Berkeley in the News Archive

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

1. Op-Ed: Slamming college costs is easy, but it’s unfair
Sacramento Bee

John Wilton, Berkeley's vice chancellor for administration and finance, writes about the new documentary The Ivory Tower and the debate over the rising cost of higher education. He says that although the film demonstrates the increasing cost while asking how that is compatible with the goal of providing access to as many students as possible, it "fails to tackle the more difficult question, 'How do we create a financially sustainable framework that enables us to achieve this goal?'" Illustrating how Berkeley and the UC system are managing the challenges of declining public support while keeping student debt lower than the national average, Vice Chancellor Wilton concludes: "Affordable, high-quality public higher education affects everyone. It creates businesses and jobs, and strengthens our workforce. It’s our nation’s most successful engine of social mobility -- more important than ever in today’s environment of increasing income disparities. The UC system is a tremendous accomplishment that other states and countries envy and try to emulate. We are in this together, and time is not on our side. We should all take up this cause now, before it is too late." Full Story

2. Cancer Research: Cells with thick sugar coating raise metastasis risk [Scroll down to relevant brief]
San Francisco Chronicle

A study co-authored by Berkeley researchers has found that the glycocalyx – a sugary coating that surrounds all cells -- tends to become bulkier in cancer cells, which can lead to increased activity in proteins called integrins that cause tumor growth and metastasis. In patients with metastatic cancer, the cells were genetically predisposed to have a bulky glycocalyx. Full Story

3. Shocking, but true: Watching too much TV can be bad for you, sleep experts say

Psychology professor Matthew Walker, director of Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, talks about sleep deprivation and its many contributors, which include too much TV. "If you look at modern-day society in industrialized nations,” he says, “the technology invasion into the bedroom at night, longer commute times in the mornings and soon, the one thing people shortchange the most in modern-day life, it seems, is sleep. ... The elastic band can only stretch so far before it snaps." Full Story

4. DealBook Blog: In Deal to Cut Corporate Taxes, Shareholders Pay the Price
New York Times (*requires registration)

Law professor Steven Davidoff Solomon writes about a tax maneuver known as an inversion – where a U.S. company can adopt a new homeland for tax purposes when acquiring another company, thereby lowering its taxes and giving it access to cash held abroad. Shareholders will pay a price, he says. Speaking about one example of this, he concludes: "You have to shake your head. Medtronic is taking advantage of two tax loopholes here. One is the move abroad. The second, less-noticed advantage makes shareholders unlikely to protest that they are paying huge sums to subsidize the gains of Medtronic’s executives. ... Only in America." Full Story

5. The California High-Speed Rail Debate—Kicking Things Off
The Atlantic

An article on California's high-speed rail debate recommends an analysis coauthored by law school teams from UCLA and Berkeley about the project's effects in the poorest and most polluted part of the state – the central San Joaquin Valley. Full Story

6. Book Review: Mass Incarceration on Trial
Inside Higher Ed

A review of law professor Jonathan Simon's new book Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America (New Press) shows how Professor Simon has taken statistics related to the United States' leading incarceration rate and made them "disturbingly intelligible." Full Story

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