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Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested at Berkeley November 11, 2011


November 10, 2011

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Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested at Berkeley 10 Nov 2011 Dozens of people were arrested during Occupy demonstrations at the University of California, Berkeley campus, as authorities twice clashed with protesters trying to set up encampments. The bulk of the arrests came Wednesday night, as authorities in riot gear confronted demonstrators.

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The world’s top 200 universities 2011 October 6, 2011

The California Institute for Technology has been named the best university in the world in the latest league table of the top 200 universities, published by the magazine Times Higher Education (THE). Harvard is at number two, the first time it has failed to take the top spot in the list’s eight-year history.

Last year we looked at the top 100 rankings from THE. Now we have the top 200 for 2011-12.

The highest ranking UK institution is the University of Oxford, in fourth, with the University of Cambridge in sixth. The rivals tied for sixth place in 2010.

As last year, the top 200 is dominated by American institutions, with 75 making the list. Other high scorers include the Netherlands, Germany and Canada.

The UK has three universities in the top ten (Imperial College London joins Oxford and Cambridge in eighth), but only seven institutions in the top fifty – up from five last year – and 32 in the full list of 200.



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Universities are judged on 13 performance indicators, taking in research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity. This year the methodology has been tweaked to put arts institutions on a more even footing with those excelling in science. The data is provided by Thomson Reuters.

THE editor Ann Mroz said:

The UK is blessed with some truly brilliant universities.

While we may be second to the US in terms of the overall number of world-class institutions, given the disparity in funding levels our performance is nothing short of staggering.

These facts make the massive gamble that we are now taking by all but abolishing public funding for university teaching, and replacing it with tuition fees, all the more questionable. The government should heed these ranking results, reflect on concerns raised about the speed and extent of its planned reforms and think again.

