Campus researchers advance robot-assisted surgery

The robot can’t walk. It can’t talk or clean your living room, but it might one day save your life. A team of faculty and students at UC Berkeley are attempting to transform the way surgery is performed by inviting robots into the operating room and allowing surgeons to hand
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Local moms join hacking frenzy to foster creativity, business

On the night of Mothership HackerMoms’ Halloween party, the entrance to the hackerspace on Adeline Street is blocked by a handmade wooden gate. A repurposed shipping pallet, complete with added hinges and metal pull-handles, serves as a barrier to stop the half-dozen young children there to participate in Halloween crafts
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Tuition rollbacks will not hurt financial aid

As hundreds of students walked out in the rain last Thursday to call for rolling back tuition, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau told CBS News that more tuition hikes are inevitable despite increased taxes on the rich from Proposition 30. New tuition hikes would be outrageous, considering that the university has raised
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Berkeley after Birgeneau

CAMPUS ISSUES: Nicholas Dirks, who is likely to become UC Berkeley’s next chancellor, needs to be more visible on campus than his predecessor.

UC Berkeley’s next chancellor is tasked with navigating the campus through a particularly tumultuous and precarious moment in its history. Though the passage of Proposition 30 offers some respite, as the University of California no longer faces a midyear budget cut, it is only a glimmer of hope on an
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The reality of private funds

CAMPUS ISSUES: Recent fundraising successes prove that UC Berkeley can, and should, successfully draw on private funds when necessary.

When UC Berkeley recently wrapped up a private fundraising challenge two years ahead of schedule, the campus proved how vital alternate funding sources are for a strong academic environment. And though concerns about privatization are warranted to a certain extent, it is encouraging to see substantial sums of private money
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The future after Proposition 30

Proposition 30, approved by California voters last Tuesday, has allowed the state’s educational systems to duck a bullet: We’ve avoided massive trigger cuts and other revenue losses that would have been imposed had the proposition not been approved. The proposition’s temporary increases in sales taxes and top-bracket income taxes will
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