UCSC in the News

July

  • July 15, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle: Datebook

    In ‘Seeing Through Stone,’ artists imagine a world without prisons

    Highlights from 'Seeing Through Stone,' an exhibition co-created with the Institute of Arts and Science and the San Jose Museum of Art. The UC Santa Cruz sponsored show includes artists from all over the country reflecting on incarceration and prison abolition.
  • July 12, 2024 - The Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Filmmakers of ‘You Will Not Replace Us’ attend screening, discussion in Capitola

    This week, the Santa Cruz Sentinel covered a panel discussion moderated by University of California, Santa Cruz Continuing Lecturer in History and Literature Bruce Thompson, who spoke with the filmmakers of “You Will Not Replace Us,"which confronts the complex relationship between Black and Jewish Americans and the common struggle to fight hate.
  • July 05, 2024 - The Pajaronian

    Going forth for beach cleanup

    UC Santa Cruz chemistry professor Rebecca Braslau, whose team is working on methods to break down post-consumer plastic and turn it into something useful, was collecting trash to get a boots-on-the-ground view of the scope of plastic waste. “We try to raise awareness about single-use plastic items in general, and this is part of that,” she said.

  • July 05, 2024 - East Bay Times

    Fremont blames heat for massive Lake Elizabeth fish die-off

    Mark Carr, a professor of marine ecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said the fish are suffocating because they are competing with the lake’s ecosystem over the limited oxygen and losing ... “You can get phytoplankton blooms, algal blooms, at night that the phytoplankton respires, which means it consumes oxygen, so then it too will reduce the oxygen levels in the water – especially in the shallow water that is more vulnerable to the heat.”
  • July 02, 2024 - Santa Cruz Sentinel

    UC Santa Cruz community archivist named Watsonville Film Festival board president

    UC Santa Cruz's first community archivists, Rebecca Hernandez, will be taking over as the President of the Watsonville Film Festival. She was on the board for the festival and is excited to be taking over from former president Yazmin Herrera. Hernandez hopes to expand the organization, bringing in more filmmakers and more voices.
  • June 26, 2024 - Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Talking Heads fans rejoice: Jerry Harrison, ‘Stop Making Sense’ coming to UC Santa Cruz

    UC Santa Cruz's Quarry Amphitheater is hosting a one of a kind showing on the 1984 concert movie 'Stop Making Sense.'

June

  • June 28, 2024 - Scientific American

    Life for Researchers on This Icebreaker Is Cold and Fulfilling

    Scientific American interviewed UC Santa Cruz chemical oceanographers Carl Lamborg and Phoebe Lam and doctoral student Marissa Despins about how researchers live and work on a U.S. icebreaker making its way through the waters of West Antarctica.
  • June 28, 2024 - CNN

    Fact check: Sea levels are already rising faster per year than Trump claims they might rise over ‘next 497 years’

    Gary Griggs, a University of California, Santa Cruz professor of earth and planetary sciences who studies sea level rise, said last year that Trump’s similar claims "can only be described as totally out of touch with reality" and that Trump "has no idea what he is talking about."

    Additional coverage by Yahoo News and KTEN-TV.

  • June 24, 2024 - Smithsonian Magazine

    These Supercorals Are Causing Problems

    Despite how placid corals appear, in reality they’re constantly competing with each other, explains Giacomo Bernardi, a molecular ecologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the lead author of the new study. Once one species has an advantage—for instance, being more resilient against warming water, acidification or different fishing practices—it will outcompete other species, Bernardi says. “It’s going to overgrow the other ones.”

  • June 25, 2024 - earth.com

    Hydrothermal vents could support life on Jupiter's moons

    “This study suggests that low temperature hydrothermal systems could have been sustained on ocean worlds beyond Earth over timescales comparable to that required for life to take hold on Earth,” said Andrew Fisher, the study’s lead author and a distinguished professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

    Additional coverage in Space.com, Live Science and Yahoo.

