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Aspirations on hold, UC students await court ruling on DACA

Declarations from DACA recipients• Many had little awareness of their immigration status until they were in high school<br>• They overcame fear and mistrust about how their information would be used to apply for DACA<br>• DACA has made college financially viable, and allowed them to hold driver’s licenses and …

Immigration

UC and national lab scientists team up to accelerate new cancer therapies

UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program in action:• $122 million in research awards<br>• 126 UC-Lab collaborations<br>• 1,000+ peer-reviewed publications<br>• 300+ UC faculty and lab scientists<br>• ~100 postdoctoral fellows<br>• ~330 graduate students<p><b>The nation’s most advanced supercomputing capabilities will soon be</b> …

UC Berkeley

UC President announces National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement

More informationOnline: The National Center for Free Speech and Civic EngagementInterested in applying for a fellowship? Sign up to receive information.Watch a video on the new center here.<p><b>The University of California — birthplace of the Free Speech Movement — will open a center in Washington D.C.</b> …

Censorship

UC’s #MyLastTrash campaign asks you to help push campuses toward zero waste

<b>Could your next piece of trash be your last?</b><p>That’s the question the new University of California #MyLastTrash campaign is hoping you’ll ask yourself.<p>The University of California system is pushing to reach its goal of zero waste by 2020. That would mean a population of around 500,000 students, staff …

College & University

University of California and State Leaders Work to Enhance Public University Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence

A fearful student stalked by a former partner. A faculty member suffering physical abuse from a spouse. A UC staff member sexually assaulted. Cases such as these led the University of California to expand access to support and advocacy services on our campuses. But until recently, a legal loophole …

Gun Control

Hang ten (decades): Walter Munk, inventor of the surf forecast, turns 100

As dawn washes over Bondi Beach, you can see the surfers beyond the break, gently rising and falling on their boards. They gather like this when the …

Sydney

Animations that are true to life

<b>Imagine going to see the latest Pixar movie. You’re sitting in the theater enjoying the film, when you begin to notice the astounding level of detail in the animation. On screen, water is rippling and leaves are flittering with an almost uncanny realism. It’s art imitating life with incredible</b> …

Animation

Napolitano: DACA recipients 'between a rock and a hard place'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explained Thursday that she is suing the Trump administration over its decision to rescind a program to protect young undocumented immigrants because "these young people are really caught between a rock and a hard …

Immigration

UC leaders to Congress: Protect the nation’s Dreamers

<b>University of California officials have sent an urgent appeal to California’s congressional delegation, pressing them to take the lead in building bipartisan support for legislation to protect the nation’s Dreamers.</b><p>The lives of roughly 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as …

Immigration

UCLA research puts wildfire risk into historic context

<b>This month’s wildfires in Northern California have been the deadliest in United States history, with more than 40 deaths, hundreds still missing and widespread mandatory evacuations. One of the conditions that contributed to the enormous fires was the growing variation in climate and rainfall from</b> …

Climate Change

Social media can increase stress during a crisis

<b>Exposure to high rates of conflicting information during an emergency is linked to increased levels of stress, and those who rely on text messages or social media reports from unofficial sources are more frequently exposed to rumors and experience greater distress, according to research led by the</b> …

UC Berkeley

UC President Napolitano Advises UCLA Law Students

Fifteen upper-division UCLA School of Law students drew inspiration and advice for pursuing careers in public service from University of California …

Democrats

For fighting cybercrime and boosting internet security, UCSD's Stefan Savage wins a MacArthur award

Stefan Savage and his students have hacked into cars and disabled brakes, used telescopes to make illicit copies of keys from 200 feet away, and joined criminal groups selling counterfeit drugs over the internet.<p>Lucky for you, this professor of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego is on …

Cybersecurity

Researchers create molecule that could ‘kick and kill’ HIV

<b>Current anti-AIDS drugs are highly effective at making HIV undetectable and allowing people with the virus to live longer, healthier lives. The treatments, a class of medications called antiretroviral therapy, also greatly reduce the chance of transmission from person to person.</b><p>But the medications …

Medicine

How generosity in disasters flows in both directions

<b>When Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in late August, Americans had a choice: they could share their resources or look the other way.</b><p>Although as a society, we tend to value individualism — looking out for number one before anyone else — it doesn’t always make us happy, says Emiliana …

UC Berkeley

Erasing your fears?

