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Jeremy Adam Smith The best Greater Good articles of 2015

For UC Berkeley’s Greater Good, nuance and controversy defined 2015.

Over the course of the year, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center grappled with big public issues like terrorism, racism, and what schools should teach. We tackled “inside baseball” questions about the validity of psychological research and the … More >

Charis Thompson The international summit on human gene editing

An International Summit on Human Gene Editing, co-hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, the UK’s Royal Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, took place Dec. 1 to 3, 2015. We speakers were charged with addressing the scientific and ethical challenges posed by the … More >

Miriam Zuk How to prevent gentrification and displacement in the fight against climate change

Where you live makes a big difference in your access to public transit, and to opportunities. Right now, all over the state, we’re seeing displacement and gentrification; lower-income people are being pushed out of their neighborhoods and away from that access. Though this is particularly salient in the San Francisco … More >

Bruce Newsome The campaign for real social science

Where is the science in the social sciences? In recent decades, the social sciences have been reduced to social studies.

This is not just a matter of literacy. Teaching the “social sciences” as mere “social studies” is to the detriment of (ironically) society.

Academic programs that call themselves “social scientific” but ignore … More >

Steve Blank How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were:

Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital
Steve Weinstein, CEO of MovieLabs
Venk Shukla, president TiE Silicon Valley and general partner, Monta Vista Capital

In my … More >

Temina Madon A giant leap for science

This week the scientific community takes a major step forward, with the publication of a set of flexible but ambitious guidelines for the open reporting of research findings.

The guidelines, intended for adoption by academic journals in all disciplines, were developed by the Transparency and Openness Committee (TOP) and published in … More >

Camille Crittenden In Honor of Tax Day, Celebrate the Internet

Benjamin Franklin famously quipped about the only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Tax policy, a reflection of social values and priorities, is inherently contentious in a state as large and diverse as California, much less the United States overall. Although most taxpayers agree on the necessity of collective contributions … More >

Claude Fischer Science vs. religion… or science and religion?

Many of America’s cultural battles in recent decades seem to be face-offs between science and faith: over the teaching of evolution, the reality of climate change, the value of stem cell research, the personhood status of an embryo, and the so on. Many on the liberal side of these issues … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith Happy International Day of Happiness!

Today is the International Day of Happiness, launched last year by the United Nations to promote subjective well-being as a legitimate goal of public policy and social progress.

That’s a goal we share at the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and through the years we’ve covered happiness research from every … More >

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