A troubling lack of accountability is afflicting two key Bay Area institutions, and the public is paying the price. At BART, a contract approval debacle has resulted in no firing of top staff responsible for the mistake. At UC Berkeley,...Show More Summary
At last week’s PLEAD conference on social media and political processes, Alex Hanna tweeted a summary of a talk by Mark Huberty of UC Berkeley political science, which raised some questions about using social media data to forecast electoral results. Alex suggested that we could have a good discussion about Mark’s talk. In these comments, I […]
During a speech on immigration reform Monday, President Obama was heckled over deportations by activist Ju Hong. Hong is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and last year the university's campus life YouTube account posted a profile video of the undocumented student.
Yesterday's heckler at Obama's pro-amnesty speech in San Francisco was Ju Hong, an approved guest of the White House and an illegal alien from South Korea who recently graduated from UC Berkeley. People who still say illegal aliens "live...Show More Summary
In 2011, the UC Berkeley Center for Labor and Research and Education put out a study that should have sparked mass rallies up and down the Golden State. The report found that nearly half of California workers will retire in or near poverty. Show More Summary
As shoppers across the nation prepare to pounce on Black Friday sales, researchers at UC Berkeley are looking at what happens to commerce when there's no set price tag. In an exhaustive study of consumer behavior, they found that shoppers spend more money when engaged in a chain of goodwill known as "Pay-it-forward" than when they can name their own price. read more
Last Wednesday, University of California service workers and graduate students went on strike for one day to protest unfair labor practices. There’s an email UC Berkeley professor and scab Alexander Coward sent his class last Tuesday that’s gone viral, thanks in no small part to Berkeley promoting his anti-union missive. Coward told his students why he planned [...]
New research from UC Berkeley provides a proof of concept for a magnetic switch that could make computers thousands of times more energy-efficient, and provide some amazing new abilities, too.
California is among the world’s leaders in deploying renewable energy, with the state on pace to meet its target of achieving 33% of its energy from renewable sources like the sun and the wind by 2020. But the success may ironically be contributing to a stalled in-state market for more renewable power. Given the amount […]
Excerpt: Seeking to engage children in neuroscience research and stimulate interest in the subject, UC Berkeley professor of psychology and neuroscience Robert Knight last Monday launched an online scientific journal mainly edited by students between the ages of 8 and 18. Show More Summary
Made up of editors as young as 8 years old, Frontiers for the Young Minds is a science journal created by a UC Berkeley professor to teach kids peer review. Science journals can be a bit... well, dense. To help bring more young people into the world of science and scientific research, a new science journal has been created, and it's by kids, for kids. Read Full Story
Teenagers who go to bed late during the school year are more prone to academic and emotional difficulties in the long run, compared to their earlier-to-bed counterparts, according to a new study from UC Berkeley. Berkeley researchers analyzed longitudinal data from a nationally representative cohort of 2,700 U.S. Show More Summary
Fletcher Foti, a UC Berkeley planning Ph.D. student, has created this new interactive map showing transportation patterns of people in The Bay Area. The map breaks down travel patterns by mode and household income using a timeline and colored...
Multiple Encounters puts the video work of Yang Fudong in direct dialogue with historical Chinese paintings, a juxtaposition that raises questions about how we view both Yang?s work and classical art. Connecting the fifteenth century...Show More Summary
New York City mostly rides transit, Los Angeles loves its cars, and San Francisco has a dedicated population of bike commuters. UC Berkeley planning PhD student Fletcher Foti recently built a brilliant data visualisation that brings these facts to life by animating commuting patterns for the Bay Area, LA and NYC. More »
Full (and proud) disclosure: I—like my mother before me, as a matter of fact!—am an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley. I was a Ph.D. student there during a period that sprawled over more than a decade. (Just ask my dissertation...Show More Summary
New York City mostly rides transit, Los Angeles loves its cars, and San Francisco has a dedicated population of bike commuters. UC Berkeley planning Ph.D. student Fletcher Foti recently built a brilliant data visualization that brings these facts to life by animating commuting patterns for the Bay Area, L.A., and NYC. Read more...
And they’re right to do so. “Undocumented immigrant” is a much more humane term. The term “illegal immigrant” is racist, unfair, offensive and derogatory, agrees the students at UC Berkeley. In an unanimous vote, student senators passed a resolution that stated the word “illegal” is “racially charged,” “dehumanizes” people, and contributes to “punitive and discriminatory […]
UC Berkeley planning Ph.D. student Fletcher Foti animated the data from household travel surveys showing how people move throughout the day, hour by hour. You can view the population by income and mode of travel.
According to a helpful new study from UC Berkeley, it's a wife's ability to cool off after a fight that leads to long-term happiness in a marriage. The researchers looked at filmed interactions of 80 couples after quarrels, and discovered that the wives' recovery times had a bigger impact than the husbands'... More »