June 23, 2003
Awards and Honors
Astronomer Donald Osterbrock
receives honorary degree from Ohio University
By Tim Stephens
Donald Osterbrock, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics,
was honored by Ohio University with an honorary Doctor of Science degree
during the university's graduate commencement ceremonies last week.
|Donald Osterbrock Photo: UCSC Photo
A native of Ohio, Osterbrock was honored for his distinguished contributions
to the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. The citation for the honorary
degree noted his groundbreaking research in astrophysics, his influence
as a teacher, and his valuable work on the history of astronomy.
Osterbrock was a pioneer in the use of spectroscopic methods for the
study of gaseous nebulae in the cosmos, and his textbooks on that subject
have been regarded as standard references in the field for 30 years.
He has also written five books on the history of American astronomy,
including most recently a biography of Walter Baade (Walter Baade:
A Life in Astrophysics, Princeton University, 2001).
Osterbrock came to UCSC in 1972 and served as director of Lick Observatory
from 1973 to 1981. Before that, he was affiliated with Princeton University,
the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Wisconsin.
He holds degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Chicago,
and has been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the University
of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Chicago, and Ohio State University.
His numerous awards and honors include lifetime acheivement awards
from the American Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society
of the Pacific, a Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society, two
Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Leroy E. Doggett Prize for Historical
Astronomy from the American Astronomical Society. In 1996, an asteroid
was named in his honor.
Osterbrock is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society,
and is a foreign associate of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Molecular biologist Harry Noller
elected to Russian Academy of Sciences
By Tim Stephens
|Harry Noller Photo: UCSC Photo Services
Harry Noller, Sinsheimer Professor of Molecular Biology, has been elected
a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Noller, who directs
the Center for Molecular Biology of RNA at UCSC, was elected to the
academy in May.
Noller is renowned for his research on the structure of the ribosome,
a tiny molecular machine that carries out protein synthesis in all living
cells. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, and
his laboratory continues to make major advances in understanding how
Nollers collaborators in his groundbreaking research on the ribosome
include two Russian scientists--Marat Yusupov and Gulnara Yusupova--who
worked in his laboratory as visiting researchers for several years.
Donors to environmental studies
support UCSC students
By Jennifer McNulty
Thanks to several generous donors, four UCSC students recently received
cash awards that support their research in environmental studies.
New this year is the Earthbound Farm Environmental Stewardship Award,
funded by the founders of Earthbound Farm, the largest organic produce
brand in North America. Drew Goodman (College Eight, '83) and Myra Goodman
established Earthbound Farm on the Central Coast in 1984 and pioneered
the companys signature packaged salad mix. Earthbound Farms
products are now available in more than 70 percent of all supermarkets
in the United States.
The Earthbound Farm Environmental Stewardship Awards support students
in the sustainable agriculture/agroecology concentration of the UCSC
Environmental Studies Department. Two students received inaugural awards
of $1,000 each: Robert Sirrine, a doctoral candidate in environmental
studies, and Morpheus Anima, a senior majoring in environmental studies.
Sirrine, in his fifth year of graduate study, grew up in northern Michigan
and worked in one of the regions many cherry orchards, where the
chemically intensive growing methods stimulated his interest in sustainable
orchard management. He is interested in a comprehensive interdisciplinary
approach to agroecology that includes social, political, and economic
pressures faced by growers. Sirrine is researching an interdisciplinary
framework for sustainable tart cherry management in northern Michigan.
Anima is interested in land conservation and the creation and support
of healthy agroecosystems and farm communities. Anima will use the award
to support research on an agricultural land stewardship project.
The David Gaines Award is given each year to a graduate student conducting
fieldwork that contributes to tangible environmental improvement. This
years recipient, Hoyt Peckham, is a doctoral student in biology
at UCSC and a research associate with the binational nonprofit WiLDCOAST.
He received $1,000 to support his dissertation work on the ecology of
endangered sea turtles. Peckham is working with fishers on the Pacific
Coast of Mexico to reduce the "bykill" of turtles and other
The Surfrider/Skye Ksander Memorial Award is given to an environmental
studies undergraduate interested in coastal and marine issues. Jamie
Wine, who graduated this month with a degree in environmental studies
and biology, received this years $500 award. Wine said his experiences
exploring the ocean as a college student have deepened his understanding
of the complex problems facing the worlds oceans and his commitment
to increasing their well-being.
The awards, administered by the Environmental Studies Department, are
funded by private donations. A committee reviews applications and selects
recipients each spring.
Student employees honored for
outstanding service to the university
| UCSC Photo Services
The ninth annual Student Employee Recognition Award Ceremony was held
on May 29 to honor 200 student employees. Employers rewarded outstanding
student service with a certificate of appreciation as well as a minimum
$100 cash award. The event, which was held on the lawn of the University
House, is organized each year by the Career Center.
Entertainment was provided by the UCSC Dance Team. Food and beverages
were also served. Student employees were able to invite their families
and friends to attend. Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood was the special guest
speaker. Student speakers were Tameisha Rose from the African American
Resource and Cultural Center and Gerardo Palafox from the Educational
For a listing of honorees, go to the SERAP
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