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Pac-12 announces resumption of football, winter sports seasons

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 CEO Group announced today that based upon updated Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee recommendations that take into account material changes to testing capabilities, the prevalence of COVID-19 and cardiac issues, along with updated state and local health official guidance, the Conference will resume its football, basketball and winter sport seasons.  The football season may now commence for those teams that have the necessary state and local health approvals on November 6, men’s and women’s basketball on November 25 consistent with the NCAA’s official start date for these sports, and other winter sports consistent with the NCAA season dates for those sports...

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Berkeley poll: A majority of Americans support changes to policing

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

“This timely survey shows common ground on real solutions” and “Opportunities to bridge across racial and political spectrum.” 

BERKELEY/WASHINGTON DC: Majorities of Americans across racial and ethnic backgrounds support meaningful changes to policing, including requiring officers to live in the communities they police and involving community-resource workers in certain emergency calls, a new national poll found.

The poll also found broad support for economic policies and programs to reduce wealth and income inequality, including a federal jobs guarantee, temporary suspension of rent and mortgage payments, fair hiring protections for people with criminal histories, and a program to provide grants to Black entrepreneurs starting small busines...

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Island-building in Southeast Asia created Earth’s northern ice sheets

a photo of a volcano in the Southeast Asian islands

Mt. Sumbing, an arc volcano in Central Java, in 2016. The uplift of volcanic rock in this island arc, starting 15 million years ago, triggered global cooling, according to Berkeley scientists and their colleagues. (UC Berkeley photo by Yuem Park)

The Greenland ice sheet owes its existence to the growth of an arc of islands in Southeast Asia — stretching from Sumatra to New Guinea — over the last 15 million years, a new study claims.

According to an analysis by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and a research institute in Toulouse, France, as the Australian continent pushed these volcanic islands out of the ocean, the rocks were exposed to rain mixed with carbon dioxide, which is acidic...

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Metal wires of carbon complete toolbox for carbon-based computers

graphic of a dark-orange nanoribbon with periodic white hills indicating electrons

Scanning tunneling microscope image of wide-band metallic graphene nanoribbon (GNR). Each cluster of protrusions corresponds to a singly-occupied electron orbital. The formation of a pentagonal ring near each cluster leads to a more than tenfold increase in the conductivity of metallic GNRs. The GNR backbone has a width of 1.6 nanometers. (UC Berkeley image by Daniel Rizzo)

Transistors based on carbon rather than silicon could potentially boost computers’ speed and cut their power consumption more than a thousandfold — think of a mobile phone that holds its charge for months — but the set of tools needed to build working carbon circuits has remained incomplete until now.

A team of chemists and physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, has finally created the last tool ...

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In Breonna Taylor grand jury decision, Berkeley scholars see grave racial injustice

Protesters hold up a sign saying "Breonna Taylor Matters"

Since the death of Breonna Taylor this past March, protesters throughout the country have called for the police officers involved in her shooting to be arrested and charged. Today, A Louisville, Ky. grand jury verdict did not charge any of the officers for her death. (Photo courtesy of flickr/InformedImages)

In a season of strife over police violence against people of color, a Kentucky grand jury decision Wednesday (Sept. 23) against charging officers with the killing of Breonna Taylor reflects devastating racial biases in the American system of justice, UC Berkeley scholars said today.

The grand jury’s decision may have correctly followed current law on police use of deadly force, said experts in policing and law...

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Berkeley Haas students help local businesses hurt by COVID-19

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Customers waiting outside for food orders from vegan restaurant The Butcher’s Son. Photo credit: Natasha Payés.

When shelter-in-place orders went into effect for the City of Berkeley in mid-March, Vicky Lin, BS 22, thought the impact on local businesses would be temporary.

But as COVID-19 cases began to rise and the city extended restrictions well into May, Lin watched in sadness as some of her favorite restaurants, shops, and hangouts struggled and Daiso, a Japanese general goods store she visited weekly, closed permanently. “I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.

With so many small businesses struggling to remain open amid the pandemic, Lin quickly jumped into action...

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Meet our new faculty: Elizabeth Hoover, environmental science and policy management

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Elizabeth Hoover is a new member of the UC Berkeley faculty. (Photo by Adam Sings in the Timber)

Name: Elizabeth Hoover
Discipline: Environmental science and policy management
Degrees: B.A. Williams College, 2001; M.A., Brown University, 2003; Ph.D., Brown University, 2010
Research interests: Food justice and environmental justice for Native American communities, specifically community-based food sovereignty projects, heirloom seed rematriation and the impact of environmental contamination on Indigenous health and food systems.
Fun fact: I enjoy beadwork, gardening, hiking and time at the beach.

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Meet our new faculty: Rachel Brem, plant and microbial biology

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Rachel Brem is a new member of the UC Berkeley faculty. (Photo by Barbara Butkus)

Name: Rachel Brem
Discipline: Plant and microbial biology
Degrees: B.A., B.S., Brown University, 1994; Ph.D., UCSF, 2000
Research interests: I study how organisms acquire genetic changes that allow them to thrive in new environments.
Fun fact: I love to cook, hike, ski and spend time with my family.

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Racial Justice in America: A deeper look

Three Black boys hold protest signs in 1964 against racial violence

Racial justice protests in America have existed for centuries, yet the nation has not fully reconciled with a violent and racist history that continues to impact communities of color to this day. Berkeley News will take a deeper look through a “Racial Justice in America” series. (Photo courtesy of UC Berkeley Bancroft Library)

You see it on your social media feed: Videos of police called to investigate a Black person for doing something as simple as swimming in a pool, sitting at a café, sleeping in their car or going for a morning jog.

You see it in the racial makeup of your typical American prison and in the homogenous white population of a suburban Bay Area neighborhood...

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Objects of resistance: Protesting the feminicide of girls and women at the border

women hold magenta crosses at a nighttime protest

Demonstrators protest feminicide and violence against women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Mexico City, Mexico, on Nov. 25, 2019. Graduate student Laila Espinoza says these magenta crosses, planted all over the city of Ciudad Juárez and across the country, are powerful and enduring symbols of resistance and a way to reclaim public space and make the ongoing feminicides visible, when the government refuses to do so. (Sipa USA photo by Bénédicte Desrus via AP Images)

The first time that Laila Espinoza crossed the U.S.-Mexico border was as a young girl with her grandmother. “I’ve always been a border crosser,” said Espinoza. “It’s who I am.”

Espinoza grew up in Ciudad Juárez, a border city in Chihuahua, Mexico...

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