Category: Features

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

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