The new faculty chairs range from screenwriting to open-source software.
Boost in resources for faculty research comes as UC Santa Cruz supporters seized the opportunity to establish chairs with matching funds committed by UC President Janet Napolitano, bringing campus endowed chairs to 30.
Dean of Physical and Biological Sciences Division is elected by his peers as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
It's easy for dancing biologist Xochitl Clare to see links between a 4,000-pound elephant seal and a boisterous form of Cuban dance.
The award will be presented at the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation in February. Nominations will be accepted until January 22.