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How is the Greater Good Science Center affiliated with UC Berkeley?

The GGSC is a UC Berkeley center, founded thanks to a collaboration between Berkeley psychology faculty, a Berkeley dean, and two Berkeley alumni, Tom and Ruth Ann Hornaday. It is part of the university’s Institute of Human Development, which has been an organized research unit of UC Berkeley since 1927. The GGSC’s current director, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, founding faculty director, Dacher Keltner, and its executive committee are professors at Berkeley, and the GGSC funds annual graduate and undergraduate fellowships for Berkeley students. The Center also partners with various other groups on campus, including the Institute of Personality and Social Research, the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, the International House, and Dacher Keltner’s Social Interaction Laboratory. The Center’s offices are located within the university’s Harold E. Jones Child Study Center.

How is the Greater Good Science Center funded?

The Center has thrived due to the generosity of many private donors, including its founding donors, Thomas and Ruth Ann Hornaday, as well as the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Quality of Life Foundation, and many individuals. Proceeds from the GGSC’s Science of a Meaningful Life event series and its membership program also fund the Center’s activities.

How does the Greater Good Science Center support research?

The Center’s Fellowship Program nurtures and supports a diverse body of scientific research connected to the GGSC’s mission. To learn more about the program, see a list of past undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows.

 

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