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Innovation – something both parties can agree on

On the last day Congress was in session in 2016, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill that increased innovation and research for the country. For me, seeing Congress pass this bill, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, was personally satisfying. It made the program I helped start, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) … Continue reading »

A new vision for undergraduate education

I appreciate David Zilberman’s apt and inspiring message (Re-energizing UC Berkeley). We need new thinking if we are to remain the great university we have been in the past. I’m using this blog to focus on what I consider an exciting and needed innovation in undergraduate teaching. An innovation that can be used to help … Continue reading »

Re-energizing UC Berkeley

For years, Berkeley has been ranked by the National Research Council number 1 in terms of elite graduate programs, but over the last few years, I feel that Berkeley is in malaise. Berkeley possesses a unique combination of breadth, depth, beauty and charm. Berkeley is a hub of nuclear power and the peace movement, biotechnology and … Continue reading »

The epistemic Wild West

“Post-truth (/ˌpəʊs(t)ˈtruːθ/) adj.: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.  2016 Word of the Year, Oxford Dictionaries “Are you real?” “Well, if you can’t tell, does it matter?” Westworld, Season 1 Episode 2: “Chestnut” I do not remember a year … Continue reading »

My annual review 2016

This year wasn’t a good year in many aspects. On February 13, we lost Leorah’s mom, Hana, who was 94. She stayed with us during the last 18 months of her life and Leorah did an incredible effort to make her last few months on earth as pleasant as possible. We miss her and will … Continue reading »