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At Student Learning Center ‘Friday Jam,’ creative energy abounds

Creativity powers Student Learning Center's 'Friday Jam' with photos

October 21, 2014:

More than 200 attended the Oct. 17 launch of “SLC Friday Jam,” featuring a multicultural array of spoken-word, rock and dance performances.

How do chemicals affect breast-cancer risk?

How do chemicals affect breast-cancer risk? October 23, 2014:

Improved testing of the multitude of chemicals we encounter daily will help us understand if and how these exposures contribute to development of breast cancer, says Megan Schwarzman, a research scientist at the School of Public Health’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. She and two coauthors offer commentary in the journal Reproductive Toxicology.

Bassem Youssef, ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart,’ heads to campus

Bassem Youssef, ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart,’ heads to campus October 23, 2014:

As part of the Free Speech Movement’s 50th-anniversary commemoration, the political satirist is set to appear Oct. 29 at Zellerbach Hall to talk with Chancellor Nicholas Dirks about free speech and social change.

Open Enrollment for 2015 UC benefits begins Oct. 30

Open Enrollment for 2015 UC benefits begins Oct. 30 October 22, 2014:

Open Enrollment for 2015 UC health and welfare benefits begins Thursday, Oct. 30. The campus’s Human Resources unit will offer informational sessions for faculty, staff, emeriti and retirees; an article from UC details plan offerings.

Panel explores impact of teacher tenure ruling by California Supreme Court

Panel explores impact of teacher tenure ruling by California Supreme Court October 22, 2014:

If upheld on appeal, changes mandated by the state Supreme Court ruling in Vergara vs. California would eliminate some employment protections for teachers, extending the time to “tenure” and limiting the role of seniority in decisions about employment and assignment. An Oct. 29 forum will explore whether and how these changes matter as the state seeks to provide high-quality teachers for students in California schools.

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit with video

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit October 21, 2014:

The Bancroft Library is providing a window onto California’s unique history and culture with an new exhibit of oil paintings from its pictorial collection, some of which haven’t been publicly displayed before.

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs

Hospital mergers and acquisitions leading to increased patient costs October 21, 2014:

The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring when it comes to lowering the cost of patient care, according to a new study. Researchers find that patient costs are significantly higher in hospital-owned physician groups compared with physician-owned groups.

Randy Schekman named to Institute of Medicine

Randy Schekman named to Institute of Medicine October 21, 2014:

Nobelist Randy Schekman, a UC Berkeley professor of cell and developmental biology, has been named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest national honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Campus mourns the loss of David Wessel, pioneer in music and science

Campus mourns the loss of David Wessel, pioneer in music and science October 20, 2014:

David L. Wessel, who forged new territory in the arena of cognitive science, computer programming and music, has died at the age of 72. He was a leader in the campus’s Center for New Music and Audio Technology and its music department.

It’s the Big 3-0 for the Berkeley Wellness Letter — and counting

It’s the Big 3-0 for the Berkeley Wellness Letter — and counting October 20, 2014:

In 1984, when the Berkeley Wellness Letter first landed in mailboxes, the word “wellness” was rarely used. Now, the culture has caught up with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health: a Google search of “wellness” turns up 464 million hits, and counting. And the Wellness Letter celebrates its 30th anniversary with a party and a burgeoning online presence.

Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund application process begins

Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund application process begins October 17, 2014:

Chancellor Dirks has announced the launch of the 2015-16 grant cycle for the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund. This year the fund can grant up to $260,000 to innovative campus-Berkeley community partnerships, for projects beginning in the summer or early fall of 2015.

Campus to join statewide ‘ShakeOut’ Thursday

Campus to join statewide ‘ShakeOut’ Thursday October 15, 2014:

At 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, campus sirens will sound as UC Berkeley participates in the “Great California ShakeOut,” a day of events designed to encourage Californians to prepare for major earthquakes and other emergencies.

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning with video

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning October 13, 2014:

Kai Huotari, a sometime filmmaker and former visiting scholar at Berkeley’s School of Information, analyzed thousands of tweets and interviewed 45 “TV live-tweeters” to learn why people would do such a thing. Note to TV producers: It’s not all about you.

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries October 9, 2014:

As birth rates decline in countries that include parts of Europe and East Asia, threatening the economic slowdown associated with aging populations, a global study from UC Berkeley and the East-West Center in Hawaii suggests that in much of the world, it actually pays to have fewer children. The results challenge previous assumptions about population growth.

Secretary of State forum Thursday night at I-House

Secretary of State forum Thursday night at I-House October 8, 2014:

California’s Secretary of State candidates will be facing off in a public debate at the International House on Thursday.

Grapefruit juice stems weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet

Grapefruit juice stems weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet October 8, 2014:

Fad diets come and go, but might there be something to the ones that involve consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice? New research found that mice fed a high-fat diet gained less weight when they drank grapefruit juice instead of water.

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture

Lab-coat distribution event promotes safety culture October 7, 2014:

Environment, Health and Safety is distributing lab coats and other personal-protective equipment to new lab researchers and staff Oct. 7 and 8 at the foot of the Campanile.