Category: Features

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

Creating change, from the molecular level up

UC Santa Cruz welcomes eminent biologist and Nobel laureate Carol Greider, known for her pioneering work on telomeres and for her powerful advocacy for increasing women and minorities in the sciences

By Lisa Renner, March 2021

Tech support

UC Santa Cruz faculty are developing assistive technologies to make life easier for those with disabilities and other special needs

By Lisa Renner, March 2021

Troupe dynamic

UC Santa Cruz's African American Theater Arts Troupe, which is celebrating its 30-year anniversary, has not only staged plays but also taken up works that deal with issues of race, injustice, and discrimination; brought its performances into the community; and...

By Peggy Townsend, March 2021

Living languages

The Zapotec Language Project and Nido de Lenguas (Language Nest), a project supported by the Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, celebrate and promote endangered languages of southern Mexico

By Dan White, March 2021

Confronting COVID

From developing faster tests to building prediction models of the spread of the infection, campus researchers are applying their skills in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Lisa Renner, October 2020