Category: Features

Fiction forward

Students, alumni, and community members are participating in a "Deep Read" on the bleak dystopian futures of Margaret Atwood in advance of the Booker Prize–winning author's on-stage discussion during Alumni Weekend

By Dan White, February 2020

Beating crime by a hair

Biomolecular engineer Ed Green's new technique to extract DNA from hair samples to help identify killers and victims could help solve thousands of cold cases

By Peggy Townsend, February 2020

Instituting change

UC Santa Cruz’s Institute for Social Transformation incubates, funds, and helps amplify important social sciences research, aiming for wide audiences and maximum impact

By Dan White, February 2020

A growing movement

An 18-month project around art and incarceration—including the striking participatory landscape art piece called “Solitary Garden"—is a comment on mass incarceration and racial injustice in the prison system

By Peggy Townsend, February 2020

A catalyst for change

UC Santa Cruz’s new chancellor is a distinguished chemist fascinated by both the transformation of matter and the transformative power of a UC education

By Dan White, October 2019

We, robot

The robots of our future are coming—but they may not be what we think

By Marcus Woo, October 2019

Rising above

A stubborn strength propelled alumnus Dr. Ramon Resa, who went from working in the fields by the age of 3 to successful pediatrician with a practice in the Central Valley

By Peggy Townsend, October 2019

Thinking really big

From the time before time to potential existential dangers of the future, physicist Anthony Aguirre peers into the mysteries that define our reality

By Adam Mann (SciCom '10), March 2019

Hire power

Three new strategic faculty hires come with résumés of pioneering work and plans to focus on game-changing objectives

By Peggy Townsend, March 2019

A chancellor looks back

With his time as chancellor drawing to a close, George Blumenthal reflects on his 13 years in UC Santa Cruz’s top job and a lifetime on campus

By Dan White, March 2019

Escuchar, Compartir, Comunidad: The power of voice

A unique partnership trains young people from Watsonville in the broadcasting basics and helps them publish their podcasts

By Dan White, March 2019

Tuned in

Alumna Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, took a chance and joined Google as employee No. 16 in 1999—now she’s working to bring more women into the world of high tech

By Peggy Townsend, October 2018

Lamat Program: Shooting for the stars

The bright—but previously unrecognized—young scientists of UC Santa Cruz’s Lamat program have found their destiny by turning their eyes to the heavens

By Dan White, October 2018