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Researchers unveil new initiative on human migration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:58:39 +0000

Project to explore refugee crises, human rights, nativism and border concerns, among other things.

Berkeley among top U.S. universities for upward mobility

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:34:27 +0000

University of California campuses, including UC Berkeley, rank high on new mobility report card for U.S. colleges

America’s best child poverty-fighting program? It’s spelled EITC

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:02:19 +0000

Research shows that the impact of the EITC goes far beyond its cash value.

Berkeley architect’s border ideas in MOMA exhibit on displacement, shelter

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 19:55:58 +0000

Ideas about the U.S.-Mexico border from Ronald Rael's upcoming book, Borderwall as Architecture are on display through Jan. 22 and are part of the N.Y. museum's permanent collection.

ACA repeal could cost California more than 200,000 jobs

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:00:21 +0000

Researchers add up the changes in store for California if the national health insurance law is dismantled

New research charts surging income inequality in United States

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:39:21 +0000

The income share of the top 1 percent in the U.S. is now almost twice as large as the bottom 50 percent's, economists find

History, museum and languages benefit from NEH awards for Berkeley projects

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:00:05 +0000

Work on the history of American slavery, rehousing classical artifacts and translating hieroglyphs and other scripts into an international character-encoding standard get a boost

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Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:05:46 +0000

In first 10 months, app provided data on earthquakes in Chile, Japan, China and Oklahoma

Bernie Sanders: ‘No compromise’ on bigotry, climate change, democracy

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:20:00 +0000

Vermont senator tells overflow crowd at Zellerbach that 'despair is not an option'

Researchers warn of financial risks in retirement jobs

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:30:34 +0000

Researchers reveal hidden tax penalties and conclude that Uncle Sam is inducing Boomers to leave the job market

In San Jose, higher minimum wage had modest impact on diners’ tabs, none on jobs

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:29:04 +0000

What happened when the so-called Capitol of Silicon Valley raised the minimum wage for its low-wage workforce? Researchers take a look.

Unlocking government administrative data with new California Policy Lab

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

The California Policy Lab will partner with government agencies to link administrative data, allowing major longitudinal analyses on economic, social service, education and criminal justice systems, and more.

Statistician calls for audit to address election hacking fears

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:20:14 +0000

Double-check needed before Electoral College cements presidential results on Dec. 19

Cybersecurity center offers early guidance for Trump administration

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:52:30 +0000

What actions should the Trump administration take in its first 100 days to safeguard cybersecurity? Berkeley experts have some ideas.

Judith Butler on Americans’ rage, ‘nonsensical’ Electoral College

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

One of the insights that Butler, a professor of comparative literature, says she’s had to accept is how angry the electorate was — how much hatred was unleashed by Trump.

Race not a key factor in test to predict who will commit future crimes

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:00:11 +0000

Does the criminal justice system's use of 'risk assessment' tools unfairly target minorities?

Clean vehicle rebates benefit wealthy, white Californians, study finds

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Researchers cite complex reasons for why whiter, wealthier Californians benefit most from the state's program offering rebates for low-emission vehicles.

Getting the U.S. election all mapped out

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 22:00:02 +0000

The Geography Library presents a pop-up display of U.S. election maps to show how votes for president have been depicted over the years.

Podcast gives voice to pioneering women in politics

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

In a historic year for women in politics, the Bancroft Library’s Oral History Center debuts a new podcast series, From the Outside In.

‘Rigging the election’ — rhetoric vs. reality

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has suggested that the electoral system is "rigged" or could be hacked to manipulate the outcome of this year’s campaign for the White House. But Betsy Cooper, executive director of the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley, says it’s highly unlikely a hacker could shift the victory from one candidate to the other. What we should really worry about, she warns, is a much bigger risk.