  • June 25, 2024 - Ars Technica

    Researchers upend AI status quo by eliminating matrix multiplication in LLMs

    Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Jason Eshraghian's research on energy effecient large language models was featured in Ars Tecnica, with additional coverage in Venture Beat, The Register, and Tech Xplore.
  • June 20, 2024 - NBC Miami

    UM develops artificial reef as coral restoration efforts put on hold

    “We’re facing increasing risks on our coastline, that’s because of enhanced coastal development but also loss of our coastal habitats," said Dr. Mike Beck, the director of the Center for Coastal Resilience at the University of California at Santa Cruz. "Those habitats are our first line of coastal defense, coral reefs, mangroves and other wetlands, and without those reefs the cost of storms could double, so what we’re trying to do is restore those reefs, enhance those protections and reduce our risks overall."
  • June 14, 2024 - BBC

    Antarctic whale 'acrobatics' revealed in drone footage

    As BBC News filmed with scientists in the Antarctic Peninsula, one whale used its four-metre-long fin to sweep a net of bubbles around its prey and trap them, known as "bubble-netting". "The flick of that of that flipper really shows how adaptable, how creative, these animals can be," said Dr Ari Friedlaender from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Humpbacks are "much more acrobatic" than other similarly sized whales, Dr Friedlaender said.

  • June 14, 2024 - Scientific American

    Glacial Melting Could Change the Chemistry of Antarctic Seawater

    Phoebe Lam, a chemical oceanographer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is featured in Scientific American's Science Quickly podcast episode on how an iron infusion from glacial meltwater might change Antarctica’s seas and the climate.

  • June 12, 2024 - The Atlantic

    A Wild Plan to Avert Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise

    An audacious plan to avert sea-level rise was dreamed up by a member of the older guard, a 57-year-old glaciologist at UC Santa Cruz named Slawek Tulaczyk.

  • June 14, 2024 - ABC News

    Extra moisture on West Coast allowing climate-sensitive Joshua trees to recover: Experts

    The obligate mutualism between the moth and the Joshua tree is limited to a narrow belt where the trees grow best, as neither can survive at high elevations, but the tree cannot reproduce in low elevations either, according to research led by UC Santa Cruz professor of environmental studies Gregory Gilbert.

  • June 10, 2024 - Deadline

    Sundance Institute sets Producers Lab Fellows for 2024

    The Sundance Institute selected UC Santa Cruz Alumna, Brenda Avila-Hanna (2013, M.F.A. Social Documentary) as one of their producing fellows for the upcoming season.
  • June 09, 2024 - Times of San Diego

    UCSD-UCSC Coastal Project Highlights Importance of Building Local Resilience to Climate Change

    The University of California at Santa Cruz’s Center for Coastal Climate Resilience is working on a project to explore local mitigations along with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the San Diego Supercomputer Center, using cutting-edge technology and natural structures to model climate solutions. “A great deal of risk is driven by our coastal development choices,” said Michael Beck, a UC Santa Cruz marine sciences professor and the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience director.
  • June 07, 2024 - BBC

    Following Antarctic whales for climate change clues

    Natalia Botero Acosta, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Cruz, takes samples of whale blubber with a crossbow, and tests them in her lab to look for signs of hunger, stress or pregnancy, using chemical signals, or hormones, that build up in its blubber.
  • June 10, 2024 - American Council Of Learned Societies

    Experiential learning at the University of California, Santa Cruz: How one dean collaborated with others to recenter the humanities and expand experiential learning

    Heather Hewett of the The American Councll Of Learned Societies wrote a feature story for the ACLS focusing on Employing Humanities and Experiential Learning in the Humanities Division at UC Santa Cruz, and Humanities Dean Jasmine Alinder's work to center Humanities and expand Experiential Learning on campus.
  • June 08, 2024 - Financial Express

    Restating status as largest democracy

    Distinguished Professor of Economics Nirvikar Singh wrote an opinion article for Financial Express analyzing outcomes from India's recent elections and their potential economic impacts. 
  • June 07, 2024 - KSQD

    Sowing Seeds: Stories of Filipino Immigrants in Pajaro Valley

    A look into the Sowing Seeds exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art History, which was curated by PhD candidate Christina Alyson Plank. The work examines the lives of Filipino Americans in the Pajaro Valley over the last century. The podcast intervews Grace McCarty, one of the members of Watsonville is in the Heart, one of the organizations that help establish this exhibition.

