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Fiat Love: GenEq leader Billy Curtis, an S.F. Pride grand marshal, on building inclusivity

Fiat Love: GenEq leader Billy Curtis, an S.F. Pride grand marshal, on building inclusivity by UC Berkeley podcast by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs


With music as his guide, Haas graduating senior envisions a better Nigeria

Inside of Joshua Ahazie’s mind live hundreds of songs. Since he was a kid, he would hear a melody and then he would hear all the parts — the vocals, how to play it on the piano. How it all went together. "I really thought I was going crazy." But he soon realized it was a gift. It's this gift of seeing how different pieces can go together to create a whole, he says, that has helped his succeed as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business — he's graduating Monday, May 14 at...


On Worthy Wage Day, early childhood educators fight for support

When Marcy Whitebook worked as a childcare teacher in the 1970s, she made less than $2 an hour. She was amazed at how little she made for the hard and important work she did with infants and toddlers. So Whitebook, with a group of teacher activists, launched a national campaign in 1992 called Worthy Wage Day. Every year on May 1, the national day of action aims to raise awareness of the low wages earned by early childhood educators and how it affects young children, as well as draw...


What can't mushrooms do?

"People are just becoming aware of fungi, although it's all around us — it's in our guts, it's on our skin, it's in the soil around us — it's just one of those kind of hidden wonders that people haven't really tapped into yet," says UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate Sonia Travaglini.


Creating the world you want, by seeing a world that's possible

When Derrika Hunt was in third grade, she didn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. She remembers telling her mom, "This doesn't feel right to me. Why am I saying this pledge and then going home every day to my community, seeing people suffering, seeing people marginalized?" Now, a Ph.D. candidate in education at UC Berkeley, Derrika takes teenage girls of color around the world through her nonprofit, Dreamers4Change Foundation. It's a way for them, all of whom are from economically...


Black History Month interview with Ula Taylor

"People know about Rosa Parks. People know about Martin Luther King Jr. And they know that it's the Montgomery bus boycott that ignited a certain kind of Southern civil rights movement," says Ula Taylor, the chair of the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. What people often don't know, she says, is that the boycott was started by the Women's Political Council, a group made up of more than 200 black women led by Joanne Robinson in Montgomery, Alabama. In the last of a...


Staff diversity leader: Our differences make us stronger

Like a lot of leaders, Sidalia Reel started young. In fifth grade, she ran her household, making sure her four younger siblings didn't get into too much trouble. Now, she's the director of staff diversity initiatives in the Office of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley, making sure more than 9,000 staff feel like a valued part of campus. To some, it might seem daunting. But for Reel, it's a natural fit. This is part of a series for Black History Month highlighting the work of African...


Clothilde Hewlett interview Black History Month

Clothilde Hewlett interview Black History Month by UC Berkeley podcast by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs


Here’s what our recent quake sounded like

Underground at UC Berkeley, seismic sensors captured the deep rumble from the 4.4-magnitude earthquake that shook the Bay Area on Jan. 4. Geophysicist Peggy Hellweg from the UC Berkeley Seismological Lab explains what we're hearing when an earthquake happens. Story on Berkeley News: Subscribe to the Fiat Vox podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music or Pocket Casts


Lecture series helps move cannabis out of the shadows

Most of us know by now that recreational cannabis became legal in California on January 1. But there's still a lot we don't know about the plant, despite its long history of human use, says Eric Siegel, the director of the UC Botanical Garden. So the garden is hosting a lecture series called the "Science of Cannabis," where experts will discuss everything from the environmental impacts of large-scale cannabis cultivation to the neurological effect of cannabis in our brains.


Students discuss social impact of Hamilton (with a cappella performance)

Incoming students Mona Dibas and Jonah Gercke discuss how the hit musical Hamilton has changed Broadway and inspired students to learn more about the nation's history, as students from campus groups including the UC Women’s Chorale and BareStage, perform a medley of songs from the musical. Read the story on Berkeley News:


Same system with a different name for African Americans

UC Berkeley assistant professor of history and expert in African American history Stephanie Jones-Rogers discusses the historical basis and the modern implications of the recent exonerations of police officers who killed African Americans in the line of duty. UC Berkeley photo by Anne Brice Read the piece on the Berkeley Blog: or on Medium:


One young Republican's pursuit of the 'Freedom to Marry'

Tyler Deaton's story is one of 23 interviews conducted by Bancroft Library’s Oral History Center at UC Berkeley that explore the national campaign that won federal marriage rights for same-sex couples. More on Berkeley News:


‘Brooms up!’ Oski, meet Harry Potter

Cal Quidditch got its start on Berkeley's campus about eight years ago. For two consecutive years, the team has played in a national competition. "It wasn't expected from a young, scrappy team out of UC Berkeley," says co-captain Owen Egger. Scrappy or not, the 60-some players on the Cal team have a lot of fun. UC Berkeley illustration by Hulda Nelson Story and 360-degree video on Berkeley News:


The carefully crafted sound of Zellerbach Hall

Constellation, the complex acoustic system in Zellerbach Hall on UC Berkeley's campus, allows you to digitally create multiple environments in one space by changing the length of reverberation, strength or loudness. It can even change the perceived height and width of a room. UC Berkeley photo by Stephen McNally Read the story on Berkeley News:


How Moscow’s Tsar Bell found its voice — at Berkeley

A UC Berkeley team, along with researchers at Stanford and the University of Michigan, worked together to digitally create the sound of a Russian Tsar Bell that broke before it could ever be rung. Photo by Rob Atherton via Flickr: Read the story on Berkeley News:


Like GPS, but for your sex drive

These days so many of our devices are smart. Our phones are smart. Our cars are smart. Our TVs are smart. And now, even vibrators can be smart. It’s called Lioness. It’s a sleek, sophisticated vibrator that works kind of like a running app on your smartphone, but instead of mapping the distance and terrain of a route, it records a person’s sexual arousal states. More on Berkeley News:


Berkeley Law professor Melissa Murray on the darker side of marriage

Law professor Melissa Murray says the marriage equality movement has built up the idea that marriage is this wonderful thing that everyone should want. But she says there’s a darker side to marriage that’s been overlooked. Photo by Blyth Scott Photography via Flickr: Read on Berkeley News: or on Medium:


The ‘Big Idea’ that’s leading the push to make UC carbon-neutral

In 2004, Scott Zimmermann had a big idea. He knew he wanted to do something about climate change. But instead of lobbying for the state or the federal government to adopt carbon cap laws, he decided to start right where he was — with UC Berkeley's campus. UC Berkeley photo by Anne Brice More on Berkeley News:


On Berkeley time? He keeps Campanile's clocks ticking

The Campanile clock tower is the campus’s North Star. At 100 years old and 307 feet tall, it’s a landmark everyone knows and trusts. But what happens when the clocks stop? There’s only one person to call: Art Simmons. UC Berkeley photo by Anne Brice Read the story on Berkeley News: