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Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide

Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide

January 20, 2015:

Thanks to historical data preserved in UC Berkeley’s libraries, campus botanists have been able to compare tree survey data from the 1920s and ’30s with forest service data today. They find a decline in large trees and an increase in the density of small trees in forests throughout the state. The large tree decline seems to be caused by water stress.

‘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.

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.

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers with photos

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers August 16, 2014:

Everyone notices the academic superstars and failures, but what about the tens of millions of American teens straddling these two extremes? A new UC Berkeley study has spotlighted a high school subculture that has made an art of slacking, even with ample educational resources, and may be destined to perpetuate the nation’s struggling lower-middle class.

HUD official to join city planning faculty, direct Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy

HUD official to join city planning faculty, direct Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy August 12, 2014:

Carol Galante, a leader of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a Federal Housing Administration commissioner, will join the UC Berkeley faculty in January 2015. Her experience will be a boon to the College of Environmental Design in its efforts to address urban issues, says CED dean Jennifer Wolch.

Music department piano, instruments sale will be grand

Music department piano, instruments sale will be grand August 12, 2014:

An upcoming sale of lightly used pianos and other musical instruments will help provide instruments for UC Berkeley music students every year. The event is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity July 20, 2014:

UC Berkeley researchers are developing ultra-sensitive bomb detectors using tiny laser sensors. Experiments showed that the nanoscale plasmon sensors could detect airborne explosives at concentrations below one part per billion, a result that is much more sensitive than published results to date for other optical sensors.