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How one UC Irvine professor beat Las Vegas and Wall Street

Las Vegas in the 1960s: It was a place run by men who ordered hits over cappuccinos and made offers nobody refused. Men who were feared, and feared …

Las Vegas

Watching children learn how to lie

For the liar, telling a lie has obvious costs. Keeping track of the lies one tells and trying to maintain the plausibility of a fictional narrative …

Psychology

Traveling to Mars will wreak havoc on our bodies — can we prevent it?

<b>As humans prepare to venture deeper into outer space, including potential trips to Mars, researchers are hard at work trying to understand and mitigate the effects of low gravity and radiation on space travelers’ bodies.</b><p>“People think of technology as the limiting factor in space flight, but it’s …

Biology

‘The At-Promise population’

<b>When UC Santa Barbara professor of sociology Victor Rios was in the eighth grade, he temporarily abandoned his education. Each morning, he would sling his backpack over his shoulders, wave goodbye to his mother and head to his Oakland-area middle school — or so she thought.</b><p>Instead, Rios ditched …

Education

Marian Diamond, known for studies of Einstein’s brain, dies at 90

<b>Marian Cleeves Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience who was the first to show that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, and who discovered evidence of this in the brain of Albert Einstein, died July 25 at the age of 90 at her home in Oakland.</b><p>A professor …

The Brain

The top 10 U.S. colleges for sociology majors

<i>This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on</i> College Factual, <i>a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of</i> USA …

Education

UC is changing its hiring policy to remove barriers to opportunity

<b>UC is making a change to avoid discouraging qualified previously incarcerated people from applying to work at UC.</b><p>Under UC’s new policy, which will begin as early as October, applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on the initial employment application indicating whether they have been …

UC Berkeley

‘First-gen faculty’ campaign highlights professors who are the first in their families to attend college

<b>On Thursday, June 8, UC Riverside officially joined the UC-wide First-Gen Faculty campaign, meant to highlight and identify first-generation professors who can, in turn, serve as mentors for first-generation students.</b><p>This appreciation event was held at the weekly Farmer’s Market by Hinderaker Hall. …

Education

Oakland Promise Scholars head for UC

<b>University of California President Janet Napolitano today (July 27) awarded college scholarships to five UC-bound Oakland students in recognition of their academic achievements and volunteer service to their communities.</b><p>The recipients of the Oakland Promise Scholarships will each receive $4,000 per …

College & University

UC Zika research aims to ‘collapse’ mosquito populations

Zika, dengue fever and other mosquito-born illnesses have surged to public attention in recent years, with Zika afflicting thousands of people across …

Genetics

Did life begin ... on land?

<b>For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of the Pilbara region of Western Australia looking for clues to how ancient microbes could have produced the abundant stromatolites that were discovered there in the …

Biology

From UC Irvine to 'Saturday Night Live'

<b>Before “Saturday Night Live” hired him to concoct fake movie trailers, political satire and goofy music videos, Chris Kelly roamed Anteater land as a member of UC Irvine’s Live Nude People (With Clothes On). The campus improv troupe helped the 2005 drama graduate cut his comedy teeth — and the</b> …

Comedy

How Billboard misses out on what people actually want to hear

<b>Traditional music companies have yet to realize the full financial and cultural potential of hip-hop and rap, a UCLA-led study suggests. When it comes to the type of artists that get signed, recorded and heavily promoted, the big record labels often overlook what researchers call “prosocial” themes.</b><p>…

Music

4 great ways to keep your dog safe this summer

More outdoor tips for Fido• Keep fresh water available at all times.<br>• Know the location of the nearest emergency veterinary clinic while traveling.<br>• Know the risks for the area you are exploring.<br>• Microchip your pet.<br>• Protect paws from hot, rough surfaces (dog booties are great for long hikes over tough …

Pets

Did a Glowing Sea Creature Help Push the U.S. Into the Vietnam War?

A marine biologist might have a clue to who—or what—was responsible for one of America’s most infamous war mysteries.<p>On a gray summer day in 1966, Todd Newberry was watching seabirds squabble above the kelp forests of California’s Monterey Bay, when a sailor struck up a conversation that changed …

U.S. Navy

Does smelling food make you fat?

