Press Release archive

Media Advisory: UC Berkeley winter commencement to be held Dec. 20

December 12, 2014:

UC Berkeley will celebrate its annual December Commencement honoring all graduating seniors in the Class of 2014. More than 4,000 people, including graduating students and their guests, are expected to attend the event at Haas Pavilion.

New therapy holds promise for restoring vision

New therapy holds promise for restoring vision December 8, 2014:

A new genetic therapy developed by UC Berkeley scientists has not only helped blind mice regain light sensitivity sufficient to distinguish flashing from non-flashing lights, but also restored light response to the retinas of dogs, setting the stage for future clinical trials of the therapy in humans. The therapy involves inserting photoswitches into retinal cells that are normally “blind.”

Greater income inequality linked to more deaths for black Americans

Greater income inequality linked to more deaths for black Americans December 1, 2014:

Income inequality matters for everyone, but it matters differently for different groups of people, conclude the authors of a new UC Berkeley study. Researchers linked greater gaps in wealth to more deaths among black Americans, but fewer deaths among white Americans.

Obama to present National Medal of Science to three Berkeley faculty

Obama to present National Medal of Science to three Berkeley faculty November 19, 2014:

Tomorrow (Nov. 20) at 8:30 a.m. PST, President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology & Innovation to 19 people, including three UC Berkeley faculty members who have made significant contributions in the fields of chemistry and mathematics.

Of rats and men: Tolman, behavior and academic freedom

Of rats and men: Tolman, behavior and academic freedom November 13, 2014:

Edward Tolman, whose groundbreaking insights laid the foundation for the discovery of what’s been called “the brain’s GPS,” also led the fight against the McCarthy-era UC loyalty oath. His life and work were remembered during a daylong celebration at the Faculty Club and, of course, Tolman Hall.

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws

Study identifies effective communication strategies for voter ID laws November 5, 2014:

A new study examining impacts of voter ID requirements finds some effective communications tools to help inform and prepare voters to be prepared when going to the polls.

Faster switching helps ferroelectrics become viable replacement for transistors

Faster switching helps ferroelectrics become viable replacement for transistors October 26, 2014:

Ferroelectric materials – commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory, and more – could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to a new, easy method for speeding up their performance.

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.

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.

Media Advisory: Chancellor to visit Hayward, Tennyson high schools on Oct. 16 to promote college access

October 14, 2014:

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and top campus administrators will visit Hayward High School and Tennyson High School in the Hayward Unified School District to promote college readiness, inspire potential UC students and offer teens practical tools for college success.

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.