The biggest news for the UC system coming from last week is that $3 million fine that the Department of Energy is about to bitch-slap UC with. Well, at least we still have our curry.

*First Up…Eating Curry Can Save Your Brain*
Whoever thought that eating all that Naan ‘N Curry and then going to the bathroom for days upon days could be a good thing?

Researchers at UCLA say that turmeric, which is found in curry, can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. They also say that curcumin, which is an antioxidant found in turmeric, can prevent tumors from growing in lab rats.

But, don’t go out tonight and eat so much curry that you’ll throw up for the next three hours.

The researchers said it is not clear if people can eat enough curcumin to get this level of activity.

So, we’re supposed to inject ourselves with curry? Actually, no. Don’t do that.

*Mental Decline = Sleep Problems*
A study reported by UC San Francisco researcher Kristine Yaffe says that older women who experience such mental difficulties as memory loss and attention loss are more likely to also have sleep problems.

“This study does not mean that an individual with cognitive problems will necessarily develop sleep trouble, but that these elders are at a higher risk of sleep disorders,” researcher Kristine Yaffe, MD, states in an American Academy of Neurology news release.

We were going to put a very insensitive joke about someone’s grandma here, but we decided against it. It was going to be something about why someone’s grandma can never go to sleep, or remember our names. But maybe eating some curry will help?

*UC Riverside, Your Place to Be for Science Fiction*
We here at Cal have the Mark Twain papers. Pretty impressive stuff if you haven’t perused through them yet.

But UC Riverside’s library is the safe haven for all that is Trekkie, Ewok and things from outer space. UC Riverside’s library boasts the largest collection of science fiction things in the world.

It’s like going to Graceland if you’re an Elvis fan,” said Drew Morse, a creative writing professor who made the pilgrimage to Riverside from Ohio last summer to study rare poetry by “Fahrenheit 451″ author Ray Bradbury.

Great. We guess there has to be some sort of reason why tourists would go to Riverside. While you’re at it, can you get us the complete Klingon dictionary?

*Aggies Athletics Graduates to Division I*
It’s been a long time coming for UC Davis, and now after four years of purgatory, the Aggies have been approved to become a full-fledged member of NCAA Division I sports.

UC Davis joins the Big West conference, where it joins fellow UC schools Santa Barbara and Irvine, Cal Poly, Long Beach State and Pacific.

Maybe we should just replace Stanfurd with the Aggies in the Pac-10. UC Davis did defeat the Card a few years ago—in soccer, basketball, baseball and yes, football.

Beat Brain Disease By Eating Curry [Sky news]
Mental Decline, Sleep Problems Linked [WebMd]
UC library boasts world’s largest sci-fi collection [CC Times]
UC Davis makes it official: School is Division I now [Sac Bee]


We here at the Clog know that other schools exist in the state of California. We actually know that other UC schools exist and sometimes the stuff that happens at the other schools is pretty damn important too, especially if you look at what’s been happening on our streets lately.

So we present to you UC Roundup, a look at what’s going on at the other UC schools.

*First Up…UCLA Says Women Like Muscles*
Researchers at our sister school in Westwood, UCLA, have made it official: Women dig the rock-hard abs.

In a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers at UCLA have concluded that women are drawn more to the more muscular men for a one-night stand but look for a “normal” looking man when settling down. So there’s actually hope for guys who look like William Hung?

Yeah, for marriage. But women still prefer the big biceps.

bq. “Women are predisposed to prefer muscularity in men,” said study author David Frederick of UCLA.

That’s great insight, especially for the public school that spends the most money on research of any other in this country.

*UC Davis Professor Tests Our Democracy*
As the country moves toward electronic voting machines, concerns over the security and the rigging of those voting machines come into question. Is our democracy in trouble?

Well, to make sure these machines are safe UC Davis Professor Matt Bishop tested machines made by Sequoia, Diebold and Hart InterCivic that will be used in next February’s California Primary.

How did they do this? They tried to hack into the computers. But it doesn’t sound too exciting.

bq. “That’s really most of our job, sitting at a desk checking software,” he said. Bishop said part of the job is to make mistakes intentionally in an effort to disrupt the machines.

*Cal Isn’t the Only School With Development Problems*
UC Santa Cruz has been planning this new research center for the last 20 years, according the Mercury-News. And it has hit its snags, especially with the environmentalists. Hmm … that sounds kind of familiar.

But the difference with UC Santa Cruz and us here at UC Berkeley is the fact that Santa Cruz is trying to work with those complaining about the university’s plans. And the complainers? They’re trying to work with UC Santa Cruz too. What a novel concept.

Now, if only the city, neighborhood association and the tree-sitters could all work the UC Berkeley and get this whole stadium thing done. Well, is hasn’t really helped UC Santa Cruz that much–it has been planning this thing for the last 20 years.

Women ‘drawn to muscular men’ [news24.com]
California Enlists Higher Ed Hackers To Test Voting Machines [Campus Technology]
UCSC seeks to build on coast [Mercury-News]