Berkeley in the News Archive

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Monday, 21 July 2014

1. New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles
KQED Online

A team of Berkeley researchers led by associate bioengineering professor Irina Conboy has found that oxytocin, a feel-good hormone produced in the brain, can help rejuvenate muscles, and is a promising target for anti-aging treatments. The writer warns, however, that the study is preliminary and there has been considerable hype about oxytocin as a cure-all, including as a remedy for autism. She says this "could lead to a dangerous situation given the widespread availability of oxytocin supplements. ... It is important to consult your doctor before taking oxytocin." Full Story

2. US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs
Contra Costa Times

New research adds evidence to an earlier study by labor economist Sylvia Allegretto, co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, that raising the minimum wage does not harm economies. The new research found that the 13 U.S. states that raised their minimum wage at the beginning of this year are now adding jobs at a faster pace than states that did not. Similarly, the earlier study compared counties in states that raised their minimums with neighboring counties in states that did not and found no negative impact on employment. Restaurants and other low-wage employers may have other ways of offsetting the cost of higher wages, aside from cutting back on hiring, Allegretto says. For example, higher pay can reduce staff turnover and save on hiring and training costs. Full Story

3. Court Delays Execution Over Secrecy With Drugs
New York Times (*requires registration)

Jennifer Moreno, a staff attorney at Berkeley Law's Death Penalty Clinic, comments on a federal appeals court ruling Saturday that has delayed the execution of an Arizona man, on the grounds that he has a legal right to details about the lethal injection drugs that would be used and about the qualifications of the execution team. “This is the first time a circuit court has ruled that the plaintiff has a right to know the source of execution drugs,” Moreno says. Full Story

4. What Everyone Gets Wrong About Where You Go To College
Huffington Post

This commentary discusses commonly mistaken thoughts about choosing colleges. One has to do with the perception that Ivy League universities are best. The writer says: "Harvard University may be the most well-respected higher education institution in the world, but no other Ivy League school outranks the University of California-Berkeley, a public school. According to the Times Higher Education world reputation rankings, elite schools like Duke and Johns Hopkins, and many of the best schools in other nations, are neck and neck with flagship schools. Next time you feel bummed about going to an in-state public college, consider that 13 state universities are considered to be among the 50 best in the world." Full Story

5. Real Estate Inc. Blog: Richmond incubator near future UC research site targets growing companies
San Francisco Business Times Online (*requires registration)

The San Francisco incubator Runway has leased space in Richmond for a new accelerator called TopLine. The new space is in the Marina Bay area, close to the planned location of a new UC Berkeley-Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory research campus. The new campus, according to this article, is "expected to create an anchor point for technology-oriented development for decades to come." Full Story

6. Realogy Holdings Corp. to Buy ZipRealty for More Lucrative Leads
Wall Street Journal

ZipRealty, a real estate brokerage and technology company based in Emeryville, has reached an agreement to be acquired by Realogy Holdings for $166 million. ZipRealty was founded by Berkeley alumni Scott Kucirek and Juan Mini in 1999, and it was one of the first companies to put real estate listings online. Full Story

7. Sylvia Lindsey reaches kids with the gospel of opera
San Francisco Chronicle

Sylvia Lindsey, a San Francisco Opera board member, is interviewed about her many activities as "the Pied Piper of the arts in the African American community." Among other things, she says: "I'm attending the (Alvin) AileyCamp. We have 60 campers and 12 are boys, and they are learning to dance through Cal Performances at UC Berkeley." Full Story

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