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As much fun we have with all the downer lit in Berkeley classes, (cough, Dostoevsky, cough) it’s refreshing to know that once in a while, someone in Berkeley sees the glass as half full. And this time, the optimist won more than just happiness–she earned herself an award.

Christine Carter, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, just won the Council on Contemporary Families’ 2010 Award for Online Coverage of read more »


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Steven Chu, recipient of the all-powerful NL parking spot, continues to radiate Berkeley sunshine to the world. In a recent interview with NPR, the Nobel Laureate energy secretary (and Cal Bear) invited more Americans to get on the Chu Chu train as it chugs towards a more energy-independent destination.

Chu ain’t no foo’. He’s optimistic about our chances of beating the lurking environmental sh*tstorm, but he’s not “cockeyed.” He cites Newton and others (while standing on their giant metaphorical shoulders), claiming, read more »