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January 12, 2004

UCSC in the News

Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood participated in a roundtable discussion convened by the San Jose Mercury News on the impact of California's budget woes on higher education; an edited transcript of the conversation ran in two parts in the Mercury News in December.

Professor of Earth sciences Gary Griggs was quoted in a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about erosion of the bluff at Pleasure Point and a proposed seawall recently rejected by the Coastal Commission.

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Psychologist Jean Fox Tree’s research on speech comprehension was featured in a story that appeared in the New York Times and the Chattanooga Times Free Press, among other publications. Fox Tree, and Herbert Clark at Stanford, are pioneers of cutting-edge investigations of the significance of speech "disfluencies," such as um and uh.

The New York Times cited assistant dean of the arts Keith Muscutt in an article about Peru’s past, noting his authorship of a book about the Chachapoya people, titled Warriors of the Clouds and his excavation of mummies dating to 1100 from cliffside mausoleums on a remote Peruvian lake, documented by the History Channel.

An article in the Los Angeles Times about the investigation of the crash of the space shuttle Columbia included a brief section on the contributions of Julian Christou, a research specialist in the Center for Adaptive Optics, who applied advanced image enhancement techniques to a photo of the shuttle just before it broke up.

The Associated Press tapped water expert Brent Haddad of environmental studies for a story about the emergence of water markets across western states.

Associate professor of art history Carolyn Dean was quoted in a Seattle Times article about the transition of Our Lady of Guadalupe from a sacred image in Mexico to a U.S. pop-culture icon.

The work of Wentai Liu, professor of electrical engineering, and others to develop a retinal prosthesis for restoring vision were the subject of stories in several trade publications, including Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices & Surgical Technology Week, Biotech Week, and Health & Medicine Week.

Economist Rob Fairlie was interviewed by a reporter from CBS Marketwatch.com for a story about trends in entrepreneurship among older workers.

New African magazine (UK) published a story about history of consciousness professor Angela Davis accepting the Honorary Citizen of Paris award on behalf of imprisoned former Black Panther, civil rights activist, and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Susanne Jonas of Latin American and Latino studies was interviewed by CNN International’s World News program about the Dec. 28 Guatemalan runoff election.

American studies professor Tricia Rose was quoted in a Boston Globe article about the impact of pop culture on female fashion choices.

The Daily News of Los Angeles covered a study by Manuel Pastor of Latin American and Latino studies that found dumps are more likely to be located in poor neighborhoods than wealthy areas.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, Monterey County Herald, and Salinas Californian announced that music lecturer Robert Klevan has been tapped to be the new education director for the Monterey Jazz Festival.

An Associated Press story on the $35 million gift from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the University of California and Caltech to build the most powerful telescope included mention of Lick Observatory director Joe Miller. KSBW-Channel 8 also covered the story.

The Albuquerque Journal quoted folksinger Rosalie Sorrels about the donation of her archives to UCSC’s Special Collections.

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