UCSC in the News

UCSC in the News is a weekly column summarizing prominent media placements UCSC faculty, staff, and students have received.

The Wall Street Journal ran a story on Shakespeare Santa Cruz, reviewing three plays and noting "Loud cheers for Marco Barricelli, the festival's new artistic director, who has put together a debut season that bodes well for the future."

Planetary scientist Francis Nimmo was quoted in a USA Today story about Saturn's moon Enceladus.

The Wall Street Journal tapped anthropologist Nancy Chen for comment in a story about the absence of Chinese martial arts, known as wushu, at the Olympics. The story appeared in the paper's Asian edition, as well as the edition published in the United States.

Nate Dominy of anthropology was featured on Evolve, a program about human evolution produced by The History Channel. If you missed the broadcast, Dominy's appearance in the segment on "Eyes" is available on DVD and iTunes.

Stories in Popular Mechanics and National Geographic News about using elephant seals to study the oceans featured biologist Daniel Costa.

The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture got a plug in O, The Oprah Magazine in a recent article about the revolution in eating habits that focused on eating locally grown, organic food. And Sunset magazine did a nice spread about apprenticeship grads Jered Lawson and Nancy Vail, owners of Pie Ranch.

Sociologist John Brown Childs was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a show about income and wealth inequality in the United States.

In an article about the growing number of food-focused courses on college campuses, the Washington Post singled out the Anthropology Department's popular Food Through Culture class taught by Melissa Caldwell.

The New York Times, in a gardening Q&A about backyard vegetable gardens, referred to Alan Chadwick--founder of what is now the Alan Chadwick Garden--as one of two "gurus of organic gardening."

Research on dark matter by astrophysicists Piero Madau and Juerg Diemand was covered by Science News, UPI, Space Daily, Space.com, and SpaceRef.

Astronomers Kevin Schlaufman and Constance Rockosi were quoted in stories about research on the Milky Way galaxy in New Scientist, Space Daily, and Live Science.

Biologist Scott Shaffer was quoted in a New Scientist magazine story about new technology for tracking bird migrations.

Back Stage East published a feature story on Shakespeare Santa Cruz artistic director Marco Barricelli.

Top Tech News reported on data storage technology developed by computer scientists Mark Storer, Kevin Greenan, and Ethan Miller.

Psychologist Cam Leaper's recent study of sexual harassment, which found that 90 percent of teen girls report having experienced sexual harassment at least once, continues to get media attention. Under the headline "That isn't Flirting," the (Kentucky) Herald-Leader reported the results and ran a question-and-answer column with Leaper's coauthor, a columnist with the Syracuse New Times opined about the study, and Leaper's findings were also picked up by winknews.com, a web site managed by WINK-TV of Florida.

The work of research professor Bill Domhoff, who studies the concentration of wealth and power among the nation's elite, was cited in a letter to the editor of the Modesto Bee.

Eileen Zurbriggen of psychology was quoted in a New Pittsburgh Courier article about the sexualization of young girls. Zurbriggen, who chaired an American Psychological Association task force that issued a report on the topic last year, said the consequences for young girls are "very real" and are likely to have a negative influence on girls' healthy development.

In a story about development that's threatening mountain lions, the San Jose Mercury News tapped Chris Wilmers of environmental studies for comment. As director of the Bay Area Puma Project, Wilmers is studying the habits and habitat of mountain lions with an aim toward developing strategies to protect the animals.

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Jamie Vargas of the Educational Partnership Center in a story about students who recruit minority students to attend the University of California. The Contra Costa Times also ran the story.

The San Jose Mercury News and the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that graduate student Kimberly Bautista received a Princess Grace Award for her work in UCSC's Social Documentation master's program. The Sentinel also ran a follow-up story on Bautista's film, quoting her and B. Ruby Rich, chair of the program.

The discovery of a new mode of gene regulation by biochemist Monika Martick and biologist Lucas Horan was covered in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Medical News Today, Science Daily, and Science Centric.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Best of the Bay 2008" issue hailed Arboretum director Daniel Harder as a "local hero" for his investigation of the light brown apple moth.

The Monterey County Herald noted that literature professor Julianne Burton-Carvajal will be presenting an overview of the significance of Mexican cinema at the National Steinbeck Center's 28th annual festival celebrating Nobel-Prize winning author John Steinbeck.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel and Register Pajaronian ran articles announcing that UCSC water polo teams will compete in NCAA Division III during the 2008-2009 academic year.

An article in the Village Voice about the late acclaimed novelist Louis Owens--a former professor of literature at UCSC--described his time on campus in the early 1990's.

A cover story in Metro Santa Cruz on life in Monterey Bay featured biologist Mark Carr.

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