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Return paths and social contributions of African alumni revealed in tracer study

Robin Marsh, resident researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues | July 11, 2016

There have been scant studies initiated by global universities to follow-up on the career and life trajectories of their international alumni. While such studies are regularly conducted for domestic graduates, and provide an important basis for recruitment and private or government support, campuses typically lack the institutional research support or mandate to conduct such systematic … Continue reading »

Takeaways from the Housing Development Dashboard

Carol Galante, faculty director, Berkeley Program in Housing and Urban Policy | July 7, 2016

The Terner Center’s recent release of the Housing Development Dashboard was met with enthusiasm from media outlets, practitioners and policymakers, all commenting on its important contribution to our understanding of local housing production and related policies. I want to share some of my biggest takeaways from the Dashboard, to illustrate why and how I think … Continue reading »

The retirement of Angie Erickson- an end of an era

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | July 5, 2016

On July 1st we held a celebration on the steps of Giannini Hall as Angie Erickson retired after 33 years of service in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) and seven years as my Assistant (I actually favor the old fashion term Secretary because it implies the keeper of secrets, or confidant). Retirements … Continue reading »

Brexit and Campus Shared Services

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | July 2, 2016

We were evolved to live out lives in small groups, often of only a few thousand people, This is how Native Americans lived in California before the Europeans arrived.  Until the 1930s, a million people lived a Stone Age way of life In the Highlands of New Guinea, cut off from the rest of the … Continue reading »

I offered Muhammad Ali a vasectomy

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | June 4, 2016

I was sorry to learn of Muhammad Ali’s death. In my brief encounter with him I remember a self-confident individual, who could also be thoughtful and sensitive. I was still living in England in the early 1970s, but I was in Florida at a family planning conference. Among the people I had taught to do … Continue reading »

On development and displacement

Miriam Zuk, director, Urban Displacement Project | May 24, 2016

After the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) used our data from the Urban Displacement Project to advocate for the construction of market-rate housing as an anti-displacement tool back in February, questions have poured into our office: Is it true that market rate development reduces displacement? Does subsidized housing really have no effect? What is filtering? … Continue reading »

How the U.S. can strengthen economic and military ties with India

Riddhi Dasgupta, International law expert | May 21, 2016

By John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta: By forging an alliance with Thailand, Taiwan and other Asian nations, the U.S. and India can accelerate economic growth in the region. President Barack Obama has finally resumed progress toward one of the most important strategic goals in American foreign policy: strengthening America’s alliance with India. President Obama’s visit … Continue reading »

Telling the truth about UC

Robert Birgeneau, professor of physics, former chancellor | April 8, 2016

When institutions are under stress, they often find themselves under attack by those responsible for the stress in the first place. This vicious circle is dramatically illustrated by the recent state auditor’s report that heavily criticizes the University of California for many supposed faults, especially admissions policies and administrative inefficiencies. I was taken aback by … Continue reading »

America’s school buildings — like California’s — need fixing

Jeffrey Vincent, deputy director, Center for Cities and Schools | April 4, 2016

Our country’s K-12 infrastructure is in crisis. Far too often, these learning environments are rundown and in disrepair, discourage and sicken children and teachers, waste energy, and fail to support a 21st century education. A new national study by the 21st Century School Fund, the National Council on School Facilities, and the Center for Green Schools sheds much-needed light … Continue reading »

Opening Day 2016

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | March 31, 2016

Opening Day 2016 is coming up this Sunday. And thus an opportunity for me to pursue an issue I addressed in 2014’s Opening Day post, on how baseball remains America’s true pastime. Real sports excitement and engagement rests in large part on the uncertainty of the outcome. This is why the drama of sports exceeds that of the scripted … Continue reading »

Adoption history and Women’s History Month

Catherine Ceniza Choy, professor of ethnic studies | March 26, 2016

While Women’s History Month encourages us to recognize the individual achievements of pioneering women in various fields, that recognition should not be an end in itself. It would, and should, take far more than a month to find, reclaim, and remember women’s histories that have not yet been canonized. When their names and faces and … Continue reading »

How California’s housing shortage chases away the middle class

Ethan Elkind, director, Climate Program at Berkeley Law | March 17, 2016

Next 10, a nonpartisan research entity (with whom I’ve worked on studies in the past), released a trio of reports that shows how California’s housing shortage and resulting high prices have chased middle class and low-wage residents out of the state:   California experienced a negative net domestic migration of 625,000 from 2007 to 2014. … Continue reading »

A dean’s reflection on campus sexual misconduct cases

Jeffrey Edleson, dean and professor, social welfare | March 13, 2016

Co-Chair, UCB Coordinated Community Review Team on Sexual Misconduct At this year’s Academy Awards Vice President Biden asked all of us to no longer be silent bystanders to sexual assault on campus. So here we find ourselves at Berkeley watching from the sidelines, in a silence that speaks volumes to those around us. Fleming, Marcy, … Continue reading »

Berkeley’s handling of sexual harassment is a disgrace

Michael Eisen, Professor of molecular and cell biology | March 10, 2016

What more is there to say? Another case where a senior member of the Berkeley faculty, this time Berkeley Law Dean Sujit Choudhry, was found to have violated the campus’s sexual harassment policy, and was given a slap on the wrists by the administration. Astronomer Geoff Marcy’s punishment for years of harassment of students was a … Continue reading »

Young Americans need required national service

Paula Fass, professor emerita of history | March 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton has advertised her concerns for children and has a long track record of supporting policies on their behalf, and almost all Democratic candidates as well as President Obama have urged that college be made more affordable. But no candidate has addressed a critical question: What do young Americans between 18 and 21 need? … Continue reading »

Witness to the history of agricultural and resource economics at Berkeley

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics |

Forty-three years ago I arrived to Berkeley to begin my PhD in agricultural and resource economics (ARE), and without realizing it, I witnessed the evolution of this great department. As the department faces new challenges, I realized that the evolution of ARE has important lessons for its future and for university departments in general. One … Continue reading »

The birth of a new white supremacist movement

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | March 4, 2016

We’re seeing the birth of a new white supremacist movement in the US. I want to talk about the responsibility of white liberals and progressives for letting it happen. This movement has been growing, and growing bolder, since President Obama was elected. It’s not covert or subtle; it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than … Continue reading »