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Berkeley in the News is a daily selection of articles and commentaries in the news media that mention UC Berkeley. The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

1. Berkeley in the News will take a break Thursday and Friday, June 21 and 22, resuming publication on Monday, June 25.

2. UC granted a key CRISPR patent
Mercury News (*requires registration)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the University of California an important new patent to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology on certain genome regions. It has key applications in research and diagnostics related to the development of human therapeutics, as well as advancements in food security. CRISPR-Cas9 was co-invented by molecular and cell biology professor Jennifer Doudna. According to Dr. Edward Penhoet, special advisor to Chancellor Carol Christ and special assistant to UC President Janet Napolitano, the new patent "is one of many we anticipate will be awarded to these inventors for their CRISPR-Cas9 invention." For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News. Stories on this topic have appeared in hundreds of sources, including Frontline Genomics, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, and the Genetic Literacy Project.
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3. For U.S. Business Schools, Leaders Are Hard to Find
Wall Street Journal (*requires registration)

At a time when numbers of MBA students are declining and the pressure to fundraise hits business programs nationwide, Berkeley's Haas School of Business isn't the only business program looking for a new dean. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, such vacancies are up 50 percent over this time last year. At Berkeley, Dean Rich Lyons' term ends this month, as he steps down after 10 years in the position. While he's committed to continuing teaching for another year, he plans to write a book and pursue his long-neglected hobbies of playing guitar and advising startups. Calling the dean's job a "passion project," he says it has been "the most fulfilling job I've ever had in my life."
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4. Federal Law May Tilt Fight to Trump In California Sanctuary Suit
Bloomberg

Looking at the legal prospects of California's sanctuary laws surviving a challenge by the Justice Department, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky points to the California Values Act as the state's most promising defense. Prohibiting private employers and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration agents, the law is a primary target for the Justice Department, but Dean Chemerinsky says: "The state is on very strong ground there because what the government wants to do amounts to commandeering, which the Supreme Court has ruled they cannot do." However, another state sanctuary law -- The Immigrant Worker Protection Act -- "may actually be interfering with federal immigration law," he says. "That's where they're on weakest ground."
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5. 'Facebook is taking everything': rising rents drive out Silicon Valley families
The Guardian

In the neighborhoods near Facebook's rapidly expanding headquarters in Menlo Park, low-income residents are being displaced because of soaring rents. Calling the area "ground zero" for the housing crisis, city and regional planning professor Karen Chapple says, "It's one of the very tightest housing markets in the country."
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6. UC Berkeley Plans To Launch College Course About Frank Ocean
Newsweek

A student-taught course on the life and artistry of rapper Frank Ocean, proposed by students Preya Gill and Deborah Chang, has been approved for Fall 2018, and they will be teaching it. Called "Brains Like Berkeley," it will cover Ocean's "artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social concepts such as toxic-masculinity and gender politics." They say: "We want to encourage a deep literary exploration of his artistry both in lyrics and through his visuals and live performances. ... We hope to provide a safe environment where students can discuss his poetry and music with sensitivity, creative respect, and open-mindedness." Stories on this topic have appeared in dozens of sources around the world, including MTV (UK), Latest Nigerian News, Radio Nova (France), Buro 24/7 (Ukraine), Shade Room, Hot New Hip Hop, Vibe, Singers Room, Cassius Life, and Baller Alert.
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