May

  • May 31, 2024 - National Geographic

    Don't cut them down: Letting dead trees rot can help make new life

    “Wood-decay basidiomycetes are unusual in that they can break down a major compound of the wood called lignin,” says Gregory Gilbert, a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “Once that is broken down, the easier-to-eat cellulose is available for other fungi, insects, and bacteria.”

  • May 30, 2024 - Financial Express

    Put food and water on the policy table

    In this opinion piece, Nirvikar Singh, a professor of economics, argues that redesigning agriculture policy around ideas of growing food and preserving water resources, and starting with farmers, makes political and economic sense.

  • May 29, 2024 - Internationale Politik Quarterly

    How to Help Build Peace in Sudan

    Politics Professor and Legal Studies Program Director Mark Fathi Massoud wrote for Internationale Politik Quarterly about the steps EU policymakers must take to support Sudanese civil society, cut off weapons supplies to militias, and prevent a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
  • May 30, 2024 - The Guardian

    James Webb space telescope photographs most distant known galaxy

    Prof Brant Robertson, of the University of California-Santa Cruz, said: “We could have detected this galaxy even if it were 10 times fainter, which means that we could see other examples yet earlier in the universe – probably into the first 200m years. The early universe has so much more to offer.”

    Additional coverage in Scientific American.

  • May 29, 2024 - Martha's Vineyard Times

    Herring runs depleted across the Island

    A study by researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz has concluded that “bycatch was an important source of mortality” for river herring “originating from rivers within the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England.”

  • May 29, 2024 - The Atlantic

    ‘La Niña Really Can’t Come Soon Enough’

    "California loves El Niño because that rescued us last year from the drought," Alexa Fredston, a quantitative ecologist at UC Santa Cruz, told me. The climate phenomenon should cool the world. But first, we have to make it through another sweltering summer.

  • May 30, 2024 - Yahoo News

    TV's teen love stories are getting the 'grid treatment' on social media.

    Associate Professor L. S. Kim comments on modern teen shows and their iconography, focusing on the similar moments between teen shows throughout the past 25 years.
  • May 23, 2024 - Gizmodo

    NASA Releases Catalog Packed With the Most Bizarre Alien Worlds

    “Planets similar in size typically have a mass between roughly 6 and 12 times the mass of Earth,” explained Joseph Murphy, a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz and co-author of the study. This “exoplanet oddity” as Murphy refers to it, may have an Earth-like core surrounded by an unusually thin, hydrogen-dominated atmosphere, or it could have a water-rich core beneath a steam atmosphere. Additional coverage by CNN Brasil.

  • May 23, 2024 - Forbes

    Russia’s Stationing A Nuclear ASAT In Orbit Could Spark Next World War

    Astrophysicist Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said: “If ~1000 Starlink satellites were explosively destroyed, a debris chain reaction would create a lethal debris field” - a giant and deathly halo of “tiny missiles” that circles the Earth for generations into the future.

