Facing a Waning Future

Researchers reel from defunding of only UC-owned observatory

Paul Lynam and Patrick Maloney operate the Great Lick Refractor, completed in 1888, for a student tour in May. Photo: Lorenz Angelo Gonzales/Staff
Paul Lynam and Patrick Maloney operate the Great Lick Refractor, completed in 1888, for a student tour in May. Photo: Lorenz Angelo Gonzales/Staff

Researchers are reeling from the abrupt decision last year to terminate all funding for the university’s only fully owned observatory — the only one where graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from across the UC system can design and execute their own research projects. Read More…

Historical-document recognition system improves upon existing technology

Ocular, a historical optical character recognition system, transcribes scanned documents produced on a printing press into text files. The program can read fonts it has not seen before more accurately than other systems, and was created by Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Associate Professor Dan Klein, along with graduate students Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick and Greg Durrett – members of the The Berkeley Natural Language Processing Group. Read More…