Press Release archive

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit

'California Captured on Canvas' tells Golden State story with paint with video

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.

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.

College Information Day to be held this Saturday

October 2, 2014:

College Information Day, an event at the University of California, Berkeley, in which dozens of college and university representatives will give tips to college-bound students and their families.

$4.5 million for big-data projects in ecology, astronomy, microscopy

$4.5 million for big-data projects in ecology, astronomy, microscopy October 2, 2014:

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has upped its support of data-driven science at UC Berkeley by awarding three professors $1.5 million each over five years to pursue big-data projects in ecology, astronomy and microscopy. The faculty members – Laura Waller, Joshua Bloom and Laurel Larsen – were named Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery.

Media Advisory: Sept. 21 party to celebrate MAVEN spacecraft’s arrival at Mars

Media Advisory: Sept. 21 party to celebrate MAVEN spacecraft’s arrival at Mars September 18, 2014:

A celebration of the arrival at Mars of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft carrying four instruments built at the University of California, Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory.

2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize for boosting women in architecture, sustainability announced

2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize for boosting women in architecture, sustainability announced September 15, 2014:

Sheila Kennedy, an internationally recognized architect, innovator and educator, is the 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize. The award is given by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design to a design practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to advance gender equity in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and community.

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein

Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer’s-related protein September 14, 2014:

UC Berkeley researchers have found that the human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in their brain retain normal cognitive function while others develop dementia.

Berkeley’s Eco Ensemble to perform at Venice Music Biennale

Berkeley’s Eco Ensemble to perform at Venice Music Biennale September 11, 2014:

The campus’s new-music “dream team” is headed to Italy for two concerts featuring works by Berkeley music-composition faculty and alumni at what the ensemble”s founder, Edmund Campion, calls “one of the most visible and important sites for new music today.”

Changing how we farm can save evolutionary diversity, study suggests

Changing how we farm can save evolutionary diversity, study suggests September 11, 2014:

A new study by biologists at Stanford University and UC Berkeley highlights the dramatic hit on evolutionary diversity when forests are transformed into agricultural lands. The findings point to using diversified farming as a way to preserve the evolutionary history embodied in wildlife.

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain September 8, 2014:

Lead author of new study linking honesty to a certain region of the brain says the findings have significant implications for understanding social interaction and cooperation within business organizations and beyond.

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).

Legislators to attend earthquake early warning conference Sept. 3-5

August 29, 2014:

ATTENTION: Reporters covering politics, public policy or science WHAT: An international conference that will draw California politicians as well as emergency response officials and scientists from around the world to discuss earthquake early warning systems and strategies for establishing networks in California, the U.S., Europe and many other countries. In the wake of a major 6.0 magnitude quake Aug. 24 […]

‘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.