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What sets a UC education apart? Opportunities to change the world through research

Undergraduate research snapshot• 76 percent participate in a research paper or project as part of their coursework<br>• Nearly half assist faculty in research projects or creative activities<br>Source: UC Undergraduate Experience Survey, 2014<p><b>For many high school seniors around the country, May 1 is Decision</b> …

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Climate Lab

Follow conservation scientist and UCLA visiting researcher M. Sanjayan as he explores surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change. Produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox.

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UCLA Law Clinic wins US Supreme Court case

<b>The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7-1 decision on Wednesday, favoring the work of the UCLA School of Law Supreme Court Clinic and professor Stuart Banner in a dispute over whether the state of Colorado can keep court fees and other penalties paid by those who are convicted of crimes but whose</b> …

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The first university to launch a rocket into space

<b>University of California, Irvine students will “shoot for the moon” thanks to a $1 million gift from Base 11, a nonprofit STEM workforce development and entrepreneur accelerator. The “Moonshot Initiative” will establish a rocketry program at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, with the intent</b> …

Education

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How do we kick ourselves into action around climate change when all we want to do is change the subject?<p>We’ve partnered with Vox on a six-part video …

Hunting with saber-toothed cats in California

<b>Saber-toothed cats that roamed Los Angeles 12,000 years ago had many injuries to their shoulders and backbones that likely occurred when they killed large herbivore prey such as bison and horses, UCLA biologists report in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.</b><p>Their Southern California …

Cats

A pendant fit for a king

<b>To say that UC San Diego archaeologist Geoffrey Braswell was surprised to discover a precious jewel in Nim Li Punit in southern Belize is something of an understatement.</b><p>“It was like finding the Hope Diamond in Peoria instead of New York,” said Braswell, who led the dig that uncovered a large piece …

Archaeology

Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from?

<b>If someone asked you to list the major sources of greenhouse gases around the world, what would you say?</b><p>“A lot of places — it’s complicated,” is a perfectly reasonable answer, so it’s understandable that most people don’t have this info at their fingertips. One 2014 study found that people tend to …

Climate Change

California’s force for research innovation

<b>When people think of UC students, they usually think of undergraduates. But University of California campuses also host thousands of Ph.D. students — the best and brightest from around the world — who advance learning, teaching and original research across the system.</b><p>Together, UC’s 26,000 doctoral …

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When good deeds go unpublished

<b>Researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Indiana University have shown that women faculty members are doing more service work—primarily internal service—than their male colleagues, which may hinder their overall success in academia. Internal service work, while vital for the</b> …

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UC leads nation in producing Ph.D.s in the arts and humanities

Most Ph.D.s in the arts and humanities<b>National rank</b><b>Degrees awarded</b>1. UCLA1203. Berkeley11922. Santa Barbara6024. Riverside5830. Irvine5343. Davis46 Source: Chronicle of Higher Education (data from the 2014-2015 academic year)<p><b>The University of California leads the nation in producing Ph.D.s in the</b> …

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Robots help stroke victims rehab

<b>Blame it on the movies and television, but people tend to think of robots as tireless factory workers or as soulless automatons bent on destruction. For UC Irvine’s Sumner Norman, they’re all about healing and rehabilitation. The fifth-year doctoral candidate in mechanical & aerospace engineering</b> …

Robots

Are the rich more selfish than the rest of us?

