April 10, 2000
Making the News
New findings about the diving strategies of marine mammals by biologists Terrie
Williams, Donald Croll, Burney Le Boeuf, and their collaborators at other institutions
received widespread news coverage. Williams, who led the study, appeared on national
and local TV broadcasts (CNN, the Discovery Channel, ABC's Good Morning America,
and KSBW) and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. The story
was covered by major national newspapers, including Newsday, the Washington
Post, and the Dallas Morning News, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle,
Monterey County Herald, and Santa Cruz County Sentinel. Foreign newspapers
around the world also carried the story, including the Times, Daily Telegraph,
and Guardian in London.
Jonathan Fox, chair of Latin American and Latino studies, was interviewed
by the Miami Herald for a story about changes in Latin American studies programs,
which the paper reported are placing a greater emphasis on current events and popular
culture. . . . Guatemala's Siglo Veintiuno newspaper noted the publication
by Fox's colleague Susanne Jonas of the new book Of Centaurs and Doves:
Guatemala's Peace Process.
Spirit into Sound, a book coauthored by ethnomusicologist Fredric Lieberman
and former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, continues to get the media's attention.
The latest story was a feature in the San Jose Mercury News that appeared
in the paper's "Religion & Ethics" section. The book was also praised
by San Francisco Examiner jazz critic Phil Elwood, who said it "encourages
contemplation; it's good for the soul."
The work of associate professor of mathematics Richard Montgomery was featured
on ScienceNOW, a prominent online news site. Montgomery's analysis of the long-standing
"three-body problem" showed that the orbits of a trio of stars bound by
gravity could trace a figure-eight pattern through space.
Elaine Wheeler of the UC College Prep Initiative was interviewed by a Los
Angeles Times reporter for a story about the program that offers online courses
to high school students.
Each season UCSC's African American Theater Arts Troupe takes a production
on the road. When this season's play, Long Time Since Yesterday, was
performed at Merced College, the story was featured in Merced's Sun-Star.
Along with profiling the play, the story mentioned that troupe founder and director
Don Williams (who is UCSC's theater arts facilities supervisor) has raised
more than $30,000 in scholarship funds since establishing the troupe in 1991.
Research conducted by David Fox, a postdoctoral researcher in earth sciences,
when he was at the University of Michigan was reported in a New York Times
story that also ran in the Santa Cruz County Sentinel. Fox found evidence
of past climate changes in the fossil tusks of an ancient relative of elephants that
lived between 15 million and 5 million years ago.
Channel 46 covered Life Lab's recent third annual spring conference for educators,
which featured Congressman Sam Farr.
News of the new dual admissions collaboration between UCSC and 14 community colleges
made KCBS Radio, Bay City News, and KSMS-TV.
Professor emeritus of mathematics Ralph Abraham was a guest on the KUSP Radio
program Geek Speak. He discussed a series of classes he is offering to
make mathematics more accessible to the general public.