Alumni released from detainment in Iranian prison

Two UC Berkeley alumni arrested in Iran for allegedly entering the country illegally were released Wednesday morning on $1 million bail after more than two years in an Iranian prison. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were seized in July 2009 for crossing the border from Iraq into Iran
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School of Journalism hires online media outlet founder

In an effort to keep up with business developments in the world of alternative media, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism has hired the founder of an online media outlet to explore new business models, the school announced Monday. David Cohn, the founder of the community-funded online news site
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Day of Action demonstrators discuss demands for protest

UC Berkeley students, rally organizers and community members discussed demands Tuesday evening at an open forum in preparation for Thursday’s Day of Action for Public Education in protest of a plan that could increase student fees. Rally co-sponsors Public Education Coalition and United Auto Workers Local 2865 union have included
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UC hikers released on $1 million bail

The two American hikers and former UC Berkeley students detained for allegedly crossing the Iranian border more than two years ago were released early Wednesday morning on a $1 million bail by the Iranian authorities, The New York Times reported. According to The Times, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal —
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Research shows tears shed light on presence of eye disease

Your optometrist may make you cry during your next appointment, but don’t worry — it’s for your own good. Amy Herr, UC Berkeley assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and graduate student Kelly Karns have developed a new method of diagnosing the eye disease Sjogren’s syndrome by analyzing tears.
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Study suggests evaporation from trees cools global climate

In addition to providing shade and oxygen, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s study published Sept. 14 in the journal Environmental Research Letters proposes that trees could help cool the planet through evaporation. According to the study, evaporated water from trees adds to low-level clouds, which reflect solar radiation back to
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ASUC Senate seeks to further bottled water ban efforts

If everything goes according to the ASUC Senate’s plan, bottled water will be a product of the past on the UC Berkeley campus by 2014. More than five months after the passage of a student initiative calling for the campus to phase out its sale of bottled water, the senate
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Study could help improve the efficiency of solar cells

UC Berkeley researchers laid the groundwork for potentially developing more energy-efficient solar cells in a new study published Sept. 15 in the journal Physical Review Letters. In the past, researchers have focused on looking at domains — the crystal surface of a solar cell that can convert sunlight into energy
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Assistance for children of faculty discussed

Due to the fear of losing important faculty members to competitor universities, UC Berkeley deans have discussed the possibility of offering college tuition assistance to faculty members’ children. At the Sept. 6 meeting of the campus’s Council of Deans — comprising campus administrators and deans of the various schools and
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