Posts Tagged ‘Berkeley’

April 8th, 2012 - 6:28 am § in Hypocrisy, Religion

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Pope Bendict Shows Compassion

Pope Benedict, tear down this wall BERKELEY BLOG, by Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning All the world knew when the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, that a half century of Soviet tyranny was over.  Last month Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged that the use of a condom might[...]

March 4th, 2011 - 7:00 am § in America, Schools & Colleges

UC Berkeley protests

BERKELEY, Calif. (story from AP)— Baton-wielding riot police at the University of California, Berkeley faced off Thursday evening with a growing number of demonstrators angry over state education cuts. Eight protesters occupied the fourth-floor outside ledge of the university’s Wheeler Hall,[...]

December 30th, 2010 - 9:40 am § in America, Misc.

History: Excel

Without fanfare, 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Excel. Thomas E. Weber tracks down the program’s developer and discovers how it almost didn’t make it into stores—and the big idea Bill Gates lost forever.  read more[...]

December 29th, 2010 - 11:26 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Third World America, II

see also Part I: going to school on a Native American Reservation. Robert Reich’s summary of the woes of our declining education system seems almost a continuation of the story in Part 1 of a young American trying to get an education under the third world standards of life on an Indian reserva[...]

December 27th, 2010 - 5:51 pm § in Misc., Science

Ardipithecus and the research university

from the Berkeley Blog Kevin Padian, professor of paleontology and evolutionary biology at Berkeley (and a cousin of mine) has previoulsy spoken out against the farce of intelligent design, earning him an ironic comparison to Archie Bunker (click on image). His post in the Berkeley Blog addresses a [...]

December 20th, 2010 - 9:06 am § in Politics

How Do The Swedes Do It?

The net worth of Swedish households grew by 244 billion kronor ($35.58 billion) to 7.26 trillion kronor in the third quarter, the measure’s highest nominal level ever, according to a new SEB study. The lesson for the UW and Washington State is that Sweden, a country the size of WAstate, is com[...]

December 18th, 2010 - 9:44 am § in Misc.

A letter to my students

Michael O’Hare, professor of public policy | 8/24/10 | from Berkeley Blog Welcome to Berkeley, probably still the best public university in the world. Meet your classmates, the best group of partners you can find anywhere. The percentages for grades on exams, papers, etc. in my courses always [...]

December 18th, 2010 - 12:01 am § in Schools & Colleges

From the UK to UC, Same Bad News

The  University of California Regents are voting on a plan for more out-of-state students, fully online classes and three-year undergraduate degrees. A Berkeley Prof Comments: From Berkeley Blog Rosemary Joyce, anthropology prof | 12/9/10 I am writing this blog post from London, where today, studen[...]