January 10, 2000
Making the News
New findings on the migrations and feeding habits of elephant seals, from a research
project led by Burney Le Boeuf, professor emeritus of biology, Daniel Costa,
professor of biology, and research biologist Daniel Crocker, were reported
in the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Our resident Russia expert, Mike Urban of politics, has been in demand
lately, appearing on KPFA Radio in Berkeley and KPFK in Los Angeles to discuss the
Russian parliamentary elections and Chechnya, and then on Pacifica Network News in
Washington, D.C., to discuss Putin's accession to the Russian presidency.
Astronomer Sandra Faber was quoted at length in a Washington Post
story about recent repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope. Faber described the importance
of the telescope in shaping the ideas of astronomers and cosmologists and also in
communicating those ideas to the public through stunning images of deep space.
A year-end story in the San Francisco Chronicle headlined "Bay Area Brains"
featured two UCSC scientists--Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood and astronomer Steven
Vogt. Greenwood was quoted in regard to the rise of the West Coast to scientific
prominence, while Vogt was featured for his role in discovering planets that orbit
stars outside our solar system. Vogt has handled the media attention surrounding
his planet-hunting exploits with much patience and good humor, and for a recent story
in the Napa Valley Register he even provided a helpful analogy between planet
hunting and wine making.
Graduate student Sarah Gerhardt, who is working toward her Ph.D. in physical
chemistry, has been making a name for herself as a big wave surfer. Stories about
her accomplishments, which include being the first woman to surf the monstrous waves
that break at Maverick's near Half Moon Bay, have appeared in Sports Illustrated
for Women and the Marin Independent Journal.
A story in the San Jose Mercury News highlighted the Presidential Award bestowed
on UCSC's ACE Honors Program and accepted by its director Nancy Cox-Konopelski
in a White House ceremony in December.
Manuel Pastor contributed to the Santa Cruz County Sentinel's coverage
of a local nonprofit's efforts to help span the "digital divide."