Category: Featured

An illustration of a farmer staring at a large strawberry

Strawberry fields for better

As the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems celebrates its 50th anniversary, we take a look at how its research and fieldwork have revolutionized the cultivation of one of California’s most valuable crops—strawberries.

By Peggy Townsend, March 2017

Flash point

A gift of a major photography collection provides rare opportunities to engage with powerful, poignant images

March 2017

Lights, camera, social action

UC Santa Cruz’s Social Documentation Program, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is producing socially conscious films that bear witness, address injustice, and shine a light on neglected subjects.

By Dan White, March 2017

Pop-Up: Righteous farming

Graduates of UC Santa Cruz's Farm & Garden apprenticeship program have been planting the seeds of organic farming all over the nation and the world by starting their own endeavors—here are a few of them.

By Dan White, March 2017

Why don’t we say what we mean?

UC Santa Cruz linguists and students are putting research to work for Silicon Valley tech companies making devices that can decode the subtleties of human language.

By Scott Rappaport, October 2016
Rachel Carson

College Eight becomes Rachel Carson College

A UC Santa Cruz college born of the environmental movement is named for the writer who inspired it.

By Joan Springhetti, October 2016

Natural allies

The renaming of College Eight to Rachel Carson College highlights the legacy of a campus with roots deep in environmentalism, leading to a role in shaping public policy.

By Peggy Townsend, October 2016

Helping hands for hunger

With 4 in 10 UC students unable to afford regular, nutritious meals, UC Santa Cruz takes a bite out of the problem with services ranging from free food pantries to help with signing up for state nutritional benefits.

By Peggy Townsend, October 2016

Collision vision

The architect who built UC Santa Cruz’s acclaimed Science & Engineering Library recently sat down for a conversation with his son—a 2014 graduate—on the evolving use of the library as plans shape up for changes to the iconic space.

By Dan White, October 2016
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&maybetheywontkillyou

Alumnus's game aims to build empathy by allowing players to take the role of a poor black American, encountering aggressions from humiliating to lethal

By Leigh Alexander, March 2016