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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 …

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 …

Genetics

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 Berkeley

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 …

Education

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 …

Research

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 …

Mathematics

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 …

Wellness

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 …

Chemistry

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 …

College & University

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 …

Research

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 …

Electric Vehicles

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 …

Exercise

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 …

UC Berkeley

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 …

Superheroes

<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> …

UC Riverside Wins Prestigious Award for Student Success in Degree Completion

Recognition from APLU institutions cites UCR's graduation rate success<p>University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who is also immediate …

College & University

5 things every family should know about paying for college

UC financial aid facts• 57 percent of our California undergraduate students are fully covered.<br>• Three-quarters of our California undergraduate students receive some gift aid, with an average award of over $16,000.<br>• Tuition is fully covered by financial aid for students whose families earn less than …

Honoring the nation’s military veterans

The University of California is honoring the nation’s military veterans this week with ceremonies, receptions, art shows and other events on every campus.<p>At UC Davis, for example, yellow ribbons adorned all the trees in the quad, to symbolize the ties that bind the university to military personnel, …

Trump’s Surprise Victory Sends Shock Through Higher Ed

Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images<p>Donald Trump, the Republican president-elect, delivers his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning in New York. Mr. …

UC President rallies teens to aim for a UC education

Students at one of the East Bay’s biggest high schools learned a lot about college on Tuesday (Nov. 1), including the fact that a University of California education is in reach, regardless of income, for those who work hard in school.<p>UC President Janet Napolitano visited Deer Valley High School in …

New theory explains how the moon got there

Quick summary• New theory covers gaps in existing explanation for moon’s origin<br>• High-energy impact created vapor cloud from which Earth and moon condensed<br>• Impact set off chain of events that put the moon in its current orbit<p>Earth’s moon is an unusual object in our solar system, and now there’s a new …

Pedestrians may run rampant in a world of self-driving cars

Imagine an urban neighborhood where most of the cars drive themselves. What would it be like to be a pedestrian?<p>Actually, pretty good, according to Adam Millard-Ball, assistant professor of environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz. In fact, pedestrians might end up with the run of the place.<p>In a new …

'Bionic' spinach plants can detect explosives

A team of scientists, including a UC Riverside assistant professor, embedded spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes to transform the plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone.<p>The work has potential applications in …

She’s bringing UC Davis art into a new era

She has curated exhibitions in high-density cities such as San Francisco and San Diego. But now, surrounded by fields and the small-town vibe of …

Museums

Travel to Mars, risk dementia

<b>Will astronauts traveling to Mars remember much of it? That’s the question concerning University of California, Irvine, scientists probing a phenomenon called “space brain.”</b><p>UC Irvine’s Charles Limoli and colleagues found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles – much like those found in …

Space Travel

How to break the junk food habit

Which foods are addictive?Here are the 10 foods most associated with addictive-like eating, according to research by Ashley Gearhardt, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Michigan:• Chocolate<br>• Ice cream<br>• French fries<br>• Pizza<br>• Cookies<br>• Chips<br>• Cake<br>• Popcorn (buttered)<br>• Cheeseburgers<br>• Muffins<p><b>Do</b> …

How millennials could decide the election

<b>Baby boomers and millennials are the largest political forces in America today, with each generation accounting for about 31 percent of the population. 2016 is the first election year in which all millennials are old enough to vote, but will they show up at the polls?</b><p>If the primaries were any …