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Earth scientist Paul Koch elected 2015 AAAS Fellow

Nov 23, 2015 Koch, dean of physical and biological sciences, was honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Campus fills eight UC Presidential chairs in support of research mission

Nov 19, 2015 The eight new chairs - in everything from screenwriting to open-source software - bring the campus total to 30.

Dancing biologist finds inspiration in both art and science

Nov 18, 2015 For Xochitl Clare it’s easy to see a link between a 4,000-pound pinniped and a boisterous form of Cuban dance — a very real relationship between art and science.

UCSC Arboretum appoints Martin Quigley as director of gardens and grounds

Nov 12, 2015 Quigley was previously a professor of botany and director of the Chester M. Alter Arboretum at the University of Denver.

Annual Gift and Wreath Sale at the Arboretum will be held Nov. 21 and 22

Nov 10, 2015 The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum's annual Gift and Wreath Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22.

Biologist Susan Strome receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Nov 5, 2015 The annual award is the highest honor for faculty achievement in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences.

Bat disease fungus found to be widespread in northeast China

Nov 2, 2015 Discovery greatly expands the known distribution of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats.

Physicist Sue Carter named Faculty Climate Action Champion for 2015-16

Oct 26, 2015 Carter plans to establish a campus sustainability lab to support student-led research and training.

Physicist Joel Primack honored by American Physical Society

Oct 22, 2015 Primack will receive the 2016 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award from the APS.

Astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz to participate in new research initiative

Oct 22, 2015 Fellows chosen for a "Time Domain Astrophysics" Scialog initiative include six with UC Santa Cruz connections.

How a black hole swallows a star: new observations confirm theory

Oct 21, 2015 New details about what happens when a black hole tears apart a star have been gathered by x-ray telescopes.

Mosquitofish populations with more females have greater ecological impact

Oct 20, 2015 Scientists investigating the ecological consequences of sexual dimorphism and sex ratio variation found dramatic effects

Formation of coastal sea ice in North Pacific drives ocean circulation and climate

Oct 20, 2015 New understanding of changes in North Pacific ocean circulation could lead to better global climate models.

Big ideas

Oct 19, 2015 From saving falcons to peering into the universe, sequencing the human genome, and putting organic food on American tables, UC Santa Cruz has become known as the small university where big things happen.

Bridging science and tradition

Oct 19, 2015 A dedicated group of scientists has launched One People One Reef, a five-year conservation effort on Ulithi Atoll in Micronesia aimed at sustaining the ecological health of the islands—and the islanders

Rising to the challenge

Oct 15, 2015 Leaving behind an early life of poverty, student Layla Cervantes is defying the statistics and becoming 'a great scientist.'

Ecologist Kristy Kroeker wins prestigious Packard Fellowship

Oct 15, 2015 The Packard Fellowship supports Kroeker's research on environmental change in dynamic environments and complex ecosystems.

Ocean scientist Adina Paytan to receive inaugural Dansgaard Award

Oct 8, 2015 The Dansgaard Award from the American Geophysical Union recognizes contributions to paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

A classroom without walls

Oct 7, 2015 Imagine studying California's richly diverse landscapes, from sea to Sierra, right in the thick of the actual habitat.

Study reveals key structure in telomerase enzyme, a target for cancer drugs

Oct 5, 2015 UC Santa Cruz researchers have determined the structure an enzyme active in most cancers.

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