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Thursday, 21 September 2017

1. UC system will chip in at least $300,000 to help Berkeley pay security costs for controversial speakers
Los Angeles Times

UC President Janet Napolitano has announced that the UC system will take the unprecedented step of offering financial aid to the Berkeley campus to help pay for security at potentially volatile Free Speech Week events scheduled for next week. "Free speech is not free, it turns out," she said. "The question, or the rock and the hard place that Berkeley is in, and other university campuses, is the value put on free speech and the safety and security issues that are implicated. ... Milo and his cast of speakers will be on Sproul Plaza, which is a public space and we will underwrite the safety and security expenses associated with that. At a certain point, that position i.e. that we will have these speakers and pay for the security costs associated with that may not be sustainable." For more on Free Speech Week, see our latest post at Berkeley News. Other stories related to Free Speech Week appeared in the Mercury News, Washington Post, NBC Los Angeles, KGO TV (link to video), KPCC's Air Talk, Berkeleyside, Chronicle of Higher Education (1), Chronicle of Higher Education (2), Politico, Vox, and Newsweek.
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2. All Things Considered: Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Scientists editing the DNA of human embryos have, for the first time, identified a key gene involved in the earliest stages of human development. The team was using the CRISPR gene-editing tool co-invented by molecular and cell biology professor Jennifer Doudna, and they believe the finding could eventually help infertile couples have children, as well as further the use of embryonic stem cells in the treatment of incurable diseases. Commenting on the development, Professor Doudna said: "One of the most fundamental aspects of becoming human is, how do egg and sperm cells combine to form embryos that develop into a person? ... So understanding the genetic basis for that is, in my view, one of the fundamental aspects of developmental biology -- or all of biology in a way." Link to audio.
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3. Physics' Neff Lecture on Sept. 12 highlights climate change understanding
KMAN News Radio

Education professor Michael Ranney has been in Kansas and Missouri recently, giving public lectures on climate change education. In an interview, he discusses his exploration of people's understanding of the technological and scientific issues involved in global warming, and the tools his team is developing to improve the public's understanding of climate change. Link to audio. For more on this, visit his website How Global Warming Works. Another story on this topic aired on the K-State Radio Network (see the 9/15/17 entry titled "Science, Numeracy and Representations").
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4. Surging stock market powers US wealth to $96.2 trillion
San Francisco Chronicle (*requires registration)

With a surging stock market and soaring home prices, the rich are getting so much richer. With Federal Reserve reports detailing the increases in American net worth on Thursday, economists are debating how this will affect wealth inequality whether it will spur spending that lifts all boats, or whether it will just be added to the already voluminous savings of the key beneficiaries. According to research by economics professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, 80 percent of the country's stock market value is held by roughly 10 percent of Americans, and the latest available data indicate that the wealthiest 1 percent held 42 percent of the nation's wealth in 2012.
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5. Antonio Villaraigosa rips Gavin Newsom over high-speed rail
Sacramento Bee

Even though the construction of California's high speed rail system is creating more than 1,000 direct jobs in the Central Valley, a new poll from Berkeley's Institute for Government Studies has found that the project is low on voters' lists of priorities. Fewer than one in five ranked the high-speed rail project as a top priority in their selection for governor in 2018, and on a list of 20 concerns, jobs and the economy, health care, immigration and state spending were prioritized, while the rail project came in dead last.
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6. Forum with Michael Krasny: Housing Costs Have Majority of Californians Considering a Move
KQED Radio

Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies Poll, joins the forum to discuss their recent survey of registered voters' feelings about housing affordability in California. The poll found that 56 percent of the respondents -- from all over the state -- have considered moving, and a quarter said they would most likely leave California if they did relocate. Link to audio. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News.
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7. Classical music and dance listings
San Francisco Chronicle

A couple of campus music and dance performances are highlighted for the fall, including the Cal Performances "Berkeley Radical" series engagement with choreographer Reggie Wilson and the Fist and Heel Performance Group performing "Moses(es)" on Sept. 24 at Zellerbach Hall; and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra with David Milnes conducting works by Britten, Schubert, and Sibelius on Sept. 29-30 at Hertz Hall.
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