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Rediscovering our Roots as a Land-Grant, Agricultural Experiment Station University and Fostering its Potential

Dennis Baldocchi, Professor of Biometeorology and Executive Associate Dean of Rausser College of Natural Resources | September 1, 2022

In 1862, during the midst of the Civil War, Congress had a bold vision. They passed the Morrill Act which provided land grants to states to establish colleges of agriculture and mechanical arts to teach practical agriculture, science, military science and engineering. It was on this foundation that the University of California was launched. And, … Continue reading »

Accountability, Ethics, and Integrity in the Human Rights, Development, and Humanitarian Aid Sector

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice | August 22, 2022

Human rights NGOs are often subject to relentless criticism by those they critique, and this is particularly the case when authoritarian regimes grow furious with them for making these abuses public, demanding an end to them, and affirming the importance of justice and accountability. Non-state actors who are also criticized for human rights violations will … Continue reading »

Publishers are blocking digital humanities research

Catherine Crump, Clinical professor of law | August 16, 2022

Last fall, to little fanfare, the U.S. Copyright Office granted an exemption to a longstanding restriction on digital access to copyrighted books and movies, allowing academic researchers to bypass encryption so they can apply sophisticated datamining techniques to contemporary books and films. These same techniques have yielded powerful insights in the financial, science and medical … Continue reading »

The COVID era is the latest episode of medical scapegoating of Asian immigrants

Catherine Ceniza Choy, professor of ethnic studies | August 12, 2022

Since 2020, Asian Americans in the United States have experienced dual existential crises: anti-Asian violence and COVID-19. According to Stop AAPI Hate, nearly 11,500 hate incidents were reported to its organization between March 19, 2020 and March 31, 2022. While the uptick in this violence has been connected to present-day coronavirus-related racism and xenophobia, anti-Asian violence … Continue reading »

CHIPS Act includes new support for workforce training, providing opportunities beyond R&D for higher education

Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean of the College of Engineering |

President Joe Biden signed into law today the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, a bill designed to ensure America’s leadership in chip technology innovation. The new law appropriates funding that incentivizes companies to manufacture semiconductor integrated circuits in the United States, and to bolster domestic microelectronics research and development (R&D). This is critical since … Continue reading »

Understanding ‘Replacement Theory’

Stephen Menendian, assistant director, Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley | July 26, 2022

Most Americans probably encountered the insidious notion of “replacement theory” for the first time in the wake of the horrific mass murder of 10 African Americans in Buffalo, New York in May. The shooter targeted a Black neighborhood for reasons detailed in a crude 180-page “manifesto” posted online shortly before his attack, which emphasized a … Continue reading »

Belonging is a fundamental human need: Why it’s lacking at work & how to enhance it

Genevieve Macfarlane Smith, associate director, Center for Equity, Gender & Leadership | July 25, 2022

By Genevieve Smith & Jasmine Sanders Today we are in a belonging crisis. This is reflected in steep mental health declines since the start of the pandemic. In 2019, the C.D.C. estimated that 15.8% of American adults took prescription pills for mental health. Recent research from the NY Times finds today that number is nearly … Continue reading »

Innovation in the Age of Disruption — What is our role?

Jerome Engel, senior fellow and founding executive director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and adjunct professor, emeritus, Haas School of Business | July 16, 2022

From Today’s Headlines ….. NYT July 16, 2022 President Yields on Climate Plans as Talks Collapse [page A1] Trading Coal for Sunlight, Power Plants Get New Life [page A12] E.V.s Selling at a Record Pace Despite Shortages [page B1]   Do you see a pattern here? Where government is stymied by the self-interest of individual … Continue reading »

Ann Shulgin: Radiant Nexus of Psychedelic Community

David Presti, teaching professor of neurobiology | July 11, 2022

Ann Shulgin, matriarch of psychedelic-assisted therapy, widow of and co-conspirator with legendary chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, and anchor of an extended community of therapists, scientists, scholars, and explorers of the worlds opened by psychedelic substances, died at home in the company of people who loved her on July 9, 2022. She was 91. Ann was … Continue reading »

The revival of the European June conference season – overcoming Covid and Putin

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics |

I am used to traveling in the summer to a conference in Ravello, visiting Israel, or participating in the European Environmental and Resource Economics Association (EAERE) meetings. Unfortunately, the pandemic stopped this tradition, and zooming is a poor substitute for in-person meetings. This year the June conference season is on again, and I discuss two … Continue reading »

Taking aim at gun violence: Tech strategies for reducing harm

Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute | June 29, 2022

The recent spate of mass shootings has galvanized action in Congress and among advocacy organizations large and small. Gun violence is now recognized as a pervasive and growing problem in a country with patchwork regulation and 25% more guns than people. High-profile events like those in Uvalde, Buffalo, Parkland, Charleston, Newtown and the long sad … Continue reading »

After Roe: Governing Abortion through Crime?

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | June 27, 2022

Jonathan Simon and Sarah DiMagno Last week’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, the overturning of Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), on June 24, 2022, is a stunning result notwithstanding the unusual warning it was coming (in the March leak). It is hard to think of another Supreme Court … Continue reading »

Overturning Roe: The Supreme(ly Colonial) Court

Nazune Menka, JD, Environmental Law Clinic Attorney at Berkeley Law | June 26, 2022

  The United States Supreme Court’s history and jurisprudence is rooted in a colonial violence, Indigenous land dispossession, genocide, and slavery, but we are still surprised when, in 2022,  it determines a woman no longer has a constitutional right to bodily autonomy. Why? I turned this question inward and now share my thoughts about it … Continue reading »

For the Jan. 6 hearings, let’s salute the courage of Congresswoman Liz Cheney

Robert Reich, professor of public policy |

To a large degree, the success of the hearings of the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection will depend on the Wyoming Republican congresswoman and vice-chair of the committee, Liz Cheney. Although I have disagreed with almost every substantive position she has ever taken, I salute her courage and her patriotism. And I wish her success.

There’s an urgent need to probe Russian war crimes in Ukraine — but how?

Alexa Koenig, executive director, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law | June 3, 2022

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth month, the urgent need to document international crimes continues. The scope and scale of atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by Putin and his regime have drawn widespread attention and condemnation, as the gruesome realities of the conflict have been broadcast globally minute-by-minute, including through online and mobile devices. It is no surprise, then, that digital evidence of atrocities abounds — evidence crucial for accountability and transitional justice efforts.