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  • Margaret Zimmer posing outdoors in front of treesJune 16, 2021

    Hydrologist Margaret Zimmer wins NSF CAREER Award

    Margaret Zimmer, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences, has received an award from the National Science Foundation to support her research on the role of Earth’s subsurface in regulating the water cycle.

  • Zahira Suhaimi with scientific instrumentsJune 15, 2021

    Dialogues, collaborations, and the success of 'slow science'

    With funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, the new Southeast Asian Coastal Interactions Initiative takes a methodical approach to worldwide social and environmental challenges

  • June 15, 2021

    Crossing and Zooming: A joyful 2021 commencement

    This year’s UC Santa Cruz commencement festivities blended online ceremonies with jovial, in-person gatherings, including “Slug Crossings,” a chance for graduates to cross a stage on campus with their caps, gowns, and tassels while loved ones cheered them on.

  • UCSC humanities bannerJune 10, 2021

    Pulitzer Prize-winning UCSC alumnus Jeffrey Stewart gives keynote address at Humanities Spring Awards

    UC Santa Cruz alumnus Jeffrey Stewart (Cowell College ’71, philosophy) delivered the keynote address at the annual event celebrating the achievements of students, faculty, and alumni of the Humanities Division.

  • Portrait of Peter BiehlJune 10, 2021

    UC Santa Cruz names Peter F. Biehl as new vice provost, dean of the Graduate Division

    UC Santa Cruz has appointed Peter F. Biehl, professor of anthropology at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), as vice provost and dean of the Graduate Division.

  • children in a garden surrounded by rows of corn and flowersJune 9, 2021

    Research partnership will highlight STEM learning in local community garden

    A grant from the Spencer Foundation will help UC Santa Cruz researchers document the many types of STEM learning taking place in a Latinx immigrant-led community garden in Watsonville.

  • Uriel Serrano, photographed from the shoulders up, standing in front of a wall and treeJune 9, 2021

    Doctoral student wins Ford Foundation fellowship for work on gender, race, and policing

    Uriel Serrano recently won a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to support his research on how gender ideologies are formed in relation to carceral violence.

  • Claire MaxJune 9, 2021

    Claire Max to retire as director of UC Observatories

    Claire Max, director of the University of California Observatories (UCO) and the Bachmann professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, will retire at the end of June.

  • Vaishnavi Dornadula (College Nine '21, robotics engineering)June 7, 2021

    Vaishnavi Dornadula

    Vaishnavi Dornadula was a leader in creating the first-ever Baskin Day celebration, which launched in February 2020. Since then, it has turned into a popular campus tradition, with students from across the disciplines, as well as off-campus visitors.

  • Simayijiang Xirenayi (College Ten ’21, biology and bioinformatics [minor])June 7, 2021

    Simayijiang Xirenayi

    When Simayijiang "Sherin" Xirenayi left home at age 19, she knew she wanted to study biology. She attended community college and then transferred to UC Santa Cruz, but it wasn’t an easy move. Her life turned a corner when she was asked to meet with a campus adviser.

  • Sharon Valle Rodriguez (Merrill '21, Latin American and Latino studies and legal studies0June 7, 2021

    Sharon Valle Rodriguez

    When she started at UCSC, Sharon Valle Rodriguez was unsure about everything. But she learned to be independent and emotionally intelligent. "Now I believe in myself and know I can achieve my goals," she said.

  • Norberto Garcia (Merrill '21, sociology) (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)June 7, 2021

    Norberto Garcia

    As Norberto (Norbit) Garcia interviewed 18 families about their experiences for his senior thesis, he was reminded of why he chose sociology as a major—the realization that he wanted to help communities that are underrepresented and motivate students like him to go to college.

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