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August 19, 2002

UCSC in the News

Brent Haddad of environmental studies and recent UCSC graduate Christopher J. Brown coauthored an opinion piece about the Salton Sea that ran in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times on July 14.

Professor of physics Joel Primack was featured prominently in a Wall Street Journal article about the space debris hazards that would be created by space-based (a.k.a. "Star Wars") defense systems.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel gave front-page coverage to a $300,000 gift to the campus from Ramesh Bhojwani, owner of the former Holiday Inn.

James McCloskey, a professor of linguistics at UCSC, was quoted in an August 12 Los Angeles Times story about efforts by researchers to save a record of current linquistic diversity long after its speakers are gone. Their brainchild is the Rosetta Disk--a 3-inch disk containing micro-etched translations of the Book of Genesis in 1,000 languages.

A cover story on global climate change in Good Times featured Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, Lisa Sloan, associate professor of Earth sciences, and Sloan's graduate students, Mark Snyder, Jason Bell, and Noah Suresh Diffenbaugh.

The Educational Partnership Center's Gear Up program was featured on KCBS Radio in a live interview with EPC associate director Laurie Scolari.

Manuel Pastor coauthored an opinion piece for the San Jose Mercury News about the widespread misconception that Latinos don't value the environment.

Linguistics professor Geoffrey Pullum recently published a letter to the editor in the Chronicle of Higher Education. His letter responded to an earlier article citing Harvard president Lawrence Summers's "grammatical crimes" as typical of a general decline in grammatically correct speaking and writing.

Erik Asphaug, assistant professor of Earth sciences, was quoted in a story in the St. Petersburg Times about an upcoming workshop that will address the threats posed by asteroids and comets that could potentially collide with the Earth.

Highlights of Making the News columns from the 2001-02 academic year.

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