UC's top 10 stories of 2015

From expanding enrollment to tackling climate change, 2015 was a big year for the University of California.

Briana Sidney is pursuing game design at UC Santa Cruz

First-in-family college student pursues game design

UC Santa Cruz freshman Briana Sidney is intent on beating the odds on her way to becoming a game designer.

community gardeners

Faculty honored for contributions to UC initiatives

Leadership award winners are influencers in diversity, entrepreneurialsm, sustainability and other key issues.

woman signs petition

Tech's no magic bullet in getting voters of color to the polls

Old-school but highly personal tactics — phone banks, door-to-door canvassing — have proven more effective.

Obama Administration lauds UC's commitment to Latino student achievement

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics salutes transfer program, CalTeach among '150 Commitments to Action.'

Teni Adewumi and hair stylist

Beauty's hidden health cost for African Americans

Ph.D. student raises awareness about potential health risks of certain hair products.

Barbara Endemaño Walker

Promoting team science

NSF grant puts UC Santa Barbara at the helm of interdisciplinary research effort to promote gender equity in the STEM workforce.

Napolitano: Public research universities are the engines of innovation

University of California President Janet Napolitano addressed the Association for Women in Science at the 2015 National Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Students walk across UC Irvine campus

First-generation students hear from faculty who have ‘been there’

As thousands of first-generation college students arrive on campus, UC Irvine faculty are helping them feel a sense of belonging by sharing their own experiences as being their family's first collegians.

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New York Times calls UC an ‘upward-mobility machine’

Six campuses in top seven spots of College Access Index, which ranks economic diversity.