De-extinction Could Reverse Species Loss. But Should We Do It?By Leah Worthington
What would it mean to reintroduce woolly mammoths and passenger pigeons now?
Welcome to the Age of Billionaires in Space
A space hotel for the super rich is on the horizon. But what about the rest of us?
A Pan Am Stewardess Found Freedom in the Skies
Everything changed when women got wings. HOLLY BOROWIAK-ROGERS STILL REMEMBERS the flyer pasted up on campus: “You want to travel? Call this number.” It was 1970, and she would soon see her four years at Cal come to an unceremonious end—literally. After National Guardsmen gunned down four students at Kent State, Berkeley administrators had canceled graduation. […]
Eric Stover Has Spent a Career Unearthing Atrocities
A human rights researcher investigates genocide. Eric Stover had no professional path when he set out backpacking from Alaska through Central and South America in early spring 1975. At 23, he was inspired by wanderlust. “I wanted to be the next Kerouac, but it didn’t work out that way.” By the end of that 16-months-long trip, […]
A Year Without Movies
The winner of our student essay contest muses on shuttered theaters and how the pandemic has altered our leisurely outlets. Welcome to “Student View,” a new column featuring the thoughts, opinions, and musings of undergraduate writers at Cal. This summer, for our second “Student View” essay contest, California asked current Cal students to answer the […]
Paleontology Is in the Midst of a Revolution.
The UC Museum of Paleontology celebrates a century of discoveries. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY (UCMP) celebrates its centennial this year, but the story of its founding begins nearly two centuries ago, when California’s newly formed legislature commissioned a survey of the state, eager to map its gold deposits. A team of geologists led […]
Berkeley Experts Help Launch a Groundbreaking New Space TelescopeBy Susan Karlin
The James Webb Space Telescope will offer an unprecedented view of the universe. AFTER A QUARTER-CENTURY IN DEVELOPMENT and years of delays, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is poised to finally launch in November. Its multiyear mission: to explore other Earth-like planets and seek out the universe’s first light. Orbiting one million miles from Earth, […]
The World’s Only Ohlone Restaurant Brings Traditional Foods to UC Berkeley
AFTER A FORCED HIATUS from in-person dining due to COVID-19 and the closure of University Press Books, where it was originally hosted, Cafe Ohlone is coming to the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in November.
“Dr. Fill” Becomes the First Computer to Win Crossword Tournament
Developed at Berkeley, the AI system edged out its top human competitor by 15 points. AT THE ANNUAL AMERICAN CROSSWORD PUZZLE TOURNAMENT in April, some 1,300 contestants raced to see who could complete the eight puzzles the fastest. The winner was Dr. Fill, an AI system developed by Matthew Ginsberg and helped to victory by Berkeley’s […]
Berkeley Scientists Invent New Infinitely Recyclable Plastic Material
FROM THE MICROPLASTICS LEACHING from our laundry to the Styrofoam swirling in the Pacific garbage patch, it seems the world is awash in plastic waste. While we have struggled and failed to wean ourselves off plastics, Berkeley scientists are working hard to address the problem by making polymers that are more readily recyclable and biodegradable. While […]
Dr. Mireille Kamariza is Leading the Fight Against Tuberculosis
Growing up in the Burundi and Cameroon, Dr. Mireille Kamariza, dreamed of becoming an astronaut.
Editors’ Picks: What to Read and Watch This Fall
Our editors have curated a list of entertainment to indulge in this summer. Here are their top picks of books, documentaries, and more, all produced by UC Berkeley faculty and alumni. The Return of Cal Performances For the first time since March of last year, Cal Performances has opened its (physical) doors. And the 2021–2022 […]
Chancellor’s Letter: Fall 2021
Trepidation and hope as the fall semester begins I will admit to feeling a bit trepidatious as I begin writing this column. These words are being penned in July, but they shall not be read until September, and we have learned throughout the course of the pandemic the value of a simple, precautionary principle: Expect […]
Award-Winning Reporter Lisa Armstrong Joins Berkeley J-School Faculty
Armstrong brings reporting chops and empathy to her new journalism teaching role. This summer, after a nationwide search and interview process involving current students, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism announced the addition of two new faculty members: Lisa Armstrong, an award-winning reporter and associate journalism professor at City University of New York (CUNY), […]
Cal at the “New Yorker”: Shining the Spotlight on Six Alumni Who’ve Been on Staff
From illustrators to editors and everything in between Adrian Tomine In his cover illustrations for the New Yorker, Adrian Tomine ’96 has created some of the most iconic images of life under quarantine, including “Love Life,” from Dec. 7, 2020, which showed a young woman on a Zoom date, holding a cocktail and dressed to […]
She Never Gave Up on Her Dream of Working at Pixar
This animation-loving Cal grad shares her secret to success.
Snapp Chats: a Television Columnist, Etiquette Guru, and Cooking Club Instructor
The latest news from our quarterly columnist BECKY WHEELER ’49 DIED ON APRIL 9 in the home where she grew up in Walnut Grove on the Sacramento Delta, one month shy of her 94th birthday. One of her final wishes was to see Cal one last time, so her daughter and son-in-law, Caroline Perkins ’84 and […]
Editor’s Note: The Asteroid is Us
This used to be Bear Territory. Could it be again? We live in a place where the state animal—mascot of this very university—has been extinct for just shy of a century. No one alive today has ever seen one, but not so long ago they roamed California by the thousands, in kind with the Hupa, […]