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September 11, 2006

Economists have been hitting the media jackpot lately. Rob Fairlie fielded calls from the Wall Street Journal, American Public Radio's Marketplace, and Inc. magazine about his research on entrepreneurship. Joining Fairlie in the limelight earlier was Lori Kletzer, who made the Sunday New York Times business pages with columnist Daniel Gross referring to a report coauthored by Kletzer, an expert on labor outsourcing, in a column on the topic.

Canada's Leader-Post ran a feature story on music professor David Cope and his work as a leader in the field of computer-created musical compositions.

Research on lead poisoning in California condors led by environmental toxicologist Donald Smith was covered in the Monterey Herald, Salinas Californian, and Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Earth scientist James Zachos was quoted in an article about global warming that ran in the San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, and about 35 other national media outlets.

The Boston Globe featured digital arts and new media graduate student Michael Dale--and the C-SPAN archive he cocreated for his thesis project--in an article about an event at Harvard, where attendees debated how to move wiki technology and values into education, politics, and the developing world.

The Associated Press picked up on a report by Manuel Pastor of Latin American and Latino studies for a story about black-Hispanic gang rivalries in Los Angeles. Pastor was also quoted in a Monterey Herald article about how the regional housing shortage and high cost of housing is hitting Latinos and African Americans.

The Associated Press also covered a major report about the growing activism of Mexican immigrants coauthored by Jonathan Fox of Latin American and Latino studies. The AP story was reproduced widely, including in the San Jose Mercury News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and stories also appeared in the Christian Post Reporter and the Catholic News Service.

The Chicago Tribune cited linguistics professor Geoffrey Pullum several times in an article about Vice President Dick Cheney's frequent use of the phrase "if you will." And the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story about Far from the Madding Gerund, a new book coauthored by Pullum. The Orlando Sentinel, Monterey County Herald, and Albany's The Times Union also picked up the story.

Physicist Joel Primack and his wife Nancy Abrams were interviewed about their book, The View from the Center of the Universe, by John McLaughlin for the PBS-TV program McLaughlin One on One.

Gabriela Sandoval of sociology was quoted in a Monterey Herald article about the political representation of Latinos and the factors that depress Latino participation in elections.

Psychology instructor and dream expert Veronica Tonay was quoted in a Santa Cruz Sentinel story about the dreams that accompany major life changes, like enrolling at a new school.

The Sacramento Bee ran a story about Earth scientist Slawek Tulaczyk's research on Mount Shasta's Whitney Glacier.

The Detroit Free Press cited research by economist Justin Marion in a story about the effects of Proposition 209, which banned the use of affirmative action in business and higher education. Marion's research indicates that the initiative has saved taxpayers money by no longer requiring that a portion of state and local road projects be set aside for businesses owned by minorities and women.

Astronomer Sandra Faber was quoted in an article about dark matter in Chemical and Engineering News.

Ellen Moir of the New Teacher Center was featured in a Detroit Free Press article about the challenges faced by new teachers.

The Berkeley Daily Planet noted that Karlton Hester, director of Jazz Studies at UCSC, will be a panelist at a two-day symposium in Oakland on legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker and the significance of black artists in the 1950s.

The Center for Agroecology's apprenticeship in organic horticulture was the subject of a feature article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Metroactive lauded Arts Division lecturer Julia Page's mixed-media installation in the "NextNew2006" show at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

TechWeb ran a story about video processing technology developed by electrical engineer Peyman Milanfar.

The Toronto Star included film expert B. Ruby Rich's recommendations in its coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Reviews of the Shakespeare Santa Cruz summer plays, as well as a New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) performance piece featuring associate art professor Elizabeth Stephens, appeared in Bay Area Reporter.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel published a story about psychology students who spent their summer in Costa Rica, where they worked in orphanages and foster homes, teaching literacy and other skills.

Agence France Presse noted that UCSC linguistics chair Junko Ito accepted the Gauss prize for mathematics for her 90-year-old father, Kiyoshi Ito, at the 25th annual International Congress of Mathematicians presided by Spanish King Juan Carlos.

Psychology's Margaret Wilson was featured in the Aptos Times.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel announced the winners of the UCSC Library's 40th Annual Book Collection Essay Contest for UCSC students, sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Library.

Media Highlights provides monthly summaries of "UCSC in the News" columns.

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