- December 18, 2008
Alexander Gamburd, professor of mathematics at UCSC, has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the White House announced today.
- December 18, 2008
Future increases in wind strength along the California coast may have far-reaching effects, including more intense upwelling of cold water along the coast early in the season, "dead zones" in coastal waters, and increased fire danger in Southern Californi
- December 17, 2008
Three UCSC professors have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- December 16, 2008
Concern about increasing ocean acidification has often focused on its potential effects on coral reefs, but broader disruptions of biological processes in the oceans may be more significant, according to Donald Potts, professor of ecology and evolutionary
- December 14, 2008
The newly reopened California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is receiving rave reviews and giving many UCSC professors their own cause for celebration.
- December 02, 2008
Dan Costa, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, studies how marine animals ranging from fur seals to dolphins to penguins make a living in the open ocean.
- December 01, 2008
Gary Griggs, director of UCSC's Institute for Marine Sciences, and Pablo Reguerin, deputy director of the Educational Partnership Center, have been named Community Heroes for 2008 by the Community Assessment Project of the United Way of Santa Cruz County.
- November 19, 2008
The Division of Physical and Biological Sciences has given its 2007-08 Outstanding Faculty Award to Douglas Lin, professor of astronomy and astrophysics.
- November 16, 2008
The Western Society of Naturalists has awarded its 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award to UCSC biologists John and Vicki Pearse.
- November 14, 2008
UCSC is the top-ranking university in the country for the quality of its research in astronomy and astrophysics, according to a new analysis of papers published in scientific journals and how often those papers are cited by other scientists.
- November 12, 2008
An unusual microorganism discovered in the open ocean may force scientists to rethink their understanding of how carbon and nitrogen cycle through ocean ecosystems.
- November 09, 2008
Princeton University will present the James Madison Medal, one of its top honors for alumni, to Claire Max, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz who has developed techniques to enable astronomers to more clearly observe the universe.
- November 04, 2008
In its first year of operation, the UCSC Chemical Screening Center has enabled researchers to identify a variety of potentially useful compounds, including promising leads for the development of new drugs to treat infections, cancer, and neglected disease
- November 03, 2008
Gregory Rau, a senior researcher at UCSC's Institute of Marine Sciences, was chosen as a finalist for the ConocoPhillips Energy Prize for his energy and carbon management proposal.
- November 02, 2008
Biochemist David Deamer will discuss the origins of life in a free public lecture on Thursday, November 13, at UCSC.
- October 22, 2008
Thanks to the sharp eyes of a UCSC undergraduate, astronomers have obtained a surprise view of a never-before-observed event in the birth of a galaxy.
- October 20, 2008
Daniel Costa is a leading authority on marine mammals, seabirds, and the impacts of humans on marine environments. His appointment to the Ida Benson Lynn Endowed Chair in Ocean Health recognizes Costa's important contributions in these areas and provides
- October 16, 2008
John Thompson, Distinguished Professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will receive the 2009 Per Brinck Oikos Award for contributions to the science of ecology.
- October 15, 2008
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics, is the ninth young scientist at UCSC to receive a prestigious Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
- October 14, 2008
A new study underscores the enormous impact of bycatch (marine life accidentally killed by fishing operations) on sea turtles.
- October 10, 2008
The American Physical Society has awarded two of its annual prizes to physics professors at UC Santa Cruz.
- October 06, 2008
Oceanographer Mary Silver has had a lifelong love affair with the sea--and with teaching.
- September 29, 2008
The 44th president will have tremendous challenges before him. UCSC experts offer their advice on topics ranging from education to climate change.
- September 25, 2008
The American Ornithologists' Union has awarded its Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award for 2008 to UCSC biologist A. Marm Kilpatrick.
- September 18, 2008
Regional schools in need of qualified math and science teachers will benefit from a $750,000 grant to UCSC from the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholars Program.
- September 17, 2008
A new study suggests that ancient features on the surface of Mars called valley networks were carved by recurrent floods during a long period when the martian climate may have been much like that of some arid or semi-arid regions on Earth.
- September 09, 2008
UCSC researchers attracted a record $131 million in external grants and contracts to the campus in the 2007-08 fiscal year.
- August 26, 2008
NASA's newest observatory, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), has begun its mission of exploring the universe in high-energy gamma rays using instruments developed by UCSC physicists.
- August 20, 2008
Anthropologist Nathaniel J. Dominy painstakingly measured the mechanical properties of nearly 100 plant species across sub-Saharan Africa as part of his investigation of the diet of early human ancestors.
- August 19, 2008
The field of particle physics is poised to enter unknown territory with the startup of a massive new accelerator--the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)--in Europe this summer.
- August 07, 2008
Using one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world to simulate the halo of dark matter that envelopes our galaxy, researchers found dense clumps and streams of the mysterious stuff lurking in the inner regions of the halo, in the same neighborhood
- August 05, 2008
More than 200 community and campus members gathered at the UC Santa Cruz entrance Monday afternoon to show their support for scientific research at the university and denounce two recent firebombings targeting UCSC researchers.
- July 24, 2008
This summer, many middle and high school students took advantage of a wide variety of academic enrichment programs offered by the UCSC Educational Partnership Center.
