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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Chemistry

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 …

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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 …

Linguistics

Opening Doors for the Ph.D.

• In-depth articles about current issues faced by universities<br>• Data and analysis on the latest higher education trends, statistics, and salaries<br>• Special …

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> …

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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 …

Energy

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 …

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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 …

College & University

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 …

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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 …

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 …

UC launches new efforts to address California’s teacher shortage

<b>California has a chronic teacher shortage, made worse by the fact that roughly one in six new teachers leave the field after just a few years.</b><p>One of the biggest reasons teachers move on? They don’t feel prepared for the demands of the job.<p>The University of California has set its sights on solving …

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

<b>Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 — the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States.”</b><p>What would be some likely scenarios?<p>The social media …

Mathematicians bring ocean to life for Disney’s ‘Moana’

<b>UCLA mathematics professor Joseph Teran, a Walt Disney consultant on animated movies since 2007, is under no illusion that artists want lengthy mathematics lessons, but many of them realize that the success of animated movies often depends on advanced mathematics.</b><p>“In general, the animators and …

Scientific reasons for keeping your New Year’s resolutions

<b>More than half of Americans make a New Year’s resolution each year, and though most people set out with the best of intentions, just a small percentage are successful in following through on their resolutions.</b><p>To give you a bit of scientific motivation, UC San Francisco gathered some of the latest …

A Wolverine-inspired material

<b>Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.</b><p>The …

Regents to consider modest tuition increase for improved student support

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>Across the University of California, the strains of doing more with less are starting to be …

The most viral UC research of 2016

<b>From the perils of sugar to a breakthrough treatment for paralysis to charting new planets and mapping the brain, UC research captured the public’s attention in 2016, emerging as some of the most discussed, shared and publicized science of the year.</b><p>UC research accounted for 14 of the Top 100 most …

What’s the best electric car for you? Take this app for a test drive

<b>If you’re thinking of buying a new car, there’s a decent chance you’re considering trying something greener. There’s also a decent chance that some concern, big or small, has you hitting the brakes when it comes to buying an electric car.</b><p>Maybe you think that you’ll be tethered to charging stations …

How exercise influences health

<b>We know that exercise is good for you. But why, and how?</b><p>UC Irvine and UC Davis researchers will help investigate as part of a six-year, $170 million nationwide project to dig deep into the molecular changes that come from physical activity and how they influence health.<p>The National Institutes of …

Science says the gift you should give is..

<b>If you are still in a quandary about what to give a close friend, parent or an adult child for the holidays, then take a tip from a UCLA social scientist, a marketing expert who has researched what kind of gift will make that recipient feel more connected to you.</b><p>Cassie Mogilner Holmes, a UCLA …

Santa vs. superheroes

<b>He doesn’t fight crime, wear tights or hang out in a Batcave, but Kris Kringle has superpowers that rival those of any comic book hero.</b><p>So says Michael Dennin, a University of California, Irvine physics and astronomy professor who teaches the science of superheroes. He also co-hosts “Fascinating …

<b>UC Santa Barbara physicist Joseph Polchinski and UC Santa Cruz molecular biologist Harry Noller have each been awarded the 2017 Breakthrough Prize, the most lucrative award in science.</b><p>Polchinski won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics along with Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa. The …

Researchers create computer model to tell fact from fiction on the internet

<b>Teaching computers to read is one thing. But by designing an algorithm that examined nearly 2 million posts from two popular parenting websites, a multidisciplinary team of UCLA researchers has built an elegant computational model that reflects how humans think and communicate, thereby teaching</b> …

Bridging the vocabulary gap in schools

<b>Marci Carver’s kindergartners know a lot about the word “package.” They know it contains three vowels, but one of them “doesn’t talk,” and the letter “g” sounds like a “j.” When asked about the meaning, they know a package not only comes in the mail, but is also a bundle of items that are grouped</b> …