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NEH grants support six Berkeley humanities projects

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

The latest awards reflect the NEH's commitment to education initiatives, safeguarding cultural treasures and illuminating the history and values that define the nation's shared heritage



In this Berkeley seminar, knowledge begins with ‘I don’t know’

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Watch Berkeley Law lecturer Alan Pomerantz as he teaches his undergraduate seminar, Current Political and Moral Conflicts and the U.S. Constitution. It’s designed to challenge students to think critically about controversial topics, including free speech



Few California retailers offer pharmacist-prescribed birth control, despite law

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:00:57 +0000

Study finds that just 11 percent of the state’s community-based pharmacies provide contraception services



California minimum wage hike, savings plan will boost retirement incomes, reduce poverty

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:20:54 +0000

UC Berkeley Labor Center research shows additional Social Security benefits resulting from California's minimum wage law’s implementation, combined with the state’s Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, can increase young low- and middle-income workers’ retirement income by about 50 percent, compared to baseline Social Security benefits.



Mexico City provides valuable lessons for U.S. earthquake early warning system

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:00:38 +0000

Seismology team led by UC Berkeley's Richard Allen learn from Mexico's recent experience



Pioneering new course looks at business, tech, and law surrounding blockchain

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:07:29 +0000

UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in spring offers a cross-listed class in this potentially disruptive technology to business, engineering and law students



Urban Displacement Project expands, updates its Northern California maps

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:28:24 +0000

Urban Displacement Project expands its research into housing pressures experienced throughout Bay Area and into the Valley



Study: California’s progressive policies don’t hurt jobs, economy

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:52:32 +0000

The report looks at the impacts of the state’s minimum wage increases, increased access to health insurance, reduction of carbon emissions and higher taxes on the wealthy.



Berkeley economist leads petition drive to fight pervasive misogyny

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:44 +0000

A senior thesis calling out sexism on an economics jobs site spurs a Berkeley economist to lead pushback from across the profession



NSF awards support Berkeley data science institute, national workshops

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:07:28 +0000

National funding recognizes Berkeley's leadership in data science education



The alt-right, Antifa and ‘Trumpism’

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Director of federal relations Gina Daly sits down with Larry Rosenthal, the chair of the Center for Right-Wing Studies, to talk about the rise of Trumpism, what it needs to stay strong and what it will take to win the next presidential election



Study: Gun deaths, injuries in California spike following Nevada gun shows

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:01:24 +0000

The results suggest that travel to less-restrictive states may threaten the effectiveness of firearm laws within California



Are politicians smarter than CEOs?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:47:17 +0000

Swedish voters consistently elect officials who are, on average, significantly smarter and better leaders than the populations they represent, according to new research from Berkeley-Haas. 



Professor looks at Oakland: hip and at high risk for another big blaze

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:25:36 +0000

The odds are high that Oakland could experience yet another devastating wildfire, warns a professor in the College of Environmental Design.



Media advisory: IGS hosts talks on contemporary political issues

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:22:16 +0000

A series of talks hosted by Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies on gerrymandering and social science, Donald Trump and the future of American power, identity politics and liberalism.



Schools poll: Californians worry about tougher immigration enforcement, favor less stress on tests

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000

California voters reveal a compassionate streak in a new poll on K-12 school issues.



How some are closing compensation gap for pre-K teachers

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:00:10 +0000

Researchers examine how some states and cities are working to reduce the compensation gap for early childhood education teachers.



Parole violations, not new crimes, help drive prison’s revolving door

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:00:13 +0000

Technicalities rather than new crimes are sending many felons back behind bars



IGS scholar on Las Vegas shooting: ‘We’ll have to come together without our president’

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Thomas Mann addressed the massacre on KQED’s Forum Monday, during an interview about a new book he co-authored, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported



Poll: California voters worry about housing costs, consider packing up

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:59:45 +0000

Affordable housing has become such a serious problem that 56 percent of California voters surveyed for a new poll say they've contemplated moving.