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Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world with video

March 26, 2015:

Lindsey Dougherty’s love of the sea eventually led her to UC Berkeley, where she is now a graduate student focusing on one of the ocean’s more unusual critters: a clam that flashes in the deep. In a recent interview with Discovery Canada’s science show “Daily Planet,” Dougherty talked about her love of diving and her first encounter with these unusual mollusks.

Former UC Berkeley professor wins $1 million Turing Award

Former UC Berkeley professor wins $1 million Turing Award March 25, 2015:

Michael Stonebraker, an MIT researcher and former UC Berkeley professor, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s A.M. Turing Award, considered the most prestigious honor in the field of computing. Stonebraker revolutionized the field of database management systems in his nearly three decades as a faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Paul Alivisatos announces plans to step down as Berkeley Lab director

Paul Alivisatos announces plans to step down as Berkeley Lab director March 24, 2015:

Paul Alivisatos, a professor of chemistry and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will step down from his leadership role at Berkeley Lab as soon as a successor is found. Alivisatos, who has served as director for six years, will return to his campus research and teaching activities as well as retain his position as a senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division.

Berkeley students offer free tax service in East Bay

Berkeley students offer free tax service in East Bay March 23, 2015:

Scores of IRS-certified student volunteers, after learning income-tax basics, are helping East Bay residents of limited means prepare their federal and state returns. The students are part of the Berkeley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Recent grad launches new app where students can hang out

Recent grad launches new app where students can hang out March 18, 2015:

A young Berkeley-educated entrepreneur has just launched a new iPhone app called Five, which he calls a “virtual version of Berkeley,” where students can chat and meet.

‘Richard Pryor’ author Scott Saul up for PEN literary award

‘Richard Pryor’ author Scott Saul up for PEN literary award March 18, 2015:

English professor Scott Saul, who has has won critical acclaim and widespread attention for Becoming Richard Pryor, has been longlisted for the prestigious literary organization’s 2015 award in the category of biography.

Two new projects will search for dark matter axions

Two new projects will search for dark matter axions March 16, 2015:

Is the mysterious dark matter that makes up 26 percent of the universe composed of a hypothetical particle called an axion, instead of the formerly popular WIMP? The Heising-Simons Foundation gave UC Berkeley physicist Dmitry Budker and nuclear engineering Karl van Bibber funds to look for axions with two different experimental techniques.

The ‘temptation’ of military leadership: Resist, urges Barney Frank

The ‘temptation’ of military leadership: Resist, urges Barney Frank March 13, 2015:

The cost of the United States’ need to “lead,” longtime Democratic congressman Barney Frank said at I-House, has been its ability to pay for vital domestic programs and growing cynicsm about government itself. He believes the U.S. military budget could be cut by 20 percent with “no reduction” in the nation’s security.