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September 30, 2002

UCSC in the News

A $9.1 million grant from the Moore Foundation to establish a Laboratory for Adaptive Optics at UCSC received print and broadcast media coverage, including stories in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and San Jose Mercury News and on KSBW-TV, KGO Radio, and KION Radio. Joe Miller, director of UCO/Lick Observatory, handled most of the interviews.

The Wall Street Journal cited the work of economist Lori Kletzer in a story about the impact of foreign competition on domestic furniture manufacturing.

Professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology Manuel Ares was featured in several stories about his $1 million grant for undergraduate science education from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Stories appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Susanne Jonas of Latin American and Latino studies appeared on the Public Radio International program, The World, discussing the Guatemalan peace process and the current state of affairs there.

John Thompson, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Brent Haddad, associate professor of environmental studies, and Lisa Sloan, associate professor of Earth sciences, were guests on KUSP Radio's Talk of the Bay program. They discussed the STEPS Institute and its approach to global environmental issues.

Economist Rob Fairlie's expertise on race and public school enrollment was cited in an Alameda Times-Star article about "white flight" out of the state's public schools.

As organizer of a scientific conference on asteroid hazards, associate professor of Earth sciences Erik Asphaug was featured in several news stories and was interviewed on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Coverage included an Associated Press story that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and other newspapers, a Reuters story that ran on CNN.com and was mentioned on CNN Headline News, a U.P.I. story, and an article in New Scientist magazine. Asphaug also did an interview with a BBC-TV documentary team.

The experiences of history of consciousness professor Angela Davis were included in a Tampa Tribune article on court cases involving academic freedom. Davis was fired from UCLA in 1969 because she was a communist. Although she won her case in court, the UC Regents overruled UCLA's chancellor's plans to reappoint Davis to her teaching position.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel tapped psychology's Anthony Pratkanis and Dane Archer of sociology for their coverage of the anniversary of September 11. Pratkanis was also interviewed by the Sacramento Bee for a story about the cost of political advertising on cable television.

Highlights of Making the News columns from the 2001-02 academic year.

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