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April 2, 2007

Biologist Barry Sinervo spent two days with a TV crew from the PBS program Nature for an episode about his research on the evolutionary biology of side-blotched lizards.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a front-page story with sidebar on UCSC's Silicon Valley Initiatives, with quotes from Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal, Vice Provost Carl Walsh, UARC director William Berry, UARC science director Michael Isaacson, and others; the story also ran in the Contra Costa Times.

USA Today quoted history professor Dana Frank for an article about what constitutes an "American" car.

People magazine tapped psychology instructor Don Saposnek for comment on the custody battle of 8-year-old Anna Mae He, who was taken away from her foster parents and returned to her birth parents.

Research on earthquake faults by geologists Emily Brodsky and Amir Sagy was covered by UPI,, Earth Times, Science Daily, Live Science,, and other online news sites.

The San Francisco Chronicle ran an opinion piece by physicist Michael Riordan on the idea of a carbon tax.

The Sacramento Bee quoted associate professor of literature Louis Chude-Sokei in a story about how Barack Obama is handling racial issues in his campaign for the presidency.

Research on RNA enzymes by biochemists William Scott and Michael Robertson was covered by UPI, Medical News Today, Live Science, Earth Times, and others.

An Associated Press report about efforts taken to prevent e. coli outbreaks cited the work of doctoral student Diana Stuart, who is studying conflicts between food safety and environmental regulation. The story was published widely, including in the Monterey Herald, the Houston Chronicle, and

The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a story about biologist James Estes and his new book on whales, whaling, and ocean ecosystems.

Biologist Terrie Williams was featured in a Santa Cruz Sentinel story about her Women of Discovery Award.

Education professor June Gordon fielded a call from a reporter with the Christian Science Monitor about the shortage of Mandarin Chinese teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Biologist Glenn Stewart of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group was featured in a Santa Cruz Sentinel story about his visit to a Watsonville charter school with his tame peregrine falcon.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel turned to Michael Loik of environmental studies for comment on the San Lorenzo Valley Water District's efforts to incorporate climate change into its long-range planning.

The Monterey Herald ran a long article on the Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve featuring reserve manager Kurt Merg and graduate students Kendra Karr and Melissa Foley.

An article about flash memory in Technology Review magazine quotes computer scientist Ethan Miller.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran an item about a Microsoft grant for computer game design courses, with a quote from Charlie McDowell, professor of computer science.

Graduate student Shawn Hart was quoted in a story about asteroid impacts on Mars carried by Asian News International and Hindustan Times.

The Educational Partnership Center has been in the news recently, with coverage in the Salinas Californian and the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian. The Sentinel and the Register-Pajaronian also mentioned the center's programs in their coverage of the recent visit to Watsonville by UC President Robert Dynes (see Currents story).

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