Category: Features

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

Talented leaders show why arts and humanities matter

UC Santa Cruz welcomed new Arts Division Dean Celine Parreñas Shimizu in July, and the campus also recently appointed Humanities Dean Jasmine Alinder. Both are committed to raising the visibility of the humanities and arts, highlighting their power to deepen...

By Dan White, October 2021

Fighting ‘desinformación’

UCSC alumni trained in the campus's Human Rights Investigations Lab use computer savvy and bilingualism to counter Spanish-language disinformation online

By Dan White, October 2021

Ethics and algorithms

Problems with bias in criminal justice, hiring, ranking, search, news, and more have created an explosion of interest in ethics and algorithms. Computer scientists at UC Santa Cruz are tackling these and other sensitive issues of big data, artificial intelligence,...

By Guy Lasnier (Merrill '78, politics), October 2021

De-extinction could reverse species loss. But should we do it?

From UC Berkeley Alumni Association's California magazine: What would it mean to reintroduce woolly mammoths and passenger pigeons now? UC Santa Cruz Professors Ed Green (a Cal alumnus) and Beth Shapiro weigh in on a controversial topic.

By Leah Worthington, October 2021

The shot felt ’round the world

UC Santa Cruz faculty consider issues of health equity and trust in the national and global vaccine rollout

By Dan White, March 2021