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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> …

Refugees

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 …

Exoplanets

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 …

UC Berkeley

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 …

Education

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> …

College & University

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 …

College & University

Binge-watching: Healthy diversion or waste of time?

<b>Joe Smith (not his real name) cheated on his wife. Up late one night alone, he watched half a season of “Game of Thrones” without her. Not cool, Joe.</b><p>Turns out Joe is not alone, though. In a recent Netflix survey, 46 percent of all respondents admit to such infidelity. Worse, 81 percent admit to …

Netflix

How to beat jet lag (according to science)

<b>Your long-awaited vacation is right around the corner. As the calendar days peel away and you compile your to-do checklist, the issue of jet lag looms if your getaway involves crossing multiple time zones.</b><p>“Anyone who has ever suffered jet lag knows firsthand that our bodies are persistent in how …

Sleep

From student to modern-day abolitionist

<b>Even at UC Santa Cruz, a campus known for its idealism, sociology major Jesse Abrams set an ambitious goal: build a community of student abolitionists to help bring men, women and children in India from slavery to freedom.</b><p>Abrams founded an organization called the Freedom Coalition, which is working …

UC Berkeley

Bicycling's huge costs in America

<b>Bicycle use has skyrocketed in popularity, but it’s also led to more accidents, with medical costs from non-fatal bike crashes climbing steadily by $789 million annually, according to a new study by UC San Francisco.</b><p>Over a 17-year period, medical costs of bicycle injuries to adults in the United …

Cycling

Play piano with this virtual reality glove

<b>Engineers at UC San Diego are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments. The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano</b> …

Robotics

UC Irvine's rare distinction: It's an elite research university that's a haven for Latinos

For most of her life, Angela Vera never imagined herself at the University of California. She grew up in a low-income Santa Ana neighborhood, the daughter of a Mexico-born carpenter with second-grade schooling who stressed the value of education but didn’t know how to guide her.<p>“I always thought UC …

Education

Watch all 10 Grad Slam presentationsRelive the 2017 UC Grad Slam here: https://gradslam.universityofcalifornia.edu/<p><b>A UCLA psychology student claimed the Grad Slam championship Thursday, explaining in three crisp and engaging minutes how her research into depression and anxiety led to development of</b> …

Report praises UC for enrolling low-income students; criticizes other elite universities

The study contends that Pell grant students would have a better chance at graduating if they started at four-year, elite colleges. It says that …

Higher Education

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> …

UC campuses provide the most value for the investment, according to Forbes

Forbes 2017 Best Value Colleges<b>Campus</b><b>Rank</b>UC BerkeleyNo. 1UCLANo. 2UC IrvineNo. 8UC DavisNo. 9UC San DiegoNo. 11UC Santa BarbaraNo. 22UC Santa CruzNo. 97UC RiversideNo. 107<p><b>UC students are getting some of the country’s best deals on a college education, according to a new Forbes ranking of the 300</b> …

Worry — it does the body (and mind) good?

<b>Worry — it does a body good. And, the mind as well. A new paper by Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues there’s an upside to worrying.</b><p>“Despite its negative reputation, not all worry is destructive or even futile,” Sweeny said. “It has motivational …

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.

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> …

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> …

University of California

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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> …

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> …

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> …

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 …