May 24, 2004
Grab the kids and head to the Farm on Wednesday, May 26, at 4 p.m. for
the annual Strawberry Shortcake Festival.
Enjoy a big helping of shortcake and organic strawberries smothered in
fresh whipped cream and homemade lemonade, all for a donation of $5 per
person. Adding to the festivities will be homegrown bluegrass music and
free Farm tours.
Donations support low-income shares in the UCSC Farm's Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) program, which makes fresh organic produce grown at
the UCSC Farm & Garden available to low-income households.
The festival is sponsored by the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable
Food Systems with generous support from Swanton Berry Farm. Parking is
available in the Campus Facilities or Blacksmith Shop parking lots off
Coolidge Drive. For more information or to volunteer, please call 459-3240.
In an e-mail newsletter
distributed last week, University Relations provides UCSC faculty with
information about the campus's work in fundraising, strategic communications,
and relationship building. The newsletter also details a few of the recent
gifts to UCSC--part of the approximately $29 million in private gifts
raised since the beginning of this fiscal year. "This record-breaking
achievement reflects the effort of many faculty and deans, in collaboration
with our chancellor and others," notes Ron Suduiko, vice chancellor
for University Relations.
In a memo to the campus, Gary Griggs, chair of the campus Strategic Futures Committee, invites the campus community to review and provide feedback on the committee's draft report.
The report presents rationale for the future development of campus academic programs and outlines the principles and the background data that have informed an initial recommendation to the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Committee that the campus examine the implications of reaching an enrollment of up to 21,000 FTE by 2020.
Comedy show to benefit
The performers will include:
The Laugh Riot will take place at 8 p.m. at the Kresge Town Hall. Tickets
are $8 in advance, available at Streetlight Records, and $9 at the door.
Graduating? Parents in town? Need a classy yet festive place to eat, drink, and be merry? Want to avoid the hassle of going off campus? The University Center is extending its hours and offerings to serve grads and their families.
Saturday, June 12
Sunday, June 13
For reservations, call (831) 459-4321. The University Center (directly
above Colleges Nine and Ten Dining Commons) features a full-service restaurant,
full bar, patio, and spectacular views of the redwoods.
Ten graduate students from seven states will converge on UCSC this week
for a two-day workshop on climate change science and policy.
The May 27-28 workshop is being cosponsored by the STEPS Institute for
Innovation in Environmental Research at UCSC and PrecipNet, an international
network for precipitation change research. Students working in PrecipNet
labs were invited to apply to participate in the intensive workshop.
The interdisciplinary workshop, organized by assistant professor Michael
Loik of environmental studies, will provide an opportunity for a number
of graduate students from PrecipNet research groups to investigate the
overlapping physical, ecological, political, and societal aspects of their
climate change research.
The goal of the workshop is to increase understanding of climate change
and to help graduate students prepare to share their thesis research with
a broad audience outside of academia, said Loik.
"We want to give particpants the tools to help them communicate
their research findings and concerns to local and regional land managers,
the media, and elected officials," he said.
The workshop is part of the STEPS Climate Change and Water Initiative.
A fundraising dinner has been organized to help Robert Jones, UCSC's assistant chief of police who was severely injured when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car on Highway 1 in January. The benefit will take place August 20 in the Sun Room of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
which was provided by UCSC Police Chief Mickey Aluffi, for additional
UCSC has received formal approval from the UC Office of the President
to establish an M.A./Ph.D. program in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental
Biology (MCD) and a second one in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB).
The Ph.D. degree in biology was inaugurated with the founding of the
Santa Cruz campus in 1965. In 2000, the Department of Biology was divided
into two departments, MCD and EEB. The new MCD and EEB degrees reflect
the emergence of these distinct disciplines within biology.
The EEB program emphasizes fundamental issues that relate to ecology,
evolutionary biology, and physiology. In particular, EEB training recognizes
that the most important questions of the next 50 years are likely to be
those concerning the effect of humans on the environment. Current research
foci include: population and community ecology; evolutionary biology;
physiology and behavior, especially of marine mammals; and systematics
and biodiversity. The program's research crosses traditional academic
boundaries and often involves collaborations with faculty in chemistry,
ocean sciences, Earth sciences, environmental studies, and environmental
The MCD biology program is organized into six research clusters: RNA
molecular biology; structural biology; developmental genetics and neurobiology;
cell biology and signalling; microbiology and pathogenesis; and molecular
biology of gene expression. The cluster organization permits students
and postdoctoral fellows to engage the distinct experimental approaches,
points of view, and expertise provided by multiple faculty and researchers
working in related areas. The MCD biology program emphasizes collaborative
research approaches that may involve interactions with faculty in chemistry
and biochemistry, computer science, environmental toxicology, and biomolecular
The Staff Advisory Board has announced the results of its recent board
election. Ceil Benedetto and Scott Loosley were chosen to take the two
open positions on the board. For more information about the Staff Advisory
Board, go to www2.ucsc.edu/sab.