Scientists are engineering algae to fuel your car and cure cancer

UC San Diego’s California Center for Algae Biotechnology aims to 'train a little algae to do pretty much whatever we want.'

Curing cancer, one tax return at a time

Check a box and fund two UC-administered cancer research projects — one helping young women preserve fertility and sexual health, the other creating a safer, more effective tool for early detection of lung cancer.

The compassion effect: How social activism is changing everything

Doing well by doing good is increasingly the go-to strategy for everything from marketing to entertainment — driven by millennials, the world’s first digital generation.
David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay

True colors: Hollywood’s diversity dilemma

The country has never been so diverse — but not so in Hollywood. The numbers of nonwhite and female actors and others in the entertainment industry remain distressingly low.
Jerry Kang

Law professor named UCLA’s first vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion

Jerry Kang draws praise for his commitment to fairness and his leadership skills.
Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Industry innovation space opens on UC San Diego campus

Qualcomm Institute launches facility where qualified faculty startups, industry partners or national laboratories can lease office or lab space.
UC San Diego

Stereotypes persist that class, privilege determine intellect, success

Despite egalitarian efforts to downplay class as a forecaster for intelligence and achievement, many people still believe their destiny is tied to their station in life.

The struggle to be first

First-gen university students may find themselves torn between college and home.
Astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly

UC San Diego studies twin astronauts

Researchers are leading two of the health studies NASA commissioned to co-monitor astronaut Scott Kelly in space and his identical twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, on the ground.
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Stop blaming the moon

Busy night in the maternity ward or the emergency room? Contrary to folk belief, it's not the fault of a full moon.
Sarah Moffitt

Sea change

Ocean ecosystems that experience rapid upheaval because of climate change can take thousands of years to recover.
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Plant genetics may help solve world hunger

UC Davis' Pamela Ronald helped find the key to disease- and flood-resistant rice. Her next goal? How to feed the world's growing population without further destroying the environment.
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Smoke free on the big screen

UCSF's Smokefree Movies site lets moviegoers know which films do or don't feature tobacco use. It's part of a campaign to get the MPAA to apply the 'R' rating to films with smoking.
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California coffee

Farmers get a buzz from growing specialty crop.
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How one researcher is helping plants survive California's worst drought

In drought conditions, natural processes kick in to keep plants alive until they can be watered again. But UC Riverside's Sean Cutler knows that with the help of protein engineering, some plants can last even longer.
Peacock spider

Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus, new peacock spiders

A few new species of these colorful, dancing spiders have been found in eastern Australia; a UC Berkeley grad student discovered and named some of them.

UC's role in cancer documentary

UCSF chancellors emeriti J. Michael Bishop and Susan Desmond-Hellmann, and UCLA cancer researcher Dennis Slamon will appear in a Ken Burns-produced PBS documentary, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." The three-part film premieres March 30.
UC Davis match day

Medical students celebrate Match Day

On March 20, more than 650 UC medical students were among the nearly 17,000 seniors at traditional U.S. medical schools who learned where they were matched for their residencies.
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Speaking in the vernacular

Library of Congress adds Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings collection to the National Recording Registry.

UCSF to study benefits of personal approach to breast cancer screening

Research team has won a five-year, $14.1 million award to investigate whether a personalized approach to breast cancer screening is as safe and effective as annual mammograms.