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Scientists take big step in making graphene a viable silicon substitute

Scientists take big step in making graphene a viable silicon substitute January 26, 2015:

New research moves the wonder material graphene a major step closer to knocking silicon off as the dominant workhorse of the electronics industry. While silicon is ubiquitous in semiconductors and integrated circuits, scientists have been eyeing graphene ­because of the ultrafast speed with which electrons can zip through the material.

Berkeley Global Campus the talk of the higher-ed world

Berkeley Global Campus the talk of the higher-ed world January 22, 2015:

The proposed Berkeley Global Campus in Richmond, first announced by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in October, is the focus of new stories in two important publications covering higher education, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Media Advisory: California 2014 election revisited at two-day forum

January 22, 2015:

Experts from a range of fields will assemble at a forum organized by the Institute of Governmental Studies to deconstruct California’s 2014 election and explore what may await in 2016.

Childcare workers’ pay remains stagnant, study shows

Childcare workers’ pay remains stagnant, study shows January 21, 2015:

Costs of early childhood services may have climbed nearly twofold for parents over the last 17 years, but most of these workers have seen no change in real earnings in the same period, according to research led by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment.

Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide

Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide January 20, 2015:

Thanks to historical data preserved in UC Berkeley’s libraries, campus botanists have been able to compare tree survey data from the 1920s and ’30s with forest service data today. They find a decline in large trees and an increase in the density of small trees in forests throughout the state. The large tree decline seems to be caused by water stress.