<b>Our sense of smell is key to the enjoyment of food, so it may be no surprise that in experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, obese mice who lost their sense of smell also lost weight.</b><p>What’s weird, however, is that these slimmed-down but smell-deficient mice ate the same amount of …

Neuroscience

UC scales new heights in graduation rates, research

Report highlights<b>Enrollment</b>• <b>Total UC enrollment: 264,426</b> <br>• Undergraduate students: 210,170<br>• Graduate students: 54,256<br>• Alumni: 1.86 million<b><br>Bachelor's degrees conferred</b>• 1999-2000: 32,700<br>• 2015-2016: 50,800<br>Learn more: 2017 Accountability Report<p><b>More people than ever before can proudly claim a University of</b> …

College & University

Why do some people prefer order, and others thrive in uncertainty?

<b>Why do some people prefer stable, predictable lives while others prefer frequent changes? Why do some people make rational decisions and others, impulsive and reckless ones? UCLA behavioral neuroscientists have identified changes in two brain regions that may hold answers to these questions.</b><p>The …

Neuroscience

A Wave’s “Sweet Spot” Revealed

<b>For surfers, finding the “sweet spot,” the most powerful part of the wave, is part of the thrill and the challenge.</b><p>Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California postdoctoral researcher Nick Pizzo has found the exact location on the wave where a surfer gains the greatest speed …

UC Berkeley

Why a familiar face is a friendlier one

<b>It’s a cheesy pick-up line: “Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?” It might also be something that profoundly alters how we perceive other people. According to new research from the University of California, San Diego, familiar faces look happier to us than unfamiliar ones. Even when faces are</b> …

Psychology

Do you post enough for your partner?

<b>Nearly 70 percent of Americans use some form of social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey. There is little doubt it affects our daily lives — but how?</b><p>UC Merced Ph.D. graduate Holly Rus recently defended her dissertation on social media and well-being. She and her advisor, professor …

UC Berkeley

Hey Siri, an ancient algorithm may help you grasp metaphors

Ask Siri to find a math tutor to help you “grasp” calculus and she’s likely to respond that your request is beyond her abilities. That’s because metaphors like “grasp” are difficult for Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant to, well, grasp.<p>But new UC Berkeley research suggests that Siri and …

UC Berkeley

Making the ultimate mosquito repellent

<b>The arrival of summer in the U.S. means Fourth of July parades, picnics, barbecues, camping. It also means the return of something much less pleasant: mosquitoes, ready to suck the blood out of your summer fun.</b><p>The good news is safer, better-smelling insect repellent is coming, thanks to recent …

UC Berkeley

A matter of rights

<b>Last year, at the abandoned Idomeni train station in Greece, I spoke with Kurdish sisters from Syria. They were living in a makeshift refugee camp on the nearby border with Macedonia. Just a week before, a small boat had carried them across the Aegean from Turkey. Back home, the women, both in</b> …

UC Santa Cruz alumna blasts into Time 100 list

<b>When Natalie Batalha was 15 years old, she bounded down the stairs and announced to her startled mother that she’d decided to become a philosopher.</b><p>Thirty-five years later, that declaration would land Batalha on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people on Earth. But the ranking would …

3 UC alums in NASA’s Class of 2017 launch extraordinary careers

<b>For three UC alums, the horizon now stretches into the vastness of space itself: Jessica Watkins (UCLA, Ph.D. ’15), Robb Kulin (UC San Diego, Ph.D. ‘10) and Warren “Woody” Hoburg (UC Berkeley, M.S. '11, Ph.D.'13) are among the 12 people chosen for NASA’s 2017 astronaut candidate class.</b><p>NASA received …

Students of all races feel safer in ethnically diverse middle schools, new report says

<b>Middle school students from a range of racial and ethnic backgrounds feel safer, less lonely and less bullied if they attend schools that are more diverse, UCLA researchers report today in the journal Child Development.</b><p>The study also found that students in diverse schools — those with multiple …

Pioneering a new dimension in virtual reality: The nanoscale

<b>Like many other tech entrepreneurs, UC San Diego Class of 2017 engineering grad Dennis Chiang got his start in a basement. But he and fellow classmates behind the UC San Diego startup Nanome haven’t exactly been working amid dusty garden tools and old sports equipment as they seek to establish</b> …

The Class of 2017 marches on

<b>As the strains of “Pomp of Circumstance” ring out over auditoriums and quads this spring, roughly 67,000 new University of California graduates will join 1.8 million alumni in going forth to make their mark on their world.</b><p>Here are a few members of the Class of 2017 who took advantage of the wealth …