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September 19, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
From the outside, Rainbow Sign didn’t look like much. Housed in a modest building it sat on the corner of Grove (now MLK Jr. Way) and Derby in Berkeley, a quiet, beige house with a tasteful, arched doorway. But on the inside was a vibrant black cultural arts center that drew cultural icons from across the country. The all-inclusive space caught the attention of UC Berkeley students Tessa Rissacher and Max Lopez. Together, they decided to go digging through archives to unearth the legacy of the multipurpose venue as part of a digital history project for an undergraduate seminar, taught by professor Scott Saul, on the city of Berkeley’s transformation in the late 1960s and 1970s.

September 18, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
It’s Free Speech Year at UC Berkeley — a rededication to one of the campus’s most cherished values, and one that most defines the campus in the eyes of the world. Free Speech infuses the campus landscape, its people and events. To bring all the pieces together, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs has developed a hub of information related to free speech on campus — freespeech.berkeley.edu. It will be updated throughout the year.

September 14, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
Fall at UC Berkeley always arrives with an air of anticipation and this year follows suit, with an exhilarating lineup of events ranging from readings by award-winning poets, a student art exhibition on authority, chats with cartoonists, an adaptation of a classical play complete with a cloud structure and the holiday favorite, The Hard Nut.

This year, for the first time, the College of Letters & Science provided an academic welcome as part of the new student orientation. Great teachers from across the divisions presented in the "First Lecture Series" to enthusiastic crowds of new freshmen and transfer students. You can watch their lectures here.

September 12, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
The University of California today (Sept. 12) sent a letter to the UC community containing guidance for students and other community members who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The letter, signed by UC President Janet Napolitano and all 10 UC chancellors, strongly urges DACA recipients whose permits are set to expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, to apply for a two-year renewal. Applications for renewal must be completed by Oct. 5, 2017.
UC Berkeley NewsCenter
Like trick-or-treaters sorting their Halloween candy haul, fox squirrels apparently organize their stashes of nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference, according to new UC Berkeley research.

September 10, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
What should be considered free speech? When you think of someone speaking freely, what scene do you envision? How do we cross over an empathy wall and establish common ground? Does speech cause harm? These are some of the questions a panel of UC Berkeley scholars addressed Friday during a lively discussion on free speech in the 21st century.

September 6, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
One of the College of Letters & Science's best-known alumnae approaches her story with reluctance. So the famed restaurateur, who co-founded Chez Panisse restaurant and began a revolution in American food, says in an interview announcing her appearance tomorrow at the Free Speech Cafe.
UC Berkeley NewsCenter
Renowned Sanskrit scholar Robert P. Goldman has been honored with the World Sanskrit Award for 2017 by the Indian Council on Cultural Relations (ICCR) for his work on Sanskrit language and literature and for the completion — under his direction — of the seven-volume, 5,000-page translation and annotation of the monumental Sanskrit epic poem the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki.
UC Berkeley NewsCenter

A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

September 5, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle
In spring 2016, UC Berkeley’s first Foundations of Data Science course attracted around 300 students. This semester, nearly 1,000 have enrolled — and university officials are working to create a data science undergraduate major, the first new major for the College of Letters & Science in at least 16 years.

September 1, 2017

To the surprise of scientists, bacteria can act as an aphrodisiac for one-celled marine organisms notable for being the closest living relatives of all animals. This is the first known example of bacteria triggering mating in a eukaryote, a group that includes all plants and animals.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ kicked off the campus’s Free Speech Year on Thursday with an address at the Berkeley Forum, a student-run organization that hosts discussions and debates with major public figures.

August 30, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Breakthrough Listen, an initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe, has detected 15 brief but powerful radio pulses emanating from a mysterious and repeating source – FRB 121102 – far across the universe.

August 28, 2017

Higher levels of education are tied to later ages of peak cognitive functioning, according to new research published today in the journal PLoS One.

August 23, 2017

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Historic Wheeler Hall, a 100-year-old classroom and office building that’s been the site of famous speeches and campus protests, reopens today after a major, year-long overhaul. But you’re not likely to see many of the changes; they’re hidden behind the walls.

August 22, 2017

Last evening, the Eclipse Megamovie project posted a preview of the photos of the total solar eclipse submitted by a cast of some 1,500 volunteers spread out along the path of totality.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Hamilton — the hit Broadway show that blends hip-hop, pop, R&B and history to tell a diverse new generation the story of the country’s founding — is bringing together incoming students as the heart of this year’s On the Same Page program at UC Berkeley.

August 21, 2017

Can’t chase Monday’s solar eclipse to the zone of totality on Monday? Fog blocking your view in Berkeley? UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is offering an alternative: Live feeds of the action from spots along the path of totality.

August 18, 2017

The Mercury News

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the smash Broadway hit “Hamilton” worked its way into the curriculum at UC Berkeley.