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Friday, 1 August 2014

1. Happy 99th Birthday To The Inventor Of The Laser, Charles Townes
Science 2.0

Physics Professor Emeritus Charles Townes, winner of a Nobel Prize for his invention of the laser, celebrated his 99th birthday on July 28. The City of Berkeley and Greenville, S.C., his birthplace, declared the day "Charles H. Townes Day," and 500 people attended his birthday party on the Berkeley campus. Full Story

2. Stockton-born Maxine Hong Kingston Receives National Medal of Arts
KQED Online

Senior English lecturer and alumna Maxine Hong Kingston, the daughter of Chinese immigrants and author of The Woman Warrior and other prizewinning books, was honored by President Obama with a National Medal of Arts at the White House on July 28. The award recognized "her novels and non-fiction, [which] have examined how the past influences our present... [and] strengthened our understanding of Asian American identity, helping shape our national conversation about culture, gender, and race.” Link to video. Other stories on this topic appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, Stockton Record, and on KGO TV--link to video. Full Story

3. How to Protect Yourself as the Ebola Outbreak Gets Dire in Africa
Yahoo! Travel

Public health professor Art Reingold, head of epidemiology at Berkeley, discusses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, noting that people considering travel to countries in Africa not under a travel ban should follow the usual precautions of taking malaria pills and getting recommended vaccinations. "The average traveler is really at no risk," he says. "The transmission entirely occurs from people who are fairly ill," with obvious bleeding from their eyes, nose, and mouth. "Ebola is not spread by sitting next to someone on a plane. Most people who are at that stage of illness are too sick to travel and are in a bed." He says those most at risk are family members and health workers who are in close contact with victims. Other stories quoting Professor Reingold appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, and Medical Daily. He was also interviewed on CNN--link to video. Full Story

4. China Real Time Report Blog: A Key Move to Protect Courts in China
Wall Street Journal Online

Law lecturer Stanley Lubman writes about two major announcements made by China's Communist Party Tuesday. One disclosed that the nation's former head of security, Zhou Yongkang, is being investigated for "discipline violations," and the other was that rule of law would be the focus of the party's annual conclave in October. "The reputation and legality of China’s police, courts and prosecutors suffered during Zhou’s tenure as head of the country’s security apparatus," Professor Lubman says, adding that "reform plans already put on the table could help China to move past the Zhou era." He concludes: "No one can expect quick progress on reducing local protectionism, but the fact that there is a stated desire to reduce the links between local governments and the operation of the courts is at least promising." Full Story

5. Secrecy Around Lethal Injection Faces Challenges
Wall Street Journal

Megan McCracken, the Eighth Amendment Resource Counsel with the law school's Death Penalty Clinic, remarks on the ongoing controversy over U.S. executions that are being conducted with untested combinations of drug injections. The crisis has arisen since previously used drugs became unavailable, and one of the key issues is the secrecy that many states maintain regarding details of their executions. “Fights over secrecy are here to stay,” she says. “Courts have yet to resolve some very serious issues concerning the rights of condemned prisoners.” Full Story

6. Immigration protesters start trek to U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday
Sacramento Bee

Berkeley student Valeska Castaneda is leading a 400-mile Trail for Humanity walk to highlight the plight of immigrant women and children and other causes related to U.S. immigration policy. The walk began on July 22, when 11 mothers representing 11 million undocumented workers began a trek from Sacred Heart Church in Sacramento to Friendship Park in San Diego, at the U.S.-Mexico border. Castaneda is the mother of an 8-year-old girl, and she says she'd been planning the walk in March. "It really took (on) a life of its own as of this month,” she says. “It all aligned itself, and it really exploded.” Another story, accompanied by a video, appeared in the Fresno Bee Online. Full Story

7. Penn State hires former Cal AD to lead program
Washington Post

Former athletic director Sandy Barbour has been hired by Penn State, replacing David Joyner. She says she intends to bring a "student-first" approach to the position when she takes over on August 18. “Creating conditions for success for students and creating a world class experience for them while they’re here impacts the rest of their lives,” she said. “Penn State alumni and athletic alumni experienced that while they were here and I only intend to grow that.” Barbour was at Cal for 10 years, and highlights of her career here included 19 team national championships and 92 titles in individual events. Stories on this topic appeared in more than 100 sources nationwide, including the Chronicle of Higher Education Online. Full Story

8. Inter Milan beats Real Madrid on penalty kicks
Washington Post

A sellout crowd of 62,583 soccer fans watched Italy's Inter Milan beat Spain's Real Madrid at the Guinness International Champions Cup opener at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium on Saturday, July 26. The goal had been tied 1-1 until Mauro Icardi scored the winning point in the fifth round of penalty kicks. The championship competition will continue at various stadiums throughout North America until August 4. Stories on this topic appeared in hundreds of sources worldwide. Full Story

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