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Julie Packard: Philanthropy and pragmatism

Sep 11, 2014 Alumna (Crown '74, biology; M.A. '78) talks about investing in passion, working to make change, and expanding world views through the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Teaching computers the nuances of human conversation

Sep 11, 2014 Computer scientist Marilyn Walker wants to make spoken dialogue systems more responsive to the user.

Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award funds search for new treatments

Aug 18, 2014 Cancer researcher Seth Rubin is working toward the development of a new class of drugs for treating breast cancer.

Private donors contribute more than $50 million to UC Santa Cruz

Aug 12, 2014 Private financial commitments to UC Santa Cruz for the fiscal year ended June 30 topped $50 million for the first time, bringing the total for The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz to more than $180 million.

NIH awards $2 million to UCSC group for DNA sequencing research

Aug 6, 2014 Biomolecular engineer Mark Akeson leads efforts to develop nanopore technology for DNA sequencing.

$4-million gift establishes endowment to support sustainable agriculture

Jun 30, 2014 A $4-million gift to the University of California, Santa Cruz will establish an endowment to support the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, the nation's first hands-on training program for beginning organic farmers at a public university.

Human rights activist named winner of Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship

Jun 10, 2014 Abuoali "Arash" Mohajerinejad is the third winner of the Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship given to a social sciences undergrad committed to a career in public service.

Never give up on a dream

Jun 10, 2014 Re-entry student Raymundo Reyes, who dropped out of high school to raise seven siblings, is on to his next chapter—a literature degree from UC Santa Cruz.

Corporate-sponsored projects give engineering students valuable experience

Jun 2, 2014 UCSC engineering students presented their corporate-sponsored senior design projects to mentors and faculty

UCSC receives major grant to revamp introductory science courses

May 29, 2014 A $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports efforts to increase the number of students earning science degrees

Irwin Scholars Exhibition opens May 28 at UCSC’s Sesnon Gallery

May 16, 2014 Each year in the spring, the annual Irwin Scholars Exhibition at the Sesnon Gallery showcases some of UCSC’s most promising young artists.

Making tangible change

May 12, 2014 Inspired by a UC Santa Cruz class, a group of friends formed a socially conscious nonprofit as a way of keeping in touch after graduating—and have since funded more than $180,000 in projects

Grad student in literature awarded Mellon/ACLS fellowship

May 6, 2014 Ariane Helou, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Literature, has been awarded a 2013-14 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from The American Council of Learned Societies.

$1 million gift from alumna Julie Packard funds student programs at UCSC

Apr 24, 2014 UCSC has received a $1 million gift from alumna Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

UCSC receives NEA grant for art/science project on ocean ecology

Apr 23, 2014 UCSC has been awarded an NEA grant to support Blue Trail: Imagination and Innovation for Ocean Sustainability--a series of art installations that will be spread out across the San Francisco waterfront.

$2-million gift supports natural history fieldwork at UC Santa Cruz

Mar 31, 2014 A $2-million gift from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in honor of the late professor Kenneth Norris will help ensure that UC Santa Cruz continues as a leader in natural history and at the forefront of educating students to become environmental leaders.

Scholarship fund opened in memory of slain UCSC grad Elizabeth Butler

Mar 26, 2014 A scholarship fund has been opened in memory of Elizabeth Butler, the UC Santa Cruz Community Studies graduate who became a Santa Cruz police officer and was killed on duty a year ago.

Grant supports UC Santa Cruz research on the cause of childhood leukemia

Feb 27, 2014 A new grant from the nonprofit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will help UCSC researcher Camilla Forsberg advance her work to identify the root cause of acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in infants and children.

UCSC engineering students find inspiration in eBay scholarship program

Feb 21, 2014 A team of engineering students has developed promising new approaches for doing online shopping from mobile devices

UCSC planetary scientist Ian Garrick-Bethell wins Sloan Research Fellowship

Feb 18, 2014 The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship to Ian Garrick-Bethell, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences.

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