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Two UC Santa Cruz professors elected Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Feb 25, 2015 Newly elected fellows Karen Ottemann and Fitnat Yildiz are both professors of microbiology and environmental toxicology.

Top scientists, policymakers to speak at UCSC climate conference March 13-14

Feb 24, 2015 UC Santa Cruz will host a major national conference on climate change featuring top climate scientists and policy experts.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum holds annual Hummingbird Days March 7-8

Feb 17, 2015 Tiny birds make a big impression with aerial acrobatics at this family-oriented event.

UC President Napolitano visits Año Nuevo Island Reserve

Feb 11, 2015 UC Santa Cruz scientists gave Napolitano a tour of the elephant seal colony at Año Nuevo.

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Feb 10, 2015 Google Inc. has given $1 million to support the University of California's Lick Observatory.

Institute of Arts and Sciences to host first LASER talk of the year

Feb 5, 2015 UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences will present its first “LASER” talk of 2015 on Tuesday, February 10, at the Digital Arts Research Center.

Shrinking range of pikas in California mountains linked to climate change

Feb 2, 2015 The American pika is disappearing from low-elevation sites in California mountains, and the cause appears to be climate change.

Friends of Long Marine Lab supports 17 student research projects

Jan 30, 2015 From sea otters to sea level rise, Student Research and Education Awards will support a wide range of student research projects.

Roses bloom in tide pools: warm water brings southern sea slug to Central Coast

Jan 29, 2015 Bright pink, inch-long sea slugs have shown up in the highest numbers and northernmost locations reported since the 1998 El Niño

Game designer Brenda Romero honored with Game Developers Choice Award

Jan 28, 2015 Romero, director of the UC Santa Cruz Games and Playable Media master's program, will receive the GDCA Ambassador Award

Report projects future wave and wind effects on Pacific islands

Jan 26, 2015 Climate changes during the 21st century are expected to alter the highest waves and strongest winds across U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.

Scientists drill through half mile of Antarctic ice for data on ice sheet stability

Jan 21, 2015 A team including researchers from UC Santa Cruz has become the first ever to reach and sample the "grounding zone" of an Antarctic ice sheet.

Researchers find a novel signaling pathway involved in appetite control

Jan 19, 2015 UCSC scientists uncovered details of a molecular signaling system in the brain that is involved in the control of body weight and metabolism.

Heart arrhythmias detected in deep-diving marine mammals

Jan 16, 2015 Exercising while holding their breath remains a physiological challenge for marine mammals, despite remarkable adaptations to aquatic life.

UC Santa Cruz astronomer Claire Max recognized for astronomical instrumentation

Jan 16, 2015 The American Astronomical Society awarded the Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation to UC Observatories director Claire Max.

UC Santa Cruz hosts conference for undergraduate women in physics

Jan 14, 2015 The 10th annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics will take place at UC Santa Cruz January 16 to 18.

Karen McNally, noted seismologist and earthquake risk expert, dies at age 74

Jan 9, 2015 Karen McNally, professor emeritus of Earth sciences, died at her home in Davenport, CA, on December 20, 2014. She was 74.

Study of Andromeda's stellar disk indicates more violent history than Milky Way

Jan 8, 2015 Disordered stellar populations suggest bombardment of our neighboring galaxy Andromeda by smaller galaxies

‘Questions that Matter’: New public humanities series brings campus to community

Jan 8, 2015 The UC Santa Cruz Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) will present "Making the Cosmos Local"—the first event in a new series of public dialogues titled Questions That Matter—on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

'Missing Microbes' author Dr. Martin Blaser to speak on overuse of antibiotics

Jan 5, 2015 Dr. Martin Blaser will give a public lecture on Thursday, January 15, at 7 p.m. at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz.

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