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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

1. Forty percent of the rich are hiding their money in tax havens

A new study by economics professor Emmanuel Saez and visiting scholar Gabriel Zucman found that 40 percent of the rich are sheltering their investments in offshore tax havens. Their report asserts that if the unrecorded wealth were recorded, the Eurozone would shift from a net debtor to a net creditor and the U.S. would see a significant reduction in net debt. Another story citing research by Professor Saez appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Full Story

2. Quinn Column: SV 150 shows the red hots and the comeback kids
Contra Costa Times (*requires registration)

A column about an annual ranking of top public companies in Silicon Valley quotes economics professor Enrico Moretti: "The great news of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area economy is that as companies become mature, and less cutting edge, there is always newer companies taking their place. ... That's what makes this area so prosperous. It's about reinventing itself." Professor Moretti was also quoted in TechCrunch. Full Story

3. Forum with Michael Krasny: Could Geo-Engineering Cool Our Warming Planet?
KQED Radio

Associate environmental science, policy and management professor David Winickoff joins a discussion of a new report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report indicates it will take very ambitious efforts to keep climate change at acceptable levels, and the guests discuss some of the geo-engineering solutions being researched. Link to audio. Full Story

4. Early air points to cold, dry Mars
BBC Online

Earth and planetary science professor Michael Manga comments on a new study of the Mars atmosphere, which suggests the planet was not a permanently warm wet world and that periods of arid, sub-zero conditions existed. Professor Manga was not involved in the study, but he says: "The density of the atmosphere controls climate. And climate, in particular temperature, determines whether liquid water can exist on the surface. ... Their inferred atmospheric pressure is low enough that the greenhouse gas would not have been strong enough for liquid water to exist, except under the right combination of rare orbital conditions." Full Story

5. Op-Ed: Not New, Not Surprising
Inside Higher Ed

Daniel Julius, a visiting scholar at Berkeley's Center for Higher Education Studies, writes: "The accelerating trend toward unionization in higher education — far beyond athletics — suggests that public officials, policy makers, corporate leaders, legislators and especially educators might take a second look at why academic institutions are proving fertile grounds for organizing efforts." Full Story

6. Sebelius's Resignation Should Spark Reform
Huffington Post

A column about the institutional crisis "that prevents governments from effectively integrating technology in governance" cites a Berkeley study finding that online voter registration empowers lower to middle income people. In spite of the finding, the columnist points out that California didn't manage to launch online voting registration until 2012, and the state is only one of 16 with a program. Full Story

7. The Legacy That Poverty Imprints on Our Brains
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

Research co-authored by public health professor Thomas Boyce and psychology professor Robert Knight is cited for its findings about stress in children. Scanning the brains of kids around six years old, they found that their frontal cortexes already reflected their socioeconomic status. Full Story

8. Can A GoPro Help Build Empathy For S.F.'s 'Extreme' Homeless?
Forbes Online

A new organization called Homeless GoPro aims to bridge the "empathy divide" that prevents middle and upper class people in San Francisco from interacting with the city's 6,500 homeless people. Heather Warnken, a legal policy associate at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, is in charge of Homeless GoPro's partnerships. She says: "We’re calling homelessness ‘extreme living’ because of the amount of risk and the courage it takes just to put one foot in front of the other and survive day of being homeless.” Full Story

9. Compass Family Services helps homeless S.F. families find a way
San Francisco Chronicle

Historical geography professor Paul Groth comments on homelessness in the early part of the 20th century, saying: "If you were poor, you could probably get into a flophouse and out of the rain somehow. ... But if you couldn't afford that, mostly you were just on the street." Full Story

10. Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’
Chronical of Higher Education (*requires registration)

Anthropology professor Rosemary Joyce, an associate dean of Berkeley’s graduate division, attended a Teagle Foundation conference in New York called "Community of Scholars, Community of Teachers" last week. Discussing the need for institutions to value teaching as much as research, many educators expressed optimism that younger faculty members value teaching and learning assessment, and that institutions and groups are increasingly discussing the topic. "I see a generational change," she says. Full Story

11. The Experts Blog: In Pricing Colleges, Factor in Aid
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

Business and finance professor Terrance Odean offers some advice for pricing colleges: "Prestigious private colleges and universities have high tuition costs. However, they often have generous financial aid packages. When comparing the costs and benefits of colleges, focus on costs net of grants and scholarships." Full Story

12. Giving for Learning—And for Rowing
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

Economics professor Matthew Rabin, creator of a fairness model widely used in game theory, has been awarded a professorship at Harvard in a new research venture funded by the Bill and Karen Ackerman's Pershing Square Foundation. Full Story

13. In D.C., a new show of old national park posters
Los Angeles Times

A new art exhibit at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum in Washington features national park posters from the Depression era that were made by Works Progress Administration, or WPA, artists on the Berkeley campus. The original silkscreen posters, also known as serigraphs, depict mostly western parks. Roughly 100 artists worked at the Western Laboratories building on the southwest corner of campus, but very little is known about the individuals. Full Story

14. Wooden Duck, Berkeley Furniture Store, Reopens Following Weekend Fire
NBC Bay Area

A fire destroyed a warehouse used by the furniture seller Wooden Duck on Saturday. The company makes furniture from recycled wood, and some of the stock lost was old bleacher seats acquired from Memorial Stadium when it was renovated. The store's general manager says that some of the stadium wood was stored in Oakland, so not all of it was lost. Full Story

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