Above: Students studying in the Science and Engineering Library (Photo by Elena Zhukova)


Solving for Y
Scientists have completed the first full sequence of a human Y chromosome, completing the set of end-to-end human chromosomes and helping researchers to better understand human reproduction, evolution, and population change.

By Emily Cerf

Also: 10 mysteries of the Y chromosome

Cultivating diversity 
The USDA awarded the UCSC a $10 million grant to lead a transformative five-year project. The funding will be leveraged to serve and uplift a broad range of students and community members, ensuring a lasting impact on the food and agriculture sector.

By Abby Butler


Alumni profiles:

Alumni gather in the redwoods



Over the course of three days, hundreds of alumni returned to UC Santa Cruz for a weekend of events and celebrations.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics)

‘It’s time for results’





Alumna Madison Nguyen, a former (and first Vietnamese American) San Jose vice mayor and council member, didn’t envision running for office again—until the last year, when something changed. Now she’s throwing her hat in the ring for Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.

By Tara Fatemi Walker, Porter ’91

Major achievement





Jackson Zabierek (Merrill ’23, economics and business management) was drafted to Major League Rugby, becoming the first Banana Slug ever to do so.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics)

Meet your new Alumni Council





Twenty-four alumni leaders are actively serving UCSC and their fellow alumni as members of the Alumni Council, and we’re excited to introduce this year’s five new Alumni Councilors.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics)

Serving his community, from the county to the state





As the first African American man to be elected to the Santa Cruz City Council in 2018 and mayor in 2020, the first African American person to serve on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, and newly appointed member of the California Coastal Commission, alumnus Justin Cummings is making an impact in his community.

By Haneen Zain (Rachel Carson ’21, politics)

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