Malcolm Potts

Over a long professional life in global health, I have learnt a bitter lesson: it seems almost impossible for decision-makers to recognize and respond to slowly unfolding threats that take two or three decade to unfold and can involve millions of people. Sadly, big organizations with big money have a … More >

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Berkeley's proposed soda tax would cut sugar intake, and that's a good thing

Michael said:

I wonder why the Ashby BART Station has been covered on the floor and walls and every available billboard with "NO on D" signage? I wonder why folks without jobs are standing outside of the station being paid to hand out flyers and support NO on D? I wonder why the flyers they ... More >

Prop. 47: A simple step toward reducing mass incarceration

Jonathan Simon

California Proposition 47, on the ballot for voter consideration this November, would change the legal classification of many “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from felonies to misdemeanors (read the details on ballotpedia.org here.

This simple change has important consequences. A crime classified as a felony may be punished with a … More >

When epidemic hysteria made sense

Claude Fischer

As I write this post, it has been about three weeks since Thomas Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola in Texas. The media and political hysteria that has ensued in this country is amazing, statistically and historically. Unlike, say, tuberculosis or the flu, it is extremely hard to get infected with … More >

The Ebola panic

Dan Farber

The National Lampoon once put out a mock edition of a newspaper from the fictional city of Dacron, Ohio. There was a screaming headline reading: TWO DACRON WOMEN MISSING. A much smaller subheading read: Japan destroyed by tidal wave.

We are now seeing something similar in the U.S. reaction to Ebola. … More >

The Black Record: Why we don’t know how often police kill

Rasheed Shabazz

In Killing Them Softly, comedian Dave Chappelle explained how fearful he was to call the police when someone broke into his house. Now why would someone in a free country like America be afraid to call the police to their own home if they were the victim?

Although a modest home, the house was too nice, Chappelle … More >

The blocked market for density and affordable housing

Karen Chapple

Around the globe, many cities are experiencing a housing affordability crisis. There are few places this crisis is more pronounced than San Francisco and Los Angeles. California’s strict land use regulations hinder us from producing enough housing, particularly infill development, or new buildings on vacant or underutilized land in the urban core.

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What’s Next for Entrepreneurship Centers?

Ikhlaq Sidhu

State of the E-Art

You may have seen our previously released slide set, “How to Build a Modern Entrepreneurship Center” (here’s a link –  E-Center 2.0 Public-9-2014-Compressed). It’s a pretty good summary of what we have learned so far, based on our past 10 years at UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship … More >

Should environmental news coverage be in the science section?

Eric Biber

A while back I wrote about how the New York Times’ environmental coverage had been in decline. The public editor at the Times has a new article stating that environmental coverage has recently increased substantially. I think that is a great thing. But I want to focus on another element … More >

Vocabulary retrogression

Claude Fischer

As is now well-known, scores on “intelligence” tests rose strongly over the last few generations, world-wide – this is the “Flynn Effect.” One striking anomaly, however, appears in American data: slumping students’ scores on academic achievement tests like the SAT.

Notes of the decline starting in the 1960s sparked a lot … More >