News in Brief: UC Berkeley Graduate Schools High in Rankings

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An issue of U.S. News & World Report that hits newsstands today consistently places UC Berkeley among the top ten in several graduate school rankings.

Boalt Hall School of Law tied with the University of Virginia for eighth place, while the Haas School of Business ranked tenth.

The university's education school ranked high, coming in fourth.

But UC Berkeley received its best marks for the engineering school, which ranked third only to MIT and Stanford University.

Despite ranking within the top ten for all of its graduate schools, UC Berkeley was below Stanford on each list.

Stanford tied with Harvard University for the top business school, and ranked second for its law, engineering and education schools.

Yale University received the top spot for law schools, while Harvard and MIT were the number one education and engineering schools, respectively.

Davis Researchers Die in Sea


An accident during a research sea expedition claimed the lives of up to five UC Davis researchers last week.

The researchers had been studying the ecology of spiders and scorpions that inhabit islands in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.

After spending the morning of April 27 collecting data on Isla de Cabeza de Caballo, which is located approximately four miles off the California coast near San Diego, the researchers began sailing back to the mainland in two 22-foot open, inflatable research boats.

Rough surf separated the two boats. One boat reached the shore, but the other had not appeared by nightfall. Mexican authorities were alerted of the boat's disappearance at 10:30 p.m.

The Mexican Navy discovered some survivors on a nearby island, who told authorities the boat was leaking and sank, forcing researchers to swim for shore.

Four researchers are confirmed dead. They are Takuya Abe, 44, and Masahiko Higashi, 45, both scientists from Kyoto University in Japan, Gary Polis, 53, the chair of the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy and Michael Rose, 27, a technician and postgraduate researcher in the department.

Authorities said Shigeru Nakano, a 37-year-old Kyoto University researcher, is presumed dead. Five researchers were rescued, including two UC Davis graduate students, two undergraduates and one postgraduate researcher.

"The researchers who died in this terrible accident dedicated their lives to the risks and rewards of intellectual discovery, and they have left us a bright legacy of accomplishment that will make them remembered at the Davis campus and beyond," stated UC President Richard Atkinson.


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