Negotiations between Elsevier and the UC: a fight over open access

In February 2019, negotiations to renew an $11 million-a-year contract between the University of California (UC) and the academic publisher Elsevier ended, leaving researchers and students UC-wide without any official access to Elsevier’s upcoming publications. The giant Elsevier publishes around 20 percent of the natural and medical sciences articles in more than 2,500 journals, including
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Understanding the Mechanics: An Interview with Grace O’Connell

This article is part of STEMinism in the Spotlight, a monthly interview series. I was lucky to meet Grace O’Connell through a research project analyzing differences in audience participation during academic job talks based on gender and race of the presenter. Grace is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at UC Berkeley. Her research
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Bridging the culture gap between science and policy

As science and engineering graduate students, we are constantly engrossed in the details of our  research projects. When we emerge from our research, however, we frequently face culture gaps between ourselves and our graduate student peers, or the rest of society. For example, when we talk with scientists from different fields about our work, or
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