Alumni news October 2018 –
University of California, Santa Cruz
October 2018
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Housing crisis hits home
The housing crisis is affecting Santa Cruz city and county staff, according to UC Santa Cruz researchers who are documenting how people are coping with rising costs and limited availability. The results of the study were presented on Thursday, October 18.
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Chancellor George Blumenthal
Chancellor Blumenthal to retire
In a letter to the campus community, Chancellor George Blumenthal, who has served 12 years as chancellor, announced his intention to step down at the end of this coming academic year.
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Oakes name change honors visionary
The Oakes Provost House will be renamed to honor Emeritus Professor and founding Oakes College Provost J. Herman Blake at a ceremony this month.
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Year of Alumni
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Astronomical achievement
Astronomer Natalie Batalha received the Alumni Achievement Award at the recent Founders Celebration, and also will return to UC Santa Cruz as a professor of astronomy and astrophysics.
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Guided by ‘presumption of innocence’
Ricardo Garcia, LA County’s new public defender, will lead the nation's oldest, largest public defender office.
Featured Events
Gary Snyder with Special Guest Tom Killion: Morton Marcus Poetry Reading
Thursday, November 15
Music Center Recital Hall
» More Exciting Events
Why Journalism Matters–Tuesday, Nov. 6
Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Martha Mendoza (Kresge '88)
at Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room
Santa Cruz Warriors–Wednesday, Nov. 7
Join your fellow Banana Slugs as we cheer on the Santa Cruz Warriors
at Kaiser Permanente Arena
Prof & a Pint–Monday, Nov. 12
Navigating a Whitewater World with Prof. David Lee
at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery
» More Regional Events
Mark your calendar! Alumni Weekend: April 26–28, 2019
Share your latest news with your fellow Banana Slugs in an Alumni Note.

UC Santa Cruz Magazine
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Tuned in
Alumna Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, took a chance and joined Google as employee No. 16 in 1999—now she’s working to bring more women into the world of high tech.
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Shooting for the stars
The bright—but previously unrecognized—young scientists of UC Santa Cruz’s Lamat program have found their destiny by turning their eyes to the heavens.
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