At the beginning of the fourth annual Grad Slam competition between all the UC campuses, a high-energy, high-profile tournament, I had a good feeling. We had an innovative product, a great speaker with field results to share, and veteran news presenter Wendy Tokuda advising on presentation skills. I was thrilled when Environmental Engineering doctoral student Joseph Charbonnet brought home the first place ‘Slammy’ for the Berkeley campus.
The good news continued from there with the announcement of two scholars with Berkeley roots winning 2018 Nobel Prizes. Frances Arnold was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and received her graduate degree from UC Berkeley. James P. Allison shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for groundbreaking work he conducted on cancer immunotherapy at UC Berkeley during his 20 years as director of the campus’s Cancer Research Laboratory.
And with an abundance of successes, we’re also represented in this year’s highly selective MacArthur ‘genius’ awards by Allan Sly who received his Ph.D. in Statistics here before becoming a faculty member, and computer scientist and Berkeley alum, Deborah Estrin, ’80.
These accolades highlight the excellence of Berkeley’s graduate education, and the phenomenal impact of our alumni. I send warmest congratulations to these esteemed scholars. And I know that the honors will keep on coming for Berkeley graduate alumni. Keep in touch, and tell us about all the wonderful things that you are doing.
Fiona M. Doyle
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
and the Dean of the Graduate Division