The Berkeleyan: This week on campus
OCTOBER 2, 2012
Christine Trost and Lawrence Rosenthal A new essay collection edited by Lawrence Rosenthal, executive director of UC Berkeley's nonpartisan Center for Right-Wing Studies, and program director Christine Trost takes a hard look at the nation's hard right. With the election weeks away, the insights in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party couldn't be more timely.

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Kelly Wrighton UC Berkeley scientists have sequenced nearly all the genes in an underground community of microbes at a contaminated uranium mill site in Colorado. Their work could help scientists better manipulate microbes that clean up heavy-metal contamination or take up and store carbon from the atmosphere.

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Lilian Kabelle and Narissa Allibhai A year ago, college was just a dream for Gift Betty Opar of Kenya. After losing her parents to AIDS, there was no income for tuition. But she had excellent grades, spoke three languages, and was a community volunteer. Now she's at UC Berkeley as one of seven students from Sub-Saharan Africa taking part in the new MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.  

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One helps people break the cycle of poverty; the other is a leader in geriatrics and chronic disease.

Physicist Bernard Sadoulet honored.

Biologist David Wake awarded medal; two other professors named fellows.

Eight-week virtual trek based on popular TV show; register by Friday for free pedometer.

CultureCal aims to reimagine campus ethos
Faculty, staff, students invited to brainstorm online through Oct. 12. (With video)  
Chancellor honors community, and vice versa. 

Statewide college-access-building program finds new home at Center for Educational Partnerships.

Student-athletes receive heroes' welcome. 
So shows political science professor Gabriel Lenz's new book.

They support Prop. 30 and higher taxes on the rich, split on the death penalty.  
Hookup to Seismological Lab monitors intended to brake trains before a temblor hits.

New report, video explore psychology professor Alison Gopnik's findings.

A solemn, "artful" goodbye.

His books on American history still help to define scholarly discussion.

Moment of silence for J. Christopher Stevens, a Berkeley alumnus. 
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