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SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
Sather Gate For the 16th year in a row, UC Berkeley is No. 1 in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of public national universities. Princeton ranked first among all American universities.

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Also: Berkeley ranks high for affordability 

World hotspot map Scientists at UC Berkeley have detected previously unknown channels of slow-moving seismic waves in Earth's upper mantle, a discovery that helps explain "hotspot volcanoes" that give birth to island chains such as Hawaii and Tahiti.

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Steven Brenner; a baby A research team including UC Berkeley computational biologist Steven Brenner has received a $6 million federal grant to study whether it makes sense to perform genetic sequencing as part of the routine screening of all newborns. The researchers will also look at questions of ethics and public interest.

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Obama's endorsement of the idea adds fuel to ongoing discussion.

Computer privacy team's 'heat map' app  shows how easy it is to follow people online.
Wurster exhibit honors what might have been; opening reception is Thursday. 
Former House speaker keynotes Haas School event.

Photography and digital-media professor also named Hellman fellow.

Labor Center's Saru Jayaraman talks about restaurant worker inequities on KQED.

International law expert Kate Jastram takes the reins. 
Wellness Letter's John Swartzberg speaks Tuesday, Sept. 17. 

Big changes, new choices announced as open enrollment approaches.

Tips from Safe Transportation Research and Education Center's Phyllis Orrick.

Free planning sessions begin Oct. 11.

UC outlines benefit shifts for same-sex married couples.

College of Engineering grad students named "scholars."

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