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Julia Morgan Hall’s new UC Botanical Garden party place

Julia Morgan Hall’s new UC Botanical Garden party place

October 30, 2014:

Julia Morgan Hall, now relocated to the UC Botanical Garden in Strawberry Canyon, is open for business meetings, weddings, parties and other events following an extensive restoration. The building was designed by the famed Berkeley architect and alumna in 1911.

Hell-bent on getting out the vote

Hell-bent on getting out the vote October 28, 2014:

Sarah Funes’ million-dollar question is how to get minorities excited about voting. The UC Berkeley junior, who has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., advised transit agencies and been a poll worker, says her political passion comes from being “Latin, a woman and disabled. I want to elect people who look like me.”

Arsenic in drinking water linked to 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths

Arsenic in drinking water linked to 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths October 28, 2014:

A new study by researchers from UC Berkeley and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has linked arsenic to a 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths among people inadvertently exposed to high levels of the contaminant in their drinking water,

The skinny on soda taxes, in under 3 minutes with video

The skinny on soda taxes, in under 3 minutes October 28, 2014:

As the Nov. 4 election nears, Professor Alan Auerbach answers some key questions about the initiatives in Berkeley and San Francisco to add taxes to purchases of sweetened drinks. Auerbach is director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance.

Berkeley ranks 3rd among US News’ 2015 ‘Best Global Universities’

Berkeley ranks 3rd among US News’ 2015 ‘Best Global Universities’ October 28, 2014:

UC Berkeley was rated the No. 3 global university in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released this week. Topping the annual list were Harvard and MIT, while Stanford and the University of Oxford rounded out the top five.

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public

How Brittany Maynard decided to ‘go with dignity’ — and to go public October 27, 2014:

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, the 29-year-old UC Berkeley psychology graduate has uprooted her life in the Bay Area and moved to Oregon so that when her symptoms grow intolerable, she can legally swallow a lethal dose of medication. Her story is in California Magazine.

AC Transit, BART seek campus views on transit

AC Transit, BART seek campus views on transit October 27, 2014:

AC Transit planners will hold a campus workshop Thursday, Oct. 30, to get feedback on East Bay and transbay bus service. Members of the campus community are also invited to answer online surveys about AC Transit and BART, as part of the agencies’ long-range planning.

Maximino Martinez Commons garners $500,000 PG&E award

Maximino Martinez Commons garners $500,000 PG&E award October 27, 2014:

The campus recently celebrated a $500,000 incentive award from Pacific Gas & Electric’s “Savings By Design” program, for building and maintaining Maximino Martinez Commons as a sustainable student-residence hall. The LEED Gold-rated facility is designed to save energy and water and to filter storm-water runoff.

Faster switching helps ferroelectrics become viable replacement for transistors

Faster switching helps ferroelectrics become viable replacement for transistors October 26, 2014:

Ferroelectric materials – commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory, and more – could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to a new, easy method for speeding up their performance.

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.

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

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

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.