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In a personal perspective piece on the San Francisco Chronicle's opinion page, editorial writer Louis Freedberg hailed the work of UCSC's New Teacher Center, saying it is "regarded as the best of its kind in the nation." The piece quoted director Ellen Moir's admonition that "One of the best things we can do is invest in the early years of a teacher's career."

Astronomers Steven Vogt, Greg Laughlin, and Douglas Lin were quoted in news stories about the discovery of a rocky planet, including stories in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, UPI and AP news wires, BBC News,,, Discovery News, and Sci-Tech Today.

James Zachos, professor of Earth sciences, was quoted in New Scientist magazine and online news sites, Space Daily, and others, which ran stories about his research on ocean chemistry during a period of extreme global warming in the past.

Psychology's Anthony Pratkanis was quoted in an story about Howard Dean and the media's coverage of Dean's leadership of the Democratic National Committee. The story was picked up by The Frontrunner.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a feature story on 34-year-old history major Martin Smith, one of the oldest UCSC students to graduate this year and winner of several awards for his research on troop resistance to the Vietnam war.

Geophysicist Steven Ward was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the risk of a tsunami on the West Coast, and he was also interviewed about tsunamis on KSBW TV.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a story about engineering dean Steve Kang, who received a major award for his engineering research and leadership in education.

Jason Mark, a member of the Center for Agroecology's apprenticeship program, penned an op-ed about organic food for the San Francisco Chronicle. Mark, who is working on a book about food, detailed the role of major corporations in the growth of the organic food industry.

The Engineering 2 Building was featured in an article in Architecture magazine.

The San Jose Mercury News wrote up the opening of the Farm & Garden's market cart, which sells fresh organic produce and flowers at the base of campus every Tuesday and Friday through the growing season.

Acoustic Guitar magazine reviewed Music Department lecturer Mesut Özgen's latest CD of folk-inspired classical music, Troubadour, describing his playing as "stunningly versatile and expressive throughout."

An article in Science News about declining fisheries included quotes from marine scientist Steven Berkeley.

Deborah Abbott, director of the Lionel Cantú Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Resource Center, was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article about the gender-neutral bathrooms at the Saturn Cafe.

The Salinas Californian reported that Angelica Jimenez has earned a $20,000 Pister Leadership Opportunity Award to attend UCSC.

Media Highlights provides monthly summaries of "UCSC in the News" columns.

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