UCSC in the News

Astronomers Steve Vogt and Greg Laughlin were quoted in extensive media coverage of their discovery of new planets around nearby Sun-like stars, including stories in USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, U.S. News & World Report, Science News, Scientific American, Discover magazine, CBC News (Canada), BBC News, National Geographic News, Discovery News, Fox News.com, Space.com, Science Daily, ABC Science Online, Softpedia, and Slashdot.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the UCSC Arts Division has given Shakespeare Santa Cruz the go-ahead for another season in 2010, adding that it is "widely considered one of the West Coast's top Shakespeare festivals." Articles about Shakespeare Santa Cruz also appeared in the California Chronicle and The Californian.

Research on the nesting behavior of coots by biologists Bruce Lyon and Dai Shizuka was covered in Science News, Vancouver Sun, Science Daily, and Birder's World and Birdwatch magazines.

Astrophysicist Jonathan Fortney was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about the search for "dark stars" by NASA's new WISE space observatory.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel interviewed philosophy graduate student Kyle Robertson and Stevenson College provost and philosophy professor Ellen Suckiel for a story about a team of undergraduate students winning top honors at the state "Ethics Bowl" competition.

Ocean scientist Raphael Kudela was quoted in a story about toxic algae that ran in the Tacoma News Tribune and PhysOrg.com.

Ed Green, who has been working on the Neandertal Genome Project and joins the UCSC biomolecular engineering faculty in January, was profiled on GenomeWeb.com.

Planetary scientist Francis Nimmo's research on the habitability of the moons of Saturn and Jupiter was covered by Science Daily and Space Fellowship.

Tablet magazine quoted History of Art and Visual Culture professor Catherine Soussloff for a story about how two middle class civil servants amassed a world class art collection in New York.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Film and Digital Media associate professor L.S. Kim was on the jury for the American Film Institute's 2009 outstanding television award list.

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