Tuesday.