Politics & public policy

Cameron Carter, Christopher Giza and Bruce Miller

UCSF’s Bruce Miller urges Congress to fund brain research

Funding support provided by the National Institutes of Health remains crucial to finding treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Martin Vela-Sanchez and Danny Murillo

‘Underground scholars’ reverse school-to-prison pipeline

Those who have done time in jail or prison face unique challenges as college scholars at UC Berkeley. Through their campus organization ‘Underground Scholars,’ formerly incarcerated students work to beat the odds and change the system.

Napolitano appointed to Goldman School faculty

UC president will fill a tenured position in Berkeley's public policy school.
Sarah Funes

Hell-bent on getting out the vote

Sarah Funes’ million-dollar question is how to get minorities excited about voting. The UC Berkeley junior says her political passion comes from being “Latin, a woman and disabled. I want to elect people who look like me.”

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

Program is designed to compensate for ineligibility for federal financial assistance.
female students

Are ‘getting-by girls’ setting themselves up for struggle?

A new study spotlights a high school subculture that has made an art of slacking, and may be destined to perpetuate the nation’s struggling lower-middle class.

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime

Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor, according to a policy paper led by UC Berkeley researchers.
Keith Watenpaugh and Kurdish students

Syrian war producing ‘lost generation’ of college-age students

“The war will end but the young people who would be integral in rebuilding the country are being left behind.”
Dry fields and hills, San Joaquin, CA

California agriculture faces greatest water loss ever seen

New report sounds warning on over-reliance on groundwater reserves.
Keith Harper

First Native American U.S. ambassador starts UN job

Cal alum Keith Harper says he always wanted a career that helped his people—indigenous people. Now he'll represent the U.S. on the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.