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‘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

Drawing new conclusions from comics and cartoons

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:43 +0000

A Doe Library exhibit and a new book show how comics offer much more than humor and can address global issues

Black Power, Black Panthers focus of North Gate photo exhibit

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:40 +0000

The Graduate School of Journalism is hosting "Power to the People," a photographic tribute to the Black Panther Party and black power movement founded in the Bay Area 50 years ago.

Study says state bond measure should refocus discussion of school construction funding

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:45:16 +0000

California's Proposition 51 offers a new starting point for conversation on how to better address K-12 facilities funding issues, says UC Berkeley study.

Rebranding the right: Republicans, and the republic, post-election

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:00:50 +0000

Win or lose, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has served up a new blend of right-wing populism

Voting rights, Jefferson topics for Constitution Day

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:05:18 +0000

The campus is observing Constitution Day with programs examining the state of voting rights in the United States and one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, President Thomas Jefferson.

Adding music to politics can make for even stranger bedfellows

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Music and politics mix to excite or energize through campaign theme songs, anthems and more. But in many parts of the world, musicians who give voice to opposing views are taking risks.

Study finds many African alumni do ‘go back, give back’

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:21:19 +0000

The African Alumni Project, a two-year effort to chronicle the life and career trajectories of almost 300 African graduates of six universities in the U.S., Canada and Central America, found that "overwhelmingly, the alumni who participated in the study indicated a deep commitment to Africa and to African development."

Report outlines how to make equity part of California’s low-carbon economy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:59:24 +0000

A new report from UC Berkeley’s Labor Center identifies ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring that California’s low-income and working class residents share the benefits of the state’s transition to a low-carbon economy and don't bear the brunt of its costs.

Experts try to untangle an unusual presidential campaign

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:00:44 +0000

From George Washington to a presidential candidate like Donald Trump, experts examine American presidential politics.

City of San Francisco and UC Berkeley to continue collaborating on ‘smart cities’

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:59:16 +0000

This year’s bid by San Francisco and UC Berkeley to win the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge failed, but the momentum generated by the collaboration has resulted in an agreement between the city

$4.6 million grant to improve how automated cars, drones interact with humans

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:30:17 +0000

VeHICaL project aims to understand how humans and machines can collaborate safely and effectively