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Sandra Susan Smith It is Time to Talk Reparations for Ferguson…and Beyond

Even before its March 4th release, the key findings of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into the Ferguson Police Department’s (FPD) practices were fairly well known, having been reported on and discussed extensively in the media. With compelling evidence drawn from multiple sources and backed by statistical analysis, the … More >

Hojae Lee Happy Pi Day 2015!

By Hojae Lee, a Berkeley Math Circle assistant, and Laura Pierson, a high-school student at The College Preparatory School, in Oakland, Calif.

It’s time to celebrate Π Day! And 3/14/15 is a special Π Day, as the date forms the first five digits of Π (3.1415), and at 9:26:53, the date and time … More >

Stephen Maurer Measles: First, Tell the Truth

Various Republican presidential contenders just got caught waffling about measles vaccines. It doesn’t take a political genius to see that this was meant as a wink to the libertarians in their party. The only surprise is that the wink was a little too public and now, suddenly, they’re backtracking.

The knee-jerk … More >

Claude Fischer Snap decisions and race

One issue sparking off from the fiery debate around the police shootings of black men is the extent to which Americans simply react negatively to seeing black – whether it is a police officer making a life-and-death split-second decision about the threat a black man poses, a store clerk tracking … More >

Rasheed Shabazz Pointergate: Where to point the blame in media bias

What happens when a mayor of a major U.S. city points at a resident while posing for a photo? If that mayor poses with a black male, police officers might accuse that mayor of throwing up gang signs.

That’s what happened when Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, while canvassing for GOTV (Get … More >

Steve Blank The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPad® into standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within the University. Over 44 classes have embedded the business model canvas and/or Customer Discovery including a year-long course taken by every single one of its bioengineering majors.

It’s made a big … More >

Claude Fischer Which University?

As I start this post, I hear voices on bullhorns in Sproul Plaza (ground zero for the Free Speech demonstrations 50 years ago) calling Berkeley students to walk out of classes today (Nov. 24) to protest the tuition increases approved last week by the University of California Regents for the … More >

Sadia Saifuddin UC Student Regent: Why I say ‘no’ to the tuition plan

My mentors always advised me that I should pursue whatever issues kept me up at night. The night before the UC Regents’ recent vote on a proposed tuition increase, I thought long and hard about what I would say at the Regents’ meeting. Here is my statement concerning the tuition … More >

Stephen Menendian From Street Harassment to Stop & Frisk: The Need for More Inclusive Public Space

A recent video produced by “Hollaback!”, an organization focused on ending street harassment, has sparked a national conversation about the issue. Filmed from a hidden camera, the short video, which now has over 36 million views, shows a young woman, dressed casually, walking through New York City and receiving over … More >

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