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November 9, 1998

Making the News

An article in New Scientist magazine about Earth's inner core featured several UCSC earth scientists, including Professor Elise Knittle, Professor and Chair of earth sciences Thorne Lay, Associate Professor Justin Revenaugh, and Associate Professor Quentin Williams.

The story of the deaths of founding faculty member Page Smith and his wife, Santa Cruz artist Eloise Pickard Smith, was featured on a segment of NPR's This American Life. Titled, "Last Words," the show looked at people's last thoughts and ideas before death. The Smiths were married for more than five decades, and died a day apart. John Dizikes, a longtime friend and colleague of Page Smith's, was interviewed for the segment. One listener described the show as compelling, the kind you have to pull your car over for.

Stan Woosley, professor and chair of astronomy and astrophysics, was quoted in an Associated Press article about new findings linking supernovae and gamma ray bursts.

Forensic anthropologist Alison Galloway's testimony in a murder case was covered by the Bakersfield Californian. Galloway has analyzed the remains of the victim, whose cause of death is disputed.

Astronomer Steven Vogt was quoted in Science magazine's "NetWatch" column, commenting on a Web site for planet hunters (the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia, maintained by the Paris Observatory).

Retired conservation biologist Michael Soulé was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about a $35 million donation by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore and his wife. The donation will help create a center dedicated to anticipating--and preventing--threats to the world's most biologically rich habitats. . . . Also in the Mercury News was a quote from Mike Rotkin in a story about then-San Jose mayoral candidate Ron Gonzales (He won.). Rotkin knew Gonzales when the candidate was an undergraduate at UCSC.

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