  • May 29, 2024 - Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Museum of Art & History exhibit highlights Filipino American stories

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a feature story about "Sowing Seeds," an ongoing Museum of Art & History exhibit highlighting Filipino American history in the Pajaro Valley. The exhibition is the result of a prestigious $75,000 Public Humanities Projects: Exhibitions Planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Watsonville Is In The Heart (WIITH), housed in The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. 
  • May 27, 2024 - Phys.org

    Camera tags capture social flexibility of Antarctic minke whales

    The study was led by Dr. Jenny Allen as a Griffith University Research Associate in collaboration with the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Data were collected in 2018 and 2019 around the Western Antarctic Peninsula as part of a research grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs to Dr. Ari Friedlaender, a Professor in UCSC's Ocean Sciences Department.
  • May 24, 2024 - Newsweek

    Dead Baby Sea Lions Suddenly Found on California Islands Spark Concerns

    According to a report by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Patrick Robinson, director at the University of California Santa Cruz Año Nuevo Reserve, said it is not uncommon to see "some" dead baby sea lions around this time of year; however, he said the number observed this month is "alarming."

    Additional coverage by KSBW, NewsweekSFGateSFist, and other outlets.

  • May 23, 2024 - Eos

    Confined at Sea at the End of the World

    Embedded on a research cruise in the Antarctic, a journalist joins a scientists’ “summer camp” led by UC Santa Cruz researchers.
  • May 23, 2024 - KPBS

    As lithium emerges in Imperial County, what will it take for residents to benefit?

    KPBS spoke with Chris Benner, faculty director of the Institute for Social Transformation, about findings from a report he recently coauthored on equitable economic development opportunities for lithium in California's Imperial Valley. 
  • May 21, 2024 - Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Mountain lion prompts brief lockdown at Aptos High School

    Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers, founder of the Santa Cruz Puma Project, spoke with the Santa Cruz Sentinel about local mountain lion behavior. 
  • May 22, 2024 - The Good Times

    Turning Pages: UC Santa Cruz keeps Santa Cruz County reading

    The Good Times ran a detailed feature story celebrating The Humanities Institute's Deep Read Program, now in its fifth year. This year's edition featured Hernan Diaz’s bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Trust. 
  • May 16, 2024 - The Conversation

    You should call House members ‘representatives,’ because that’s what they are − not ‘congressmen’ or ‘congresswomen’

    Politics Department Professor and Chair Daniel Wirls wrote an article for The Conversation explaining that the gender-neutral term "representative" is actually the most constitutionally correct way to refer to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • May 19, 2024 - The Verge

    Two students find security bug that could let millions do laundry for free

    The Verge reports that two UCSC engineering students discovered a security vulnerability in internet-connected laundry machines that could allow millions to do laundry for free. Additional coverage in Tech Crunch.
  • May 21, 2024 - EarthSky

    Scientists discover a nitroplast, the 1st of its kind

    The discovery of the organelle involved a bit of luck and decades of work. In 1998, Jonathan Zehr, a UC Santa Cruz distinguished professor of marine sciences, found a short DNA sequence of what appeared to be from an unknown nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium in Pacific Ocean seawater. Zehr and colleagues spent years studying the mystery organism, which they called UCYN-A.
  • May 16, 2024 - Reuters

    Sea otters get more prey and reduce tooth damage using tools

    The frequency of tool-use behavior varies, with some otters doing it more than 90% of the time when feeding and others rarely or never, according to study co-author Rita Mehta, a University of California, Santa Cruz functional and comparative biologist. "Females need the calories. They are smaller than males, and pregnant or nursing females have elevated caloric demands. Tool-using females were shown to consume a greater proportion of very large prey to help them meet their caloric needs," Mehta said.

    Additional coverage by FOX Weather, Popular Science, Science Magazine, KXAN, and many other outlets.

  • May 18, 2024 - Mercury News

    Capitola Wharf, wrecked in huge winter storms, set to reopen after $10 million upgrade

    "There’s been a long history of construction and destruction at the Capitola Wharf," said Gary Griggs, a professor of Earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz. "It’s sort of like the Big Sur Highway."
  • May 14, 2024 - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

    Platelet Pathway More Traveled with Age, Leads to Excessive Clotting

    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News covered Camilla Forsberg's lab's discovery of a secondary population of platelet cells that lead to excessive clotting. 
  • May 09, 2024 - New York Times

    Tuna Crabs, Neither Tuna Nor Crabs, Are Swarming Near San Diego

    Megan Cimino, an assistant researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, quoted. While the link between tuna crab aggregations and El Niño isn’t exactly clear cut, “when we think about climate change, the first thing to come to mind might be warming temperatures, but climate change can result in more variable ocean conditions” as well, Dr. Cimino said.