<b>Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have devised a method to selectively erase particular fear memories by weakening the connections between the nerve cells (neurons) involved in forming these memories.</b><p>A sight, sound, or smell we have sensed may not later trigger fear, but if the …

The Brain

UC Santa Cruz music alumnus lands job as head archivist of Bob Dylan Archive

<b>Five weeks ago, UC Santa Cruz alumnus Mark Davidson moved from Austin, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to begin a new job at the Bob Dylan Archive.</b><p>His official job title is “Bob Dylan Librarian and Collections Manager.” Davidson is now the head archivist and librarian of the collection, working closely …

UC Berkeley

Teens’ online friendships just as meaningful as face-to-face ones

<b>Many parents worry about how much time teenagers spend texting, sharing selfies and engaging in other online activities with their friends. However, according to a recent research synthesis from the University of California, Irvine, many of these digital behaviors serve the same purpose and</b> …

Teens

UC Exchange Students Pitch In to Help Mexico Quake Victims

Dozens of University of California students were in or near Mexico City when a 7.1 earthquake devastated the capital last week. After their initial …

Mexico City

UC Berkeley alum Barry Barish wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

<b>UC Berkeley alum Barry Barish, a retired Caltech physicist, has run many huge physics collaborations during his career, ranging from neutrino experiments at Fermilab to the Superconducting Supercollider, a megaproject long since killed off by the federal government.</b><p>But his most rewarding was the …

Physics

OPINION: UC Davis to first-gen students: “You belong here”

First-generation students at University of California, Davis. Photo: Elena Zukova, University of CaliforniaI stand in front of an auditorium of 300 …

Higher Education

Janet Napolitano: Law Must Serve the Marginalized

In today’s political climate, public interest lawyers — those working for human rights and social justice — are needed more than ever, says Janet …

LGBTQ

The case for modernizing NAFTA and recommitting to North American partnerships

WATCH: The future of NAFTA and the state of U.S.-Mexico relationsThe forum, hosted by the University of California and Tecnológico de Monterrey can be viewed in its entirety here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/initiative/uc-mexico-initiative/nafta-conference<p><b>If there is one thing that</b> …

Civil rights in the spotlight at UC legal conference

<b>Civil Rights in the 21st Century</b><b>UC Public Service Law Conference<br>September 23–24, 2017<br>UCLA's Luskin Center, CA</b><b>Information and registration</b><p><b>When people look back at 2017, it will be clear that civil rights were at front and center in all of the most contentious public issues, from questions about</b> …

UC claims top spots in new US News and World Report rankings

2018 U.S. News and World Report Rankings<b>Campus</b><b>Public</b><b>National</b>UC Berkeley121UCLA121UC Santa Barbara837UC Irvine942UC San Diego942UC Davis1246UC Santa Cruz3381UC Riverside58124UC Merced86165<p><b>The UC system boasts five of the nation’s top 10 public universities, according to the U.S. News and World</b> …

Alice Waters on free speech and the making of a counterculture cook

<b>Alice Waters was reluctant.</b><p>“Reluctant” isn’t a word often associated with the celebrated food icon and activist. But when it came to her new book, the third and final installment in a contract, she considered giving the money back and forgoing the project altogether. “I didn’t feel like I had …

He put five kids through college. Now it's his turn

<b>Luck is often more than random good fortune; it’s the product of vision and planning. Just ask Ruben Maldonado. A few years ago he worked for General Motors as a manager, putting in nearly 20 years. It was a bad time for the company — Maldonado called it “chaos” — and he knew his ride was coming to</b> …

Kids praised for being smart more likely to cheat

<b>An international team of researchers reports that when children are praised for being smart not only are they quicker to give up in the face of obstacles they are also more likely to be dishonest and cheat. Kids as young as age 3 appear to behave differently when told “You are so smart” vs “You did</b> …

When I need inspiration, I turn to the 600 undocumented students attending UC Merced

Nothing ever inspires me as much as walking around the UC Merced campus and talking to our students. When I’m feeling tired or discouraged, I can …