UCSC in the News

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

BusinessWeek featured a Q & A with economist Rob Fairlie about the barriers blacks and Latinos face starting their own businesses and making them succeed.

A study of valley networks on Mars led by graduate student Charles Barnhart was covered by UPI, Vancouver Sun, Times of India, Space Daily, Live Science, Universe Today, Red Orbit, Foxnews.com, Astronomy.com, and Space.com.

The Washington Post noted that the directors of a new documentary film titled "Sputnik Mania" enlisted UCSC students to research hours of declassified Soviet film footage, Navy archives, and YouTube postings to come up with material for the film.

Jonathon Landeck of the Center for Agroecology was quoted in an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article about programs that nurture novice farmers interested in sustainable agriculture. He was also interviewed by Marketplace Radio for a story about urban agriculture.

Physicist Hartmut Sadrozinski was interviewed by KION TV News about his group's work on the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle collider in the world.

Frank Drake, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the new computer game Spore.

Melanie DuPuis of sociology fielded a call from a reporter with Cleantech Group about the backlash following a recommendation from the head of the IPCC that people should reduce meat consumption to help slow global warming.

Cosmologist Anthony Aguirre was quoted in a Science News magazine article about multiple universes. Science News also quoted astronomer Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz in a article about a gamma-ray burst that was the most luminous object ever recorded from Earth.

Research on the biodiversity of ecosystems led by biologist Samantha Forde was covered by New Scientist and Science Centric.

Steve Gliessman of environmental studies was featured in a Contra Costa Times food column about changing the way we eat.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a preview story on UCSC's second annual Founders Day gala dinner and its 2008 honorees--Narinder Singh Kapany, Dana Priest, and Patricia Zavella.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel quoted associate professor of computer science Jim Whitehead for an article about how UCSC students majoring in computer game design are benefiting from a settlement reached in a class action lawsuit involving video gaming employees at Sony.

The Californian reported that UCSC was one of three California organizations that received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant to host a range of activities centering on the life and work of poet Robinson Jeffers.

The Omaha World-Herald covered a speech by history of consciousness professor Angela Davis in which she urged the audience to remember the passion and fervor of the fight for social justice in the 1960s. The Contra Costa Times also reported that Davis would be participating in a conference with the theme of reforming the country's prison-industrial complex.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC) artistic director Marco Barricelli was quoted for a San Jose Mercury News article about up-and-coming playwright Itamar Moses, whose play Bach at Leipzig was a crowd-pleaser at this year's SSC summer festival.

Daniel Press of environmental studies provided election analysis in the Monterey County Herald's coverage of the local congressional race.

Economist Michael Hutchison discussed the Wall Street crisis on KUSP Radio's Talk of the Bay program. The Santa Cruz Sentinel also tapped Hutchison for analysis of the decline in the local housing market and ongoing turmoil in U.S. financial markets.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a front-page story about the collaboration by education prof Judith Scott and computer scientist Yi Zhang to develop a "dictionary for the 21st century" to help middle school students build their vocabularies. The paper subsequently editorialized favorably about the project.

A cover story in the Good Times weekly focused on biology graduate student Adelia Barber and her research on bristlecone pines.

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