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How do you grow an entrepreneur?

If entrepreneurs grew like mushrooms, it’d probably be near impossible to navigate all the economic “disruption.”<p>The harsh reality is that almost anyone can come up with a novel business idea. Transforming that idea into a budding enterprise takes a lot more, including the right support structure, …

Entrepreneurship

New UCLA living learning community attracts creative, inventive Bruins

<b>Idriss Njike/UCLA</b><p>Students who just moved into the new design and innovation living learning community in Sproul Hall have already started to use …

Entrepreneurship

Volkswagen scandal fundamentally changed financial markets

The Volkswagen diesel emission cheating scandal has become one of the most significant business stories in decades, so powerful and sustained that it fundamentally changed the way the financial markets operate, according to a new study by University of California, Davis, Graduate School of …

Financial Markets

Students and UC leaders urge Congress to restore year-round Pell Grants

Pell Grants and UC<b>Pell Grants are essential to ensuring that UC remains affordable for all eligible Californians.</b>• 40 percent of UC undergraduates – roughly 80,000 students in all – receive Pell Grants.<br>• UC has the highest percentage of students receiving Pell Grants of any top research university in …

U.S. Congress

Addicted to oil: US gasoline consumption is higher than ever

August was the biggest month ever for U.S. gasoline consumption. Americans used a staggering 9.7 million barrels per day. That’s more than a gallon per day for every U.S. man, woman and child.<p>The new peak comes as a surprise to many. In 2012, energy expert Daniel Yergin said, “The U.S. has already …

Energy

Ph.D. student identifies 10 dimensions of burrito perfection

Just as with beauty, a perfect burrito is in the eyes of the beholder.<p>No matter what it contains — carne asada, carnitas or something else — a great …

Burritos

How plastic winds up in our seafood and what you can do about it

Reduce plastic in fishWant to help keep plastic debris from reaching fish? Here are tips from ecologist Chelsea Rochman:• Avoid microbeads: Until the federal microbead ban takes effect in mid-2017, look out for abrasive scrubbers containing ingredients such as polyethylene or polyproprylene. (See …

Plastic

Putting mold on hold

Have you ever bought strawberries or other fruits and vegetables, forgot to put them in the refrigerator and later noticed they had gray mold on some of them?<p>That’s <i>Botrytis cinerea</i>, a fungal pathogen that can infect more than 1,000 plant species, including almost every fruit and vegetable and many …

UC Berkeley

Ever wonder what the teen brain is thinking?

<b>If you’ve lived through your own or your kids’ adolescence, you know it’s an extraordinary time, marked by tremendous growth and a host of opportunities as well as challenges. Yet researchers know comparatively little about the teenage brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study</b> …

The Brain

Meet the Class of 2020

UC's incoming class includes:• 38,000 new California freshmen<br>• 17,000 new California transfers<br>• 15 percent more California students than 2015<br>• 37 percent of freshmen and 34 percent of transfers from underrepresented minorities<br>• 82 percent are California residents<p><b>As classes begin this week on most UC</b> …

UC Berkeley

Rising Student Demand Drives UC Merced Enrollment Growth | UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, enters its 12th academic year with a record-breaking incoming class, signifying strong demand for the newest …

Meet the mentors

The T-shirts tell just part of the story.<p>Professors at the University of California, Irvine, in an effort to support the 60 percent of students who …

Crowdsourcing sea change

Maybe it’s all the plastic you see on the beach where you take your kids. Or that news story you read about shark-finning and can’t quite get it out of your mind. Are you frustrated trying to identify sustainable options on the menu at your favorite seafood restaurant?<p>These are common concerns, and …

UC Berkeley

CA Gov Brown signs nation's toughest super pollutant restrictions law

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 1383 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), which establishes the nation's toughest restrictions on …

Climate Change

The Man Who Smuggles Nanodrugs Past The Body's Defenses

Liangfang Zhang is one of the 10 most brilliant people of 2016<p>Tiny, man-made spheres called nanoparticles can ­shuttle medicines to diseased tissues with incredible precision. But they all face a common challenge: The immune system sees the virus-size particles as threats, and eats them before they …

