University of California Santa Cruz
December 2015
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2015: What a year
At UC Santa Cruz, 2015 was a year celebrating our 50th anniversary by advancing knowledge, challenging the status quo, championing across-the-lanes thinking, giving back, and taking risks.
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Xochitl Clare
Dancing biologist
Most people wouldn’t be able to find any connection between an elephant seal and the cha-cha. But 20-year-old Xochitl Clare isn’t most people.
Azadeh Moaveni
Women escaping from ISIS
Alumna Azadeh Moaveni wrote the dramatic Sunday New York Times article that describes how three young Syrian women became enlisted into ISIS and later escaped to Turkey.
Alumni Updates
Akiva Schaffer
Funny business
Saturday Night Live and UC Santa Cruz alum stumbled into a career in comedy.
Melissa Nelson
Returning to indigenous roots
Proud Slug promotes Native American heritage.
Wicked Problems: The Humanities in the Time of STEM
Featured Events

January 28, 2016: Wicked Problems
Maitra Memorial Lecture by William Adams (Ph.D. ‘82, history of consciousness), chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

April 28-May 1, 2016: Alumni Weekend

» more exciting events
Los Angeles – Saturday, December 12
Holiday Volunteer Service Day at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
San Francisco – Thursday, December 17
Banana Slug Trivia Night at Bar Basic
Seattle – Saturday, December 19
Snowflake Lane Celebration at Bellevue Square
» More Regional Events
The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz
Lecture hall
A table’s worth of chairs
Eight new UC Presidential chairs—in everything from screenwriting to open-source software—bring the campus total to 30.
Erika Zavaleta and Justin Cummings
Changing the face of conservation
New program to nurture a diverse cadre of environmental conservation leaders.
in Case you missed it
Paul Koch
High honors
Earth scientist Paul Koch was elected a 2015 AAAS Fellow.
Tony Hill
Honoring Tony Hill
In support of legendary Santa Cruz activist, UC Santa Cruz MLK Convocation committee seeks nominations for Tony Hill award.
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