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A global surge of great earthquakes holds clues to future quakes

Oct 21, 2014 UC Santa Cruz seismologist Thorne Lay discusses the implications of recent studies for quake risk in Cascadia

Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history

Sep 8, 2014 Ancient Egyptian artworks helped scientists reconstruct how animal communities changed as climate became drier and human populations grew

Old evidence leads to new ideas about earthquake hazards in Pacific Northwest

Aug 4, 2014 Sediment cores collected in 1960s by geologist Gary Griggs have attracted renewed scrutiny for clues to Cascadia earthquakes.

Earth scientist James Gill elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Aug 4, 2014 James Gill, professor of Earth and planetary sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Tidal forces gave moon its shape, according to new analysis

Jul 30, 2014 Most of the moon's overall shape can be explained by taking into account tidal effects acting early in the moon's history.

Cassini finds 101 geysers and more on icy Saturn moon

Jul 28, 2014 Scientists on NASA's Cassini mission have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's small, icy moon Enceladus.

Earth scientist Patrick Fulton to receive Early Career Award from AGU

Jul 10, 2014 AGU's Jason Morgan Early Career Award recognizes Fulton for outstanding research contributions.

Two UC Santa Cruz Earth scientists honored by American Geophysical Union

Jul 7, 2014 Gary Glatzmaier and Thorne Lay will receive AGU medals in recognition of their breakthrough achievements in Earth science.

New book features stunning photos of California coast from the air

Jun 5, 2014 California Coast from the Air, the latest book by coastal geologist Gary Griggs, features aerial photographs of the state's coastline.

Focus on excellence: Student Achievement Week recognizes outstanding work

May 20, 2014 Student Achievement Week from June 2-6 honors high academic achievement and creativity. Highlights include a science and mathematics poster symposium and the 40th annual Print Sale.

Thorne Lay honored by Seismological Society of America

May 6, 2014 Harry Fielding Reid Medal is the second major honor in one week for Lay, who was just elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Two UCSC professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

Apr 29, 2014 Ecologist James Estes and seismologist Thorne Lay have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Leon Panetta touts 'real grit,' blasts congressional gridlock at Launch celebration

Apr 28, 2014 Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta fired up a crowd of 275 with shout-outs for ingenuity and “sheer grit" at Launch! A celebration of the UCSC student experience

Alumna Kathryn Sullivan on Time's '100 Most Influential People' list

Apr 25, 2014 UCSC alumna Kathryn Sullivan is featured on Time magazine's 2014 list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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