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Friday, 30 August 2013
1. Berkeley in the News will be taking a short break and will return Tuesday, September 3, in observation of the Labor Day holiday.
2. Disabling Protein Cripples Cancer Cells
Voice of America
UC Berkeley researchers led by Daniel Nomura, assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, disabled an enzyme needed to generate a class of lipids associated with aggressive cancer cells. In doing so, they hindered the ability of cancer cells and tumors in mice to grow and spread. Full Story
3. What can we learn from the Rim Fire?
Scott Stephens, professor of fire science at the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley and other guests take a look at modern firefighting and prevention strategies, and discuss what can be done to avoid similar disasters as the Rim Fire continues rage and burn near Yosemite National Park. Full Story
4. Rim Fire and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
NBC Nightly News
In a story about the Rim Fire in the Sierra Nevada, UC Berkeley hydroecologist Laurel Larsen, an assistant professor of geography, talked about the contamination of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that provides water to San Francisco. With the destruction of trees, the risk of soil erosion and runoff increases, she said.
5. Erosion from Rim Fire likely to dirty city's Hetch Hetchy water supply
San Francisco Examiner
UC Berkeley hydroecologist Laurel Larsen says she believes the fire burning around San Francisco's freshwater supply in Yosemite National Park may create water quality problems for The City — not now, but years down the road, after it rains. Full Story
6. UC Berkeley Experts Say New Bridge Is Unsafe; Caltrans Never Approved Dangerous S-Curve
East Bay Express
Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, a UC Berkeley professor of civil engineering, is among many experts raising serious questions about the safety of the new Bay Bridge, even contending that the old bridge — now being dismantled — was a safer structure. Full Story
7. Make $377,000 trading Apple in one day
A Berkeley professor finds out just how much a certain type of high frequency trading costs the average investor.
Haas business professor Terrence Hendershott recently tested out high-speed trading technology provided by tech firm Redline Trading Solutions. The article says his test exposes the power of latency arbitrage the way Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House exposed the power of card counting. Full Story
8. Yellen vs. Summers for the Fed: How they stack up in competition to lead the central bank
Washington Post/Bloomberg (*requires registration)
The two Ivy League-trained economists have emerged as leading contenders to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Fed. Lawrence Summers is the White House insider with a direct line to President Barack Obama. Janet Yellen, an emeritus professor in
business and economics at UC Berkeley, is a Federal Reserve veteran with a long list of congressional patrons. Stories on this topic also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle
and the Bay Area News Group
http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_23981650/economy-is-being-eclipsed-top-campaign-issue?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Full Story
9. 2014 Big Game to Remain in Berkeley
San Francisco Chronicle
A statement released Thursday by athletic director Sandy Barbour confirms that the 2014 Big Game between Cal and Stanford will remain in Berkeley, putting to rest rumors about a possible move to Levi’s Stadium. Full Story
10. Commencement speaker at UC Berkeley will be White House intern
Fontana Herald News
Last spring, Moreno, now a Cal grad, was one of the speakers during the commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley. This fall, she is heading to Washington, D.C. to begin an internship at the White House. She wants to spread one important message to the students: "You can do the same things I did, and even more." Full Story
11. Cryptic Chronicler of the New China
A Yang Fudong Restrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum
New York Times (*requires registration)
Showing at the Berkeley Art Museum, the artist Yang Fudong, all brush-painted poet meets editing suite, makes arcane movies and video installations has his first debut — at the museum, through Dec. 8. Full Story