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The skinny on soda taxes, in under 3 minutes

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.

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit

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.

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning October 13, 2014

Kai Huotari, a sometime filmmaker and former visiting scholar at Berkeley’s School of Information, analyzed thousands of tweets and interviewed 45 “TV live-tweeters” to learn why people would do such a thing. Note to TV producers: It’s not all about you.

Infectious-disease expert offers primer on Ebola virus

Infectious-disease expert offers primer on Ebola virus October 6, 2014

Dr. Arthur Reingold, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, answers some common questions about the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues

Student testifies in U.S. Senate on disability issues October 3, 2014

At a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing, UC Berkeley senior Ann Kwong delivered forceful testimony regarding federal policies affecting people with disabilities. Video and a written transcript are now available.

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

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.)

10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab

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.

Berkeley Engineering launches summer camp for girls

Berkeley Engineering launches summer camp for girls August 15, 2014

Berkeley Engineering has been hosting 60 fifth, sixth and seventh-graders in a new Girls in Engineering camp this summer. The program seeks to inspire middle-school girls to explore careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images

New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images August 14, 2014

A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if the image could also represent a thousands of other images? New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the sea of visual data in the world by generating a single photo that can represent massive clusters of images.

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From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride

From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride September 18, 2014

Wednesday’s midday carillon concert began with the first-ever performance from the Campanile of the song known as the “black national anthem.” At the foot of the tower, D. Mark Wilson directed an ad hoc campus chorus in its rendition of “Life Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

I School prof Geoff Nunberg’s word of the year for 2012: big data

I School prof Geoff Nunberg’s word of the year for 2012: big data January 4, 2013

Berkeley linguist Geoffrey Nunberg picks “big data” as the word of the year for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air show, and explains why people should pay attention to it. With audio.

A violin gifted by Nazi propagandist keeps its secrets

A violin gifted by Nazi propagandist keeps its secrets September 24, 2012

In February, 1943, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels ceremoniously gifted an 18th-century violin to a young Japanese musician. The origins of the instrument remain a mystery. Violin maker Carla Shapreau, an adjunct faculty at Berkeley Law, writes on Nazi plunder of fine art in a feature article in The New York Times arts section.

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At Student Learning Center ‘Friday Jam,’ creative energy abounds

At Student Learning Center ‘Friday Jam,’ creative energy abounds October 21, 2014

More than 200 attended the Oct. 17 launch of “SLC Friday Jam,” featuring a multicultural array of spoken-word, rock and dance performances.

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks

Photo slideshow: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks October 7, 2014

More than 1,000 inventive students from across the country inhabited California Memorial Stadium this weekend as they sought glory, prize money and the sheer thrill of solving problems together in a 36-hour tech event, Cal Hacks.

Students arrive for move-in as fall semester kicks off

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.

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

‘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.

Art in Science: A Berkeley perspective

Art in Science: A Berkeley perspective February 26, 2014

The Feb. 27-28 exhibit, “Art-in-Science: The intersection of image and research,” drew record crowds to see sculpture, painting, photography, origami, multi-media and digital art by scientists and artists — now or formerly at UC Berkeley — whose works portray the artistic face of science. The exhibit was sponsored by Science@Cal and the EBI.

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