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Hubble observations deepen mystery of how globular clusters form

Nov 20, 2014 New findings are at odds with leading theories for the formation of globular clusters of stars in galaxies

Ocean scientist Christina Ravelo receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Nov 20, 2014 Christina Ravelo, professor of ocean sciences, was recognized by the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences for her contributions.

UC Santa Cruz grad awarded Sutter scholarship for medical school

Nov 19, 2014 Matthew Carr, who graduated from UCSC in June with a degree in biology, will receive the 8th annual Primary Care Physician Award.

Virus identified as top suspect in sea star wasting disease

Nov 17, 2014 A previously unidentified virus has been linked to the sea star wasting syndrome that has devastated west coast starfish populations.

Evolutionary constraints revealed in diversity of fish skulls

Nov 17, 2014 The evolution of biting in eels allowed diversification of skull shapes, while suction feeding limits the skull shapes of most fish.

Annual Norris Lecture on Nov. 20 features panel of six marine scientists

Nov 14, 2014 UC Santa Cruz marine scientists are among the three married couples who will discuss "When Ocean Science is the Family Business"

UCSC Arboretum holds annual Gift and Wreath Sale on November 22 and 23

Nov 12, 2014 Popular holiday sale is held in conjunction with an Open House at Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

UC Santa Cruz student researchers recognized at national conference

Nov 7, 2014 Five undergraduates doing research at UCSC were recognized for outstanding research presentations at the 2014 SACNAS conference.

UC Santa Cruz grad student among veterans honored by National Science Foundation

Nov 6, 2014 Ocean sciences grad student John Koster was one of 11 military veterans recognized in an event at NSF headquarters.

Leading conservationists call for a "unified and diverse conservation ethic"

Nov 5, 2014 UC Santa Cruz faculty are among conservationists leading the effort to resolve a polarizing debate over the reasons to conserve nature.

Study shows benefits of being fat (but not too fat) for deep-diving elephant seals

Nov 5, 2014 As elephant seals add to their fat stores, changes in buoyancy affect their swimming efficiency during deep dives in search of food.

Plant scientist Lincoln Taiz to give UC Santa Cruz emeriti lecture November 19

Nov 4, 2014 Taiz will discuss how the challenge of producing enough food for the world's growing population is exacerbated by climate change

UC confirms continued support of Lick Observatory

Nov 4, 2014 The UC Office of the President has reversed an earlier decision to pull funding from Lick Observatory by 2018.

Game of genomes

Oct 30, 2014 Sammy the Slug, the neon-yellow, pop-eyed fixture at campus gatherings and sporting events, is about to reveal his genes to the world. Backers of a crowd-funding campaign hope to raise $20,000 to map the banana slug genome for the first time ever.

What is the role of a major research university?

Oct 27, 2014 We're in the midst of a seemingly endless conversation about "the value of higher education" and the role of top research universities like UC Santa Cruz. Should we pursue knowledge for its own sake? Or should we focus on creating "useful" knowledge and informed, clear-headed graduates? The answer is that we must do both.

Astrophysics meets theater in ‘Birth of Stars’

Oct 22, 2014 What does the birth and death of stars have to do with the lives of real human beings? How do we balance the joy and pain of life in a productive way? Does technology make us less than human…or something more?

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

Astronomers create first 3-D map of the 'adolescent' universe

Oct 16, 2014 Astronomers have created the first map of the ‘adolescent’ universe as it appeared 10.8 billion years ago.

Jessica Fiske Bailey appointed executive director of UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Oct 14, 2014 Jessica Fiske Bailey, assistant vice provost for academic affairs at UC Santa Cruz, has been named executive director of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day focuses on data, environment, and justice

Oct 10, 2014 The second annual Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day at UC Santa Cruz will take place Friday, October 24, 2014, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with a focus on data, the environment, and justice.

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