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

It's the Big 3-0, and counting, for the Berkeley Wellness Letter

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.

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, the music department and multiple arenas.

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.

Big Ideas @ Berkeley sets minds to work on global food challenges

Big Ideas @ Berkeley sets minds to work on global food challenges October 7, 2014:

Inspired by the depth and breadth of activity across the UC system to address challenges in the global food system, Big Ideas@Berkeley has launched a new contest category, “food system innovations.”

Centenarian finally gets his degree — 70 years later

Centenarian finally gets his degree — 70 years later October 7, 2014:

It may have taken Hugh D. Williams more than 70 years to get his UC Berkeley degree. But at age 101, he finally did it. Williams received the diploma recently at the senior complex where he lives in Cupertino.

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks with photos

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks October 7, 2014:

More than 1,000 inventive students from across the country inhabited California Memorial Stadium this weekend as they sought glory, prize money and the sheer thrill of solving problems together in a 36-hour tech event, Cal Hacks.

Infectious-disease expert offers primer on Ebola virus with video

Infectious-disease expert offers primer on Ebola virus October 6, 2014:

Dr. Arthur Reingold, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, answers some common questions about the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

POV: ‘Development engineers’ take aim at global poverty

POV: ‘Development engineers’ take aim at global poverty October 6, 2014:

A new generation of development engineers, “dedicated to using engineering and technology to improve the lot of the world’s poorest people,” is emerging around the world, write Shankar Sastry and Lina Nilsson of UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Three UC Berkeley faculty to receive NIH Innovator Award

Three UC Berkeley faculty to receive NIH Innovator Award October 6, 2014:

Three UC Berkeley scientists — Nicholas Ingolia, Michi Taga and Roberto Zoncu — have been recognized as innovators in their fields through new research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues with video

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues October 3, 2014:

At a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing, UC Berkeley senior Ann Kwong delivered forceful testimony regarding federal policies affecting people with disabilities. Video and a written transcript are now available.