University of California, Santa Cruz
June 2017
2017 UC Santa Cruz graduates throw their hats in the air in celebration of their commencement ceremony
Hats off to the graduates!
Both graduation caps and spirits soared during UC Santa Cruz’s 2017 commencement activities.
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Hector Navarro works in a genetics lab at UC Santa Cruz
Exceeding expectations
Hector Navarro thought that people from working-class families just don’t end up doing cancer research. But he did—and now the new grad is headed to UCLA to complete his doctoral degree.
Jerry Nelson
Remembering a bright star
Astronomer Jerry Nelson, a pioneering designer of large telescopes, died at age 73.
Alumni Updates
Alan Lovewell (Cowell ’05, art)
Alan Lovewell: Fishing for change
Alan Lovewell was frustrated by how hard it was to get fresh seafood that wasn’t mislabeled or harvested by some huge corporation using unsustainable fishing practices. So he decided to do something about it.
Natalie Batalha (Ph.D. astrophysics) is one of the world’s foremost planet hunters. (Photo courtesy NASA Ames Research Center)
Natalie Batalha: Looking for life
Alumna Natalie Batalha, who made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, has discovered approximately 4,000 new planets—some of which may turn out to be capable of supporting life.
2018 Alumni Weekend graphic banner UC Santa Cruz
Mark your calendar: Alumni Weekend 2018, April 27–29
A farmer sits on his tractor next to crops
Featured Event
First 50 Celebration, UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden July 28–30, 2017
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
» More Exciting Events
London – Saturday, July 1
5th Annual UC Summer Barbeque.
London – Sunday, July 9
Join Team UC Santa Cruz at the British 10k
San Diego – Wednesday, July 12
Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise, and the California Coast with Professor Gary Griggs at Birch Aquarium
» More Regional Events
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Jenn Figueroa, a graduating senior who changed majors from astrophysics to sociology. "Service is just part of life. It just has to be." (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)
Graduating senior propelled by curiosity and a desire to give back
A sociology degree and plenty of hands-on learning prepare Jenn Figueroa for life after graduation
Bettina Aptheker, distinguished professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Cruz, was honored as the inaugural appointee to the Presidential Chair (Photo by Steve Kurtz)
Gift establishes feminist studies chair
The $1 million Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair for Feminist Studies will help fund research and teaching in feminist studies. Bettina Aptheker, distinguished professor of feminist studies, is the inaugural appointee.
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