The Berkeleyan: This week on campus
MARCH 29, 2011
Border wall

Architect Ronald Rael envisions a wall dotted with multi-purpose installations that include a life-saving water collection site, a treatment plant for toxic wastewater from the New River, a swing, a volleyball court, a solar farm, even a confessional.

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Cal swimmers with trophy Separate NCAA championship meets, in cities halfway across the country and a week apart, ended with the same result: a national title for the UC Berkeley men's and women's swimming and diving teams. 

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Tapan Parikh outside South Hall

Can a mobile phone system deliver vital information to low-literacy farmers in the developing world? School of Information researcher Tapan Parikh, with NSF support, Is looking at ways to deliver information about health, agriculture and government services to farmers - who would in turn would share that knowledge with their peers.

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Townsend Humanities Lab blogs about the trials and tribulations of the Google Books project. CITRIS co-sponsors conference examining how new media are influencing international news. UC Retirement System Advisory Board has two open seats for staff nominees.

Award recognizes California Social Work Education Center's academic excellence. (PDF) 

Budget, pensions, medical records and more.



Joint Berkeley-UCSF center will meld cutting-edge engineering and neurosciences to help brain control prostheses.

Airport full-body scanners pose little risk to human health, UCSF-Berkeley analysis shows. Undergraduate apprentices tackle research side-by-side with leading scholars and scientists. UC researchers study a litany of ailments resulting from Americans' addiction to sugar and sweeteners.

J-School prof Lowell Bergman, grad students help FRONTLINE examine the NCAA's brand of amateur athletics.

Bloomberg TV shows how state fund cuts slow the flow of UC talent that businesses rely on.

State Sen. Joe Simitian says top-flight research is what makes California an economic powerhouse.

UCTV highlights successful innovators in a lecture series from Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.


Matsui Lecturer Michael Oxley (of Sarbanes-Oxley fame) reviews "The Crises that Began and Ended the Decade," April 6.

Townsend Center readings of the Nobel laureate's poetry, March 30.

Just in time for Opening Day, Jennifer Ring lectures on the historical and sociological reasons "Why American Girls Don't PlayBaseball," March 30. 

Computer science prof Stuart Russell talks artificial intelligence after SF Playhouse performance of Wirehead, April 5. (PDF)
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