UCSC in the News

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

The New York Times interviewed Alan Richards of environmental studies for a story about the tough choices facing Middle Eastern and North African nations that are strapped for both water and food for their growing populations.

The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed piece by associate professor of literature Louis Chude-Sokei about Barack Obama and the issue of race in his campaign for the presidency. The Chronicle also ran an op-ed by professor of history Dana Frank, cofounder of the UCSC Center for Labor Studies about the strike for higher UC wages by members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union.

The New York Daily News featured Calavera Highway, the latest film by Renee Tajima-Peña of community studies, in its coverage of the New York International Latino Film Festival.

Economist Justin Marion's research on government contracts was featured in a Weekly Standard article about preferential set-asides in government contracts.

Anthony Pratkanis of psychology was quoted at length in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about questionable practices in the home lending industry.

The Charleston Gazette featured the results of a statewide job-satisfaction survey administered to teachers by the New Teacher Center.

The (Raleigh) News & Observer is the latest paper to publish the article that featured social psychologist Elliott Aronson's insights about the emotional benefits of social comparison, even the types of comparisons invited by reality shows like American Idol and Wipeout.

San Francisco's 7X7 Magazine included an interview with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, who talked about the band's donation of its archives to UCSC.

Assistant professor of film and digital media L.S. Kim commented on the impact that the deaths of celebrities, such as George Carlin and Tim Russert, have on the media and the public for articles that ran in the Contra Costa Times, and Inside Bay Area.

A San Jose Mercury News reporter interviewed Patricia Zavella of Latin American and Latino studies about natural remedies that are popular in Latino culture.

The San Jose Mercury News featured a story about new Shakespeare Santa Cruz artistic director Marco Barricelli, also quoting SSC Managing Director Marcus Cato. And the Santa Cruz's Good Times featured a cover story on the new Shakespeare Santa Cruz season.

Economist Lori Kletzer fielded a call from the Santa Cruz Sentinel about the health of the local economy.

Media Highlights provides monthly summaries of "UCSC in the News" columns.