Berkeley in the News Archive

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Monday, 5 May 2014

1. Cal's disabled students program unites through sports
San Francisco Chronicle

Fitness for All, a groundbreaking project of Cal’s Recreational Sports Facility, aims to include staff and students with disabilities in competitive and recreational sports. Even people who have never played team sports of any kind are placed side-by-side with varsity team players and others at every level of coordination, playing games such as goalball with blindfolds. Paul Hippolitus, director of Cal's disabled students program, says: "The purpose is to provide all of our students with the full university experience -- which includes fitness and sports. ... Prior to this effort, we had little to nothing to offer" students with disabilities. Full Story

2. Fight Against Sexual Assaults Holds Colleges to Account
International New York Times (*requires registration)

In an article about the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is quoted. Noting that after colleges abandoned their traditional in loco parentis role during the sexual revolution of the 1960s and '70s, campus concerns about sexual conduct primarily addressed contact between faculty and students. “I worry that, effectively, we forgot about the extent to which we’re dealing with young people who go away from home, and under the name of giving them the space to be adults, we don’t necessarily think hard enough about how we should make sure it’s a safe environment in every possible way,” he says. He adds that some aspects of the problem defied easy responses, like balancing a student’s desire for anonymity against her request that the university enforce physical separation between her and the person she accuses. However, he also acknowledges that Berkeley has discovered flaws in its approach and is working to correct them. Efforts underway include clarifying directions about where and how to file a misconduct report or get counseling, adding staff to help students when they have a complaint, and improving training for the people involved. Full Story

3. Letters to the Editor: The difference between Berkeley and other UCs
Los Angeles Times

A reader responds to an interview between Patt Morrison and UC President Janet Napolitano (Opinion, April 30). The question had been: "But shouldn't California students have first shot at the campus they want? You can't be arguing that a UC Merced degree means as much out in the world as a Berkeley degree?" Napolitano responded: "I would differ with that. It depends on where in the world you are and what field you're in. In most states each [UC campus] would be the flagship university." The reader calls that answer "pure politics." Full Story

4. UCLA again considering diversity class requirement
Los Angeles Times

In a story about UCLA's consideration of establishing a requirement that undergraduate students take a class on diversity, the Berkeley campus is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its adoption of an "American Cultures" requirement. Full Story

5. Latino USA: The Invention of Hispanics

In an interview about her new book, Making Hispanics, assistant sociology professor G. Cristina Mora discusses her study of how the “Hispanic/Latino” panethnic category in the United States developed. Link to audio. Full Story

6. Op-Ed: South Africa: Understanding the turmoil
Al Jazeera

Geography professor Gillian Hart, an honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, writes about South Africa as it marks the 20th anniversary of liberation from apartheid. She is the author of a new book, Rethinking the South African Crisis, published by the University of Georgia Press. Full Story

7. Op-Ed: From cradle to kindergarten in Sacramento
San Francisco Chronicle

Public policy professor David Kirp, author of Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System, writes about the "buzz in Sacramento" that early childhood education might get new state funding this year. He concludes: "If the early education legislation that's on the table SB837 (Darrell Steinberg) and SB1123 (Carol Liu) becomes law, California would be the nation's leader in delivering both high-quality, evidence-based preschool for 4-year-olds and comprehensive support for infants and toddlers from disadvantaged families. What a powerful declaration of our priorities -- and what a boon for the children." Full Story

8. Weekend Edition: Should Doctors Participate In Executions?

Clinical law professor Ty Alper, associate director of the Death Penalty Clinic, is interviewed about the current controversy over lethal injections. Noting first that he is opposed to the death penalty, he says: "But if we are [going to execute people] and particularly if we're going to do it in by way of procedures that are shrouded in secrecy, that use experimental combinations of drugs that have never been used before, then we need to have competent medical personnel involved." Link to audio. Full Story

9. You May Be Better Off With a Female Financial Planner -- but Good Luck Finding Her
San Francisco Chronicle

A study co-authored by business and finance professor Terrance Odean is cited for its finding that women tend to be better investors than men. The researchers had found that women "exhibit more self-control" by not jumping in and out of the market in a way that damages returns, and by looking at the big picture of comprehensive financial planning, rather than zeroing in on investment returns alone. Full Story

10. Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging
International New York Times (*requires registration)

Two teams of scientists have published studies showing that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, but some scientists are expressing caution. Bioengineering Professor Conboy says: “It is quite possible that it will dramatically increase the incidence of cancer. ... You have to be careful about overselling it.” Another story on this topic, this time discussing research Professor Conboy has conducted on muscle regeneration, appeared in the San Francisco Business Times. Full Story

11. Strawberry Creek turns orange due to food dye spillage

Strawberry Creek ran bright orange on Sunday when food-grade dye washed into the creek while students were celebrating the Hindu festival Holi, also known as the festival of colors. The spring holiday is celebrated, in part, by people dousing each other with colored powders and water. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife and other city and state offices were alerted about the creek's discoloration, but there were no reports of adverse effects on aquatic life. Full Story

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