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March 2023


When it opens in 2024, the new 4,000 square foot Social Documentation Lab will provide a new, state-of-the-art, creative home for graduate students in the Department of Film and Digital Media’s SocDoc MFA and PhD programs.

The Arts Division will soon begin construction of a world-class production and post-production facility for its Social Documentation MFA program.

Xavier Livermon, associate professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, was hired two years ago to build and start the minor. He has become the program’s guiding visionary as well as its first designated faculty member.

UC Santa Cruz’s Black Studies program has hired two new professors, and students in the minor say it’s filling in missing pieces and providing a critical framework for their studies going forward.

Four galaxies from the first epoch of COSMOS-Web NIRCam observations highlight a range of structures: a barred spiral galaxy (top left); a gravitational lens (top right), where the mass of the central galaxy is causing the light from a distant galaxy to be stretched into arcs; a nearby galaxy displaying shells of material, suggesting it merged with another galaxy in its past (lower left); a barred spiral galaxy with several clumps of active star formation (lower right). (Image credit: COSMOS-Web/Kartaltepe/Casey/Franco/Larson/RIT/UT Austin/CANDIDE.)

The first images released from the James Webb Space Telescope’s COSMOS-Web program offer a treasure trove of early galaxies, including dazzling examples of spiral galaxies, gravitational lensing, and evidence of galaxy mergers.

Bryan Gaensler (Photo credit: University of Toronto)
UC Santa Cruz has appointed astronomer Bryan Gaensler to serve as dean of the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences, effective August 15.
Christa Seidl

Ecology and evolutionary biology Ph.D. student Christa Seidl won first place in this year’s Grad Slam, an annual contest that gives students an opportunity to explain their work and why it matters.

UC Santa Cruz students will have more housing and childcare options in a few years. The UC Board of Regents issued approvals allowing the campus to move forward with Student Housing West. The campus will solicit bids for the first phase of the project later this year, with the goal of starting construction in early 2024.

Student Housing West will provide housing for more than 3,000 students and roughly double the capacity of the campus’s current childcare center following recent project and finance approvals from the UC Board of Regents.

Registration is now open for Alumni Reunion Weekend taking place April 14-15.

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Alumni Reunion Weekend registration is now open. The weekend, which will be April 14–15, celebrates alumni marking their 50th (or greater) reunion milestones. Check out the fun and join us!

April Yee (Oakes ’02, psychology and American studies) joined the UCSC Alumni Council in 2017.

Alumni Councilor April Yee had a harrowing early career experience, leading to burnout and health issues. Now she’s passionate about helping others, and she joined the UCSC Alumni Council in 2017. Learn more about how you can make a difference as part of the 2024 Alumni Council.

The Spring Give 2023

April 3–10

Your opportunity to give UCSC students access to experiences and services that will help them succeed well past graduation. Support your favorite UCSC project during this crowdfunding event.

Image of UCSC assistant professor of MCD Biology, Valerie Cortez; the Kraw Lecture Series logo; and the UCSC logo with the words “Our Voices Define the Century” above

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Reception: 5:30–6 p.m.

Lecture: 6–7:30 p.m.

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension and virtual

Partha Mitter, writer and historian of art and culture, will speak at the Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture on April 20.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Reception: 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Lecture: 6:30–7:30 p.m.

UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

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



April 13, 6 p.m.




April 25, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Location: Quarry Plaza



April 26, 6–8 p.m.

Location: Del Mar Theatre, Santa Cruz

Rachel Nelson (M.A. ’13, visual studies; Ph.D. ’16), director and chief curator of the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)
UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences has just opened a new climate-controlled gallery on Santa Cruz’s Westside—the first dedicated space for the institute, and a bridge between the university’s arts community and the greater Santa Cruz arts scene.
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The Center for Monster Studies at UC Santa Cruz may have a fanciful name—but its leaders say serious study of these frightful fictional beings shows how much they have to teach us.
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