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January 13, 2003

UCSC in the News

The DOE News, a publication of the U.S. Department of Energy, reported on the formation of a new high-level task force on the Future of Science Programs at the Department of Energy; Chancellor Greenwood is among those chosen to serve on the task force, which will be chaired by MIT president Charles M. Vest.

History professor Dana Frank was quoted in a Charlotte Observer story about residents protesting a possible Wal-Mart store in their neighborhood.

Kresge provost and journalism lecturer Conn Hallinan had an article published in the International Herald Tribune about U.S.policy on foreign ai .

Sam Hedgpeth, assistant dean of engineering, was interviewed on KSCO Radio quoted in a story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel about a new agreement between the engineering school and Korea Telecom that will bring some of the company's managers to study at UCSC.

Professor of chemistry and biochemistry Jin Zhang was interviewed on KSCO Radio about his research on the electronic dynamics of gold nanoparticles.

Literature professor Carla Freccero was quoted extensively in an online BBC News article about Marvel Comics’ new gay comic book character.

Seismologist Susan Schwartz was interviewed on local television stations KION and KCBA about a minor earthquake (4.3 on the Richter scale) near Hollister last week.

Russell Flegal, professor of environmental toxicology, was interviewed by Earthwatch Radio about his findings on airborne mercury pollution. Flegal and graduate student Douglas Steding were also quoted in a story about their findings in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The Mid-County Post ran a story about the new Center for Integrated Marine Technologies led by UCSC. Margaret McManus, assistant professor of ocean sciences, was quoted in the story.

Astronomer Greg Laughlin was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about his research project in which advanced amateur astronomers are being enlisted to help look for planets beyond the solar system. Laughlin was also quoted in a New Scientist magazine story about how many Earthlike planets might exist in our galaxy.

Professor of physics Joel Primack and his wife, Nancy Abrams, were profiled in a Santa Cruz Sentinel article about their efforts to make it easier for people to understand what scientists have learned about the cosmos.

Library development director Margaret Gordon and Special Collections head Rita Bottoms were cited in San Jose Mercury, Contra Costa Times, and Santa Cruz Sentinel articles about photographer Pirkle Jones’s $1 million donation of photos to UCSC.

An article about adaptive optics in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured extensive quotes from an interview with Claire Max, professor of astronomy and astrophysics and associate director of the Center for Adaptive Optics.

Astronomer Stephen Thorsett was quoted in an article in the Washington Post about a new NASA satellite to study supernovae.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran an article about a new book, Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior, by associate professor of philosophy John Doris.

A Metro Santa Cruz column lauded the new photo book Santa Cruz, California, by UCSC librarians Sheila O’Hare and Irene Berry.

Highlights of Making the News columns from the 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years.

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