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UC Santa Cruz develops innovative online courses available to all UC students

Jul 1, 2015 UC Santa Cruz faculty are venturing into the brave new world of online education.

A 'hydrothermal siphon' drives water circulation through the seafloor

Jun 26, 2015 A new study explains previous observations of ocean water flowing through the seafloor from one seamount to another.

UC Santa Cruz partners with UC Merced in nanotechnology center

Jun 23, 2015 Nanotechnology researchers at UC Santa Cruz are partners in a new center for nanomaterials research funded by NASA and based at UC Merced.

Graduate to help urban teens find path to college

Jun 15, 2015 Brittany Alba is poised to help many other Californians follow her path to higher education by serving a two-year fellowship that will have her advising San Jose high school students.

Fish declines linked to effects of excess nutrients on coastal estuaries

Jun 8, 2015 Offshore fisheries that depend on the health of fish nurseries in coastal estuaries are adversely affected by excess nutrients in runoff from land

Sleuthing a killer shrub

Jun 2, 2015 Students like Jennifer Thompson—who researched why Scotch Broom is toxic to Douglas fir—take advantage of a unique opportunity at UC Santa Cruz: the ability to do research as an undergraduate.

Scientists discover a protein that silences the biological clock

Jun 2, 2015 A protein associated with cancer cells is a powerful suppressor of the clock that drives the daily rhythms of cells throughout the body.

Large bloom of toxic algae under way in Monterey Bay and beyond

Jun 2, 2015 Researchers have detected large blooms of toxin-producing algae in Monterey Bay, raising concerns about potential effects on marine mammals and seabirds.

Undergrads experience the rewards of research

Jun 1, 2015 Students such as Sanjin Mehic showcase one of UC Santa Cruz's most valuable opportunities—the chance to do original research as an undergraduate.

In Memoriam: Joseph F. Bunnett

May 29, 2015 Professor Emeritus Joseph F. Bunnett, a long-time member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz, passed away on May 22.

Robert P. Kraft, eminent astronomer and former director of UC Observatories, dies at age 87

May 28, 2015 Kraft was a widely recognized researcher and a gifted administrator who helped guide astronomy into the modern era.

LASER talk to explore research in environmental art, recycling, ocean medicines, and film

May 15, 2015 UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences will present its final LASER talk of the academic year on campus this spring on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the Digital Arts Research Center.

Against all odds: Astronomers baffled by discovery of rare quasar quartet

May 14, 2015 Astronomers discovered four quasars, each one a rare object in its own right, in close physical proximity to each other.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum inspires young author's nature guide

May 11, 2015 Nature walk and book signing on May 17 celebrates the publication of 'The Budding Naturalist's Guide to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum' by 15-year-old Kelly McCandless

Astrophysicist Piero Madau inducted into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

May 8, 2015 Piero Madau, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics, was honored for achieving marked distinction in the physical sciences.

Spreading science education, one telescope at a time

May 6, 2015 UC Santa Cruz grad student Tuguldur Sukhbold is using grant money to bring telescopes to schools in Mongolia so that science-starved kids might be exposed to the wonders of the universe.

Astronomers set a new distance record for galaxies

May 5, 2015 Astronomers have pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5 percent of its present age.

UC Santa Cruz biomedical research facility wins $2 million NIH grant

Apr 30, 2015 Grant funds new instrument used to explore the structures and functions of complex molecules involved in human health and disease.

Cosmologist Robert Kirshner explores accelerating universe in public talk on May 13

Apr 29, 2015 Kirshner's talk, "The Accelerating Universe: Einstein's Blunder Undone," is free and open to the public.

Scientists find evidence for groundwater in Antarctica's Dry Valleys

Apr 28, 2015 A salty aquifer beneath Antarctica's Dry Valleys may support previously unknown microbial ecosystems.

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