[Currents headergraphic]

June 9, 1997


News about the $5 million gift from philanthropist Jack Baskin to establish the Jack Baskin School of Engineering went out statewide on the Associated Press, sparking coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune, and elsewhere. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Baskin's donation was covered widely in print (including the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Monterey County Herald, and banner headlines in the Santa Cruz County Sentinel and Watsonville Register-Pajaronian), on the radio (KCBS, KGO, KLIV, KSCO, and KZSC), and by KION-TV.

Theater arts' Paul Whitworth, recently named Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission, was featured in cover stories in both the Good Times and the Santa Cruz County Sentinel's "Spotlight" section.

The Los Angeles Times called upon astrophysicist Stan Woosley for perspective on claims that Caltech astronomers had pinpointed the location of a gamma-ray burst, mysterious flares caused by the most powerful bursts of energy in the universe. "This is a major breakthrough we've all been waiting for for 30 years," Woosley told the Times.

The Santa Cruz County Sentinel did a full-page spread about Grupo Folklórico Los Mejícas de UC Santa Cruz, the dance troupe that celebrated its 25th anniversary last month. The article quoted anthropologist Olga Nájera-Ramírez, who danced with the group when she was a student and is now faculty adviser to the group, as well as undergraduate Erica Ocegueda.

Literature professor Earl Jackson Jr. was featured in a segment on the NPR show This American Life. The show, which aired June 7, was titled "Tales from the Net." The segment Jackson was featured in discussed how people form personal relationships and connections through the Internet.

Sociologist Dane Archer's latest video on cultural differences in communication was featured in a KSBW-TV spot by Romney Dunbar that aired last week.

A recent staging of Kathy Foley's adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar (from the book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James Houston) was written up in the Santa Cruz County Sentinel. Foley, a professor of theater arts who also directed the play, was interviewed for the story.

The adaptation of the opera Sisters of the Visitation by music professor Sherwood Dudley and French lecturer Miriam Ellis got additional ink over the weekend of its performances, this time in the Santa Cruz County Sentinel and the Good Times.

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