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Composite of fall offerings From cult-classic films shot locally to painting in late imperial China to the inauguration of a new campus chancellor to Cal Performances' annual "Fall Free for All," fall 2013 holds an exciting lineup of happenings at UC Berkeley. What to look out for? Read these highlights, and mark your calendar.

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Alex Yao
Alex Yao came to UC Berkeley to earn a degree in integrative biology. But instead of a career in medicine, his studies led him straight to the UC Police Department, where he recently took over as captain of the operations division, a job makes him one of the top three police officials on campus. 

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Nicholas Dirks In a short welcome video for new and returning students, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nick Dirks offers a brief overview of his priorities, principles and plans for student engagement. Early conversations with students "have brought home what it really means to be the chancellor of this university," he said.

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Champion swimmer makes a splash as a new freshman.

New campus clinic targets rising nearsightedness in kids, blamed partly on the overuse of handheld devices. 
Contest info sessions open tomorrow, Sept. 4.

National competition to lower energy use.   
First deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 16.

SpoonRocket's model: Fast food that's good, hot, healthful - and just $6.  
Berkeley Law associate's report scrutinizes controversial rail project.

New book co-authored by Goldman School professor Stephen Raphael seeks an answer.

Compassion training can help, says study posted by Greater Good Science Center.

Faculty and staff appointments available Sept. 11, 13, 18 and 20. 
  Tips from Berkeley Wellness on navigating treacherous aisles and buying healthy food.

Berkeley Blogster Rebecca Sanders offers a driving, walking and biking safety refresher.  

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