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September 10, 2007

UCSC in the News

The Wall Street Journal quoted economist Michael Dooley in a recent story about the impact on financial markets of the U.S. current-account deficit.

The discovery of light-sensing abilities in bacteria by biochemist Roberto Bogomolni and colleagues was covered in the Financial Times (London), Forbes, The Scientist, Hindustan Times, U.P.I., Science Daily, Medical News Today, Health Day News, Health News Digest, and PressZoom.

National Public Radio's Morning Edition program tapped economist Lori Kletzer for insight about the news that an Indian software firm will hire about 500 computer programmers in Atlanta, a twist on the now-familiar story of the outsourcing of high-tech jobs to India.

David Haussler, professor of biomolecular engineering, was featured in a recent episode of the weekly science show Quest on KQED TV.

Psychology's Eileen Zurbriggen was quoted in a story about the mental health consequences of the sexualization of young girls. . . . Also in psychology, Mara Mather was quoted in The Times of India in a story about new research that shows that the human brain appears to naturally "accentuate the positive" as we age. . . . And psychology's Jean Fox Tree's work was cited in a Santa Cruz Sentinel column about a new book chronicling the history of verbal gaffes and "disfluencies." Fox Tree's research has revealed the role utterances such as "um" and "uh" play in speech comprehension.

Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor recently read Professor Emeritus David Swanger's poem, "Patriarch at the Beach," on National Public Radio's Writers' Almanac program. The poem is from Swanger's latest book, Wayne's College of Beauty, which won the 2005 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry from MkBk Press. (Swanger will give a free reading September 19; see story.)

The "Slashdot effect" caused a surge of web traffic to computer scientist Luca de Alfaro's Wikipedia demo site after a mention of his research on the popular technology news site Slashdot, and USA Today also ran a story about his work.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a lengthy interview with Elliot Aronson of psychology about his new book, Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me), and the Santa Cruz Sentinel also published a feature article about the book.

Climate change research by Michael Loik of environmental studies was noted in Science.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel and Space Daily ran stories about astronomer Steven Vogt's work on a new telescope, the Automated Planet Finder.

A story in the Palo Alto Daily News about plans for Hanger One at NASA's Moffett Field included quotes from William Berry, director of the University Affiliated Research Center.

Linguistics professor Geoffrey Pullum was quoted in The Herald News about Ebonics for an article about language and race.

Frank Drake, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, discussed astrobiology in an interview with Astrobiology magazine that also ran in Space Daily.

The San Jose Mercury News published a rave review of the Shakespeare Santa Cruz production of J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel did a feature story on McHenry Library assistant Hisako Nakazawa and her expertise at restoring books.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune and the Wichita Eagle ran a story quoting assistant professor of theater arts Brandin Baron-Nusbaum about how current fashion trends date back historically hundreds of years.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel quoted Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal in an article about the appointment of Felicia McGinty to the position of vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran an article about the Friends of the UCSC Library Book Collection Essay Contest.

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