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Friday, 25 April 2014

1. UC Berkeley to honor Nelson Mandela's legacy of forgiveness in April 28 event
Oakland Tribune

A series of events is planned to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela on the Berkeley campus. The first event, on Monday, April 28, will be a public forum on Mandela's leadership principles of forgiveness and reconciliation. "Reconciliation is hard work, and this event will show that and honor Mandela, who asked for this work to be done," says anthropology professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who assembled the speakers. Full Story

2. The 100 Most Influential People
Time Magazine

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, a Berkeley economics professor emeritus, has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. Her tribute is written by Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde expresses gratitude for "another first for women breaking glass ceilings" and a couple of other things she has in common with Yellen: "a concern over unemployment, a strong belief that consensus works better than confrontation, a fierce determination to never see the crisis we’re just starting to overcome happen again and a tenacious conviction that we can do something about it." Full Story

3. UC Berkeley public health building’s fate awaits state funds
San Francisco Business Times (*requires registration)

The UC Board of Regents has given "conditional approval" to plans for a new building to house the public health department, according to Dean Stefano Bertozzi. “We’re hoping to have some button-down estimates” by June, he says, but the building's size will be determined by how much funding can be gathered from the state, university, and philanthropic sources. Full Story

4. Obituary: Chin Long Chiang, biostatistics pioneer at UC Berkeley, dies
San Francisco Chronicle

Public Health Professor Emeritus and alum Chin Long Chiang has died at the age of 99. He was a leading biostatistician whose innovative use of statistics helped transform the health care field. His application of statistical methods to disease rates "was absolutely groundbreaking at the time," says Berkeley biostatistics professor Steve Selvin. "He did a lot of work on life tables and survival data that was ahead of its time. His contributions were highly respected because they were innovative applications that open new vistas from health data." Services are being planned for May. Full Story

5. Bill proposes higher taxes on CEOs with high wage disparity
San Francisco Business Times

Public policy professor Robert Reich joined lawmakers in Sacramento on Thursday to promote a proposed bill that would raise state taxes on publicly traded companies that pay their top-earning employee 100 times as much or more as the company's average worker. Another story on this topic appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Full Story

6. A fading middle-class perk: lower mortgage rates
Washington Post

A story about the disappearing middle class advantage of lower mortgage rates cites income data analyzed by economics professor Emmanuel Saez. Full Story

7. Money Can't Buy Trustworthiness
The Atlantic Magazine

Postdoctoral psychology researcher Paul Piff's investigation into how wealth affects behavior is cited. In a variety of experiments, he and his colleagues found higher social class linked to lower trustworthiness. Full Story

8. Daily Comment Blog: A Delay Worth Celebrating? Obama Prolongs Keystone XL Fight
New Yorker Magazine

A recent report by associate agricultural and resource economics professor Maximilian Auffhammer concluded that “not permitting" the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Alberta to Nebraska, "will keep at least 1 billion barrels of Alberta heavy crude in the ground.” Full Story

9. Blog: The Flagship University: A response to the World Class University paradigm
University World News

John Aubrey Douglass, a senior research fellow at Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education, writes about the international fixation on university rankings. He says: "It is not that these indicators are not useful and informative. But government ministries are placing too much faith in a paradigm that is not achievable or useful for the economic and socio-economic mobility needs of their countries." Full Story

10. Elements Blog: A Journalist and a Scientist Break Ground in the G.M.O. Debate
New Yorker Magazine Online

Journalism professor Michael Pollan invited a plant geneticist to his Edible Education 101 class last week to discuss genetically modified foods. Pollan has long been a vocal skeptic of G.M.O.s, but as this reporter states, the speaker and Pollan "set an important precedent: they had convened the two sides of a contentious debate in a respectful dialogue." Full Story

11. The Experts: Does Switching to a Roth 401(k) Make Sense?
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

A panel of experts, including business and finance professor Terrance Odean, answer a question about how one should decide whether to switch to a Roth 401(k). After putting forth two different scenarios, Professor Odean concludes: "Both the 401(k) and the Roth 401(k) have the same annual contribution limits. But Roth 401(k) contributions are after-tax. So you can effectively save more in a Roth 401(k). Of course, that means you'll have more money in retirement but less to spend now." Full Story

12. Professors at U. of Michigan Question Administrators’ Extra Pay
Chronicle of Higher Education (*requires registration)

A story about administrators' compensation at the University of Michigan mentions that a comparison of their base salaries at four peer institutions, including Berkeley, found that Michigan’s leaders are paid 127 percent to 141 percent more than their counterparts before additional pay is calculated. Full Story

13. Five myths about Mount Everest
Washington Post

A story debunking myths about Mount Everest cites a 2010 Berkeley study identifying more than 30 genetic enhancements among Tibetans that make their bodies well-suited for high-altitude exertion. One of them, called EPAS1, is known as the “super-athlete gene” because it’s associated with a more efficient use of oxygen by the body. Full Story

14. SFGate Blog: American Indian artifacts are covered up a lot, experts say
San Francisco Chronicle Online

A story about American Indian archaeological sites being buried mentions that Berkeley archaeologist Nels Nelson recorded 425 marshland village sites between Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties in 1907. Most of the sites are gone now. Full Story

15. Who Killed Anna Mae?
International New York Times (*requires registration)

A story about the mystery of who killed Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, a leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM), includes photographs from the Bancroft Library's collection. Full Story

16. A behind-the-scenes look at the Higgs boson search in 'Particle Fever'
Los Angeles Times

The new documentary "Particle Fever" offers a behind-the-scenes look at the $10-billion project to find a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson. Its director, Mark Levinson, earned a doctorate in theoretical physics at Berkeley before pursuing a career in film. He is interviewed here. Full Story

17. Savio, Snowden brought together for musical number
San Francisco Chronicle

As part of an exhibition called "The Possible," multimedia artist Jay Critchley will mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement with an "experimental musical" envisioning an encounter between Mario Savio and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The event is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Berkeley's Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. For more information, visit: www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. Full Story

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