Berkeley in the News Archive

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Friday, 17 January 2014

1. Dozens of colleges pledge to expand efforts to help students in financial need
Washington Post

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and UC President Janet Napolitano were among the UC system's contingent at a higher education summit at the White House on Thursday. They pledged ongoing support of a nationwide effort to encourage and help students of all income levels find their way to and through college. President Napolitano said UC is teaming up with California community colleges and the California State University system on a plan to help community college students transfer to four-year institutions. Chancellor Dirks plans to visit 10 middle or high schools to “encourage early college awareness.” Other stories on this topic appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed. Full Story

2. UC freshman applications up 6.2%, fueled by out-of-staters
Los Angeles Times

Freshman applications to the UC system were up 6.2% over the past year, in large part because of increased applications from students in other states and countries. Berkeley was the second most popular campus, following UCLA, with 73,711 applications. That represented an increase of 8.9%. Another story on this topic appeared in the San Francisco Business Times. Full Story

3. UC Berkeley invites aspiring women physicists to conference
San Francisco Business Times

Along with the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, UC Berkeley is hosting a conference this weekend for 170 women interested in learning about physics research and careers. Nobel Prize-winning physics professor Saul Perlmutter and physics professor Frances Hellman, a former chair of the physics department, will be among the speakers. Women have long been underrepresented in the field. At Berkeley, roughly 20 percent of physics undergraduates and 29 percent of physics graduate students are women. Full Story

4. 100 Top Stories of 2013
Discover Magazine

In a round-up of the top 100 science stories of 2013, Discover Magazine included a study led by assistant public policy professor Solomon Hsiang and associate economics professor Edward Miguel. The researchers had found that aggressive behavior, violent crimes, and war become increasingly likely with each added degree of global warming. Link to story by subscription only. Another story discussing this research appeared in the Economist. Full Story

5. Washington Wire Blog: Reich: Policies to Help Poor Could Be Boon for Big Business
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

Public policy professor Robert Reich told the congressional Joint Economic Committee on Thursday that policies advocated by Democrats to help the poor could be great for big business. "One reason the recovery is so anemic is that 95% of the gains since the recovery started have gone to the top 1%," he said. "There’s no way that the middle calls or those that aspire [to the middle class] have enough purchasing power to keep the economy going.” Full Story

6. Reflections by America’s Buddha of Banking
New York Times (*requires registration)

Economics professor Christina Romer, former head of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, joined outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and others speaking at a Brookings Institution event on Thursday. Among her comments was one about the importance of independence at central banks. “The right reason for central bank independence is that we want monetary policy made by experts,” she said. Full Story

7. Opinion Journal: Kneecapping the NSA
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

Law professor John Yoo is interviewed about President Obama's plan to extend privacy protections to foreigners, among other changes. He says the plan is "incredible" and that it demonstrates "this administration is actually more worried about the rights of foreigners and of potential terrorist suspects than it is about Americans." Link to video. Full Story

8. China Real Time Report Blog: Quashing Expectations of Reform for Rule of Law in China
Wall Street Journal Online (*requires registration)

Law lecturer Stanley Lubman writes about barriers to political reform in China, concluding: "When might the rule of law and political reform be openly linked? The legal history of Western Europe and the United States reminds us of how many centuries were required to establish today’s imperfect rule of law. China’s current circumstances are without precedent, and while change in legal and political institutions, at least on paper, could arrive with unexpected speed, the possibilities for executing legal change seem limited at best." Full Story

9. 56 years after her death, Julia Morgan wins top award

Legendary architect and Berkeley alum Julia Morgan has been honored posthumously with the 2014 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects. She is the first woman ever honored with the top architectural honor for an American architect. Famous for Hearst Castle and more than 700 other buildings, she was the first woman licensed as an architect in California. She graduated from Berkeley in 1894 with a degree in civil engineering. She died in 1957. Full Story

10. Cut Here, Cut There, but It’s Still 3 Hours: Thelma Schoonmaker on the Art of Editing Long Movies
New York Times (*requires registration)

A story about long-running films includes a discussion of Frederick Wiseman's documentary At Berkeley, "an exhaustive, engrossing tableau of that University of California campus, running 4 hours 4 minutes." Wiseman says: "I have no idea of how to think about an audience. ... You don’t know their level of education, or what their interests or experiences are. I make the film to meet my own standards. I’m the audience. ... I’m not making a document. ... I’m making a movie, a movie which in my mind has a dramatic structure: a beginning, a middle and an end, even though the expression of that is perhaps more abstract than it might be in a fiction movie" Full Story

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