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Friday, 11 July 2014
1. The Secrets of Successful Transit Projects — Revealed!
A new study led by assistant city and regional planning professor Daniel Chatman looked at decades of real-world data to develop ridership models that predict how many people will ride certain transit routes. A key finding is that the success of a transit project correlates to whether it serves areas that are dense in high-wage and leisure jobs, as well as population, and areas that have expensive parking. While that may seem like simple common-sense, transportation agencies often take other things, such as expedience, into consideration. The study's conclusions should bolster efforts to maximize the effectiveness of new transit investments. Full Story
2. The Fix Blog: The political moderate is dead. Long live the moderate.
Washington Post Online
A study co-authored by political science graduate student David Broockman has found that people who answer polls with some answers on the left and some on the right tend to be averaged to the middle, when in fact their opinions often turn out to be quite extreme. The result is that voters who hold gentle opinions that are all on the left or the right then appear considerably more extreme than voters who hold intense opinions all over the political spectrum. Full Story
3. Op-Ed: Case of UT's Powers echoes another crisis involving Reagan
A commentator compares the high-powered movement in Texas to dismiss University of Texas-Austin President Bill Powers to the ouster of UC President Clark Kerr in 1967, led by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. The writer is completing a book on Kerr and American research universities. Full Story
4. Science Journal Pulls 60 Papers in Peer-Review Fraud
New York Times (*requires registration)
Molecular and cell biology professor Michael Eisen is not surprised by a new scandal involving the academic publishing practice of peer-review. The publisher of the Journal of Vibration and Control has pulled 60 papers linked to a researcher in Taiwan charged with "perverting the peer-review process" by setting up fraudulent online accounts for real and fake scientists to review his papers favorably so they would be published. Professor Eisen has long been a critic of the peer-review process, and he says that in many countries, including Taiwan, academic institutions have an “almost explicit” formula for promotions based on the quantity, rather than quality, of published papers. “That creates room for various forms of shenanigans,” he says. “It doesn’t surprise me that much that something like this happens.” Another story on this topic appeared in the Washington Post. Full Story
5. Obituary: Lillian B. Rubin dies at 90; sociologist, therapist, best-selling author
Los Angeles Times
Sociology Professor Emerita Arlie Hochschild is quoted in an obituary of sociologist, psychotherapist and best-selling author Lillian B. Rubin. Hochschild is also known for her scholarship on women, gender and work, and she was Rubin's longtime friend. She said about Rubin: "What strikes you is the variety of her work, but I think her driving interest was social class, and then race. ... She had an eye for those who got stuck, lost and left behind." Full Story
6. The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend
A public art project co-sponsored by Berkeley's College of Environmental Design and the Kala Art Institute is highlighted as an activity in Berkeley this weekend. Called Print Public, the event is part of a series of projects to activate the San Pablo Avenue and Ashby area of West Berkeley. Activities will include visualization and silent walking/moving meditations on topics such as: "What do wellness and health look like communally? Can a route of well-being be traced geographically? What do outer manifestations of inner silence look like?” Full Story
7. Win prizes with your photos, as Sundays on Telegraph returns to Berkeley for the summer
Sundays on Telegraph begins its second season this weekend, with the area of Telegraph Avenue south of the campus closed off for a street fair. The weekly event runs from July 13 to Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and it stretches from Durant Avenue to Dwight Way. As described on the event's website: "Telegraph Avenue becomes a car-free people zone stuffed full of musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen, vendors and poets. People from all walks of life – locals, visitors, and students alike come out to enjoy the pleasant weather and festivities. Many UC Berkeley student groups participate in the fun and visitors get a chance to experience the breadth of culture Berkeley has to offer in the radius of a few blocks.” This year, there will be a contest for the best photographs of the event. For the kickoff this Sunday, performers will include a Dixieland jazz band – Spirit of 29 – and hip hop and breakdancing artists. Remote-controlled cars will be available to race outside Moe's Books. Full Story