University of California, Santa Cruz
March 2016
Humpback whale feeding a few paddle strokes from shore
Special report: The wild, wild west coast
A warm blob of water, a bloom of toxic algae, unexpected sightings of ocean life, and an El Niño have left UC Santa Cruz researchers wondering what the future holds for North America's west coast and its marine ecosystem.
Also Featured
Alicia Garza at the podium
Black Lives Matter cofounder wows capacity crowd at MLK Convocation
Alicia Garza, a key figure in an international civil rights movement and a charismatic leader, gave a dynamic speech that often left the audience rapt.
Matthew McKown deploying an acoustic sensor to record calls of marbled murrelets
Researcher spies on secretive birds
Marbled murrelets are reluctant to share their secrets, but Matthew McKown is using acoustic sensors to monitor these endangered avians.
Alumni Updates
Blake Riggs
Determined to increase diversity in the sciences
Alumnus Blake Riggs uses his own story of prejudiced encounters, personal stumbles, and tenacity to encourage students of color.
Moving tribute to movement
Alumni create "Muscle Memory," a multimedia undertaking exploring creativity, aging, and the gifts of the UC Santa Cruz dance program.
Portfolium, coming soon!
Portfolium is a cloud-based network that helps people share a complete picture of their academic and professional potential through an ePortfolio. This network creates opportunities to capture, curate, and convert skills into job offers. Banana Slug alums will receive an invitation to join the network on March 7, with a custom link to create your unique online portfolio. Learn more about Portfolium.
Featured Events
UCSC presents the Original Thinkers Series
Original Thinkers Series with Craig Haney:
Bending Toward Justice? The Urgency (and Possibility) of Criminal Justice Reform

6 p.m. March 30, Hotel De Anza, Silicon Valley
Alumni Weekend 2016. Come Home. This Weekend is For YOU!
Alumni Weekend Welcome Keynote: How We Learn—An evening with John Dizikes, featuring noted alumni author Lawrence Weschler
7 p.m. April 29, Stevenson Event Center
» More Exciting Events
Seattle – Sunday, March 20
Wine Walk at Airfield Estates, Woodinville
Sacramento – Wednesday, March 23
Sac Slugs Spring Mixer at New Helvetia Brewing Company
New York – Thursday, March 24
New York Banana Slugs Happy Hour at Ivy
Santa Cruz – Friday, April 1—Saturday, April 2
2nd Annual Rugby Reunion at UC Santa Cruz
Boston – Tuesday, May 10
BSLUGs go to Fenway at Fenway Park
East Bay – Sunday, July 17
Banana Slugs at the Oakland A's at Coliseum
» More Regional Events
The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz
Kristy Kroeker
Two UC Santa Cruz professors win Sloan Research Fellowships
Astronomer Andrew Skemer and ecologist Kristy Kroeker are among 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers recognized by the Sloan Foundation.
Giving Day May 11, 2016 Game On Give On
Game on, give on
Our first-ever Giving Day is coming on May 11—a 24-hour online fundraising drive to support UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, and programs. We're using a game-style platform, complete with prizes. It’s going be fun, and there are lots of ways to get involved. Are you game? Take the pledge to play.
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