Published Jan 1, 2007 8:00 AM

How the top 25 were chosen

The staffs at UCLA Magazine and California, the alumni and university magazines of UCLA and UC Berkeley, collaborated to produce this special issue celebrating 25 brilliant California ideas from the past 25 years. We polled our respective faculties to select ideas that were transformative in broad, but far-reaching, criteria: media and technology, culture and society, business, science and engineering, and the environment. We couldn't canvas every member of the two faculties, but we did reach out to dozens of educators, researchers and scientists at both universities, and endeavored to include a broad range of disciplines. The final selection was made jointly by the editors in consultation with faculty and administrative leaders. The stories themselves were designed and edited independently to conform to each magazine's unique voice and style.