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2022 Winter

Clark Kerr [l], former President of the University of California, leaves a meeting of the Board of Regents after they fired him at Governor Ronald Reagan's insistence. (Ted Streshinsky/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Winter Issue’s Editor’s Note

By Pat Joseph

“The University is not engaged in making ideas safe for students. It is engaged in making students safe for ideas.”

Highlighting boundaries: What makes a “safe space” safe? (nadia bormotova/istock)

Trouble with Safe Spaces

By Dhoha Bareche

Last Summer on Reddit, someone posted a picture of the house rules at the Person of Color Berkeley Student Cooperative, also called Castro House, that stated “white guests are not allowed in common spaces.”

(Patrick Welsh)

Berkeley People Shaking Up the Food Scene

By Madeline Taub

Chefs, a baker, a cannabis confectioner, and more


A White House Correspondent, A Vet, and Cal’s Mic Men

By Martin Snapp

Columnist Martin Snapp shares alumni’s stories.

(Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

What to Read and Watch this Winter

The best from Berkeley’s writers and film makers

Coming Soon: The Gateway, future home to Computing, Data Science, and Society. (Weiss/Manfredi)

Letter from Berkeley’s Chancellor

By Chancellor Carol T. Christ

Our university’s return to the full range of in-person research, teaching, learning, and extracurricular activities has helped to confirm what we have long believed: All that we do, and all that we are, is supported and enhanced by the thousands of daily collaborations and interactions among members of our community.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Did You Know Saturn’s Rings are New?

By Margie Cullen

In middle school science class, the planets were all reduced to their most obvious characteristic. Mercury is the smallest planet, Jupiter the biggest. Uranus is the funny one. And Saturn is the one with rings.

(Wildestanimal/Alamy Stock Photo)

How To Speak Sperm Whale

By Madeline Taub, M.J. ’23

Learning a new language is hard, especially when no human speaks it.

(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Nobel Season Brings Halloween Hat Trick

By Margie Cullen

Every year, October brings two things: Halloween and Nobel Week. This year, the Berkeley laureates (yes, multiple!) seemed to combine the two.

Dania Matos (Brittany Hosea-Small)

How Berkeley is Improving Equity and Inclusion

By Lizeth De La Luz

Five Questions with Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

(AP Photo/Horace Cort)

Berkeley’s Partnership with Tuskegee

By Rob Gunnison

In July of this year, Berkeley announced a partnership with Tuskegee University for the study of data and community, a mission that aligns with the long tradition at Tuskegee of using academic rigor to advance its social agenda.

Did Mice Reveal the Fountain of Youth?

By David Ye

An experiment conducted by the lab of Berkeley bioengineering professor Irina Conboy showed that a single transfusion of blood from older mice to younger mice triggered cellular senescence in the younger animals.