     

    Additional coverage in the Smithsonian Magazine.

  • May 03, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

    As dismantling of largest dam begins on Klamath River, activists see ‘new beginning’

    Environmental Studies Ph.D. student Brook Thompson, a Yurok tribe member, spoke with the Los Angeles Times about her activism for dam removal along the Klamath River and how it feels to now see the river's largest dam being dismantled.
  • May 07, 2024 - NASA

    How NASA’s Roman Mission Will Hunt for Primordial Black Holes

    “Detecting a population of Earth-mass primordial black holes would be an incredible step for both astronomy and particle physics because these objects can’t be formed by any known physical process,” said William DeRocco, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz.

    Additional cover on Space.com.

  • May 07, 2024 - Drug Discovery News

    A new Goldilocks drug class: macrocyclic peptides

    Based on the clinical trial data so far, other macrocyclic peptide researchers are excited about MK-0616’s potential and what it means for future macrocyclic peptide drugs. “What it does show is the incredible potency that you can get with these larger compounds against undruggable targets that have previously been impossible to inhibit with small molecules,” said Scott Lokey, a chemist at the University of California, Santa Cruz who was not involved with developing MK-0616.

  • May 06, 2024 - SF Gate

    California's historic piers are deteriorating. Should we save them?

    UC Santa Cruz professor and director for the UCSC Center for Coastal Climate Resilience Michael Beck told SFGATE that decisions like this may feel right at the time, but "if you really want it to be around for that time period, then we should take those costs now. … But as costs balloon over time, UCSC’s Beck said, the question of whether to save these beautiful relics of the past will become harder and harder for community leaders to answer.

  • May 03, 2024 - Mercury News

    Peregrine falcon webcam up and running on Alcatraz Island

    “A lot of people are surprised to find out that a prey bird like this, a symbol of wilderness, can be living in urban areas and doing so well,” said Zeka Glucs, director of the Predatory Bird Research Group at UC Santa Cruz. “People really fall in love with them.”

  • May 03, 2024 - Mercury News

    Our brains are growing. Will that help prevent dementia?

    Distinguished Professor of Biomolecular Engineering David Haussler's research on human genomic evolution was mentioned in a Mercury News story on the effects of the increasing size of human brains.

April

  • April 26, 2024 - Santa Cruz Sentinel

    Right Livelihood Conference features activists from around globe

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel covered the Right Livelihood International Conference at UC Santa Cruz, which brought together global leaders of social and environmental justice movements. 
  • April 29, 2024 - Financial Express

    Pivoting India’s growth strategy

    Distinguished Professor of Economics Nirvikar Singh wrote an op-ed for Financial Express about how India can foster greater export competitiveness to accelerate and broaden the dynamics of industrial growth.
  • April 18, 2024 - Associated Press

    What we know about the shooting of an Uber driver in Ohio and the scam surrounding it

    Anthony Pratkanis, an emeritus psychology professor, spoke to the Associated Press about the increasing prevalence of so-called "grandparent scams" in the past decade and explained how these scams typically work. 
  • April 30, 2024 - Space.com

    NASA's TESS exoplanet hunter may have spotted its 1st rogue planet

    "Definitely a ten out of ten excitement from me," William DeRocco, team co-leader and a researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz, told Space.com. "I'm used to looking for dark matter, where the odds of actually seeing anything are wildly low, so the potential of discovering something like a rogue world drifting in the darkness of interstellar space is just incredible."

  • April 30, 2024 - New Scientist

    How could we make a solar eclipse happen every day?

