We got a lot of good answers to our questions, and we appreciate the people who took time out to talk to us.

For NorCal residents, people had the impression that they were hella hip, liberal and environmentally conscious. At least in the Bay Area, these things are easy to run into, even though they’re not entirely representative. The stereotype that people from NorCal are distinctly “pot smokers” is funny (and erroneous), as people from SoCal smoke all the time – at least from what we’ve experienced. We think this is just a Californian thing. Weed solidarity, brothers and sisters! read more »

Because Chuck Dillon’s art student pictures totally scream “Berkeley!” to us. Maybe it’s just that liberal, let-it-all-hang-out, admit-the-geeks attitude.

We find the following students most Berkeleyesque:

- Stressed Student
- Student 1.0
- Environmental Hippy Student
- Average/Good Student

Though we’re sure you could make an argument for the entire collection, considering that we do have an art practice major. Also the sheer fact that we have, oh, 30,000+ students.

Image Source: Chuck Dillon
Which Student are You? [blog 30 x 30]
via Laughing Squid

It’s no secret that the science, math and engineering departments on campus could use a little more estrogen. Males historically dominate any field that involves numbers–but university researchers (including one from UC Berkeley) argue that the ladies, too, now own at math. In fact, females have caught up quite a bit with their math-savvy male counterparts, according to new data derived from standardized test scores.

There are still gender performance differences everywhere, of course–from algebra classes to presidential primaries. But we see a bright future for gender equality in the math and sciences. If this study and its all-female collaborators are any indication, we could be kicking the “girls suck at math” stereotype in no time.

Image Source: ntr23 under Creative Commons
Girls no longer left behind in math, study shows [SF Chronicle]