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Data summary

THE top 200 universities 2011-12

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SOURCE: THE

2

1

California Institute of Technology

US

1

2

Harvard University

US

4

2

Stanford University

US

6

4

University of Oxford

UK

5

5

Princeton University

US

6

6

University of Cambridge

UK

3

7

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

US

9

8

Imperial College London

UK

12

9

University of Chicago

US

8

10

University of California, Berkeley

US

10

11

Yale University

US

18

12

Columbia University

US

11

13

University of California, Los Angeles

US

13

14

Johns Hopkins University

US

15

15

ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

Switzerland

19

16

University of Pennsylvania

US

22

17

University College London

UK

15

18

University of Michigan

US

17

19

University of Toronto

Canada

14

20

Cornell University

US

20

21

Carnegie Mellon University

US

30

22

University of British Columbia

Canada

24

22

Duke University

US

27

24

Georgia Institute of Technology

US

23

25

University of Washington

US

25

26

Northwestern University

US

43

27

University of Wisconsin-Madison

US

35

28

McGill University

Canada

29

University of Texas at Austin

US

26

30

University of Tokyo

Japan

33

31

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

US

43

32

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

32

33

University of California, San Diego

US

21

34

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

29

35

University of California, Santa Barbara

US

40

36

University of Edinburgh

UK

36

37

University of Melbourne

Australia

43

38

Australian National University

Australia

54

38

University of California, Davis

US

34

40

National University of Singapore

Singapore

38

41

Washington University in St Louis

US

52

42

University of Minnesota

US

30

43

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

US

60

44

New York University

US

61

45

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Germany

48

46

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

86

47

London School of Economics and Political Science

UK

87

48

University of Manchester

UK

37

49

Peking University

China

55

49

Brown University

US

109

51

Pennsylvania State University

US

57

52

Kyoto University

Japan

28

53

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Republic of Korea

59

54

Boston University

US

73

55

University of Southern California

US

77

56

King’s College London

UK

66

57

Ohio State University

US

71

58

University of Sydney

Australia

42

59

École Normale Supérieure

France

64

59

University of Pittsburgh

US

90

61

University of Zürich

Switzerland

41

62

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

39

63

Ecole Polytechnique

France

56

64

University of Massachusetts

US

93

65

McMaster University

Canada

68

66

University of Bristol

UK

119

67

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

143

68

Utrecht University

Netherlands

43

69

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Germany

51

70

Vanderbilt University

US

58

71

Tsinghua University

China

47

72

Rice University

US

83

73

Universität Heidelberg

Germany

81

74

University of Queensland Australia

Australia

144

75

Wageningen University and Research Center

Netherlands

61

75

Emory University

US

67

77

University of Colorado Boulder

US

53

77

Tufts University

US

124

79

Leiden University

Netherlands

89

80

Lund University

Sweden

105

81

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

US

81

University of Rochester

US

85

83

Durham University

UK

140

84

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

France

85

University of St Andrews

UK

49

86

University of California, Irvine

US

147

87

Uppsala University

Sweden

101

88

Technische Universität München

Germany

63

89

University of Notre Dame

US

99

90

Dartmouth College

US

102

91

University of Helsinki

Finland

165

92

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

65

93

Case Western Reserve University

US

79

94

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Republic of Korea

98

94

University of Maryland, College Park

US

122

96

Michigan State University

US

95

97

University of Arizona

US

106

98

Purdue University

US

79

99

University of Sussex

UK

127

100

University of Alberta

Canada

137

101

University of Sheffield

UK

128

102

University of Glasgow

UK

107

103

University of Cape Town

South Africa

138

104

University of Montreal

Canada

151

104

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

124

106

Ghent University

Belgium

88

107

Royal Holloway, University of London

UK

112

108

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

178

109

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Germany

68

110

University of California, Santa Cruz

US

95

111

Universität Basel

Switzerland

112

University of Bern

Switzerland

83

113

University of Utah

US

78

114

Stony Brook University

US

114

115

Eindhoven University of Technology

Netherlands

136

116

Université de Lausanne

Switzerland

178*

117

Monash University

Australia

76

117

Trinity College Dublin

Ireland

130

119

Osaka University

Japan

132

120

Tohoku University

Japan

121

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

81

121

University of York

UK

156

123

Indiana University

US

109

124

Seoul National University

Republic of Korea

167

125

Aarhus University

Denmark

125

University of Florida

US

90

127

University of Southampton

UK

120

127

Queen Mary, University of London

UK

161

127

Arizona State University

US

118

130

University of Geneva

Switzerland

129

131

Stockholm University

Sweden

124

131

Lancaster University

UK

168

133

University of Leeds

UK

170

134

University of Groningen

Netherlands

177

135

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

95

135

George Washington University

US

72

135

University of Virginia

US

164

138

Georgetown University

US

195

139

University of Vienna

Austria

174

140

University of Nottingham

UK

100

141

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

France

132

141

University of Iowa

US

117

143

University of California, Riverside

US

104

144

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

US

174

145

University of East Anglia

UK

152

146

Newcastle University

UK

75

146

William Mary

US

145

148

University of Birmingham

UK

152

149

Birkbeck, University of London

UK

150

Brandeis University

US

151

Freie Universität Berlin

Germany

151

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

149

151

University of Aberdeen

UK

115

154

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

68

154

Yeshiva University

US

184

156

The University of Exeter

UK

159

157

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

157

University of Warwick

UK

94

159

University College Dublin

Ireland

159

Radboud University Nijmegen

Netherlands

139

159

VU University Amsterdam

Netherlands

90

162

Wake Forest University

US

162

Medical University of South Carolina

US

164

University of Reading

UK

164

Texas AM University

US

166

Tel Aviv University

Israel

197

167

University of Illinois at Chicago

US

182

168

RWTH Aachen University

Germany

169

Université Catholique de Louvain

Belgium

169

Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

France

174

169

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

172

University of Miami

US

152

173

University of New South Wales

Australia

173

Queen’s University

Canada

145

173

University of Auckland

New Zealand

140

176

University of Dundee

UK

130

177

University of Victoria

Canada

178

University of São Paulo

Brazil

122

178

Technical University of Denmark

Denmark

159

180

University of Delaware

US

172

181

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Germany

SEE NOTE

181

University of Oslo

Norway

165

181

University of Liverpool

UK

132

184

Iowa State University

US

185

University of Ottawa

Canada

155

186

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

189

187

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Germany

193

187

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sweden

189

University of Western Australia

Australia

132

189

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Germany

135

191

University of Bergen

Norway

49

192

University of Science and Technology of China

China

193

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

186

194

Universität Konstanz

Germany

161

195

Boston College

US

187

196

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Germany

197

Maastricht University

Netherlands

197

University of Leicester

UK

158

197

Georgia Health Sciences University

US

185

200

University of Twente

Netherlands

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TSA scanners give cancer? June 30, 2011

If you were opposed to TSA body scanners before, new studies show that you might have more to worry about than just employees taking a peek at what’s beneath your blouse.

After what Electronic Privacy Information Center Executive (EPIC) Director Marc Rotenberg calls a “cluster” of cases of cancer among TSA workers at Boston’s Logan airport, his agency is going against the government and their high-tech body scanners. According to Rotenberg, officials have “not been forthcoming with the public about the true extent of radiation risk” associated with the devices.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center says that the records they obtained connect TSA workers to “cancer clusters allegedly linked to radiation exposure while operating body scanners and other screening technology.” The TSA on the other hand says to 9NEWS NOW that they implement “stringent safety protocols” to make sure their scanners are safe for property, passengers and employees alike.

