male students, UC Riverside

UC Riverside joins other universities, foundations to improve student success rates

Funding from six foundations will help the University Innovation Alliance share programs around the nation.
human brain

Brain 'dimmer switch' influences mood disorders

Researchers pinpoint control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as “disappointment.”
Dr. Greg Maynard, UC San Diego

UC innovation grants reap healthy returns

The University of California’s investment in its Center for Health Quality and Innovation is paying off, with a return on investment of more than 5 to 1.

UC Regents approve appointment of Howard Gillman as UC Irvine chancellor

Gillman succeeds Michael V. Drake, M.D., as Irvine's sixth chancellor.

Solar project at UCSB nears completion

Campus' largest solar generating facility is completely funded by student-proposed fees.

UC Davis and Mars, Inc. to create specialized food institute

Innovation Institute for Food and Health will advance new discoveries in sustainable food, agriculture and health.

UC task force presents initial recommendations to fight sexual violence on campuses

Initial report from the President's Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault is presented at the UC Board of Regents meeting.
Santa Cruz Island, 1980 (left) and 2008

Clear out invaders, and let nature take its course

UC undergrads find native vegetation rebounding on Santa Cruz Island decades after eradicating imported grazers.

Human faces are so variable because we evolved to look unique

The amazing variety of human faces – far greater than that of most other animals – is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us easily recognizable.
aerial view, El Zotz, Guatemala

Capturing ancient Maya sites from both a rat’s and a ‘bat’s' eye view’

Drones and lasers help archaeologists study ruins hidden in Guatemalan jungle.

University of California proposes creation of new venture fund to invest in UC innovation

UC Ventures will seek to generate attractive, risk-adjusted returns by investing in commercial opportunities arising from the University of California.
ant-sized radio (atop coin for comparison)

Ant-sized radio powered by the messages it receives

Engineers from UC Berkeley and Stanford University have printed an ant-sized radio onto a silicon chip.

How money factors into the college rankings battle

In discussion with UC President Napolitano, issues of state funding, family income and alumni support emerge. (With audio.)
Serpent still from "Frontera!" animated film

Film professor’s original animation debuts on

Unconventional short film uses humor, hip hop and comic book-style animation to tell fascinating story of revolt in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
scarlet macaws

Changes in farming practices can save evolutionary diversity

A new study by biologists at UC Berkeley and Stanford University highlights the dramatic hit on evolutionary diversity when forests are transformed into agricultural lands.
Sadia Saifuddin and Avi Oved

UC’s two student regents seek common ground

For the first time, two students, one Muslim and one Jewish, will sit together as the two student members of the University of California’s Board of Regents.
Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox

The four-year degree myth

UC Riverside Chancellor Wilcox: Public universities educate and serve a far larger and more diverse population of students than do private universities, which changes the four-year-degree dynamic.
Sacramento Bee

50 universities spawning most VC-backed entrepreneurs

UC fosters entrepreneurship. Five of our campuses are among the 50 producing the most founders who've garnered venture capital for their startups.

Teaching computers the nuances of human conversation

Computer scientist wants to make spoken dialogue systems more responsive to the user.

UC to invest $1 billion to tackle climate change

Investments over next five years are part of UC's overall push toward sustainability.