UCSC in the News

Ram Akella, professor of technology and information management, was quoted in a New York Times article about continuing education programs for people with science and engineering backgrounds.

Sociologist Paul Lubeck, who specializes in Nigeria, was tapped again by the New York Times as part of the paper's coverage of the recent insurgency there.

Jonathan Fox of Latin American and Latino studies was quoted in a front-page story in El Universal, one of Mexico's leading dailies, about winners and losers from Mexican agricultural policy.

Psychology's Craig Haney, an expert on the psychological effects of incarceration, was featured in a UPI.com story about mentally ill prison inmates.

Research on supernovae by astrophysicists Daniel Kasen and Stan Woosley was covered by Science News, Science Daily, Insciences, PhysOrg.com, Red Orbit, Universe Today, ScienceBlog, Innovations Report, Softpedia, Asian News International, Malaysia Sun, Daily India, and other media.

Sociologist Hiroshi Fukurai was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's current-affairs program "As It Happens" about the introduction in Japan of a lay participatory jury system. The program is broadcast in the United States over National Public Radio.

History professor Dana Frank was interviewed by the Toronto Star, New York's WUSB Radio, and La Opinion, the Spanish language daily in Los Angeles, about the recent coup in Honduras and the U.S. response.

Larry Pageler, director of Transportation and Parking Services, provided information about UCSC's bike shuttle program for the Los Angeles Times environmental blog Greenspace. The blog posting was about the Sierra Club's report on eco-friendly universities in the September/October issue of its magazine, Sierra. UCSC was seventh on the list of top 10 green colleges in the nation.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel and San Jose Mercury News ran a story about astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and the award he established for the top Mexican physics student.

Sally Morgan, UCSC senior environmental planner and archaeologist, was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about new historical discoveries in the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.

The Sacramento Bee interviewed music lecturer William Coulter for a story about how he spends his summers teaching music and performing concerts at small summer camps and workshops across the country.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz continued to earn great reviews for its 2009 summer festival with new stories in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, California Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Santa Cruz Weekly, and Good Times.

The San Francisco Chronicle gave associate theater arts professor Patty Gallagher a rave review as the last-minute replacement for actress Marsha Mason in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days. The San Jose Mercury News quoted Gallagher in a review of playwright Tracy Letts' dark tragicomedy August: Osage County. Playbill announced that Gallagher would be starring in the California Shakespeare Theater's Happy Days.

Jonathan Trent, adjunct professor of biomolecular engineering, was featured in a Good Times cover story about his ideas for producing biofuel from algae.

Campus veterinarian Dave Casper was quoted in Santa Cruz Sentinel and Mid-County Post stories about beach closures due to a great white shark seen feeding on a porpoise carcass.

Discovery News ran a story about research led by biology graduate student Ann-Marie Osterback on the impact of seagulls on endangered salmon populations.

Research on dark matter by astrophysicist Piero Madau and others was covered in PhysOrg.com.

A New Scientist article about the potential impact of West Nile virus on Galapagos Island finches included quotes from biologist Marm Kilpatrick.

Astronomer Greg Laughlin was quoted in a New Scientist article about an unusual planet found orbiting its star backward.

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