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For student regent, sitting on UC board means taking a stand

For student regent, sitting on UC board means taking a stand

November 25, 2014:

Though she’s missed classes, lost sleep and put her social life on hold since becoming UC student regent in July, Berkeley social-welfare major Sadia Saifuddin is upbeat about the role, calling it a “blessing” and a job “I was meant to do.”

Education professor Barbara White dies at age 64

Education professor Barbara White dies at age 64 November 18, 2014:

Professor Barbara White, a faculty member at UC Berkeley for 25 years whose broad ranging academic background encompassed education, computer science, psychology, and mathematics, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 64.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Después de 26 días ‘en los zapatos del inmigrante,’ madres estudiantes reflexionaron sobre sus próximos pasos with video

Después de 26 días ‘en los zapatos del inmigrante,’ madres estudiantes reflexionaron sobre sus próximos pasos October 2, 2014:

Durante el verano, seis madres estudiantes de UC Berkeley, junto con sus hijos, caminaron 350 millas en “Un Sendero por la Humanidad,” en el que clamaron por una reforma migratoria a lo largo del camino, que concluyó en la frontera con México. La acción fue “ponerme en los zapatos del inmigrante,” dijo una de las líderes, Valeska Castañeda, estudiante del último año. (English verion here.)

‘Haga clic para participar': Bilingual California Report Card launches

‘Haga clic para participar': Bilingual California Report Card launches September 24, 2014:

A bilingual version of California Report Card went live on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 23, to serve the state’s millions of Spanish speakers. The civic-engagement tool was developed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom with the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley.

Fall flu-shot clinics begin Sept. 29

Fall flu-shot clinics begin Sept. 29 September 24, 2014:

Just in time for flu season, University Health Service is launching its fall flu-shot clinics. Get immunized at Tang on Sept. 29 or any of five more clinics scheduled through early December. No appointment necessary.

Can UC’s Lick Observatory be saved?

Can UC’s Lick Observatory be saved? September 4, 2014:

“I’m fighting in part for the next generation,” says UC Berkeley Professor of Astronomy Alex Filippenko in a Daily Californian feature on the future of UC’s Lick Observatory, near San Jose. UC Office of the President recently announced it plans to phase out funding for the facility by 2018.

Experts’ panel to discuss controversial migrant youth immigration surge

Experts’ panel to discuss controversial migrant youth immigration surge September 3, 2014:

A panel of experts hosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies will explore “Child Migrants: A Journey of Desperation and Hope,” discussing the contexts of the current controversy around a surge in child migrants from Central America and Mexico, and future prospects.

Report finds positives in proposed LA minimum wage hike

Report finds positives in proposed LA minimum wage hike September 1, 2014:

Scholars at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment find that the minimum-wage policy proposed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti would provide significant gains in income to Los Angeles’ low-wage workers and their families. Read their report here (PDF).

‘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.

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.

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.