UCSC in the News

Biologist Samantha Simmons was interviewed on NBC Nightly News for a story about the new oceanography features on Google Earth, which include data from elephant seal tracking studies carried out by Simmons and others in biologist Daniel Costa's lab. To watch a video of the NBC news story, click here. Coverage in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and San Jose Mercury News quoted Costa and Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences.

A report by astronomer Greg Laughlin and colleagues on an extrasolar planet with extreme temperature swings received widespread media coverage, including stories in the San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Wired News, BBC News, National Geographic News, Discover, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, Bloomberg News, Salon.com, MSNBC.com, CBC News (Canada), Edmonton Sun (Canada), Guardian (U.K.), Register (U.K.), Tech Herald, Science Daily, Space Daily, an Associated Press story that ran in the Boston Herald, Denver Post, Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and many other newspapers and online news sites around the country, as well as international coverage in Australia, New Zealand, France, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. In addition, he discussed his research on NPR's Talk of the Nation "Science Friday."

Patricia Zavella of Latin American and Latino studies published an article about immigration reform in the winter 2009 issue of Ms. magazine.

Stories about Baskin Engineering's new Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics ran in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Triangle Business Journal, Nanotechnology News, Nanotech Now, Nanowerk, BioOptics World, and AzoNano.com.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel featured the elephant seal research led by Dan Costa of ecology and evolutionary biology on the front page. The story, which additionally pointed out that researchers have named a couple of the seals after fake-news pundits Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, was also picked up by the Associated Press.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel also showcased the mountain lion research led by Chris Wilmers of environmental studies on the front page. . . . Also in environmental studies, postdoctoral researcher Chris Darimont was interviewed by EARTH magazine.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that first-time director and UCSC alumnus Cary Joji Fukunaga received the award for best "Directing, U.S. Drama," at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Biologist Samantha Simmons was quoted in an article about elephant seals at Año Nuevo state reserve in the San Mateo County Times and Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Media Newswire published the press release about anthropologist Nancy Chen's new book Food, Medicine, and the Quest for Good Health, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel also published an article about Chen's book.

The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture was mentioned in an article in the Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin.

The JournalTimes.com is the latest site to run the recent Washington Post article about hypocrisy and the research contributions of social psychologist Elliot Aronson to our understanding of strategies to modify behavior.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel announced that UCSC was hosting a symposium moderated by literature professor and Jewish Studies director Murray Baumgarten in collaboration with an exhibit at the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco.

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