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June 2023


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From astronomers to teachers to human rights advocates, UC Santa Cruz launched the Class of 2023 into the world as the next changemakers of society. See a few of their stories.

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The Chancellor’s Innovation Impact Awards recognized transformational work across UC Santa Cruz—in the arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences.

Gandhi, in his on-stage discussion with UCSC professor of feminist studies Anjali Arondekar (left), founding co-director for the Center For South Asian Studies, emphasized the limits of BJP’s brand of politics. Photos by Crystal Birns.

Rahul Gandhi, former president of the Indian National Congress, and India’s best-known opposition leader, highlighted the dysfunction and corruption of the current Indian government during a recent surprise visit to UCSC’s Silicon Valley Extension campus.

UC Santa Cruz students with Hillel sold rainbow challah in the Quarry Plaza earlier this year. From left: Eva Hecht (first year UCSC student), Ariella Klenetsky (third year UCSC student), Rachel Kedem (third year UCSC student), Daylen Degelsmith (previous Associate Executive Director and Director of Student Life), and Koral Belson (Israel Fellow).

UC Santa Cruz has joined Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative, aiming to foster a campus climate in which Jewish students feel comfortable expressing their identity free of antisemitism, harassment, or marginalization.

Ferdinand Abad Jr., a Next Gen SAM alum who is now an Implementation Engineer at NexHealth.

Students have found success through the Next Generation Scholars in Applied Mathematics program, which provides students with scholarships and additional support such as counseling and career readiness workshops.

Stephanie Foo (Stevenson ’08, literature)

Longtime journalist and radio producer, alumna Stephanie Foo, explores her diagnosis of complex-PTSD in her first book, What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma.

From left to right: Guadalupe Sanchez (Crown ’13, film and digital media) and Amaris Trujillo (Cowell ’22, legal studies and psychology, minor Latin American and Latino studies)

The Latino Alumni Network—an alumni organization designed to connect the UCSC Latinx community—is returning as a hub for Latinx alumni under the direction of new co-chairs Guadalupe Sanchez and Amaris Trujillo.

“The three of us come together in this kind of Venn diagram, where Olena [Vaske] has the clinical genetics expertise, Jeremy [Sanford] is an RNA splicing expert, and I think of everything in terms of RNA structure,” says Stone. “Where these things converge is targeted RNA therapeutics.” (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

UC Santa Cruz researchers are using their deep expertise in the structure and function of RNA molecules to tackle diseases from hemophilia to cancer.

Deep Learning (illustration courtesy imaginima/Getty Images)

Artificial intelligence chatbots are all over the news these days, but what exactly are they, and what do they mean for the future of education—and humanity? UCSC experts weigh in.

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August 18–20

Reunite on campus with friends and fellow alumni for a weekend of celebration. Reserve your apartment or residence hall and join us in the redwoods.

A series of events occurring during the summer at the IAS

The summer months offer an exciting roster of events at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences. From film series to groundbreaking exhibitions to multidisciplinary presentations of public philosophy, we encourage you to explore our galleries’ many opportunities.

Many upcoming events are being delivered virtually; check calendar.ucsc.edu for latest updates
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