Daily Archives: March 9, 2010

UC Berkeley

The Berkeley Wire: 3.9.10

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Arts

Berkeley authors write winning books

Frank Portman, author of King Dork and Andromeda Klein
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Michael Chabon’s collection of essays, Manhood for Amateurs, is up for a non-fiction award from the Northern California Book Reviewers, as well as the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

Chabon is one of a handful of Berkeley authors whose books have been singled out for praise.

Berkeley poet Kim Addonozio’s Lucifer at the Starlite is a nominee in the poetry category for the Northern California Book Awards, which are handed out by the book reviewers. Brenda Hillman’s Practical … Continue reading »

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Green

Welcome the Rosenfeld

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If Berkeley wasn’t already blushing from its dominance in scientific nomenclature* it looks like another local name may be immortalized. In a refereed article in Environmental Research Letters, a group of scientists propose that a unit of electricity savings be named the Rosenfeld, after Arthur Rosenfeld, “the godfather of energy efficiency” (photo right).

The proposed Rosenfeld is defined as savings of 3 billion kilowatt-hours per year, the amount necessary to replace the generation of a 500 megawatt … Continue reading »

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Market Report: A prelude to spring

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Today, we are delighted to welcome Romney Steele into the Berkeleyside fold. Romney will be writing a regular report for us all on what’s fresh, in season, and available at our local farmers’ markets and grocers — she will also throw in some suggestions on what we might want to do with it.

Early March teases with the heralds of spring — artichokes, mâche, and rhubarb, some of my favorites — and yet remains a notoriously in-between … Continue reading »

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Non-profits

Berkeley group hopes Oscar stops dolphin slaughter

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Berkeley’s Earth Island Institute, the group behind the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, is hoping the Oscar will draw increased attention to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

The Cove, will open in Japan next month, tells the story of a cove in Taijicho, a town in southeastern Japan where thousands of dolphins are herded each year and stabbed to death.

“People are calling in from around the world saying we hope this sends a signal to the … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee

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The 28th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival gets under way this Thursday, March 11, with a gala opening at the Castro Theatre. Though the focus of this year’s festival is on Filipino cinema, it also features an impressive selection of films from other Asian countries, while the Asian diaspora is well represented by productions from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

And, as in years past, East Bay residents will be able to enjoy many … Continue reading »

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Schools

Fundraiser honors famous alumni of Berkeley High

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Quick! Which one of the following people is not an alumnus of Berkeley High?

Thornton Wilder,  playwright, novelist, 3-time Pulitzer Prize winner Ursula K. LeGuin, science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, science fiction writer Jack Lalanne, fitness expert and bodybuilder Phil Lesh, Grateful Dead bass player Billy Martin, manager of New York Yankees Galen Rowell, nature photographer Timothy Hutton, actor Rebecca Romijn, actor Andy Samberg, comedian on Saturday Night Live Don Barksdale, NBA basketball player, Olympic athlete Ariel Schrag, graphic … Continue reading »

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