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Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu headlines Climate Science and Policy conference

Feb 4, 2016 Steven Chu, former U.S. secretary of energy and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, will deliver the Fred Keeley Lecture on Environmental Policy at the third annual Climate Science and Policy Conference at UC Santa Cruz.

Inaugural Fred Keeley Coastal Scholars learn by doing

Feb 4, 2016 Erica Ferrer (Cowell, ’16, marine biology) and Linda Pineda (College Eight, ’16, Earth sciences) are the inaugural recipients of the Fred Keeley Coastal Scholarship–a new program that supports hands-on summer research for UC Santa Cruz students interested in coastal sustainability.

Astronomy retiree Arnold Klemola establishes endowment for graduate students

Feb 3, 2016 Gift of $400,000 establishes the James Keeler Fund for Excellence in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

New analysis shows insect diversity is nothing new

Feb 2, 2016 An unbiased statistical analysis of insect fossil records finds diversity unchanged over the past 125 million years.

Study documents drought's impact on redwood forest ferns

Feb 1, 2016 California's prolonged drought has taken a toll on ferns in the understory of coastal redwood forests.

Mercury levels in rainfall are rising in parts of North America, study finds

Jan 27, 2016 Trends are consistent with increased mercury emissions in Asia and decreased emissions in North America.

Prestigious Switzer Fellowship awarded to UCSC grad student

Jan 27, 2016 Graduate student Joseph Hoyt has been awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship.

Wells Fargo funds coastal sustainability fellowships and graduate program

Jan 26, 2016 $560,000 grant will support graduate fellowships and development of a new graduate program.

LASER talk to spotlight research on pumas, filmmaking, river people, and ancient DNA

Jan 25, 2016 UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences will present its first LASER talk of 2016 on Tuesday, February 2, on campus at the Digital Arts Research Center.

Women in Science Summit on January 28 to spotlight diversity

Jan 22, 2016 UCSC faculty helped organize a Women in Science Summit at the California Academy of Sciences,

Active learning movement gains momentum

Jan 20, 2016 Classrooms across campus are seeing less lecturing and more student engagement.

Students, chapter recognized for work in advancing science diversity

Jan 14, 2016 The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science gives undergraduate students opportunities to meet with professionals in their fields, showcase their work, and ask questions about graduate school and career development.

Sue Carter receives leadership award from UC President Napolitano

Jan 6, 2016 Award recognizes Carter's efforts to deepen climate change teaching and research at UC Santa Cruz.

Spread of algal toxin through marine food web broke records in 2015

Dec 17, 2015 Researchers found record levels of the algal toxin domoic acid in samples from a wide range of marine organisms in 2015.

Gamma rays from distant galaxy tell story of an escape

Dec 15, 2015 New observations from VERITAS and other telescopes advance our understanding of bright galaxies called "blazars"

Sea lions exposed to algal toxin show impaired spatial memory

Dec 14, 2015 Brain damage caused by the neurotoxin domoic acid may affect sea lions' ability to survive in the wild.

Exoplanet atmospheres range from clear to cloudy in survey of 'hot Jupiters'

Dec 14, 2015 A survey of Jupiter-sized exoplanets reveals why some of these worlds appear to have less water than expected.

UC Research Catalyst Award supports conservation genomics project

Dec 9, 2015 $1.76 million grant will fund collaborative research among UCSC and four other UCs

UC Santa Cruz will host third annual hackathon January 29 to 31

Dec 2, 2015 Hack UCSC 2016 will draw coders, designers, and entrepreneurs for a coding marathon

UC Santa Cruz hosts international summer program on exoplanetary atmospheres

Dec 1, 2015 The 2016 Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics will focus on 'Exoplanetary Atmospheres.'

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