Above: Karen Miga, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz, co-led the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) Consortium, which has released the first complete, gapless assembly of a human genome sequence. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)


First complete, gapless sequence of a human genome reveals hidden regions

Parts of the human genome now available to study for the first time are important for understanding genetic diseases, human diversity, and evolution.

By Tim Stephens


A public dedication in the name of civil rights

Hundreds of campus and regional community members gathered beneath the redwoods encircling Quarry Amphitheater to watch the former College Ten make history, rededicating itself as John R. Lewis College in memory of the legendary civil rights leader.

By Tim Stephens


Cruz Foam teams up with DiCaprio, Kutcher as advisors and adds a major industry partner

Cruz Foam, a company that started as a Ph.D. student’s project at the UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering and makes a compostable alternative to styrofoam packaging, has added actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher as advisors and investors.

By Emily Cerf


UCSC student wins second place at UC systemwide Grad Slam

After her triumph at the campus-level competition, astronomy and astrophysics Ph.D. student Amanda Quirk wowed judges at the all-UC finals

By Dan White



Alumni profiles:

Bridging the educational divide on a global scale

Alumnus Fred Mednick, founder of two-time Peace Prize–winning NGO Teachers Without Borders, has worked to expand worldwide educational access for over two decades.

By Haneen Zain


Alumna’s foreign service success earns her a new post as U.S. Ambassador


Claire Pierangelo (Kresge ’82, history) was confirmed on March 2, 2022, by the United States Senate as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros.

By Paula Hermann



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