Issue: Spring 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

This is UC Santa Cruz

A roundup of recent news, events, and happenings.

February 2020

Alumni Weekend 2020 is postponed

Important news: Alumni Weekend 2020 is postponed to a future date for coronavirus safety. However, the Margaret Atwood appearance on April 5 and The Deep Read are still on!

February 2020

Mark Zemelman: A mission-driven career

Crown '78, history

By David Gleason (Merrill '70, literature), Humanities Dean's Advisor, February 2020

Joaquin Sapien: Holding power accountable

Cowell ’06, environmental studies and politics 

By Peggy Townsend, February 2020

Mike Loso: Solving an excremental crisis

Ph.D. '04, geomorphology 

By Peggy Townsend, February 2020

Sherrice Mojgani: Lighting up the stage

Merrill '07, theater arts

By Maureen Dixon Harrison, February 2020

Words of warning

By crafting a dangerous future from fragments of history, novelist Margaret Atwood implores us to pay attention to the present, writes alumna Kate Schatz.

By Kate Schatz (Stevenson '01, women’s studies and creative writing), February 2020

Visit Shakespeare’s London

Literature professor and Shakespeare expert Sean Keilen will walk you through the monuments, museums, pubs, playhouses, gardens, and churches that have made London the envy of world capitals

February 2020


Find out what's going on! Check out our events calendar—packed with lectures, classes, concerts, workshops, tours, and more. Sign up for our events newsletter, The LineUp, to get events sent to your inbox.

February 2020

Creating opportunities

A gift from the Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation will allow the UC Santa Cruz First Generation Initiative to hire interns who provide services, support, and programs for fellow first-gen students.

By J. D. Hillard (Porter '99, history), February 2020

Planning for the future

Through her will, alumna Susan Bok, a retired senior transportation planner, established a future endowed scholarship for environmentalists and planners at UC Santa Cruz.

By Susan L. Bok, Rachel Carson College ’77, February 2020

About the spring 2020 issue

Staff, contributors, and information

February 2020

Spring 2020 Alumni Notes

News, notes, updates, and announcements from Slug alumni

February 2020