    In this episode of Dead Planets Society, hosts Leah Crane and Chelsea Whyte are joined by astronomer Bruce Macintosh at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in their attempts to fix this problem and conjure up a total solar eclipse that is accessible to all.

  • April 23, 2024 - The Independent

    Two lifeforms merge into one organism for first time in a billion years

    “The first time we think it happened, it gave rise to all complex life,” said Tyler Coale, a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Santa Cruz, who led the research on one of two recent studies that uncovered the phenomenon. “Everything more complicated than a bacterial cell owes its existence to that event. A billion years ago or so, it happened again with the chloroplast, and that gave us plants.”
  • April 23, 2024 - Smithsonian

    Bioluminescence First Evolved in Animals at Least 540 Million Years Ago

    Bioluminescence first evolved in animals at least 540 million years ago in a group of marine invertebrates called octocorals, according to the results of a new study from scientists with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and UC Santa Cruz's Steven Haddock.
  • April 25, 2024 - New York Times

    What Will Happen to West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz?

    Gary Griggs, a professor of earth sciences who has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since the 1960s, said that the conversation around West Cliff Drive reflected the realities of “living on the California coast and having developed right up to the edge.”

  • April 30, 2024 - Technology Networks

    Advances in Liquid Biopsies: Improving Sensitivity and Earlier Detection

    Associate Professor of Biomolecular Engineering Daniel Kim was featured in a Technology Networks story on advances in liquid biopsy technology for cancer detection, his area of expertise. 
  • April 28, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle

    Isaac Julien’s SFMOMA installation sets scene for most successful Art Bash ever

    Distinguished professor from UC Santa Cruz Isaac Julian premiered an installation at the SFMOMA as part of the museums Art Bash.
  • April 19, 2024 - Seattle Times

    A celebrity seal was moved 125 miles away in B.C. He showed up again days later.

    Roxanne Beltran, an ecology and biology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said many elephant seals travel to locations where they feel comfortable — typically their birthplaces — when they begin molting around April. She said it’s still a mystery how elephant seals know how to get back there. “Something about [Emerson’s] past experiences have informed his decision to stay, and whether that’s the amount of space or the amount of food … he seems to have found a place that he likes,” Beltran said.

  • April 17, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

    We can’t stop Highway 1 from crumbling into the sea. Here’s why

    The same features that give the Central California coastline its majestic views also make it volatile. As Gary Griggs, a professor of earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz, explained, that is mainly because California is young—in a geological sense—and still settling in.

    Related coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • April 16, 2024 - Forbes

    Space Experts Debate How To De-Escalate Russian Threats Of Orbital War

    “Any kind of space warfare will put all satellites at risk,” astrophysicist Joel Primack, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said in an interview. “The SpaceX Starlink satellites orbit at an altitude of about 550 km. That’s high enough that if they were targeted, the debris would remain in orbit for centuries.”

  • April 05, 2024 - National Institutes of Health Newsroom

    NIBIB-led program has helped innovators pursue commercialization for a decade, three medtech participants share their experiences

    Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Shiva Abbaszadeh's pathway to commercializing her x-ray detector technology was featured in an article about the anniversary of the The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering's Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) program.
  • April 17, 2024 - Genome Web

    Nanopore-Based Single-Molecule Detection Tech Shows Promise for Viral Load Tracking

    Genome Web reports on technology developed by UCSC Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Holger Schmidt for detecting COVID-19 and the Zika virus.  
  • April 13, 2024 - The Guardian

    The photographer who captured Black San Francisco in the 1960s: ‘We wouldn’t have seen it without him’

    UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus Lewis Watts comments on collection of photos capturing people of color in San Francisco in the 1960s.
  • April 08, 2024 - Architectural Digest

    The 64 Prettiest College Campuses in America

    Architectural Digest names UC Santa Cruz amongst the prettiest college campuses in the United States.
  • April 04, 2024 - MIT Technology Review

