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2019 Winter

Image source: Photo courtesy of Olga Alexopoulou // Collage by Leah Worthington

Blue is an Elusive Color. One Artist Just Invented a New Shade.

Olga Alexopoulou adds Quantum Blue to her palette.

Image source: Detail of photo by Marcus Hanschen

Blood Work: The Citizen Sleuth Using Genealogy to ID the Dead

Margaret Press is transforming forensic genealogy one Doe at a time. ON APRIL 24, 1981, THE BODY OF A YOUNG WOMAN with auburn braids and a fringed jacket was discovered off the side of a road in Troy, Ohio. She had been strangled to death only hours before. Authorities took DNA samples but couldn’t find […]

Image source: Detail of photo courtesy of Richard Titus

D.A. by Day, Drag Queen by Night

This lawyer has a secret. Her name’s Victoria. I was doing drag on the weekends when I was working as a prosecutor at Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. It was a very schizophrenic lifestyle. I was considered one of the best trial lawyers in the D.A.’s office. And then I would shift gears on […]

Chancellor’s Letter

Fiscal responsibility, seismic upgrades, and athletics It was just over ten years ago that the State of California cut funding for higher education as part of a financial retrenchment in response to the Great Recession. Ensuing tuition increases helped to partially close the resulting budgetary gap, but the financial foundations of the campus were weakened […]

Image source: Photo courtesy of iStock // Collage by Leah Worthington

Editor’s Note: The Genetics Issue

Welcome to our brave new world. Brave New World author Aldous Huxley came to Berkeley (his son’s alma mater) in 1962 and delivered a speech on campus entitled “The Ultimate Revolution.” It ended as follows: “Our business is to be aware of what is happening, and then to use our imagination to see what might […]