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‘HacktheHearst’ to expand public discovery of ancient treasures

‘HacktheHearst’ to expand public discovery of ancient treasures August 27, 2014:

Hackers are being invited to compete in a contest to open up the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s digital collections to a wider public, making the museum’s treasures even more accessible to students, Native Americans, researchers and everyone else.

Students arrive for move-in as fall semester kicks off with photos

Students arrive for move-in as fall semester kicks off August 27, 2014:

Chancellor Dirks and campus leaders were on hand to greet students and their families as they moved into campus housing over the weekend. More than 6,000 students settled into residence halls. Classes beginning on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Labor Center report examines impacts of proposal to raise SF minimum wage

August 27, 2014:

The likely impacts of a November ballot measure proposing to raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 by 2018 is explored by UC Berkeley’s Labor Center.

Professor and poet Robert Hass receives Wallace Stevens Award

Professor and poet Robert Hass receives Wallace Stevens Award August 26, 2014:

UC Berkeley English professor Robert Hass has received the Wallace Stevens Prize from the Academy of American Poets, adding to his honors that already include a Pulitzer Prize and serving as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995 to 1997.

John Harte: A whole-Earth approach

John Harte: A whole-Earth approach August 26, 2014:

Symmetry magazine profiles John Harte, professor of energy and resources, who applies his physics background to deep questions of ecology and work to save the planet.

Gourmet Ghettos exhibit at Magnes to celebrate religious rituals around food

Gourmet Ghettos exhibit at Magnes to celebrate religious rituals around food August 26, 2014:

“Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals,” is a new exhibit opening soon at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley.

Authority on Soviet economy, Gregory Grossman, passes away

Authority on Soviet economy, Gregory Grossman, passes away August 25, 2014:

Economist Gregory Grossman was considered a a towering figure in the study of the Soviet economy who shaped the thinking of generations of scholars.

Haas Pavilion to get $10 million in enhancements

Haas Pavilion to get $10 million in enhancements August 25, 2014:

With a goal to enhance both the fan and student-athlete experience on the UC Berkeley campus, Haas Pavilion is set to undergo a major renovation that will include a new center-hung scoreboard, upgraded sound and lighting systems and modernized video-production facilities.

10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab with video

10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab August 25, 2014:

Scientists at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory were alerted 5-10 seconds before Sunday morning’s 6.0 magnitude temblor on the Napa Fault, courtesy of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system.

More than 76,000 sign up for Science of Happiness MOOC

More than 76,000 sign up for Science of Happiness MOOC August 21, 2014:

Happiness is a powerful magnet, judging by the number of people who have signed up to take UC Berkeley’s new Science of Happiness Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): More than 76,000, with more than two weeks to go before the class goes live.

UC Berkeley engineers among MIT Tech Review top innovators

UC Berkeley engineers among MIT Tech Review top innovators August 21, 2014:

A Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science post-doc and two Engineering alumni are named to the 2014 MIT Technology Review “35 Innovators Under 35” list. All three are recognized in the humanitarian category.

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers with photos

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers August 16, 2014:

Everyone notices the academic superstars and failures, but what about the tens of millions of American teens straddling these two extremes? A new UC Berkeley study has spotlighted a high school subculture that has made an art of slacking, even with ample educational resources, and may be destined to perpetuate the nation’s struggling lower-middle class.

Bear Pantry founder, now on staff, helps feed student parents

Bear Pantry founder, now on staff, helps feed student parents August 15, 2014:

Koko Mulder was a single mom in her 40s when, as a Berkeley undergrad, she founded the Bear Pantry to help non-traditional students like herself stretch their food dollars. She heads up the pantry, now, as a campus staffer with personal knowledge of the challenges that student parents face.

UC Berkeley ranks No. 4 in ARWU global rankings

UC Berkeley ranks No. 4 in ARWU global rankings August 15, 2014:

In the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities global rankings of universities, released Aug. 15, UC Berkeley ranked fourth, and No. 1 among U.S. public universities.

Berkeley Engineering launches summer camp for girls with video

Berkeley Engineering launches summer camp for girls August 15, 2014:

Berkeley Engineering has been hosting 60 fifth, sixth and seventh-graders in a new Girls in Engineering camp this summer. The program seeks to inspire middle-school girls to explore careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).