community gardeners

Former food desert now feeds a community’s spirit

San Diego residents are transforming a 20,000-square-foot vacant urban lot into a community focal point for healthy place making.
Toni Morrison

Listen to renowned author Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison ("Beloved") will deliver the Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture on Saturday, and receive the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Medal at the Founders Celebration dinner that evening.
baseball pitcher

What monkeys can teach us about pitching

New motor learning research suggests that 'muscle memory actually is something the brain is constantly relearning.
Joseph Martinus, UCLA

UC celebrates Food Day with buffet of activities

Across the UC system, Food Day participation will include lectures, discussions, film screenings, farmers markets, food demonstrations and special dining menus.

UC to host technology summit

Summit will convene educators and industry experts around enhancing the student experience.

Solar power purchase sets stage for total renewable energy use

UC Merced will get 75 percent of its power from renewable sources by the end of 2016, and is on its way to being 100 percent renewably powered by then.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: UC research spans the globe

UC’s global reach can be seen from health to agriculture, sustainability to tech commercialization and bridge-building efforts such as the president-led UC Global Food Initiative and UC-Mexico Initiative.

Six UC members elected to Institute of Medicine

New members include representatives of four UC campuses: Berkeley, UCLA, San Diego, San Francisco.

Law students, lawyers help students avoid deportation

UC Hastings program goes to bat for DREAMers at UC Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Genetic variant protects some Latina women from breast cancer

Originating from indigenous Americans, variant reduces risk by 40 to 80 percent.

A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon

A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air.

Honors for faculty, students

Riverside English professor is a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award in Poetry; Santa Cruz grad students' interactive fiction honored at IndieCade games festival.

Building global food security through produce research

$18.75 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development will boost international fruit and vegetable research.

College accessibility report highlights UC’s support for low-income students

Report released by the Public Policy Institute of California confirms virtually no change in net price for UC's low-income students between the 2008-09 and 2011-12 academic years.
orange sea star

Can Alaska’s waters be a respite for sick sea stars?

A deadly disease has been wiping out West Coast sea stars for more than a year. One place that has held off the disease the longest is Alaska. Researchers recently traveled there to search for new clues.
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Sugary soda linked to cell aging

Scientists find shorter telomeres — the protective units of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes — in immune cells of soda drinkers.
Ted Ognibene, Mike Malfatti and biological AMS instrument

Lab, UC Davis partner to personalize cancer medications

Researchers are using biological accelerator mass spectrometry to see how cancer patients respond to specific chemotherapy.
Lawrence Livermore Lab
Health
ugly produce

The benefits of ugly produce

Misshapen fruits and veggies may look odd, but taste just the same. But merchants commonly throw away anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of produce simply because of the way it looks. Find out more about what UC is doing about food waste and other food issues.

NIH launches course for life science entrepreneurs

Pilot program, based on a course developed at UC San Francisco, will help entrepreneurs commercialize their technology.
tobacco smoke

Smoking's $18.1 billion toll on California

Despite declines in numbers of smokers, related diseases account for one in seven deaths in the state — more than from AIDS, influenza or diabetes.