Gift to help campus develop online programs

Five UC Berkeley professional schools and the UC Berkeley Extension will develop cutting-edge tools for online education thanks to a $1 million gift from a campus foundation, officials announced Tuesday. Over the next 18 months, the five schools and extension will use the money from the Chamberlin Family Donor Designated
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Study: same-sex and mixed bird couples equally faithful

A recent study published by a UC Berkeley postdoctoral scholar shows that same-sex pairs of one type of monogamous bird have relationships that are just as faithful and strong as those of male-female pairs. Julie Elie, currently a campus postdoctoral scholar, began her research on zebra finches in 2007 at
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UC Berkeley alumnus discovers $2 trillion calculations error

A UC Berkeley alumnus found a $2 trillion calculation error used by a major credit rating agency to decide on a historical downgrade of the United States’ credit rating. John Bellows, acting assistant secretary of economic policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury who received his Ph.D. in economics
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Astronomy institute to reactivate radio telescope project

Following successful fundraising efforts, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, an institute that previously partnered with UC Berkeley, will be able to begin to reactivate its array of 42 radio telescope dishes after the project was shut down in April due to a lack of funding. The institute was able
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UC researchers funded to study nuclear energy

Three University of California campuses have received $5.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund nuclear energy research over the next several years, beginning what some researchers have said will be a transformation in the way nuclear energy is generated in this country. As part of the department’s
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Pepsi vending machine

Vending of new partner’s drinks begins at UC Berkeley

Though a new beverage contract with PepsiCo Inc. has yet to be signed, the campus has recently begun to sell the company’s products with the expectation of signing a contract in the near future. The campus’s prior contract with Coca-Cola Co. expired Aug. 3 after a 10-year term, but campus
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Disapproval of Memorial Stadium construction continues

With the new Student-Athlete High Performance Center set to open in a few weeks, members of the Berkeley community voiced their concern with the entire Memorial Stadium construction process at Tuesday night’s public hearing to discuss the project’s Environmental Impact Report. The performance center — a project estimated to cost
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Detained hikers still await verdict

Though more than a week has passed since their trial date, two UC Berkeley alumni who have been detained in Iran for more than two years are still waiting for their verdict. UC Berkeley alumni Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal stood trial in Iran’s Revolutionary Court last Sunday after their
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