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Teaching computers the nuances of human conversation

Sep 11, 2014 Computer scientist Marilyn Walker wants to make spoken dialogue systems more responsive to the user.

Professor's book on Sudan legal system wins political science book award

Sep 5, 2014 Mark Massoud's "Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan" wins honorable mention.

Undergraduates present work at Summer Research Symposium

Aug 20, 2014 Research presentations featured UCSC students in a range of disciplines and others who came to UCSC for summer projects.

Scholarship support available for UC Santa Cruz organic farming training program

Jul 29, 2014 Applications are now open for the 2015 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program, with a range of scholarship support available

2014-2015 Campus Food & Garden Guide now available

Jul 25, 2014 The Campus Food & Garden Guide offers resources and information on UCSC's sustainable food systems efforts, including the campus farm and college gardens, dining halls and coffeeshops,

Former farm apprentice wins national food sustainability leadership award

Jul 22, 2014 Karen Washington, a graduate of the 2008 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, is one of five winners of a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.

Organic flower-growing, bouquet-making workshop set for Sat., July 19

Jul 11, 2014 An organic flower-growing, bouquet-making workshop is set for Saturday July 19 at the Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

$4-million gift establishes endowment to support sustainable agriculture

Jun 30, 2014 A $4-million gift to the University of California, Santa Cruz will establish an endowment to support the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, the nation's first hands-on training program for beginning organic farmers at a public university.

UC Santa Cruz to offer sustainability minor beginning in fall

Jun 25, 2014 UC Santa Cruz will offer a minor in Sustainability studies beginning in the fall 2014 quarter with a strong engineering component that is aimed at giving students extensive hands-on experience that can lead to jobs in a "green economy."

Human rights activist named winner of Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship

Jun 10, 2014 Abuoali "Arash" Mohajerinejad is the third winner of the Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship given to a social sciences undergrad committed to a career in public service.

Eight faculty members honored with Excellence in Teaching awards

Jun 10, 2014 One of the highest honors a UC Santa Cruz faculty member can receive is an Excellence in Teaching Award given each spring by the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching.

West's fascination with Tiananmen Square events not shared in China

Jun 4, 2014 China today is a society mesmerized by wealth, vastly different from 1989 when on June 3 authorities began the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, says Ben Read, UCSC associate professor of politics.

Social Sciences division ranked 7th for faculty impact in news media

May 28, 2014 The Social Sciences Division at UC Santa Cruz ranks seventh in the nation in a study based on faculty citations in the news media compared with federal research funding.

UCSC Farm & Garden’s market cart produce stand opens June 3

May 23, 2014 The UCSC Farm & Garden’s market cart opens for the 2014 season on Tuesday, June 3.

CAFIN Spring Lecture: Finance at light speed, high-frequency trading

May 22, 2014 An expert on high-frequency stock market trading will deliver the Spring Lecture of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Analytical Finance (CAFIN) on Wednesday, May 28, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Simularium, E2 Building on the UCSC campus.

Gun control, gun rights, and Second Amendment panel set for Wednesday

May 22, 2014 Gun advocates, gun opponents, and Constitutional experts will discuss gun control, gun rights, and Second Amendment issues Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room on the UCSC campus.

New book examines states' influence on national voter turnout

May 21, 2014 In her new book, Melanie Jean Springer, UC Santa Cruz assistant professor of politics, examines voter turnout in the United States, one of the lowest in any developed democracy, and reform efforts to improve it.

Flora Lu named provost of College Nine and College Ten

May 20, 2014 Flora Lu, associate professor of environmental studies, has been named provost for College Nine and College Ten beginning in the fall.

Focus on excellence: Student Achievement Week recognizes outstanding work

May 20, 2014 Student Achievement Week from June 2-6 honors high academic achievement and creativity. Highlights include a science and mathematics poster symposium and the 40th annual Print Sale.

Land and power: Study shows how women discover one leads to the other

May 14, 2014 UC Santa Cruz assistant professor of psychology Shelly Grabe finds that when women in developing countries own land, they gain power within their relationships and are less likely to experience violence.

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