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UCSC in the News

January 1, 2007

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez of anthropology was quoted in the Sunday New York Times and in Science NOW Daily News about a finding reported in Nature magazine on new genetic evidence for the independent evolution of lactose tolerance in Africans.

The BBC News ran a story about biologist Scott Shaffer using albatrosses to gather data on sea surface temperatures throughout the North Pacific, and the project was also featured in the syndicated newspaper column "Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet."

Associate professor of history David Anthony was interviewed on NPR's To The Point on the subject of blood diamonds (diamonds mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgent or invading army's war efforts), sparked by the release of a new feature film, Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Economist Lori Kletzer fielded a call from the Howey Political Report, a weekly about Indiana politics, regarding the approach the Democratic congressional majority on Capitol Hill may take toward trade liberalization. She also talked with the San Jose Business Journal about the failure of the recent ballot proposal that would have raised the minimum wage in Santa Cruz.

James Estes, adjunct professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was quoted in an AP story about new restrictions on U.S. Geological Survey scientists that ran in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and other newspapers.

Physicist Joel Primack was quoted in a story about supercomputers on

Mexico City's La Jornada newspaper quoted visiting professor and UCSC alum Francisco Rosado May in its review of the movie Apocalypto.

The online Register publication in the United Kingdom responded to a reader's query about whether blind people can see in their dreams by citing a paper coauthored by psychology's Bill Domhoff.

Michael Mateas, assistant professor of computer science, was profiled in a cover story in Good Times and was featured in a segment on video games on KPIX TV (Ch. 5, San Francisco).

A story about elephant seals in the diving magazine Fathom featured research led by biologist Daniel Costa and graduate student Patrick Robinson.

Geologist Gary Griggs was quoted in a story about sand dunes on the floor of Monterey Bay that ran in the San Jose Mercury News and San Mateo County Times.

An article in the Monterey County Weekly about invasive species in coastal waters included quotes from biologist John Pearse, adjunct biologist Kerstin Wasson, and graduate student Rikke Preisler.

Biomolecular engineer David Haussler and UCSC's prominence in genomics were highlighted in a Sacramento News and Review story about genomic research at UC Davis.

Metro Santa Cruz published an extensive cover story about literature professor Nathaniel Mackey, who won a 2006 National Book Award in poetry for Splay Anthem.

The Mid-County Post ran a piece on feminist studies professor Bettina Aptheker and her new memoir, Intimate Politics.

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