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University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

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Up to 48,000 University of California Academic Workers Go on Strike
Catherine Offord | Nov 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Union-represented workers are walking out for an indefinite period of time after negotiations over their compensation and other issues stalled.
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Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer
Dan Robitzski | Oct 13, 2022 | 8 min read
Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.
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Unionization Efforts Pick Up Across US Universities
Catherine Offord, Andy Carstens, and Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2022 | 10 min read
Members of newly certified workers’ organizations at campuses across the US speak about how they achieved official recognition and what they’re planning for the years ahead.
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Genome Spotlight: Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii)
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 23, 2022 | 3 min read
The researchers who constructed the first reference genome for this critically endangered mollusk say it will assist restoration efforts.
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Lyme Disease Pathogen Present in Ticks Near the Coast
Kerry Grens | Apr 26, 2021 | 2 min read
In Northern California, the proportion of ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi was the same in shrubland along beaches as in woodland habitats.
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Voters in California Extend Life of Stem Cell Funding Agency
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 13, 2020 | 2 min read
The state will take on additional debt to finance CIRM, which will now continue to fund stem cell research, training, and clinical trials.
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California Voters to Decide Future of Stem Cell Funding Agency
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 24, 2020 | 6 min read
If approved, Proposition 14 would authorize the state to sell $5.5 billion in bonds to extend the life of CIRM, which funds stem cell research. The ballot measure has its critics.
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California Wildfire Beaten Back, for Now, on Famous Mt. Wilson
Ashley Yeager | Sep 16, 2020 | 2 min read
The mountain is home to two historic telescopes and many other scientific instruments, along with a billion dollars’ worth of broadcast transmission towers.
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Field Research Sites Damaged as Fires Ravage West Coast
Shawna Williams | Sep 11, 2020 | 3 min read
Flames and smoke have killed dozens of people over the past month and burned hundreds of thousands of acres, causing massive disruptions.
California Wildfires Threaten UC Campus, Telescopes
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2020 | 2 min read
Thousands of acres have burned across the northern part of the state, forcing the evacuation of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and posing a serious threat to Lick Observatory.
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Marine Biologist John Pearse Dies
Shawna Williams | Aug 18, 2020 | 2 min read
The retired University of California, Santa Cruz, professor was known for his work on invertebrate reproduction, kelp ecology, and Antarctic marine life.
Cal State University to Conduct Most Classes Online this Fall
Catherine Offord | May 13, 2020 | 2 min read
The public university system in California joins a number of colleges planning a virtual semester to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
First US COVID-19 Deaths Happened Weeks Earlier than Thought
Catherine Offord | Apr 22, 2020 | 2 min read
Autopsies recently carried out in California show that one person died of the disease on February 6—three weeks before the nation recorded its first fatality.
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Bay Area Researchers Close Labs Under New Restrictions
The Scientist Staff | Mar 17, 2020 | 4 min read
Under an area-wide “shelter in place” order, scientists at some of the world’s leading universities scramble to continue working while confined to their homes.
Second US Coronavirus Death Confirmed in Washington State
Amy Schleunes | Mar 2, 2020 | 3 min read
More cases emerge across the country as the global death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 3,000.
Berkeley Labs Face Power Outage Amid Wildfire Threat
Emily Makowski | Oct 9, 2019 | 3 min read
The utility company PG&E has cut electricity to much of the Bay Area as a preventive measure.
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Fungus Behind Deadly Bat Disease Found in Northern California
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Bats are infected with the microbe that causes white-nose syndrome, but the disease itself has not shown up.
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Stem Cell Funding Agency CIRM Is Nearly Out of Funds
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 8, 2019 | 3 min read
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been funding research since it formed in 2004, giving out nearly $3 billion in grants to date.
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Jef Akst | May 9, 2019 | 2 min read
The state’s Environmental Protection Agency says that evidence of the chemical’s link to neurological problems in children is overwhelming.
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