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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.

Astronomers analyze atmosphere of planet orbiting another star

Oct 9, 2014 Scientists have made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a planet orbiting another star.

Institute of Arts and Sciences offers LASER talk on Oct. 28

Oct 8, 2014 UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences will present its first “LASER” talk of the academic year on October 28 at the Digital Arts Research Center.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum holds Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 11

Oct 3, 2014 The Arboretum's annual fall sale features beautiful, drought-tolerant plants from around the world

UC Santa Cruz ranked first for research influence in world university rankings

Oct 3, 2014 Times Higher Education measured overall research influence based on the average number of citations per paper published by faculty.

Study of mountain lion energetics shows the power of the pounce

Oct 2, 2014 High-tech collars enabled scientists to track mountain lions in the wild and determine how much energy the big cats use to hunt their prey.

Astronomer Claire Max appointed interim director of UC Observatories

Oct 2, 2014 Claire Max, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, succeeds Sandra Faber as interim director of UC Observatories.

Simulations reveal unusual death for ancient stars

Sep 29, 2014 Study led by UC Santa Cruz postdoc indicates some supernovae would leave no remnant black hole behind

Professor Sue Carter appointed associate dean of graduate studies

Sep 25, 2014 I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Carter, professor of physics, as associate dean of graduate studies, effective October 1, 2014.

Campus and Wells Fargo officials break ground for Coastal Biology building

Sep 25, 2014 A groundbreaking ceremony for the Coastal Biology building was held at the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus.

UC Santa Cruz among top five institutions seeing growth in NIH funding

Sep 23, 2014 UC Santa Cruz is in the top five of institutions that have seen significant increases in funding from the National Institutes of Health over the past decade.

Mixing it up on Science Hill

Sep 22, 2014 An innovative graduate program on Science Hill is breaking down barriers between the biomedical sciences, encouraging interdisciplinary research, and enabling students from different departments and divisions to work closely together.

In Memoriam: Matthew Sands

Sep 22, 2014 Matthew Linzee Sands, professor emeritus of physics who was instrumental in establishing Kresge College, died September 13 in Santa Cruz, five weeks shy of his 95th birthday.

California's sea otter numbers holding steady

Sep 22, 2014 California's sea otter population is slowly swimming toward recovery, according to the latest field survey.

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