The Berkeleyan: This week on campus
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
Laurie WilkieBerkeley anthropologist Laurie Wilkie's excavation of debris from the Zeta Psi fraternity, circa 1900, found that it was no Animal House. Her new book about the house and the dig depicts a group of civilized young men who used expensive china, occasionally cross-dressed, drank beer from steins and pilsner glasses and went on to prestigious careers - more Peter Pan than John Belushi.

> Read the full article...

UC sealAs a first step toward restoring the UC Retirement Plan to health, the Board of Regents voted to raise employee contributions to 3.5 percent of salary starting next July, and to 5 percent a year later. The unversity's contributions will rise to 7 percent in 2011 and to 10 percent in 2012. More changes in the plan are in the works. On Friday, Sept. 24, UC will hold an online town hall to gather feedback on the changes.

> Read about the vote...

Also: Where to watch UC's webcast town hall, and how to take part.                                            

'Dot' (Credit: Aardman Animations)
Scene from Dot/ credit Aardman Animations
Using CellScope, a cellphone microscope developed by a Berkeley bioengineer for long-distance medicine, the UK team behind Wallace & Gromit has made the world's smallest stop-motion animation film - featuring the adventures of "Dot," a .35-inch-tall character.

> Read the full article and see the video...

Also: The story of CellScope's invention at Berkeley

CNR professor will get a seat on the National Medal of Science committee.  Berkeley, LBNL pair capture two of five honors, awarded just every four years.
Berkeley engineer is the go-to investigator on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and hundreds of other national disasters.
She's won the Northern California/Nevada time trials for two years in a row.
Company aims to keep 20,000 tons of waste out of landfills every year.

Study: Women know more, when it comes to climate change
Legal Planet blogpost highlights analysis of polling data about environmental issues.
Rhythms get the work done. New findings from School of Public Health.
Also: Radio interview with lead researcher on precocious puberty.

Perceptual learning is improved.
Website offers forms for reporting bias, hate speech and other acts of intolerance. Proposal workshop on Sept. 23 at Berkeley.

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