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Surf, study, sisterhood: mentor nurtures big-wave fascination

Savannah Shaughnessy and Sarah Gerhardt
Shaughnessy and Gerhardt. (Photos by Carolyn Lagattuta)

Fourth-year biology major Savannah Shaughnessy, an up-and-comer on the big-wave circuit, faces the tricky balance of pursuing a challenging academic course and putting in the time to conquer some of the world's largest waves.

But she had a good role model: Renowned big-wave rider Sarah Gerhardt, a UCSC Ph.D. in physical chemistry. [More]

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SSC rehearsal

Stage presence: Caffeine, adrenalin, and cheese curls are fueling actors in the run-up to Shakespeare Santa Cruz's 29th season. We take you behind the scenes. [More]

Sunset at Lick Observatory

Summer attractions: Summer is a great time to explore UCSC and its off-campus facilities, whether you want to learn about exotic plants or catch the sunset at Lick Observatory. [More]

Three questions for the new trustees: Two new trustees have joined the UCSC Foundation. Last month, we introduced SB Master (Cowell '75); this month meet Gunjan Sinha (M.S., computer engineering, '91). [More]

Sunset at Lick Observatory

Help for healers: Health sciences major Max Caccese, this year's winner of the Primary Care Physician Award, will receive a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for medical school. [More]

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Being green: U.S. News & World Report listed UCSC among 10 picks for eco-friendly colleges, emphasizing the campus's dining efficiencies. [More]

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