Berkeley in the News Archive

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Friday, 13 September 2013

1. Wonkblog: This is how everyone’s been doing since the financial crisis
Washington Post Online

Economic trends since the collapse of Lehman Brothers five years ago are charted. "It's not really a happy anniversary," the article begins. Research coauthored by Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez is cited. Full Story

2. California Legislature approves raising minimum wage to $10 — the highest of any state
San Jose Mercury News (*requires registration)

The California legislature has approved a plan to raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 by January 2016. Some believe the move will be a "job killer," but a December 2010 study by Berkeley economists concluded that minimum wage increases do not cut the number of low-paying jobs. Full Story

3. Real Time Economics Blog: ‘Much Panted After,’ but Can Rajan Save India?
Wall Street Journal Online (*requires registration)

A story about challenges faced by India's new central bank chief, Raghuram Rajan, cites a new study coauthored by Berkeley economics professor Barry Eichengreen. The study rated India last among 89 countries in terms of central bank independence, and rated it poorly for transparency as well. Full Story

4. Legislature wants quake warning system, but doesn't want to pay for it
Los Angeles Times

While state legislators have given final approval to a bill authorizing a new earthquake early earthquake warning system, they didn't include a funding provision. SB 135, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), calls on the state Office of Emergency Services to develop the system through a public-private partnership, in collaboration with state and federal agencies and other stakeholders. The system would be based on a network of quake sensors co-designed and co-operated by UC Berkeley researchers. Full Story

5. In Contra Costa Blog: Panel discusses complex Chevron-Richmond relationship
San Francisco Chronicle Online

A forum at Berkeley's law school on Wednesday explored the role Chevron plays in the politics and economy of the City of Richmond. Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and oil and energy policy analyst Antonia Juhasz discussed the issues, and law lecturer Jamie O’Connell moderated. Chevron declined an invitation to participate. Full Story

6. Nevada hitches ride on robotic prototype car
San Francisco Chronicle

A story about the state of Nevada's interest in self-driving cars and Google's efforts to develop the technology mentions a Berkeley study theorizing that robotic technology could allow three times the number of cars on the same roads, freeing up highway budgets for other programs. Full Story

7. Gears allow planthopper to super jump in the right direction, report says
Washington Post

Integrative biology professor Robert Full comments on a study finding that a jumping insect called the planthopper, or Issus coleoptratus, has gearlike structures that help it jump with enormous acceleration. “It’s a wonderful example of the exquisite use of mechanisms in nature that solve problems in a very simple way,” he says. Although Professor Full was not involved in the study, his research focuses on taking ideas from animals to inspire engineering and design innovations. He discovered, for example, that geckos stick to walls by means of millions of tiny hairs on their feet, and labs have been using that knowledge to create adhesion technology. Full Story

8. Ronnie Lott can only hope concussions don't catch up to him
San Jose Mercury News (*requires registration)

Dr. Cindy Chang, UC Berkeley's team physician, was a featured panelist at a Santa Clara University symposium examining the crisis of head trauma in sport on Thursday. Commenting on the fears of former NFL player Ronnie Lott, whose multiple concussions elevate his risk of later suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Dr. Chang says his current lack of symptoms highlights how complex the issue is. "That's why you're not a bad parent if you let your kid play Pee Wee football," she said. "We still don't know so much. But what we do know, we have to spread that gospel." Full Story

9. Joyce Carol Oates interviews herself
Washington Post

Author Joyce Carol Oates, who recently taught a semester at Berkeley, interviews herself. She will be speaking at the National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, on September 22. Full Story

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