Science

California's shifting demographics are reshaping UC student body

Armando Olea represents the future of the University of California.<p>The incoming UCLA freshman is a top-flight student, earning a 4.2 GPA at his San Diego high school. He’s the son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to attend college.<p>And he’s one of nearly 8,000 more Californians who …

California

Tree of life faces deep cuts from climate change

<b>Loss of habitat. Migration. Extinction. Over the coming decades, thousands of species are predicted to be severely affected by climate change. New research shows that climate change won’t prune the tree of life evenly — it may make especially deep cuts on certain branches that we can’t afford to</b> …

Life Sciences

Maize genetics may show how crops adapt to climate change

With the onset of climate change and changes in irrigation, adapting food crops to grow in diverse environments could help feed the world. Now University of California, Davis, scientists are leading a major new project, funded by the National Science Foundation with $4.1 million over five years, to …

Life Sciences

Study links selfies and happiness

Regularly snapping selfies with your smartphone and sharing photos with your friends can help make you a happier person, according to computer scientists at the University of California, Irvine. In a first-of-its-kind study published just before back-to-school season, the authors found that …

Emotions

Pacific Ocean’s response to greenhouse gases could extend California drought for centuries

Clues from prehistoric droughts and arid periods in California show that today’s increasing greenhouse gas levels could lock the state into drought for centuries, according to a study led by UCLA professor Glen MacDonald.<p>The study, published today in the Nature.com journal Scientific Reports, …

California

A different way of seeing the world

Just ten percent of foster youth make it to college, but Malcolm Rashid is used to beating the odds. Diagnosed with autism at age three, the Merced native also overcame learning difficulties to graduate at the top of his high school class.<p>Even so, being chosen for the Gates Millennium Scholars …

UC Berkeley

Grooming the entrepreneurial engineer

<b>In the long-running debate over whether entrepreneurs are born or bred, Michael Grimes insists that, for mere mortals, leadership skills are largely learned.</b><p>Grimes should know. As managing director at Morgan Stanley in Silicon Valley, the UC Berkeley grad has overseen more than $500 billion in …

Entrepreneurship

For FoodWhat’s 10th anniversary: The story of Deonte McClure

Faces of FoodWhat<p>What: A benefit for FoodWhat, with food, music, photography, wine, a raffle and silent auction, hosted by photographer David Dennis …

Can farmed fish feed the world sustainably?

Make smart seafood choicesThe Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch has a free app that offers guidance on whether seafood is caught or farmed sustainably, rating fish green (Best Choice), yellow (Good Alternative) or red (Avoid).When it comes to eating farmed fish, Seafood Watch program engagement …

Environment

Defining the future of movies with new mobile ticketing platform

<b>Ameesh Paleja, a 2001 University of California, San Diego graduate with a bachelor’s in computer science and engineering, is revolutionizing the movie industry with Atom Tickets, where he serves as CEO and co-founder.</b><p><b>Recently launched, Atom Tickets is a first-of-its-kind theatrical mobile ticketing</b> …

UC Berkeley

Scientists predict later allergy and asthma from newborn's microbiome

<b>A particular pattern of microbes living in a baby’s gut during its first month of life may directly impact the developing immune system, leading to a higher risk of allergies and asthma later in childhood, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and the Henry Ford Health System in</b> …

Asthma

Berkeley Lab Awarded DOE Grants for Greener Buildings | Berkeley Lab

A thermal image of the Hansen Federal Building in Ogden, Utah, where Berkeley Lab performed a window retrofit study. (Credit: Berkeley Lab Windows …

University of California Is Putting Money Into an Alumni VC Fund

A $6 million fund focused on UC Berkeley-bred startups<p>The University of California is giving its student entrepreneurs a big endorsement.<p>During a scheduled public meeting of its regents’ finance committee on Friday, the school revealed that it has invested into the House Fund, a young $6 million …

Venture Capital

UCSF reveals how sugar industry influenced national conversation on heart disease

A newly discovered cache of industry documents revealed that the sugar industry began working closely with nutrition scientists in the mid-1960s to single out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of coronary heart disease and to downplay evidence that sucrose consumption was also a risk factor.<p>…

Health