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There’s new tech to build better basketball shooters. And Steph Curry is all over it.

You wouldn’t know it by the proliferation of triple-doubles and other out-of-this-world performances, but the NBA’s shooters aren’t getting any better and haven’t for decades. The league’s average field goal percentage has oscillated between 44 and 46 percent the last 20 years, with three-point …

Basketball

UC Santa Cruz Grad Slam winner envisions surfing on shrimp shells

<b>Twelve UC Santa Cruz graduate students provided brief glimpses into their ongoing research in the third annual campuswide Grad Slam, a three-minute elevator pitch competition to encourage better storytelling about complex academic topics.</b><p>John Felts, a second year Ph.D. electrical engineering …

UC Berkeley

UC graduate schools ranked highly by U.S. News

<b>University of California graduate schools ranked among the nation’s top programs in a survey released today (March 14) by U.S. News and World Report.</b><p>U.S. News’ 2018 Best Graduate Schools guide evaluates graduate schools for business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing and specialties …

College & University

Scientists May Be a Step Closer to Creating Solar-Fueled Vehicles

Scientists are developing a practical method to convert water and sunshine into fuel — a key step in someday powering cars with the sun.<p>Experts have …

Chemistry

UC president announces pick for UC Berkeley chancellor

University of California President Janet Napolitano today (March 13) announced that she has selected Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost and the former president of Smith College, as her choice to become the campus’s next chancellor, the first woman to serve …

College & University

How Bears Breed Unicorns: Inside Cal's Vast Startup Ecosystem

Bill SnyderHow’s this for a modern take on the venerable office vending machine? You swipe your credit or debit card, open a fridge-like glass door, …

Silicon Valley

California students: A world-class UC education is within reach

<b>The University of California set records this past fall with the largest single year increase in enrollment of California resident students since World War II.</b><p>But it's not done yet. It plans to boost California enrollment numbers in the coming fall, too, and is reaching out to high school students …

College & University

$5.8 million grant helps expand radio telescope to study ‘cosmic dawn’

<b>A radio telescope array being built in South Africa to explore the period after stars first formed in the early universe has received $5.8 million in new funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.</b><p>The grant to the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) project, led by UC Berkeley, will …

Astronomy

New blood test could help detect and locate cancer early on

<b>Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new blood test that could detect cancer — and locate where in the body the tumor is growing.</b><p>The study could provide a way to diagnose cancer early on without having to do invasive surgical procedures like biopsies. Researchers …

Cancer

Serving the public good

<b>University of California alumni like to do well by doing good.</b><p>If you need proof, look no further than the fact that the Peace Corps this week included three UC campuses — Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Davis — on its 2017 list of the Top 20 Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities.<p>UC Berkeley, …

College & University

This is your brain on love

<b>Why do fools fall — and stay — in love? UC love experts discuss the science behind romance.</b><p>To solve the mysteries of the heart, look no further than the human brain, say three UC researchers who study the science of love.<p>In a Facebook Live interview on Valentine’s Day, three renowned UC Berkeley …

Marriage

UC president emerges as champion of program for undocumented students

Janet Napolitano, once criticized for her role in immigrant deportations, now defends the DACA program allowing students to stay in the United States.

Government

UC faculty win 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships

<b>Twenty-two early-career scientists and scholars from eight University of California campuses have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships in recognition of their promise as emerging leaders in their fields.</b><p>The fellowships are awarded to researchers for their distinguished performance, creativity …

Biology

Scientists want YOU to help make a solar eclipse movie

Scientists from UC Berkeley and Google hope to create the most complete record of a solar eclipse ever, harnessing citizen scientists – and that …

Space

Berkeley Republicans VP: University ‘worked tirelessly’ to protect our rights

After a violent rampage by anarchists forced the University of California at Berkeley to cancel right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’s speech Wednesday night, President Trump was quick to blame the University.<p>The president’s imputation of institutional responsibility for the violence bizarrely …

Bigotry

How UC is working to address the executive ban on entry to the US by travelers from certain countries

Executive orders on immigrationStay up to date on UC actions and guidance related to the executive orders on immigration: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/immigration<p>The University of California, along with universities around the country, is calling on President Donald Trump to rescind the …

Scientists unveil new form of matter: Time crystals

<b>To most people, crystals mean diamond bling, semiprecious gems or perhaps the jagged amethyst or quartz crystals beloved by collectors.</b><p><b>To Norman Yao, these inert crystals are the tip of the iceberg.</b><p>If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, like the carbon lattice of a diamond, why …

Blazing a trail for others

<b>Franklin Dollar was born on the wrong side of the digital divide.</b><p>“I’m a member of the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians,” he says. “I grew up on a small reservation near Geyserville, California, with no running water, no electricity and no internet access.”<p>Such conditions no doubt prevent many Native …

From Klingon to Dothraki: Understanding invented languages

<b>In Star Trek, hulking warriors speak Klingon. In Lord of the Rings, ancient forest dwellers talk in Elvish. And in Game of Thrones, nomadic tribes chatter in Dothraki.</b><p>These made-up languages evoke fictional worlds. Now, fans can learn more about the magic behind all those invented words and phrases …

Opening Doors for the Ph.D.

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UC leaders: Executive order is contrary to our values

UC students from affected countriesUndergraduates: 40<br>Graduates: 495<b>Link:</b> UC enrolls a diverse pool of undergraduates<b>Link:</b> UC statement on President Trump's exeuctive order<b>Link:</b> Guidance for the UC community on the executive order affecting visa processes and entry into the United States<p><b>University</b> …

UC sustainability in 2016: Big progress, tough challenges

UC sustainability highlightsHighlights from the 2016 Annual Report on Sustainable Practices include:• <b>Waste.</b> In 2015-2016, 69 percent of waste was diverted from landfills. UC sends 198 pounds per person to landfills per year, 26 percent less than other comparable universities.• <b><br>Renewable energy.</b> The …

Through the lens of hope: Obama’s videographer debriefs

<b>Most of the people who follow the President of the United States wherever he goes are there to protect his life. But Hope Hall has a different job: to document it.</b><p>For the last six years, she’s been Barack Obama’s presidential videographer (think of her as the national fly on the wall). She doesn’t …

Regents OK tuition increase to boost student services

Fact sheets• How UC campuses will use revenue from a tuition increase<br>• Estimated impact of a tuition adjustment on UC students and families and the role of financial aid<br>• UC has cut costs and tightened its belt<p>The University of California Board of Regents today (Jan. 26) approved the first tuition …

Can you brew beer on the moon?

<b>Can beer be brewed on the moon? A team of UC San Diego engineering students is hoping to find out. They are finalists in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, one of the four teams with a signed launch contract to send a spacecraft to the moon as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE</b> …

UC helps launch 4-H program in Mexico

Over the last 100 years, the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources 4-H Youth Development Program has taught California children about food, agriculture, leadership and community service using learn-by-doing practices. To offer 4-H expertise to children south of the border, Vice President Glenda …

Why Trump should continue DACA

Much has been said over the past several months about America and what it means to be an American.<p>Here’s what I call an American: a child who grows …

Education

Cultural differences may leave their mark on DNA

<b>A UC San Francisco-led study has identified signatures of ethnicity in the genome that appear to reflect an ethnic group’s shared culture and environment, rather than its common genetic ancestry.</b><p>The study examined DNA methylation — an “annotation” of DNA that alters gene expression without changing …

Meet the UC honorees of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

<b>More than two dozen UC alums have landed on the 2017 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, a compilation of young change makers and innovators who are transforming business, technology, finance, media and culture.</b><p>This year’s list includes people with ties to virtually every UC campus in fields that run the …