While waiting for summer to come, I'm working on a guide to research at Berkeley for new ERG students, and interested others, natch. It's a work in progress, so comments and recommendations welcome.
The wonderfully deep collection known as the Water Resource Center Archive will be leaving the Berkeley campus sometime this year for its new home at UC Riverside. Alas for northern California scholars researching the history of water and water systems in California-- you'll be seeing more of the Ontario airport.
Press release from California Agriculture and Natural Resources blog http://ucanr.org/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=3083
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the grant Thursday to a team led by Caltech in Pasadena, also includiing Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley and Stanford. The team's mission: Develop practical methods of manufacturing "carbon neutral" fuels similar to the way plants create energy via photosynthesis.
If you've never read ProfHacker's column in the Chronicle of Higher Education, I recommend you start. A stable of tech-savvy academics introduce hacks, software and tips to make the academic life more efficient. For example, today's topic is Version Control software, and if you plan on writing anything substantial [dissertation, anyone?] you'll want to become familiar with this subject.
If you have trouble logging into the Chronicle, try setting up the library's Proxy Server, to get free access from off campus.
RFF Library Blog supports the research program at Resources for the Future, and features new documents and web resources for scholars of resource and energy economics, environmental and energy policy and risk management. Pretty active blog.