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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.

Earth scientist Jim Gill to give Emeriti Lecture May 11

Apr 27, 2015 James Gill, professor emeritus of Earth and planetary sciences, will discuss "Volcanism as the Re-creation of Earth."

Graduate students present research projects at annual symposium

Apr 27, 2015 The 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium on April 24 featured graduate student researchers from across the divisions.

Spread of pathogens between species is predictable, study finds

Apr 22, 2015 Scientists studied disease dynamics in a grassland on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

UC Santa Cruz part of NASA coalition leading search for life on distant worlds

Apr 21, 2015 Astrophysicist Jonathan Fortney is one of 15 principal investigators for a new NASA initiative searching for life on planets around other stars.

Solving ancient riddles: UCSC hosts archaeological genetics conference

Apr 13, 2015 The newly formed UC Santa Cruz Archaeological Research Center will hold its first public research conference on how the analysis of ancient DNA can unlock secrets from the past Tuesday afternoon (April 14) on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Biologist Beth Shapiro explains the science of 'de-extinction' in new book

Apr 13, 2015 A leading expert on ancient DNA, Shapiro aims to separate science from science fiction in her new book 'How to Clone a Mammoth.'

Bacteria inhibit bat-killing fungus, could combat white-nose syndrome

Apr 8, 2015 UC Santa Cruz researchers are testing bacteria as a potential treatment to control white-nose syndrome, which is devastating bat populations.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum holds Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 18

Apr 7, 2015 Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Arboretum offers colorful, drought-tolerant plants for California gardens.

Conservationist M. Sanjayan to receive Alumni Achievement Award

Apr 1, 2015 The host of the new PBS series EARTH A New Wild and executive vice president of Conservation International travels the globe to find "partnerships" between humans and the planet.

Evening concerts and rare telescope viewings draw visitors to UC’s Lick Observatory

Mar 26, 2015 For 35 years the Summer Series program at UC's Lick Observatory has drawn concert fans and astronomy devotees to the summit of Mt. Hamilton.

LASER talk to explore research in bio-acoustics, film, archaeology, and art

Mar 25, 2015 UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences will continue its series of LASER talks on campus this spring on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Digital Arts Research Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

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