October 14, 1996
It seems that everyone is interested in consciousness these days,
prompted in part by the release last spring of philosopher David
Chalmers's book, The Conscious Mind. The book, which
instigated lively debate in mainstream newspapers and scientific
magazines, continues to draw coverage in the U.S. and abroad,
notably, in the Economist, the Times Literary Supplement,
the London Times, New Scientist, the L.A. Times,
"Lateline" on Australian TV, and NPR's "All Things
Considered." . . .
Science printed a special news section on the latest theories
about how new species form, and our own evolutionary biologist,
Bill Rice, was prominent in two of the articles. One story
referred to Rice's now-famous research on "sexually antagonistic
coevolution" among fruit flies, which he published earlier
this year. . . .
The San Francisco Chronicle routinely relies upon UCSC's
astronomers and astrophysicists to comment on news about the universe.
The latest examples: Doug Lin provided healthy skepticism
on a theory that the early Earth was like today's Jupiter, and
Stan Woosley put into perspective the most energetic bursts
of gamma rays yet detected. On the national astronomy scene, Science
News cited research by Sandy Faber and postdoc James
Lowenthal on extremely distant galaxies. . . .
George Von der Muhll of politics received a Fulbright award,
an achievement that was noted in the Sentinel. . . .
Fred Siff of Communications and Technology Services (CATS)
spoke to KSCO's Michelle Chambliss in September about a partnership
between UCSC and the Santa Cruz and Monterey county offices of
education. CATS is helping the offices develop a regional computer
network for K-12 schools. The Sentinel and KSBW-TV also
reported on the story. . . .
Poet Nate Mackey was the subject of a two-page spread in
the Chronicle of Higher Education. . . .
Professor of education Laurie Edwards's Lego/Logo workshop
at Barrios Unidos made the "School Bell" column in the
Sentinel, which also covered a series of videotapes produced
by Jon Silver in conjunction with the National Center for
Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning. The
Aptos Times also covered the videos. . . . Also in education
news, a professional development institute for teachers held at
Life Lab was covered by KSBW-TV and the Watsonville
Register-Pajaronian. . . .
Marine sciences grad student Michelle Paddack, who studies
the effects of nearshore ecological preserves on populations of
rockfish, hit the headlines recently in a Monterey County Herald
story about Monterey Bay fisheries. That article also appeared
in two large papers in the East Bay: the Oakland Tribune
and the Contra Costa Times. . . .
Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program scholarship recipients
Lia Cracraft, Leah Hunt, I Crow X, and Tina
Bryson have been profiled in regional papers, including the
Santa Cruz County Sentinel, the Monterey County Herald,
and the Morgan Hill Times. . . .
Special Collections had its day in the sun when the College
and Research Library News featured a Kenneth Patchen painted
poem on the cover, one selected from our library's extensive Kenneth
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