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Thursday, 18 January 2018

1. Detained UC Berkeley student granted bond
East Bay Times (*requires registration)

After two and a half weeks in custody, Luis Mora, a 20-year-old political science student detained over the holidays by immigration officials in San Diego, has been released on a $1,500 bond. Mora, who missed the cutoff for DACA protection by two years, still faces possible deportation. In a joint statement, UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said: "In solidarity with his many friends and supporters, we urge that his case be expedited and that he be provided with a path to permanent residency and citizenship in the United States. Our national interests are not served by forcibly returning him to his country of birth, where he has not resided since the age of 11. Our national interests are served by nurturing the talents of all members of our diverse community regardless of status." For more on this, see the story at Berkeley News. Stories on this topic appeared in hundreds of sources, including the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times (AP), and Berkeleyside. Broadcast stories aired on KRON, KGO, and NBC Los Angeles -- link to videos.
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2. UC Berkeley Rolls Out Sexual Harassment Survey to Campus Of 56,000

Berkeley officials are rolling out a confidential survey of all students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to understand their experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment. To encourage participation, a new website and promotional video have been produced, and an email with a link to the survey will go out to all 56,000 members of the community on Monday. The survey, called My Voice, is being conducted by NORC, an independent, non-profit research organization. According to linguistics professor Sharon Inkelas, a faculty advisor to the chancellor on sexual violence and sexual harassment, the survey results will be made public. "Some of the questions ask people if they have ever experienced sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual violence," she says. "Some of the questions ask people if they are aware of centers on campus -- like the Title IX Office or an office we call the Path To Care Center -- which is a confidential resource." Link to video. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News.
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3. The planet just had its hottest 4 years in recorded history. Trump is dismantling efforts to fight climate change.
Washington Post (*requires registration)

Splitting hairs, two government agencies have come up with different rankings for how hot 2017 was. NASA reports it was the second-hottest year in recorded history, while NOAA says it was the third. The Berkeley-affiliated nonprofit Berkeley Earth also released its temperature record Thursday, agreeing that the year was second-hottest. One of the Berkeley Earth scientists -- energy and resources graduate student Zeke Hausfather says that the differences are somewhat driven by different methodologies. "The Arctic has warmed 2 and a half degrees C since the middle of the century," he says. "It's really warming faster than anywhere on earth. So much of the difference in 2017 between the groups that find it in second place and third place has to do with how the Arctic is handled." Stories on this topic have appeared in more than 100 sources around the world, including the New York Times, BBC, Time Magazine (AP), Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.
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4. Flu may be spread just by breathing, new study says
Mercury News (*requires registration)

The flu may be passed to others just by breathing, concludes a new study co-authored by Jovan Pantelic, a researcher at Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment. The finding dispels the common notion that you only catch it after being exposed to droplets from sneezes, coughs, or contaminated surfaces. "The study findings suggest that keeping surfaces clean, washing our hands all the time, and avoiding people who are coughing does not provide complete protection from getting the flu," says co-author Sheryl Ehrman, dean of San Jose State's College of Engineering. The study was conducted by researchers at multiple universities, led by a team at the University of Maryland. Another story on this topic appeared in Infection Control Today.
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5. A new study shows that hits to the head, not concussions, cause CTE
Washington Post

An international team of scientists, including some from Berkeley, has issued a study finding further evidence that it is hits to the head, rather than concussions, that lead to the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the trauma-induced neurodegenerative disease widely known among football players, combat veterans, and other vulnerable populations. The study was led by Boston University researchers.
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6. Op-Ed: The Olympics will only make the Korea crisis worse
Mercury News (*requires registration)

Weighing in on the plan for South Korean and North Korean athletes to march together at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, David Clay Large, a senior fellow at Berkeley's Institute of European Studies, writes that "the current promises of improved international relations and durable inter-Korean reconciliation could well turn out to be hollow." Describing a number of precedents, he concludes: "Yet once again, if past Olympic history means anything, the party in Pyeongchang will not bring true reconciliation between North and South or make the world at large a more harmonious place. And just as the Berlin Games of 1936 did not dissuade Hitler from re-arming for war, these Korean Games will not convince Kim Jong Un to stop adding to his nuclear arsenal, much less give it up altogether."
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7. Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debate
San Francisco Chronicle (*requires registration)

After published an unidentified woman's graphic account of comedian Aziz Ansari's sexual behavior on a date, debate has surged over what the boundaries should be in the #MeToo movement. "What takes this out of the realm of a really bad date and into the realm of something that is publicly significant?" asks Dean Ed Wasserman, of Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. "It's a little borderline," he adds. This story appeared in hundreds of sources around the world.
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