Earlier this year I had the distinct honor of giving the commencement address at Berkeley for SIMs (the School of Information Management and Systems). SIMs graduates tend to be interdisciplinarians, and often end up at places like Google, Yahoo, or other Valley companies. While I was there, Marc Davis, a professor there who I had spoken to a few times during my tenure at Berkeley, sidled up to me and told me some news I have had to keep under my hat till now: he’s teaming up with Yahoo to lead a joint research effort. I’m very pleased that a SIMs prof is heading up this endeavor, as it means Yahoo’s research will be pushed across many fields, not just engineering. I’m looking forward to seeing what he might do.