A go-getting college drop-out by the name of Bill Gates waxed political on a Persian rug today at Zellerbach Hall, addressing a randomly chosen assemblage of what our billion dollar guest referred to as the “talented, committed personnel” of UC Berkeley. (AKA disillusioned 20-somethings ditching class?) The talk, entitled “Giving Back: Finding the Best Way to Make a Difference,” marks his first public appearance at a university since his retirement from Microsoft.

Framed around unabashed self-promotion of his philanthropic agenda, Gates posed us with the following question: “Are the brightest minds working on the most important problems?”

What we gleaned from Bill:

- Bill Gates devoutly subscribes to UC Berkeley’s “Physics For Future Presidents” webcast.
- Bill Gates and his money are concerned about two things: inequity and education.
- While Bill Gates enjoys March Madness and goofing off with his friends as much as the next person, he’d much prefer to read more »

Did your last encounter in trying to get tickets to a famous speaker leave a sour taste in your mouth? Has your faith in technology all but faded? Well fear no more, fear no more, as the co-inventor of technology itself* Bill Gates is coming to campus, and it looks like Berkeley’s made a few improvements in how students get tickets. read more »

academic earth nerdiness

Because you like the idea of Hulu but would prefer never exit the world of Academia, there exists Academic Earth, Bill Gates’ apparent obsession du jour. Scour the internet no further (well, actually there’s a YouTube version too) for lectures from America’s elite universities. The Clog is kind of enthused, but we’re mostly here to gloat that UC Berkeley makes the list alongside read more »

this diagram=probably not what Billy has in mind.

Our title represents the Clog’s interpretation, more or less, of the message being sent by the $10.9 million grant to research the effects of sanitation on diarrheal disease. No, not the kind potentially lurking in your keyboard (although we find that just as alarming in its own special little way).

Rather, the 5-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is intended toward the evaluation of methods currently used to improve health—especially that of children—in developing countries. The World Health Organization estimates that read more »