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Is Canada's past immigration success waning?

Irene Bloemraad questions whether Canada's stand on immigration is heading in a misguided direction. In an Op-Ed for the Ottawa Citizen, Bloemraad, the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies, points out why longstanding policy has worked and what's at stake if lawmakers make radical changes.

Major in philosophy, the 'ultimate transferrable work skill'

The ranks of philosophy majors in L&S have nearly doubled in the past decade. A California magazine report explores the attraction to a field that physicist Stephen Hawking declared dead just three years ago.

At White House screening of 'Cesar Chavez,' alum reflects on her grandfather's legacy

The White House screened the new film "Cesar Chavez" on March 19, providing insight in to the skills and dedication that propelled Chavez's success. Julie Chavez Rodriguez, a White House staff member and L&S alumna, explains why her grandfather's teachings on grassroots organizing is still relevant today.

Scientists pinpoint upside to why the brain misses subtle visual changes

The discovery of what vision scientists, including lead author and L&S psychologist David Whitney, call the continuity field explains why the brain sometimes sacrifices accuracy for consistency. It also accounts for why the eye often misses tiny visual bloopers while watching movies, according to the study published in Nature Neuroscience.

Partnership to boost doctoral student diversity attracts ongoing interest

In an interview with L&S Executive Dean Mark Richards, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education takes a close look at the California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Funded by a $2.2 million National Science Foundation grant, the consortium, led by UC Berkeley and L&S, is working to improve diversity in STEM disciplines at universities and national labs.

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