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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> …

UC Berkeley

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> …

Rights & Freedoms

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> …

College & University

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 …

UC Berkeley

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> …

UC Berkeley

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> …

UC Berkeley

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 …

Education

University of California files suit to block Trump administration from ending DACA | University of California

<b>The University of California filed suit in federal court today (Sept. 8), in a bid to block the Trump administration from terminating the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which has allowed thousands of young immigrants to legally live, work and study in the United States.</b><p>The …

Immigration

University of California sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA program | University of California

The University of California today (Sept. 8) filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on “nothing more than …

Immigration

Emoji fans take heart: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion

<b>“The Emoji Movie,” in which the protagonist can’t help but express a wide variety of emotions instead of the one assigned to him, may have gotten something right. A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of</b> …

Emotions

UC President Napolitano denounces decision to end DACA program, calls on Congress to make protections permanent

<i>University of California President Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, released the following statement today (September 5) after President Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:</i><p>“I am deeply troubled by …

Immigration

UC excels at serving the public interest, new rankings say

UC campuses ranked by Washington Monthly6. UC San Diego<br>9. UC Davis<br>14. UC Berkeley<br>15. UCLA<br>20. UC Irvine<br>21. UC Riverside<br>33. UC Santa Barbara<br>43. UC Merced<br>85. UC Santa Cruz<p><b>Six UCs are among the top 25 universities in the country, according to newly released Washington Monthly rankings that rate</b> …

College & University

With DACA Under Attack, Janet Napolitano Works To Create A New Generation Of Public Interest Lawyers

Honestly, it was really only a matter of time. When Jeff Sessions marched out to announce that the administration would rescind DACA — the Deferred …

Law

... got the T-shirt

<b>A simple cotton T-shirt can make a major statement. Just ask Glenda Flores, associate professor of Chicano/Latino studies and sociology at UC Irvine. On the first day of class — as she did last year — she’ll wear a shirt that identifies her as a first-generation college graduate. It’s a gesture</b> …

Education

How love leads us by the nose, explained

<b>A baby lamb is separated from its family. Somehow, in vast herds of sheep that look virtually identical, the lost youngling locates its kin. Salmon swim out to the vast expanses of the sea and migrate back home to their precise spawning grounds with bewildering accuracy.</b><p>Scientists have long known …

UC Berkeley

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 …

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 …

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 …

Space Travel

‘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 …

MBA

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. …

Higher 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 …

Education

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 …

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>…

Chicago Booth

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