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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.

New Opportunity Lab to focus on policy for poverty, inequality

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Berkeley economist Christina Romer thinks new Opportunity Lab's "good, policy-oriented research” can help solve current political dysfunction.

International Archaeology Day

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:47:10 +0000

It's International Archaeology Day every day at UC Berkeley.

This time, motherhood, millennials help make Hillary run

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

In this year’s presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has focused on the importance of motherhood and families. But this hasn’t always been Clinton’s public persona. Professor of history emerita Paula Fass looks at why Clinton is focusing on motherhood, and whether it will be effective.

UC Berkeley to work with San Francisco to relieve traffic congestion

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:48:50 +0000

$11 million grant from U.S. Department of Transportation to help the city better manage traffic

Research links voting to desire for social standing, discomfort with lying

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:00:32 +0000

A group of economists have found some interesting motives and values for votes.

Donald or Hillary? Why listening to them makes a difference to voters

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:31:03 +0000

Does listening to Donald Trump’s or Hillary Clinton’s opinions humanize them to voters more than reading their opinions? A new study by a Berkeley-Haas professor says it does.

IGS library posts guide to California ballot measures

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:42:20 +0000

The Institute of Governmental Studies' library at UC Berkeley is offering voters help with an online California Ballot Measure Guide.

To vote or not to vote? Berkeley students pick sides

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:00:24 +0000

Millennials will play a crucial role in this unusually polarized presidential election