Imperial Valley News Center
Of rats and men: Tolman, behavior and academic freedom
- Written by Barry Bergman
Berkeley, California - If you’ve ever been to Tolman Hall, you probably reached it not by rigid adherence to a series of mechanical steps - start at West Circle, go up Hilgard Way, first right to the end of Morgan Hall, then first left and voila - but by navigating via the map in your head. That is, you pictured its location, and figured out a suitable route.
Students’ ‘Feeding Forward’ fights hunger, food waste
- Written by Cathy Cockrell
Berkeley, California - For fourth-year Berkeley student Chloe Tsang, it isn’t necessary to take an international flight to encounter the”global poverty” she has studied in class. Hunger, should we choose to see it, is “at our back door,” on the streets of Berkeley - a reality not to ignore or lament, she believes, but to address with head and heart.
Amateur, professional astronomers alike thrilled by extreme storms on Uranus
- Written by Robert Sanders
Berkeley, California - The normally bland face of Uranus has become increasingly stormy, with enormous cloud systems so bright that for the first time ever, amateur astronomers are able to see details in the planet’s hazy blue-green atmosphere.
Study says California solar boom makes the state a national leader, prepares new generation of workers
- Written by Kathleen Maclay
Berkeley, California - Strong statewide and federal clean-energy policies have positioned California as the nation’s solar energy leader in terms of generating new, well-paying construction and permanent jobs while working to curb climate change, according to a new report by UC Berkeley.
- Written by Larry Hardesty
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Devavrat Shah’s group at MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) specializes in analyzing how social networks process information. In 2012, the group demonstrated algorithms that could predict what topics would trend on Twitter up to five hours in advance; this year, they used the same framework to predict fluctuations in the prices of the online currency known as Bitcoin.
Moneyball for business
- Written by Rob Matheson
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Michael Lewis’ 2003 book “Moneyball” - and the 2011 film adaptation - detailed how the Oakland Athletics used analytics, primarily derived from players’ on-base percentages, to assemble a competitive team despite financial constraints.
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