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UC celebrates 150 years of pioneering a better future

<b>The University of California began 150 years ago on a simple, but revolutionary idea: That college should be available to everyone.</b><p>That bold, forward-looking spirit has stayed with the University of California ever since. Just two years after it was created in 1868, the UC Board of Regents decreed …

College & University

Campus’s economic impact on state nears $3 billion

<b>UC Merced has infused nearly $3 billion into California’s economy since its inception — including more than $1.6 billion in the San Joaquin Valley — in salaries, goods and construction awards.</b><p>Those figures take into account work on the Merced 2020 Project, an ambitious and award-winning campus …

Former street kid fulfills educational promise with Ph.D.

<b>As a teenager in Merced, Marcus Shaw lived a life marked by poverty, poor choices and indifference to education.</b><p>The idea of college — especially at the new UC Merced campus — seemed like an opportunity for someone else. Yet on Dec. 16, Shaw will participate in the university’s first Fall …

SF Mayor Ed Lee never forgot his Berkeley roots

<b>From his days as a young law student living on Blake Street to his time as the mayor of California’s fourth-largest city, Ed Lee was deeply connected to UC Berkeley’s community, friends and former colleagues said.</b><p>Lee, a 1978 graduate of Berkeley Law, then called Boalt Hall, died early Tuesday at …

The evolutionary advantage of the teenage brain

<b>Teens. OMG. What on earth is going on inside their brains to make them act so, well, like crazy teenagers?</b><p>The mood swings, the fiery emotions, the delusions of immortality, all the things that make a teenager a teenager might just seem like a phase we all have to put up with. However, research …

The new science of acting

<b>There is a recipe for sorrow: Draw a long breath, followed by two quick, choppy ones. Let your head hang to your chest. Furrow your brow, let the corners of your mouth droop and — by thinking of something tragic, real or fabricated — allow the tears to well up and flow.</b><p>There are formulas for …

4 UC faculty awarded the largest monetary prize in science

<b>Several University of California faculty were named winners Sunday (Dec. 3) of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize, a glittering achievement that comes with individual awards of $3 million, the largest monetary prize in science.</b><p>Dubbed the “Oscars of Science” for the star-studded gala during which the …

Sweet recognition — and major cash — for three San Diego scientists with Breakthrough Prize

Three top San Diego scientists on Sunday were awarded the world’s richest science prize, established five years ago by a team including the founders …

Biochemist Peter Walter Receives 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Peter Walter, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco, has been named winner of a 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, …

How tax reform could price students out of graduate school

<b>Join the University of California's call to action</b><b>Read UC’s statement on federal tax proposals</b><p>With tax reform at the top of the congressional agenda, University of California students and leaders are pushing back against proposed provisions that could leave some graduate students shouldering a tax …

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 …

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 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> …

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 …

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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> …

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 …

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 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 …

Columbus Day

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 …

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 …

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 …

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