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Launch of new genomics initiative draws enthusiastic industry, academic partners

Launch of new genomics initiative draws enthusiastic industry, academic partners February 5, 2015

UC Berkeley and UCSF scientists joined colleagues from the biopharmaceutical industry on Feb. 4 to celebrate the launch of the Innovative Genomics Initiative, which aims to perfect gene editing technology discovered at Berkeley and apply it to the development of new drugs to fight disease globally.

Study reveals how oxygen is like kryptonite to titanium

Study reveals how oxygen is like kryptonite to titanium February 5, 2015

UC Berkeley scientists have found the mechanism by which titanium, prized for its high strength-to-weight ratio and natural resistance to corrosion, becomes brittle with just a few extra atoms of oxygen. The discovery could potentially lead to more practical, cost-effective use of titanium in a broader range of applications, including vehicles, buildings and bridges.

MacArthur Foundation awards $1 million to Human Rights Center

MacArthur Foundation awards $1 million to Human Rights Center February 5, 2015

The MacArthur Foundation has honored the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center for its investigations and research on war crimes and human rights abuses with a 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award, announced Thursday, Feb. 5, comes with $1 million, which the center will use to establish an endowment and to expand its sexual violence program.

‘Underground scholars’ reverse school-to-prison pipeline

‘Underground scholars’ reverse school-to-prison pipeline February 2, 2015

Those who have done time in jail or prison face unique challenges at UC Berkeley. Through their campus organization ‘Underground Scholars,’ formerly incarcerated students work to beat the odds and change the system.

Berkeley prof on ‘Becoming Richard Pryor’

Berkeley prof on ‘Becoming Richard Pryor’ December 17, 2014

Scott Saul’s biography and website are shedding new light on the late comic and actor.

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.

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Law prof looks at shootings of and by police

Law prof looks at shootings of and by police January 13, 2015

UC Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring turns up some surprises in his new study of shootings by and of police. He discusses the research, and the incomplete state of data on killings by police, on KQED radio’s “Forum” show.

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.”

50 years later: Memories of the March on Washington

50 years later: Memories of the March on Washington August 23, 2013

John Ohala worked his way through college as a photographer, and when he graduated, he picked up his camera and headed to the historic 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. Fifty years later, Ohala is an emeritus professor of linguistics and UC Berkeley, and he sat down with the NewsCenter to talk about his photos from that day, which appear in a slideshow and also are on display at the Berkeley Public Library.

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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How the web was won

How the web was won February 9, 2015

The pioneering spirit of UC Berkeley is reflected in the new main campus website, which launched Saturday, Feb. 7. The site features a mix of compelling campus stories, powerful videos, social media feeds and a lovingly detailed historical section with five timelines and 248 milestones with images or videos.

Slideshow: Campus goes big for Big Give

Slideshow: Campus goes big for Big Give November 17, 2014

This Thursday, Nov. 20, marks the Big Give, UC Berkeley’s first 24-hour online fundraising drive geared to support students, faculty and research. Check out this slideshow of Berkeley people who are making a big deal out of Big Give and visit BigGive.berkeley.edu to join them.

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.

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