Politics & public policy

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Why it’s time for medical grade masks

Experts discuss what makes N95 masks so effective and why we should (medical grade) mask up.

A screenshot from the Michelle Obama BET event featuring young Black people sitting at tables as part of the conversation.

Undergrad Aissata Ba talks future and finds inspiration with Michelle Obama

Ba took part in a special event featuring Michelle Obama that will air on BET on Jan. 17.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes 5-year funding compact with the University of California

If approved, the spending plan would allow UC to increase access and affordability for families across the state and spur new innovations to combat climate change.

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Alumna bell hooks — celebrated feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist and writer — dies at 69

hooks was the author of over two dozen books, including the groundbreaking ‘Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism’ and ‘Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood.’

A view of reservoirs in the Sierra Nevada range

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada

The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0 percent for 2022. An expert explains why.

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How one tiny island influenced the world

Egill Bjarnason, journalist and alum, explains the big history of his native Iceland in a “joyously peculiar book.”

Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji on the set of HBO show Insecure

TV shows with diverse writers rooms, casts resonated with pandemic audiences

UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report finds Latino actors, directors and writers still extremely underrepresented.

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Barbra Streisand to fund forward-looking institute at UCLA focused on solving societal challenges

The institute will conduct research into climate change, the dynamics of gender relationships and power, the arts and countering disinformation.

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Innovative joint program in computational precision health at UC Berkeley and UCSF aims to improve quality and equity of health care

The launch marks a significant step toward advancing this new field and, ultimately, improving the quality and equity of health care.

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What’s the difference between Hispanic, Latino and Latinx?

On navigating identity, language and community from a scholarly and first-person perspective.