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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.

Jennifer Doudna shares Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

Jennifer Doudna shares Janssen Award for Biomedical Research June 24, 2014

Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna and European colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier are the winners of the 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, awarded by Johnson & Johnson. Their collaboration led to the discovery of a new method for precisely manipulating genetic information in ways that should produce new insights in health and disease and may lead to new drug targets.

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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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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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