March 25, 2002
Making the News
A new study on the origins of modern mammals in Asia by Paul Koch, associate
professor of Earth sciences, and graduate student Gabriel Bowen received considerable
media coverage. Their findings were reported in Newsday (New York), the Seattle
Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Calgary Herald, Toronto Globe and Mail and other
newspapers, and on the UPI and AP news wires, as well as Science News magazine
and online science news sites such as Scientific American Online and Bio.com.
The Discovery Channel (Canada) also ran a news story about the study.
Research by Gregory Laughlin, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics,
was mentioned in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the
search for Earth-like planets outside the solar system.
Assistant professor of Earth sciences Slawek Tulaczyk, an expert on Antarctic
ice dynamics, was traveling in southern California when news broke about the sudden
collapse of a major ice shelf in Antarctica, but he was able to do telephone interviews
with KCBS radio in San Francisco and the White House Staff Office.
Cathy Sandeen, dean of UCSC Extension, was quoted in an article in Silicon
Valley Business Ink about the new biotech certificate program UC Santa Cruz Extension
is launching this spring. In addition, Sandeen and Bettina Oelke, director
of the applied and natural sciences department at UCSC Extension, were quoted in
an article in the online publication GenomeWeb News about the timeliness of
the new program.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a feature story about lecturer Nancy Abrams,
"the singing scientist," and her new CD Alien Wisdom. Abrams co-teaches
the "Cosmology and Culture" course with her husband, cosmologist Joel
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