U.C. Berkeley Journalism Dean Search

October 27, 2006 at 10:00 am (Berkeley, Media, US)

From Brad DeLong’s Blog


U.C. Berkeley Journalism Dean Search


Dean: Graduate School of Journalism: University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. The appointment is effective July 1, 2007.

The School offers a master’s degree program that prepares students for the highest levels of journalism. The School’s purpose is to educate professionals to work in areas ranging from newspapers, magazines, and television to documentary film, radio, photography, and new media.

The dean provides academic, intellectual, professional, and executive leadership; maintains a collegial environment conducive to excellence in teaching, research and journalistic integrity; and takes a leadership role in raising funds and promoting relationships with alumni and the profession.

Applicants for this position should demonstrate an accomplished journalistic record consistent with a position in a news organization of recognized excellence. Top candidates will have a record of demonstrated leadership and administrative skills. Teaching experience is desirable but not required. The Dean may hold a professorship in the Graduate School of Journalism.

Nominations or applications will be given prompt consideration if received by December 31, 2006, but earlier submissions are strongly encouraged.

Applications should contain a letter of interest, detailed resume, and the names of at least three professional references. Nominations should include complete contact information, through either print or electronic means. Nominations or applications should be sent to:

Chair, Journalism Search Committee

University of California, Berkeley

109 California Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-1500

Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to: journalismdeansearch@berkeley.edu

This is a sensitive position and subject to a criminal background check.

As a member of this search committee, I find myself at sea. Here is one question, addressed to all journalists:

What skills would you think you needed to learn immediately if you were starting in journalism right now?

Here’s a second question, addressed to everybody:

What does a good Graduate School of Journalism look like early in the 21st century?

Here’s a third, Berkeley-specific question:

Berkeley has no fewer than four bureaucratic organizations that seem to be headed for the same place or at least overlapping places:

UC Berkeley School of Information.

UC Berkeley School of Journalism.

UC Berkeley Center for New Media.

UC Berkeley Mass Communications Major.

Should all four of these be merged? Should we search for a Journalism School dean who could–if things develop in such a way–be dean of such a merged enterprise?


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Berkeley Scientist Wins Nobel Physics Prize

October 3, 2006 at 11:23 am (Berkeley, US)

Berkeley Scientist George Smoot, together with NASA’s John Mather, won this year’s Nobel Physics Prize for “their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation.” Click Nobel Prize Internet Archive. Smoot is Berkeley’s 20th faculty Nobel laureate.


Twenty-four Nobelists have been Berkeley alumni, including today’s co-recipient, John C. Mather of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Andrew Fire, who yesterday won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


Below is the congratulation letter from Berkeley Chancellor:


To the campus community:

I am delighted to report that in the pre-dawn hours today the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Professor George Smoot of UC Berkeley’s Department of Physics. There are few more exciting moments than this in the life of a university – I know the entire campus community is enormously proud of George’s achievement and joins me in sending him hearty congratulations.

George is UC Berkeley’s 20th faculty Nobel laureate; 24 Nobelists over the years have been Berkeley alumni, including today’s co-recipient, John C. Mather of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Andrew Z.

Fire, who yesterday won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

A cosmologist and astrophysicist with a joint appointment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, George was honored for leading a team that obtained the first images of the infant universe, confirming the predictions of the Big Bang theory and for observing the cosmic wave background fluctuations which foreshadow the structured universe as we know it today. His work is at the very heart of our understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe, moving cosmology from the realm of theory to experimentation that has given us the data to test those theories.

In the finest tradition of Berkeley Nobelists, George is also a dedicated teacher. In addition to working with his graduate students, he currently sponsors undergraduate researchers in his lab and this semester is teaching Physics 7B, the introductory course for science and engineering majors.

I hope you will continue to follow the good news about our newest Nobel laureate as it unfolds at the UC Berkeley NewsCenter, http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/goto/smoot.


Robert Birgeneau

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Berkeley Lecture Videos Online

September 29, 2006 at 5:51 pm (Berkeley, US)

Berkeley is setting up a special page on Google Video to upload lecture videos. This is consistent with Berkeley’s principle, that education is from the public and for the public. Until now, Berkeley is the only top university insisting on the spirit of public education.

More courses will come online in months.

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Orville Schell Appointed as Director of Center on U.S.-China Relations

September 27, 2006 at 8:45 pm (Berkeley, China)

Orville Schell, the Dean of Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and one of the top Chinese study experts in the U.S., has been appointed director of the newly established Center on U.S.-China Relations of Asia Society, which was founded by the prominent Rockefeller family in 1956. (Click here to read news from the New York Times)

I am lucky to be one of Orville’s students. He is exceedingly knowledgeable and amiable. Although he is unfortunately described as an anti-China scholar in China, he is in deep love with the country. The unfriendly title China imposed on him is one more example of Chinese authority’s hypocrisy and peremptoriness.

Seldom will we see Americans call a Chinese scholar an anti-US scholar. If someone is anti China, he won’t struggle to support Chinese students, won’t invite Chinese visiting scholars, won’t appeal for freedom and democracy for Chinese, won’t spend his whole life writing, studying and traveling China, and most of all, won’t send his children to China. Who will send his kids to the enemy? Especially to an enemy famous for its intolerance and its intention to detain dissidents? No kidding.

Orville is a preacher of democracy. There is no concept of country boundaries for a preacher, who is striving for the happiness and freedom of people, not for the ruling of a party or an authority. The one who is standing against China is not Orville, it’s someone else.

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Fred Wakeman Died

September 15, 2006 at 9:58 pm (Berkeley)

Fred Wakeman, one of the most towering figures in Chinese study, died last night. He retired from Berkeley this spring. Below is a letter from Kevin O’Brien, incumbent Chair of Chinese Study Center at Berkeley

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you have heard that Fred Wakeman died last night. Fred, of course, was a distinguished member of the Berkeley faculty, a chair of the Center for Chinese Studies from 1972 to 1979, director of the Institute of East Asian Studies from 1990-2000, and a towering figure in the study of Chinese history. He’s left an untold number of students behind to carry on, and his books and articles will be read for a very long time to come. Fred will be sorely missed.

Kevin J. O’Brien

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Perlman is coming to Berkeley

September 15, 2006 at 6:51 pm (Berkeley, music)

Three superstars, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Alfred Brendel, will come to Berkeley! Then there is sad news. All tickets except tickets to Brendel’s are sold out! I lingered outside of the ticke house for half an hour trying desperately to figure out my next step. The best idea came into my mind is applying to voluntary ushers. But even this trick was unrealized. No new volunteers are needed!

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