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July 30, 2007

UCSC in the News

Glucose sensor technology developed by chemist Bakthan Singaram was featured in a story in the Orange County Register about the glucose monitoring products being developed as a result of his research.

Psychology's Campbell Leaper got another round of attention for his work when Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman wrote about his review of studies on male-female communication. Goodman's column appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Miami Herald, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Cincinnati Post, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Baltimore Sun, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Research on the magnetic properties of disk drives led by physicist Joshua Deutsch was featured in EE Times, Electronic Design, the Inquirer (London),, ITPro, ComputerWorld, TechWorld, and Science Daily.

Elliot Aronson of psychology made the national airwaves when he discussed his new book Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.

Electrical engineer Holger Schmidt was a guest on KUSP radio's Talk of the Bay to discuss his research on optical devices, which was also covered by Photonics magazine.

An Associated Press story about the response to Tammy Faye Messner's death included comment from anthropologist Susan Harding about the early impact of Messner and her first husband, televangelist Jim Bakker.

The Portland Oregonian ran a story about a study of bull kelp harvesting by marine biologists Yuri Springer, Cynthia Hays, and Mark Carr.

Economist Lori Kletzer's work on the offshoring of jobs in the service sector was cited in a column that appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader. And economist Mike Dooley's work was cited in Investors Chronicle.

Astronomer Garth Illingworth was quoted in a New Scientist story about distant galaxies.

Michael Loik of environmental studies has been on the media circuit, fielding calls from the Valley Press about the fire threat in Scotts Valley and the Santa Cruz Sentinel about the city's plans to hire a climate change czar. That story also appeared in the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. Loik also appeared on MetroFarm's syndicated radio program, discussing the impact of recent weird weather on agriculture.

Environmental toxicologist Donald Smith was quoted in a Monterey County Herald story about a proposed ban on lead bullets to protect the California condor.

Patricia Allen, director of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, discussed organic farming on KQED Radio's Forum program, and she appeared on KUSP's Talk of the Bay program in conjunction with the campus's celebration of 40 years at the forefront of sustainable agriculture. UCSC Farm Manager Jim Leap and apprenticeship graduates Jered Lawson and Nancy Vail also appeared on KUSP's Talk of the Bay to promote anniversary activities.

Agroecology's Sean Swezey fielded a flurry of media calls about his latest research on organic strawberry production. Reporters called from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Good Times, and KSCO Radio. Swezey also participated in a panel discussion about strawberries on KUSP Radio's Talk of the Bay program.

Planetary scientist Francis Nimmo was quoted in a story about Saturn's moons that ran in the Pasadena Star-News and the Whittier Daily News.

Long Marine Lab manager Steve Davenport was quoted in a Mid-County Post article about the desalination pilot plant, and was also interviewed by television stations KION, KPIX, and KSMS.

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