    The hard lessons of Harvard’s failed geoengineering experiment

    Environmental Studies Professor Sikina Jinnah, who co-chaired the Advisory Committee for Harvard's proposed SCoPEX solar geoengineering experiment, told MIT Technology Review that the need for early public engagement in future research proposals is one of the major take-home lessons from the project. 
  • April 09, 2024 - KALW

    Confirmation Bias In Policing And The American Nightmare

    Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Haney joined KALW radio show Your Legal Rights for a discussion of confirmation bias in prosecution. 
  • April 10, 2024 - San Francisco Public Press

    Overdose Deaths Swell Among SF’s Maya Residents, Highlighting Urgent Need for Culturally Competent Drug Health Services

    The San Francisco Public Press covered research by Global and Community Health core faculty member and Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies Carlos Martinez that showed most Latinx and Indigenous people in San Francisco who consumed drugs had very little knowledge of risks associated with those substances.
  • April 11, 2024 - Monterey County Weekly

    Local kelp forests continue to die off. Can they be saved? Divers say yes, but scientists and regulators want more answers.

    When divers, scientists and others started noticing kelp forests dying off around the Monterey Peninsula in 2015 and earlier, many were alarmed. But Mark Carr, a marine ecology professor at UC Santa Cruz who’s considered one of the foremost experts on kelp forests, wasn’t one of them. “It’s been 10 years now, and frankly people like me, marine ecologists, said, ‘Calm down, kelp will come back. Kelp comes and goes,’” Carr says. “We were wrong.”

  • April 11, 2024 - NewScientist

    A bacterium has evolved into a new cellular structure inside algae

    In the 3.5 billion years since life first evolved on Earth, it was thought that once-free-living bacteria had merged with other organisms on just three occasions, making this an exceedingly rare evolutionary event. Now, a fourth example has been found, in a single-celled alga common in the oceans. Tyler Coale at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his colleagues have now shown that this bacterium has evolved into a new cellular structure, or organelle. It is the first known nitrogen-fixing organelle, or nitroplast, says Coale, and could be the key to the success of these algae.

  • April 08, 2024 - NECN

    Professor returns to childhood home to watch solar eclipse

    Robert Irion, emeritus director of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program, featured in TV news report by NBC affiliate NECN. "When I saw the pathway of the 2024 eclipse, and realized it was going through my hometown, I knew instantly—at that moment—that I wanted to back in this spot to watch the eclipse because it would mean so much to me personally to be back here where it all started and set the stage for my whole career."
  • April 10, 2024 - Chronicle of Higher Education

    What Does an A Really Mean?

    "While within a given course an A may be tied to consistent criteria, across courses and especially across institutions, it’s what people in my field of literary studies would call an 'arbitrary signifier.' That is, it means whatever the individual faculty member says it means. Much too often — though not always — in the postsecondary sector, it means 'showing evidence of prior educational privilege.'" — Jody Greene, associate campus provost for academic success at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • April 01, 2024 - The Guardian

    California’s Highway 1 road conditions will only get riskier, experts say

    “We have been lucky,” said Dr. Gary Griggs, a coastal erosion expert at University of California, Santa Cruz, of the safety record along the most rugged stretches of this road. Fast-moving debris flows and the underground churn that chews through the concrete can cause fatalities if cars are caught in the erosion. “Almost a century since it was built and it has been slide after slide after slide,” he added. “Nothing is ever going to change that, and, with these climate change indicators, it will probably get worse.”

  • April 08, 2024 - SFGate

    UC Santa Cruz’s Deep Read Brings ‘Trust’ To International Community

    The University of California Santa Cruz's The Deep Read, now in its fifth year, is focusing on Hernan Diaz's "Trust" this spring, culminating with an appearance by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist in May. Sponsored by the university's Humanities Institute, the free program, in which readers dig deep into a text over a series of four weeks with guidance from UC Santa Cruz scholars, attracts people from all over the world.

March