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May 28, 2007

UCSC in the News

The New York Times covered planetary scientist Francis Nimmo's research on Saturn's moon Enceladus, as did the San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News, Space Daily, and UPI wire service.

The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group's web cams on falcon nests in San Francisco and San Jose continue to get news coverage, including a story featuring researcher Brian Latta in the San Jose Mercury News and one featuring researcher Janet Linthicum on KQED Radio's California Report and on NPR stations nationally.

A study of black holes in merging galaxies led by astronomer Claire Max was covered by USA Today, New Scientist, Science Daily,, and

In a story about West Coast Shakespeare festivals, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Shakespeare Santa Cruz's "esteemed artistic director" Paul Whitworth recently announced his retirement after more than two decades with the company and 10 years at the helm.

Astronomers Jean Brodie and Raja Guhathakurta were quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about a study of the future merger of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies.

The Salinas Californian ran a front-page story about a partnership between UCSC's Center for Adaptive Optics and Hartnell College, with quotes from associate director Lisa Hunter.

New Scientist magazine ran a story about a study by postdoctoral researcher Pierre Sepulchre on the effects of climate change on Neanderthals in Europe.

Ocean scientists Mary Silver and Raphael Kudela were featured in a story in the Salinas Californian about a bloom of toxic algae in Monterey Bay.

Research on northern fur seals by a team including anthropologist Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, paleontologist Paul Koch, and biologist Daniel Costa was covered by Science Daily, Biology News Net,, YubaNet, and Alaska Report.

Electronic Musician quoted music lecturer and director of UCSC's electronic-music studios Peter Elsea in a story about how technology helps disabled musicians practice their art and profession, noting custom software he created for his wife Veronica, a blind violist and composer.

An article in the San Jose Mercury News about a Silicon Valley networking conference for entrepreneurs included quotes from Ram Akella, professor of information systems and technology management.

iTWire ran a story about physicist Anthony Aguirre and his ideas about possible evidence of multiple universes.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a feature story on music lecturer Irene Herrmann.

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