<b>Social scientists have long known that the rich are not exactly model citizens.</b><p>They evade taxes more often, flaunt traffic laws that protect pedestrians and donate less frequently to charity. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, there has been no shortage of reports in the popular media on …

Psychology

Shoe-string theory: Science shows why shoelaces come untied

<b>A new study by mechanical engineers at UC Berkeley finally shows why your shoelaces may keep coming untied. It’s a question that everyone asks, often after stopping to retie their shoes, yet one that nobody had investigated until now.</b><p>The answer, the study suggests, is that a double whammy of …

Fishing

In conversation with Kathleen Salvaty, UC's new Systemwide Title IX coordinator

<i>UC's new Systemwide Title IX coordinator on addressing sexual harassment and sexual violence, and what drives her work.</i><p><b>Changing the culture around sexual violence and sexual harassment is no easy feat, but Kathleen Salvaty is up for the challenge.</b><p>Salvaty began her role Feb. 6 as UC’s first …

Sexism

UC toasts its inaugural class of Presidential Public Service Fellows

Presidential Public Service FellowshipsPublic Service Fellows receive $2,500 in financial support to help offset incidental costs related to internships through the UC Washington Center or the UC Center Sacramento. The fellowship program is open to all undergraduates, regardless of major. Fellows …

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How robots can help kids stay in school

<b>As a child growing up in California, Veronica Newhart was absent from school for weeks at a time due to a congenital heart condition. The loneliness and isolation she felt so many years ago are similar to what children with chronic illnesses feel today, but Newhart says it doesn’t have to be that</b> …

Education

Grad students to bring their research to life on stage in Grad Slam

<b>Eight UC Berkeley grad students will take turns at the microphone Wednesday to try to win over a panel of judges with a three-minute rundown on their research. Think “American Idol” for brainiacs, only with words instead of songs.</b><p>It’s the Grad Slam semifinals, and they take place Wednesday, April …

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Project encourages first-generation faculty to share their stories

What first-generation faculty can do• Share your story with your students.<br>• Pick up a T-shirt from the Undergraduate Education office.<br>• List yourself in the directory and create a bio.<br>• Visit the website for teaching resources and more.<p><b>About 40 percent of UC Davis undergraduates have staked their claims to</b> …

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UC initiative with Mexico shows advantages of cooperation over confrontation

I’ve just returned from three days of talks in Mexico City with leaders in the Mexican government, in public and private education, in energy, and …

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Driving apps like Waze are creating new traffic problems

After a long day teaching at Ohlone College in Fremont, Rose-Margaret Itua often spends 40 minutes just waiting to get on the highway.<p>It’s only a …

Driverless Cars

UC President Napolitano to meet with Mexico’s government, education and business leaders

<b>University of California President Janet Napolitano traveled to Mexico City today (March 28) to meet with government, education and business leaders during a trip aimed at reaffirming and strengthening UC’s ties with Mexico.</b><p>Napolitano will meet with top officials at the National Autonomous …

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UC Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society named home for National Registry of Exonerations

<b>The University of California, Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society is now the institutional home for the National Registry of Exonerations, the internationally recognized repository of information and research on exonerations of innocent defendants convicted of crimes in the U.S.</b><p>A joint …

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Scientists identify brain cells involved in Pavlovian response

<b>In his famous experiment, Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov rang a bell each time he fed his dogs. Soon, the dogs began drooling in anticipation when they heard the bell, even before food appeared.</b><p>Now, a UCLA study has traced the Pavlovian response to a small cluster of brain cells — the same neurons …

Neuroscience

UC law students pitch in to help immigrants assert their rights

Legal assistanceUC law schools provide free and low-cost services to the community at immigration legal clinics, many started and run by students. UC Berkeley Immigration Law Clinic UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic UC Hastings Legal Advice and Referral ClinicUCLA El Centro Legal Clinic UC Irvine …

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UCLA faculty who were first in their families to go to college mentor next generation

<b>Gerardo Ramirez remembers his first day of college as one filled with conflicting emotions. He was eager and excited to be starting his freshman year at California State University, Northridge, but at the same time, he was apprehensive and anxious, and feeling a lot of pressure.</b><p>“The entire week …

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A gift of history

See the Sabino Osuna collection on CalisphereVisit Calisphere to view more than 400 photographs from this historic collection.<p><b>Among the treasures housed within the special collections and archives at UC Riverside is a repository of 427 glass negatives depicting the early years of the Mexican</b> …

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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 …