Are You My Professor?

A primer on the levels of instructors at US Universities, in ascending order of prestige (know your kyriarchy!), for all my first year undergrad students who flatteringly address their emails to “Professor.”   Graduate Instructors: called “GSI”s or “TA”s at Berkeley, these lowly graduate students do not yet have PhDs, thus are not “Dr”s, and may never become […]

Cover image from P.D. Eastman's children's classic, Are You My Mother?

Berkeley's "Measure D" would add a one-cent tax for every ounce of soda.

Measure D, Berkeley’s Soda Tax: What’s the Deal?

A measure taxing soda and sugary beverages is on Berkeley’s November 4 election ballot. A citywide tax, known as “Measure D,” could add a 1 penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and earn the City of Berkeley an estimated $1 million to $3 million a year. Measure D would include soft drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened […]

Addressing Islamophobia at UC Berkeley

In the late 1990s, political activists developed the concept “Islamophobia” to call attention to stigmatizing rhetoric and actions directed towards the religious faith of Islam and Muslim practitioners in Western liberal democracies. Throughout the years, the use of the term has been expanded from a political concept to a research analytic that seeks to identify […]


From Rosen LE, Connell KB, Marqusee S, 2014

Protein Folding Study Challenges Current Folding Theory

Researchers at UC Berkeley recently published a study suggesting that ribonuclease H (RNase H), a protein with well-characterized folding, does not fold through a molten globule intermediate, as scientists previously believed. “It has been thought for a long time that molten globules are ubiquitous protein folding intermediates,” said Dr. Laura Rosen, first author on the […]

A Sneak Preview into the Highly Anticipated “Dear White People” film

“Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has been raised to two…Sorry, your ‘weed man’ Tyrone does not count!” Every generation has a film that shocks as it touches upon issues of race and inequalities of color. In 1950, we had the black-and-white American film noir No Way […]