[Currents headergraphic]

February 3, 1997


Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood discussed her selection as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the national biweekly newspaper The Scientist, as well as in "Reuters Health," a daily online news service for physicians.

Founding Crown College provost and famed botanist Kenneth Thimann, who died on January 15 at age 92, was the subject of a sizable obituary in the New York Times. Several other newspapers also published appreciations of his career, including the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, and Santa Cruz County Sentinel. The latter, a front-page article, featured reminiscences about Thimann from fellow biologists Harry Beevers and Jean Langenheim, as well as touching comments from UCSC's founding chancellor Dean McHenry, who convinced Thimann to leave Harvard for UCSC in 1965.

Psychology's Bruce Bridgeman was a guest on Eileen Sundat's two-hour program "Sunset Salon" on KSCO radio in January, discussing the worldwide overpopulation crisis.

Attention continues for the innovative research of geophysicists Ed Garnero and Quentin Williams, who are exploring the properties of a layer of partially molten rock at the base of the planet's mantle. The latest publicity: a four-page article in the February 1997 issue of the national magazine Earth.

KSCO radio called astronomer George Blumenthal to discuss an international study that ranked UCSC's Astronomy and Astrophysics Department among the best in the world. The study also earned mention on KGO radio and in the San Jose Mercury News.

Undergraduate Devon Maitozo, a theater arts major who won the bronze medal in vaulting at the 1996 World Championships in Hungary, told the San Jose Mercury News in a profile that it's sometimes "a little frustrating" to be the best in a little-known sport. Vaulting is a sport in which competitors execute gymnastics and acrobatic moves on horseback. Maitozo wants to push vaulting in the direction of theater, making it more like figure skating.

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