The Berkeleyan: This week on campus
DECEMBER 14, 2010
Retirement logo It's official. The university's pension and retiree health programs will be changing. The Board of Regents took the final step in the long process on Monday, and voted to accept changes that mean current employees - as well as UC - will contribute more to their pensions, and roughly half of current faculty and staff will come under new eligibility rules for retiree health benefits.

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Teri McKeever Cal swim coach Teri McKeever will lead the U.S. women's Olympic swim team at the 2012 games in London, USA Swimming announced. This is the third Olympic coaching stint for McKeever, who served as assistant coach in 2004 and 2008, and the first time a woman has been head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team.

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Charles Townes, 2005 It's a year of double celebrations for Charles Townes: His famous invention, the laser, turned 50 years old. And Townes himself turns 95. The physics professor and Nobel Prize winner  is still hard at work and explains to KGO-TV why he gives no thought to retiring: "Well, science is so much fun, why stop?"

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Berkeleyan takes a holiday break
Most campus operations will close down for the winter energy curtailment, Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Parking regulations, however, will continue to be enforced. The Berkeleyan will be back in your inbox on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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$1.2 million grant to seismic lab.

Complex network mutes some sounds, amplifies others.

Berkeley Wellness Letter sorts through the latest Salmonella outbreak.

Berkeley to start new regional center to go after high rates in communities of color.
CNR project certified as sustainable.

Cell biologists honor Hayes
Award for professor who exposed dangers of the pesticide atrazine.

Sather Gate, Tower work recognized
State historical preservation awards for icons.

Bears' star linebacker named.
All-night study center through Dec. 16.

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