The hypothesis that "survival of the kindest" may be the key to humans' success as a species is the subject of increasing scholarship at Berkeley, where researchers are engaged in a wide-ranging investigation of the science of happiness and compassion. In a new video, psychologists Dacher Keltner, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton and Robb Willer and sociologist Christine Carter describe their findings on the power of positive emotions.
An 8 percent tuition increase is a key element of the financial plan that UC President Mark Yudof says he will take to the Board of Regents next week. The plan, which aims to stabilize the university budget for fiscal year 2011-12, would also reform the pension and retiree health programs.
Faculty have been invited to take part in UC's Online Instruction Pilot Project, designed to test whether undergraduate online courses can be taught in a way that delivers UC-quality instruction. Faculty have until Dec. 13 to indicate their interest in developing and teaching an online course; as many as 25 courses will be included in the pilot.