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UC President Janet Napolitano announced a major University of California initiative intended to marshal resources across the UC system to address global challenges related to food.
The UC Global Food Initiative grows out of a commitment by Napolitano and the 10 UC campus chancellors to work collectively to intensify and expand the efforts of the world’s premier public research university to support healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and food security. Napolitano says the goal is far-reaching. 

It is to do all we can to help the world learn to feed itself in ways that are healthy and sustainable in the use of resources. Our starting blocks for this initiative are our 10 campuses, our Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. That power of 10-plus makes UC well poised to take on this challenge on a scale not possible by any other higher education entity in the world.

Read more about the initiative.

UC President Janet Napolitano announced a major University of California initiative intended to marshal resources across the UC system to address global challenges related to food.

The UC Global Food Initiative grows out of a commitment by Napolitano and the 10 UC campus chancellors to work collectively to intensify and expand the efforts of the world’s premier public research university to support healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and food security. Napolitano says the goal is far-reaching.

It is to do all we can to help the world learn to feed itself in ways that are healthy and sustainable in the use of resources. Our starting blocks for this initiative are our 10 campuses, our Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. That power of 10-plus makes UC well poised to take on this challenge on a scale not possible by any other higher education entity in the world.

Read more about the initiative.

Our ucresearch colleagues produced this great piece about our scienceandfood friend, Amy Rowat of UCLA:

Something squishy


A misshapen nucleus is bad news.

For any given cell, the nucleus — the home of most of a cell’s genetic material — generally takes a fairly consistent shape. But when things go wrong and disease takes hold, the nucleus can become deformed.

UCLA’s Amy Rowat explains how an enlarged nucleus is a telltale sign of something gone awry. Corrupted, cancerous cells take on a different texture than healthy cells. They are softer and more malleable, or, as Amy puts it, more “squishy.”

Her research investigates the texture and squishiness of cells in our body, which can have a huge impact on treatments for cancer and genetic disorders. Using tiny instruments, this change in cellular flexibility can be used to diagnose disease, and could one day help determine which treatments might be most suitable for each patient.

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You just never know who you’re going to meet ….

At a restaurant about a year ago, we happened to be seated next to a like-minded foodie and began a conversation about what was on our plates. Turns out that person was UCLA’s Amy Rowat, an integrated biologist who has been making a lot of waves with her innovative scienceandfood program. Our ucresearch production team made sure to look her up during a SoCal trip.