Editor’s Note from the Fall Issue of California MagazineBy Laura Smith
I don’t know about you, but I’m growing weary of living in unprecedented times. Here I’m talking about our most recent national schism: the fall of Roe.
40 Years Later, Officials Reflect on the Most Outrageous Football FinishBy James Rainey
The pounding on the door sent a shudder through the tiny locker room.
Our Editors’ Picks for Your Fall Reading and Viewing
New Yorker documentaries, Art and Race Matters, and more.
A Tour Through the Past 125 Years of California MagazineBy Pat Joseph
In the May 1942 edition of California Monthly, under the heading “Reader Comment,” ran a note from one Frank Pryor Jr. ’39, second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, asking for a change of address.
What If We “Supercharged” Plants to Stop Climate Change?By Margie Cullen
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has cited carbon dioxide removal as essential to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the Paris Agreement’s climate target.
Tackling the Teen Sleep CrisisBy Laura Smith
Five questions with Lisa L. Lewis '89, Author of The Sleep-Deprived Teen
Think your ideas are your own? Think again.By Meher Bhatia
While most of us like to think we come by our beliefs independently, new research out of Berkeley suggests otherwise.
Indigenous Californians Long Prevented Forest Fires with Controlled Burning. Now We’re Learning from Them.By Maia Nehme
Only we can prevent forest fires. That’s what Smokey Bear always said, his trusty shovel ready to snuff out burning embers. New Berkeley research suggests that, counterintuitively, setting small, purposeful fires can actually minimize the risk of major wildfires.
Berkeley Astronomers Detect the First Known Free-Floating Black HoleBy Meher Bhatia
Berkeley astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, have detected what may be the very first “free-floating” black hole ever recorded, about 2,200 to 6,200 light-years from Earth. Dubbed “stellar ghosts,” these black holes are invisible, left behind after a massive star—at least 10 times the mass of the sun—dies and collapses in on itself.
These Salamanders Skydive Sixty Feet and Live to Tell the TaleBy Krissy Waite
You’ve heard of flying squirrels, but what about flying salamanders?
“I am a minimally speaking autistic person who was not expected to go to college.” Now he’s getting his PhDBy Hari Srinivasan ’22 as told to Laura Smith
I was not expected to go to college.
Our List of Women Who RockBy Pat Joseph
Marié Digby, who studied philosophy at Cal in the mid-2000s, scored a viral hit on YouTube with her cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” which she plays solo on acoustic guitar while sitting on the floor of her living room. It currently has more than 22 million views. It wasn’t pure chance; by the time she released […]
Can equity in higher education be counterproductive?By Dhoha Bareche
Since its founding in 1868, the University of California has been committed to making higher education accessible to everyone.
Was Mark Twain an Antiracist?By Pat Joseph
Since 1949, the Mark Twain Papers (now the Mark Twain Papers and Project) have resided at the Bancroft Library, and for more than four decades, Robert Hirst, M.A. ’65, Ph.D. ’76, has presided over them as general editor and curator.
The Chancellor’s Letter from the Fall Issue of California MagazineBy Chancellor Carol T. Christ
Our university is relentlessly dynamic, constantly evolving to meet students’ interests, keep pace with the expanding depth and breadth of knowledge, and support an ambitious and entrepreneurial research enterprise.
The News is Different Depending on Who’s Telling the StoryBy Laura Smith
Since 2006, the front pages of newspapers from around the world have been blown up and displayed outside Moffitt Library and the adjacent Free Speech Movement Café.
An Orchestra Conductor, Covid Vaccinations Without the Poke, and a Roma ActivistBy Martin Snapp
Although he’s still in his twenties, Stefano Flavoni ’15 is already making his mark on the classical music scene.