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UC Berkeley Spends $1 Million To Refurbish Chancellor's Home; Assistant Claims She Was Fired For Refusing To Lie In IRS Reporting About Time Spent Doing Personal Chores

San Francisco Chronicle, UC Berkeley Spends Big on Chancellor’s Campus Fixer-Upper: Over the past three years, UC Berkeley has spent more than $1 million sprucing up the official home of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, school records show.... Estimated total cost for the in-home work: $428,000. Campus officials hasten to add...

Anti-Semitic Incidents at College Campuses Nearly Doubled in 2015: ADL

Swastikas were spray-painted on the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house at the University of California, Davis, last January, just days after the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. A swastika appeared on a UC Berkeley–owned...Show More Summary

Electrification Causes Economic Growth, Right? Maybe Not

A pair of innovative studies from UC Berkeley questions the accepted wisdom that electrification begets economic and social development

Google and Facebook push the president’s cybersecurity commission for transparency

Poisoned trust. Yearnings for transparency. The cyber Pearl Harbor. Executives from Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and other major tech companies met with the president’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley yesterday. Show More Summary

Hate Groups That Promote Anti-Muslim Sentiment Have Received $208 Million in the Past 8 Years

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The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and the Council on American Islamic Relations have jointly produced a new study on hatred of Muslims in the United States.

$206 Mn. to Hate Groups to Promote anti-Muslim Sentiment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and the Council on American Islamic Relations have jointly produced a new study on hatred…

New York State's Assault on Students Fighting for Peace

In the Fall of 1964, administration officials at UC Berkeley banned students from participating in political activities on campus. In response, students from across the political spectrum protested, sat-in, risked arrest and their academic careers, in what is now known as the Free Speech Movement (FSM). Show More Summary

UC Berkeley unveils 3D-printed "Bloom" building made of powdered cement

3D printing technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Whereas the first printers slowly churned out tiny trinkets and figurines, today's advanced printers can produce functional tools, full-sized furniture, automobiles, and even entire buildings. Show More Summary

Copper Is Key in Burning Fat

A new study led by a Berkeley Lab scientist and UC Berkeley professor establishes for the first time copper's role in fat metabolism, further burnishing the metal's reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology.

Elizabritz – Fantasy

Introducing Elizabritz! Elizabritz is a new music duo composed of producer ‘Fantom’ from North Carolina and singer Rachael Eff from Los Angeles. They met while studying at UC Berkeley where they shared a passion for creating music as an outlet in a high stakes academic environment. Show More Summary

-The Angry Opposition to Free Speech in America

There was a time in America when a variety of differing views were tolerated. I went to college in the ’60s when the ‘free speech’ movement began in the San Francisco Bay area (UC Berkeley). Looking at the news today I see that Trump supporters were attacked in that same area (San Jose). I do […]

What Happened to Tuition-Free College?

Senator Bernie Sanders wants it. Until the Vietnam War, most public colleges and universities had it. So what happened to our tuition-free public universities and colleges? UC Berkeley is perhaps the poster child for what has happened to the idea of tuition-free colleges and universities. Show More Summary

Design Your Own Housing Policy With UC Berkeley Interactive Page

Think of it as Sim City Planning Developing housing in San Francisco is like trying to raise hot house orchids: Get it just right and something beautiful will blossom, but too much or too little of any one element and the whole affair...Show More Summary

Energy Access Without Development

This week, the Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative hosted a debate between myself and UC Berkeley’s Dan Kammen. The important relationship between energy consumption and human well-being is today broadly recognized by scholars and policy-makers. Show More Summary

This Robot Roach Can Jump Five Feet High

Warning. Read any further, and your fear of cockroaches will be kicked up several notches. That’s because a collaboration between South Korea’s Seoul National University and UC Berkeley has created it’s latest unholy robot. Yes, mankind…

Four short links: 25 May 2016

Thinking Textbook, How To Include, Machine Learning for Artists, and Social Hash Computational and Inferential Thinking -- This is the textbook for the Foundations of Data Science class at UC Berkeley. Project Include -- an open community working toward providing meaningful diversity and inclusion solutions for tech companies. Show More Summary

Why UC Berkeley's Commencement Inspired more than just its Graduates

So many of us love the start of a new beginning. And so many more covet the end of a successful accomplishment. And so it was this shining Saturday in May, the day of the UC Berkeley Commencement, both the start of a new beginning and the end of a successful journey. Show More Summary

Are Manufacturing Jobs the New McJobs?

The ugly reality that people who work in manufacturing have witnessed for years has just been laid out for all to see in new research by the National Employment Law Project and the UC Berkeley Labor Center: Wages in the manufacturing sector have been pushed so low that 34% of all people who work in production are in households enrolled in public safety net programs.

2 moving lines in Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech will remind you not to take people in your life for granted

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a commencement speech at UC Berkeley on Saturday to the class of 2016. It's powerful and motivating, and you should read every word of it. But if you don't have time to read it all, you should at least...Show More Summary

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