- July 14, 2008
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has chosen Robert Coe and James Zachos, both professors of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, to receive Humboldt Research Awards this year.
- July 09, 2008
UCSC researchers have discovered a type of gene regulation never before observed in mammals--a "ribozyme" that controls the activity of an important family of genes in several different species.
- June 30, 2008
- June 26, 2008
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a four-year, $3.7 million grant to Jonathan Zehr, professor of ocean sciences at UCSC.
- June 26, 2008
Higher temperatures helped a new strain of West Nile virus invade and spread across North America, according to a new study.
- June 25, 2008
The dramatic differences between the northern and southern hemispheres of Mars are the result of a massive asteroid impact, according to studies by UCSC planetary scientists.
- June 17, 2008
The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Seth Rubin, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.
- June 17, 2008
A recent proposal would compensate for marine bycatch by reducing other impacts on affected species, but a new analysis suggests that this strategy could end up doing more harm than good.
- June 09, 2008
Research by a UCSC undergraduate has shown how the regular orbits of the planets could go haywire at some point in the far distant future.
- May 30, 2008
Three UCSC graduate students have been selected to receive training grants intended to hasten innovations in a variety of biotechnology-related fields. The two-year grants provide $50,000 per year for each student.
- May 28, 2008
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found a bizarre ring of material around the magnetic remains of a star that blasted to smithereens.
- May 21, 2008
Wildlife biologist Glenn Stewart is both pleased and amused at the huge popularity of the webcams he has helped set up to allow people to watch peregrine falcons in action.
- May 15, 2008
After completing a worldwide survey of astronomical sites for the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), the TMT Observatory Corporation board of directors has selected two outstanding sites, one in each hemisphere, for further consideration.
- May 14, 2008
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a $4.8 million grant to UCSC to fund ongoing research in marine microbiology.
- May 07, 2008
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has approved a $7.2 million grant to fund a new stem cell research center at UCSC.
- May 06, 2008
A pioneering study of pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains will generate unprecedented insights into the behavior of one of the region's top predators.
- April 29, 2008
Thorne Lay, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UCSC, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.
- April 29, 2008
Claire Max, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
- April 29, 2008
A team of astronomers looking at galaxies in the universe's distant past have discovered nine young, compact galaxies, each weighing in at 200 billion times the mass of the Sun.
- April 04, 2008
Research by UCSC molecular biologist Harry Noller and his collaborators has led to the first direct observations of the mechanism for protein synthesis in living cells.
- April 03, 2008
A recent study indicates that wild salmon may account for just 10 percent of California's fall-run chinook salmon population, while the vast majority of the fish come from hatcheries.
- April 01, 2008
Rx for Health Care: Graduates of UCSC's innovative health sciences program are good medicine for California's ailing health-care system
Diego Inzunza grabbed a laptop on his way past the laboratory inside Plazita Medical Clinic, where jaunty Mexican music danced from a large speaker on the counter. Holding the computer open like a clamshell in one hand, the 21-year-old UC Santa Cruz stude
- March 24, 2008
New evidence from an eight-year study by UCSC and Chinese researchers indicates that the Tibetan Plateau rose in stages, with uplift occurring first in the central plateau and later in regions to the north and south.
- March 06, 2008
A rocky planet similar to Earth may be orbiting one of our nearest stellar neighbors and could be detected using existing techniques, according to a new study led by UCSC astronomers.
- March 05, 2008
- February 24, 2008
The ecological impacts of introduced rats on islands extend far beyond seabird nesting colonies, according to a new UCSC study that provides support for efforts to eradicate rats from the Aleutian Islands.
- February 17, 2008
Dean of Physical and Biological Sciences Stephen Thorsett has donated a first edition of English philosopher Thomas Hobbes's famous 1651 book, <i>Leviathan</i>, to the UCSC Library's Special Collections.
- February 14, 2008
Scientists studying an episode of extreme global warming in Earth's past are piecing together an increasingly detailed picture of its causes and consequences.
- February 14, 2008
James Zachos, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UCSC, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
- February 11, 2008
NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have uncovered what may be one of the youngest and brightest galaxies ever seen in the middle of the cosmic "dark ages," just 700 million years after the beginning of our universe.
- February 11, 2008
Mary Silver, professor of ocean sciences at UCSC, has been chosen to give the Rachel Louise Carson Lecture at the Spring American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly in May.
- February 06, 2008
Research on lark buntings by UCSC biologist Bruce Lyon and his former graduate student, Alexis Chaine, was featured on the cover of <i>Science</i>.
- January 28, 2008
A strange and violent fate awaits a white dwarf star that wanders too close to a moderately massive black hole.
- January 23, 2008
A study of how female lark buntings choose their mates, published this week in <i>Science</i>, adds a surprising new twist to the evolutionary theory of sexual selection.
- January 13, 2008
Scientists studying southern sea otters at different sites in California's coastal waters were not surprised to find that the dietary diversity of the population is higher where food is limited. But this diversity was not reflected in the diets of individ
- January 07, 2008
Combining two nanotech methods for engineering solar cell materials appears to yield better results than either one alone does, according to UCSC chemist Jin Zhang.