To the Daily Mail, Rotenberg says that the TSA has dismissed the concerns that there might be a link between cancer cases and the scanners.

“In addition to regular maintenance, each individual machine that uses X-ray technology is regularly tested to ensure the radiation emitted falls within the national safety standards,” the TSA claims. They also say they have the technology to prove that the machines are indeed nothing to worry about.

In the documents obtained by EPIC, however, the National Institute of Standards and Technology voiced concerns after they revealed that they did not test full body scanners for safety. Scientists at the University of California have written US President Barack Obama with the message that “There is still no rigorous, hard, data for the safety of X-ray airport passenger scanners.” Other findings from EPIC show that the NIST warned workers to avoid standing next to the devices, and that a study conducted by John Hopkins University shows that radiation zones in the vicinity of the scanners could exceed safety limits.

EPIC has long fought against the installment of scanners across America. The group, who bills itself as a public interest center aimed at protecting privacy, first filed a suit against the TSA in July 2009 to suspend the program.

Last month, Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt’s (R-AL) proposed legislation that would deny the $76 million that President Obama requested to be used toward new scanners. In March 2010, the TSA purchased and installed 450 units thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. President Obama was hoping to add an additional 300 or so scanners, as well as employ a staff of half a thousand to operate them.

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Gay Marriage Foes Appeal Ruling on Gay U.S. Judge June 28, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Supporters of
California’s gay marriage ban are appealing a ruling that a
U.S. judge’s own gay relationship was no basis for tossing out
his decision in support of same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco last
year struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban, known as
Proposition 8. He later openly discussed his own gay
relationship after retiring from the bench earlier this year.

Supporters of the ban now say his ruling was compromised
and should be vacated. But Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware
disagreed earlier this month, ruling that granting such a
request would send a message that minority judges could not
rule in civil rights cases.

Attorneys for ProtectMarriage.com, the anti-gay marriage
group defending California’s ban, said in court papers filed
late last week that they would appeal Ware’s decision.

A representative for two same-sex couples challenging the
ban did not immediately comment on Monday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a same-sex marriage
bill into law on Friday, making New York the sixth and most
populous U.S. state to allow gay marriage. It
is also legal in the District of Columbia.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is already
considering the constitutional issues surrounding gay marriage
and has asked the California Supreme Court to weigh in on one
point of state law.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of
California is Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 09-2292.
(Reporting by Dan Levine; editing by Anthony Boadle)

© 2011 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

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Calif. Democrats Find Budget Deal

(Updates with Brown comment in third paragraph.)

June 27 (Bloomberg) — California Governor Jerry Brown dropped his plan to extend expiring taxes to close a budget deficit and will back a new proposal based on $4 billion in higher-than-forecast revenue, additional spending cuts and a tax initiative requiring voter approval next year.

The agreement between Brown and Democrats who control the Legislature requires only a simple majority to pass, meaning Brown doesn’t need Republican cooperation to adopt the spending plan for the year beginning July 1.

“We’ve made good decisions,” Brown told reporters today in Sacramento. “It’s a good budget, but it’s not the budget I presented in January.”

Brown, a 73-year-old Democrat, took office on a pledge to fix the fiscal malfunctions that have left California with the lowest credit rating of any state from Standard Poor’s. The Golden State, which accounts for 13 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, began the year with a $26 billion deficit. Since then, spending cuts approved in March and better-than- projected tax revenue shrank the gap to $10 billion.

Brown said the revised budget would not address the “wall of debt” that he said has built up over the years due to accounting maneuvers.

Brown’s plan to balance the budget by extending more than $9 billion of expiring taxes and fees was blocked by Republicans. Brown vetoed an alternative designed by Democrats, saying it relied on legally questionable accounting maneuvers.

Lawmakers Forefeit Pay

Lawmakers have been forced to forfeit pay for every day they fail to send a balanced budget to the governor past a June 15 deadline.

Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat, said that while Republican lawmakers thwarted Brown’s plan for a ballot measure this year on the tax extensions, the notion is not dead.

“The conversation has been started, and we will keep that conversation going as we move to the ballot next year,” Perez said.

Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton said the proposal “does absolutely nothing to change government as usual.”

“The Democrats have said no to all of the Republican reforms that Californians are demanding, including pension reform, a spending cap and job creation,” Dutton, of Rancho Cucamonga, said in a statement.

–Editors: Pete Young, Walid El-Gabry

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael B. Marois in Sacramento at mmarois@bloomberg.net and James Nash in Sacramento at jnash24@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

© Copyright 2011 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

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