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Students garner awards at national biomedical conference

Dec 15, 2014 Five UC Santa Cruz students received awards for their presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

Astronomers' cosmic web discovery among top breakthroughs of 2014

Dec 12, 2014 Images of the 'Slug Nebula' provided the first glimpse of a filament of the cosmic web thought to connect galaxies throughout the universe.

Physicist Peter Fischer elected fellow of American Physical Society

Dec 11, 2014 Peter Fischer, adjunct professor of physics at UC Santa Cruz, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

UC Santa Cruz leads UC effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems

Dec 10, 2014 A $1.9 million grant from the new UC President's Research Catalyst Awards will fund a UC-wide institute on climate impacts.

Gary Griggs publishes collection of "Our Ocean Backyard" columns

Dec 5, 2014 Institute of Marine Sciences director Gary Griggs has published his columns for the Santa Cruz Sentinel in a new book.

Lick Observatory plans major upgrade for Shane Telescope

Dec 3, 2014 UC Santa Cruz received $350,000 in grant and donor funds for an upgrade of the Kast Spectrograph, a crucial instrument for UC astronomers.

Study of deadly bat disease finds surprising seasonal pattern of infections

Dec 2, 2014 White-nose syndrome fungus can infect an entire bat colony during hibernation, but surviving bats clear the infection after they become active.

Sea otter at UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Lab turns 21 years old

Nov 25, 2014 Stranded as a pup in 1993, Taylor turned 21 this month, far exceeding the average life span for a southern sea otter

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.

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.

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