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Friday, 24 January 2014

1. Economic Outlook Looks Rosier Says Laura Tyson
Wall Street Journal Online (*requires registration)

Business professor Laura Tyson is interviewed at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos. She says the economic outlook for the U.S. is looking better, but it still may take years to create all the jobs needed to get back to pre-crisis levels. Link to video. Full Story

2. Hillary Clinton getting boost from liberal super PAC
San Francisco Chronicle

Public policy professor Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor, will co-chair the Priorities Action USA political action committee as it begins raising money for Hillary Rodham Clinton – the latest sign that she is planning to run for president. Law professor Maria Echaveste, White House deputy chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, will also be on the PAC's 14-member board. Explaining the political necessity of working with super PACS, Professor Granholm says that "ultimately, the goal (of the super PAC) is to work ourselves out of a job." She adds: "I want to elect a president who will appoint a Supreme Court justice who will overturn Citizens United so there is no necessity or no legality for this unfettered flow of money. ... But you can't unilaterally disarm." If liberals don't play by the existing rules, she says, "we would be laying down all weapons and forfeiting. And we're not going to do that." Full Story

3. UC regents approve two new hires, including investments chief
Los Angeles Times

Two new executive hires were approved at the UC regents meeting on Thursday. One was for Claude Steele, UC Berkeley's next executive vice chancellor and provost (second in command). Although his salary will be $80,000 more than that of his predecessor, as well as higher than that of some UC chancellors, it will be $165,000 less than what he was making at Stanford. Only Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Norman Pattiz opposed the package. Full Story

4. The Rundown Blog: How stress, money woes contribute to the 'perfect storm' for weight gain
PBS NewsHour Online

Associate public health professor Barbara Laraia is interviewed about the effects of hunger in low-income households. She says the first thing to remember is that the effects aren't the same for everyone. "It is an interaction between the exposure, the intensity of exposure, and at what developmental period. ... But generally, food insecurity and poverty absolutely have a role in developing chronic disease." Full Story

5. What happens when jobless benefits get cut? Let’s ask North Carolina.
Washington Post Online

A story about the expiration of the emergency federal unemployment insurance program cites economics professor Jesse Rothstein. He had estimated that the expansion of jobless benefits only added 0.1 to 0.5 percentage points to the unemployment rate in 2010. Full Story

6. Risk Off: Why some people are more cautious with their finances than others

Economics professor Ulrike Malmendier is cited in an article about financial risk-taking. A study she co-authored looked at American household finances from 1960 to 2007 and found that people who experienced high returns on the stock market earlier in life were, years later, likelier to report a higher tolerance for risk, to own shares, and to invest a bigger slice of their assets in shares. Full Story

7. The Science of Love
Diablo Magazine

Psychology professor Robert Levenson is interviewed about what makes marriages last. Asked at the end if there is any way couples can predict their own long-term happiness, he responds: "The idea that there is only one person in the world for you is not very predictive of happiness in the long term. When this happens in a young person, it’s really about something else, maybe fireworks or procreation. One of the things I joke about now is that because we know how good older people are at reading emotions, you should probably ask your grandparents for their approval of your marriage. I think older people look at things in terms of what is more appropriate later in life." Full Story

8. Michael Pollan, Raj Patel head up new edible course

Journalism professor Michael Pollan's opening lecture in the Edible Schoolyard Foundation’s new Edible Education 101 class was full less than two hours after tickets became available. This year Professor Pollan will lead the program along with Raj Patel, a visiting scholar at Berkeley's Center for African Studies. Two hundred free tickets for each class are made available to the public a few days before the lecture, and guest lecturers this year will include Berkeley professors Brenda Eskenazi (public health) and Tyrone Hayes (integrative biology). Five hundred Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students are registered for the course. Full Story

9.Stephen Hawking: 'There are no black holes'
Nature News
Zeeya Merali

Physics professor Raphael Bousso weighs in on a recent paper by Stephen Hawking that has shaken the physics community by saying the theory that light cannot escape a black hole is flawed. Hawking argues: "The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes — in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity.” Professor Bousso, who was a student of Hawking's, concedes that many physicists find the potential existence of firewalls “abhorrent,” but continues: “The idea that there are no points from which you cannot escape a black hole is in some ways an even more radical and problematic suggestion than the existence of firewalls. But the fact that we’re still discussing such questions 40 years after Hawking’s first papers on black holes and information is testament to their enormous significance." Full Story

10. Forum with Michael Krasny: Hunting the Black Rhino: Decimation or Boon for Conservation?
KQED Radio

Journalism graduate student Tawanda Kanhema, an investigative reporter working on a documentary about rhino poaching, joins a discussion of rhino conservation. Link to audio. Full Story

11. Brown Provost Named Next President of U. of Michigan
Inside Higher Ed

Mark Schlissel, a former dean of biological sciences at Berkeley, has been named the next president of the University of Michigan. He is currently provost of Brown University. While at Berkeley, he was also the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry. Full Story

12. In Tough Job Market, Applicants Try Résumé Gimmicks
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

An article about the gimmicks applicants will try in order to stand out in a tough job market includes a successful example. Berkeley sophomore Aleks Kamko created a YouTube video application for an internship at Facebook Inc., in which he listed five reasons the social network should hire him. He spent six hours writing the script, filmed it in his dorm hallway, and then spent 18 hours editing it. The strategy worked. Facebook recruiting director Adam Ward, who reviewed the video, said, "We need to figure out quickly if someone has energy and enthusiasm for the company," and with something like that "you can check that box." Full Story

13. The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

The UC Botanical Garden's fifth annual exhibition of botanical drawings by regional artists is highlighted as one of five things to do in Berkeley this weekend. The art displayed is by members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. There will be an opening reception Saturday from 4-6 p.m. for artists and garden members, with the exhibit open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Full Story

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