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March 25, 2002

Making the News

A new study on the origins of modern mammals in Asia by Paul Koch, associate professor of Earth sciences, and graduate student Gabriel Bowen received considerable media coverage. Their findings were reported in Newsday (New York), the Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Calgary Herald, Toronto Globe and Mail and other newspapers, and on the UPI and AP news wires, as well as Science News magazine and online science news sites such as Scientific American Online and Bio.com. The Discovery Channel (Canada) also ran a news story about the study.

Research by Gregory Laughlin, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics, was mentioned in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the search for Earth-like planets outside the solar system.

Assistant professor of Earth sciences Slawek Tulaczyk, an expert on Antarctic ice dynamics, was traveling in southern California when news broke about the sudden collapse of a major ice shelf in Antarctica, but he was able to do telephone interviews with KCBS radio in San Francisco and the White House Staff Office.

Cathy Sandeen, dean of UCSC Extension, was quoted in an article in Silicon Valley Business Ink about the new biotech certificate program UC Santa Cruz Extension is launching this spring. In addition, Sandeen and Bettina Oelke, director of the applied and natural sciences department at UCSC Extension, were quoted in an article in the online publication GenomeWeb News about the timeliness of the new program.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a feature story about lecturer Nancy Abrams, "the singing scientist," and her new CD Alien Wisdom. Abrams co-teaches the "Cosmology and Culture" course with her husband, cosmologist Joel Primack.

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