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Thursday, 19 June 2014
1. Berkeley in the News will take a break from Friday, June 20, until Tuesday, June 24.
2. As CRISPR-Cas9 Technology Sets to Take Off, Uncertainty Swirls Around IP Landscape
Molecular and cell biology professor Jennifer Doudna's contributions to the development of a revolutionary genetic engineering technique called CRISPR-Cas9 are discussed in an article about a patent battle that is heating up around the technology. The technology represents an important breakthrough in the fight against hereditary diseases. Link by subscription only. Full Story
3. Astronomers Hedge on Big Bang Detection Claim
New York Times (*requires registration)
Berkeley astrophysicists, Michael J. Mortonson and Uros Seljak are mentioned in a story about disappointing Big Bang research. They recently found that an earlier experiment at the South Pole with the BICEP2 telescope may have confused signals from deep space with interference caused by galactic dust. The first experiment caused much excitement in March for its apparent confirmation of primordial ripples called gravitational waves, believed to have been created in the first fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Full Story
4. Forum with Michael Krasny: Redskins' Trademarks Cancelled for 'Disparaging' Native Americans
Adjunct information professor Geoffrey Nunberg, a commentator for NPR's "Fresh Air" and former chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, discusses the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to cancel trademark registrations for the NFL's Washington Redskins. Link to audio. Full Story
5. I’m Sorry, but Women Really Need to Stop Apologizing
Linguistics professor Robin Lakoff is quoted in a commentary about women who over-apologize. “Sorry is a ritualized form meaning something like, ‘I hope this is O.K. with you,’” she says. “It lets people — especially women — get away with saying what the other person doesn’t want to hear.” Full Story
6. Shadow Boxing: The Fully Expressed Life
A commentary about the healthfulness of taking charge of your life mentions research by integrative biology professor Marian Diamond, who found that the part of the brain that plans (the dorsolateral cortex) also communicates with the immune system. Incidentally, the writer mentions that there's a documentary being made about Professor Diamond called “My Love Affair with the Brain.” Full Story
7. Survey: Number of millionaires up 2M to record
San Francisco Chronicle
Income data compiled by economics professor Emmanuel Saez is mentioned in a story about the growing number of millionaires around the world. Saez had found that in the United States incomes for the highest-earning 1 percent rose 31 percent from 2009 through 2012, after adjusting for inflation, while for everyone else, income rose an average of 0.4 percent. Full Story
8. Did This City Bring Down Its Murder Rate by Paying People Not to Kill?
Alum DeVone Boggan, director of Richmond's Office of Neighborhood Safety, came up with a controversial plan to reduce crime. The idea was to identify the most likely perpetrators of crime in the city and pay them to stay out of trouble. The unique strategy has become known as the "Richmond model," and since it was implemented in 2007 there has been a significant decline in crime. Whether the decline is attributable to this program or not, no one is sure. "The analogy here is infectious disease," says Berkeley law professor Barry Krisberg, an advisor of Boggan's, comparing the program to the inoculation of carriers of violence in order to protect an entire community. However, he acknowledges: "We're not doing the evaluations we should be doing; we're not bringing in objective people to look at it." Full Story
9. It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey
An architect writes about the personal significance of a project she initiated at an elementary school in Richmond, in which sixth graders work with UC Berkeley students on an artistic tile project. Full Story