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.

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.
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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.
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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

NIH launches course for life science entrepreneurs

Pilot program, based on a course developed at UC San Francisco, will help entrepreneurs commercialize their technology.
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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.
UC Davis solar house project

Designing a solar home for farmworkers

Solar Decathlon competitors aim to make zero-net-energy homes more affordable.

Earth’s magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

Earth's last magnetic reversal took place 786,000 years ago and happened very quickly, in less than 100 years.

Survey finds strong career satisfaction and high employment rates among UC Ph.D. earners

Survey looked at employment outcomes, alumni perceptions about the value of graduate education, and student loan debt, among other things.
Classroom construction, UC Merced

UC Merced’s direct investment in regional economy exceeds $1.1 billion

Statewide investment tops $2.2 billion since July 2000, with the 'multiplier effect' suggesting the impact is even greater.

UC-backed state loan program will provide aid to undocumented students

Program is designed to compensate for ineligibility for federal financial assistance.
Michael Pollan

Food guru not on hand to preach

UC Berkeley's Michael Pollan came to San Diego to receive Scripps’ 2014 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest.

NIH awards $32 million to tackle Big Data in medicine

UC San Diego, UC Irvine and UCLA are among recipients who seek ways to handle data in search of medical discoveries.