Berkeley in the News Archive

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Monday, 4 August 2014

1. Berkeley in the News will take a break on Tuesday, August 5. Publication will resume Wednesday, August 6.

2. Study: Women More Likely to Be Lied to in Negotiations Than Men
Time Magazine

A study led by business professor Laura Kray has found evidence that women are more likely than men to be lied to during negotiations. About one of the experiments, Professor Kray says: "We found that in the role play, people were significantly more likely to blatantly lie to women. ... To women, for instance, the buyer’s agents would say, ‘They will be luxury condos,’ but to men, they would say, ‘I can’t tell you.’” Both men and women lied to women more often than they did to men. Stories on this topic also appeared in Elle, Bustle, and Jezebel. Full Story

3. Here & Now: World's Only Captive Hyena Colony Scheduled To Close
WBAA (Public Radio from Purdue)

UC Berkeley is closing its hyena research colony, ending a 30-year run begun by integrative biology professors Laurence Frank and Stephen Glickman. Wildlife reporter Vicki Croke discusses the unusual, gender-bending animals and the research project's closure. Recordings of Laurence Frank talking about the animals are included in the report. Link to audio. Full Story

4. U.S. Energy Department to make researchers' papers free
Science Magazine Online

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a plan to make the research papers it funds free and accessible to the public a year after they're published. Associate molecular and cell biology professor Michael Eisen is critical of the commercially-affiliated publishing venue -- Chorus -- that the DOE has chosen to use. He and other open-access advocates say they would prefer a full-text government archive like PubMed Central so it would be possible to "text mine" or search across the entire body of papers. Full Story

5. Not So Golden: Wealth Gap Lasting Into Retirement
New York Times (*requires registration)

Economics professor Emmanuel Saez is cited in a story about the wealth gap in retirement. He found that incomes for the highest-earning 1 percent of Americans soared 31 percent from 2009 through 2012, after adjusting for inflation, while for everyone else, it inched up an average of 0.4 percent. Full Story

6. Villages, grass-roots support organizers, help seniors stay in their homes and communities
San Jose Mercury News (*requires registration)

A 2014 study co-authored by Berkeley's School of Social Welfare found that community-based based social support organizations, called villages, "offer a promising new model" for improving services for the growing number of American seniors. Most members surveyed said they rely on the villages for socializing, followed by transportation, household assistance and help with technology. The study also noted, however, that villages may be limited in how much they can help people stay in their homes, since most don't provide personal or health care services. Full Story

7. Visual Perception Linked To IQ: Growing Old, We Lose Both Mental And Visual Processing Speed
Medical Daily

A new Scottish study has linked age-related declines in visual perception speed to parallel declines in intelligence, but a recent Berkeley study found what may be seen as compensations for the elderly. Their study found that older people tend to be better than younger folk at seeing the positive side of a stressful situation, and they are more likely to empathize with those who are the less fortunate. Full Story

8. Deal Book: Botox Maker Allergan’s Takeover Defense Speed Bump
New York Times (*requires registration)

Law professor Steven Davidoff Solomon co-wrote this story about Allergan's suit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals and the hedge fund manager William A. Ackman, which alleges that insider trading was involved in their hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other pharmaceuticals, and the authors say the suit "represents the most aggressive move yet in the increasingly contentious takeover battle and calls into focus one of the central issues at play: whether Mr. Ackman improperly built up his nearly 10 percent stake in Allergan as he prepared to make a bid with Valeant." Full Story

9. Video: Michelle Quinn on diversity in Silicon Valley
Silicon Beat

Eric Abrams, director of diversity initiatives at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, joined a discussion of diversity in Silicon Valley on KQED's "Newsroom" over the weekend. Link to video. Full Story

10. Obituary: Harun Farocki, Filmmaker of Modern Life, Dies at 70
New York Times (*requires registration)

Harun Farocki, a German filmmaker and former Berkeley lecturer, has died at the age of 70. He was known for avant-garde works examining the ways images are used to inform, instruct, and propagandize. He taught at Berkeley from 1993 to 1999. Full Story

11. American Masters: Dorothea Lange
PBS Online

A profile of iconic photographer Dorothea Lange includes a timeline mention that she conducted an oral history in 1960-1961 with Suzanne Riess of the Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office. Full Story

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