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November 1, 2017

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“My work has always been interested in how emerging technology influences the way music is made,” said Edmond Campion, chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Music, during an interview with California magazine. Campion’s latest piece, “Audible Numbers,” inspired by and written for instruments that were already ancient when China started building the Great Wall, made its debut October 28 in a performance by the Korean National Gugak Center’s Creative Traditional Orchestra in Zellerbach Hall.

October 31, 2017

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A senior thesis by a UC Berkeley student raised eyebrows recently when the New York Times shared her findings that a popular website for those posting and seeking jobs in economics was rife with sexist and crude terminology. And Alice Wu’s work continues to reverberate, following word last week that more than 1,000 economics professors, lecturers and graduate student instructors across the country who teach economics signed a petition urging the American Economic Association (AEA) to institute a fact-based and moderated wiki to provide up-to-the-minute job market information.
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Two UC Berkeley undergraduate computer science students are doing what they say Twitter won’t: sorting out and tagging the angry propaganda bots designed to undermine, destabilize and inflame American political discourse.

October 24, 2017

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UC Berkeley retains its standing as the world’s No. 1 public and fourth-best university overall in U.S. News & World Report’s latest global rankings.

October 23, 2017

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UC Berkeley is partnering with the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle on a $65.5 million, five-year effort to count, catalog and connect the many different cell types in the mouse brain, as a foundation for doing the same for the human brain.
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According to Noah Whiteman, a UC Berkeley associate professor of integrative biology who is a coauthor of a paper appearing this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the cactus family tree and the giant cacti in particular – the giant saguaro, organ pipe, senita and cardón, also called the Mexican giant cactus – have been very difficult to trace.

October 18, 2017

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Scientists have found the key to mosquitoes’ stealth takeoffs: They barely push off when making a fast getaway, but instead rely on strong and rapid wing beats to quickly get aloft without anyone noticing.

October 17, 2017

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Ask neuroscientist Matthew Walker, author of the new book, Why We Sleep, about the downside of pulling an all-nighter, and he’ll rattle off a list of ill effects that range from memory loss and a compromised immune system to junk food cravings and wild mood swings.
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UC Berkeley statistics professor Nicholas Jewell has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors possible in the fields of health and medicine.

October 16, 2017

During this year’s homecoming weekend, L&S will mark the creation of its new home in the heart of campus.
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The first detection of gravitational waves from the cataclysmic merger of two neutron stars, and the observation of visible light in the aftermath of that merger, finally answer a long-standing question in astrophysics: Where do the heaviest elements, ranging from silver and other precious metals to uranium, come from?

October 12, 2017

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Sydney Schreppler, a postdoctoral fellow in physics and UC Berkeley Ph.D. who in her spare time mentors women majoring in science and served as head coach for the campus’s club women’s lacrosse team, has been awarded one of five 2017 For Women in Science Fellowships by L’Oréal USA.
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Neil Smelser, a distinguished sociologist and higher education leader who navigated the swells of student uprisings during the exhilarating and tumultuous 1960s, died peacefully on Oct. 2 at his home in Berkeley. He was 87.

October 11, 2017

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Three L&S alumni are among the 24 amazing Americans revealed today as winners of the coveted MacArthur “genius” award. Writer Viet Than Nguyen and opera director Yuval Sharon are both alumni of the Department of English, and conceptual artist Trevor Paglen has a BA in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Geography.

October 10, 2017

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Berkeley News this week premieres a series of short, TED-like talks highlighting the work of 17 UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab researchers who are tackling the global challenges of climate change. Climate modeler William Collins, a professor of earth and planetary sciences, kicks off the series with a 5½-minute video exploring “pathways for getting down off the up escalator of climate change.”

October 6, 2017

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UC Berkeley researchers have reimagined fMRI techniques and instruments to boost resolution by a factor of 20. They will use a new $13.43 million BRAIN Initiative grant from the National Institutes of Health to build the NexGen 7T by 2019 to provide the highest resolution images of the brain ever obtained, able to focus on a region the size of a poppy seed.

October 5, 2017

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Two L&S assistant professors – Jacob Corn and Hernan Garcia – have received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health that provide $1.5 million over five years to pursue high-risk, high-reward work that could have implications for human health.

October 3, 2017

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L&S alumnus Barry Barish, a retired Caltech physicist, has run many huge physics collaborations during his career, ranging from neutrino experiments at Fermilab to the Superconducting Supercollider. But his most rewarding was the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, called LIGO, which in 2015 detected the first gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago. This discovery has now earned Barish a share of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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Failing a drug test, associating with felons and other technical parole violations are among the key drivers of prison’s “revolving door,” according to new UC Berkeley research.

September 27, 2017

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In a collection of stories reported over the last few days, a few in Berkeley’s community talk about what they bring away from “Free Speech Week.”