Category: Features

Opening the black box

One scientist's vision to reveal the secrets of our ‘junk’ DNA launches a worldwide effort to complete a human genome

By Sarah C. P. Williams (SciCom ’07), August 2022

Transforming arts

Sir Isaac Julien, distinguished arts professor, acclaimed filmmaker, and artist, is having a blockbuster summer—he received a knighthood, opened a new exhibition, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, highlighting the importance of the...

By Dan White, August 2022

Serious wordplay

Professors in UC Santa Cruz's creative writing concentration encourage risk and responsibility, leading a program that's experimental, playful, smart, and fresh

By Dan White, May 2022

Computers and us

UC Santa Cruz's new professional M.S. program in human-computer interaction examines the interfaces between people and computers—a study that's becoming more important than ever as technology proliferates

By Lisa Renner, May 2022

Learning about learning

UC Santa Cruz’s New Gen Learning—a research consortium made up of faculty and graduate students from diverse fields—highlights the learning strengths of underserved children and students

By Lisa Renner, May 2022

Reasonable Doubts

A remarkable, first-time film course at UC Santa Cruz tackles the criminal justice system, aiming to free wrongfully convicted people incarcerated in American prisons.

By Nina Sazevich, May 2022

‘John Lewis’s legacy will imbue all we do’

Once considered a 'scrappy upstart,' College Ten—to be named John R. Lewis College following an endowment gift—plans to continue and expand upon the strong programs that led to the naming after the late congressman and civil rights icon

By Dan White, February 2022

Building a prison-to-university pipeline

UC Santa Cruz’s Underground Scholars program helps the formerly incarcerated and those affected by the carceral system find success in higher education

By Peggy Townsend, February 2022

The outdoors opens doors—to success

UC Santa Cruz is working to retain students in underrepresented groups in STEM majors by building community and providing early field-research opportunities

By Peggy Townsend, October 2021