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January 24, 2000

Making the News

The election of a new government in Guatemala got Susanne Jonas's phone ringing. Jonas, of Latin American and Latino studies, was interviewed for Public Radio International's program The World, as well as by a reporter with the Washington Post. Jonas also did a one-hour appearance on KQED Radio's popular Forum show.

A new book by ethnomusicologist Fredric Lieberman and drummer Mickey Hart (formerly of the Grateful Dead) has been getting a lot of positive press. The book, a collection of quotes, essays, and thoughts on the power of music, is titled Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music. The story has been covered by the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle, and a number of other Bay Area papers.

As political events unfold in Russia, reporters continue to seek out Michael Urban for commentary and analysis. The latest calls came from Salon News, which published a lengthy interview in early January, and from KPFK Radio in Los Angeles, where Urban discussed the latest power struggles in Moscow on a show called "Beneath the Surface."

A story in the San Francisco Examiner about efforts to create computers based on DNA molecules featured the comments of Manfred Warmuth, a professor of computer science who teaches a class on "Molecular Computation."

Agroecology's Steve Gliessman participated in a panel discussion that was broadcast on KSCO Radio during the recent Eco-Farm conference, the largest gathering of sustainable agriculture advocates west of the Mississippi. Gliessman was joined by author Jeremy Rifkin, a leading critic of genetic engineering, and Wes Jackson, founder of the Land Institute in Kansas.

The first issue of the millennium for College & Research Libraries News features a striking color cover. The image is taken from the University Library's Branson DeCou collection of rare, hand-colored lantern slides. The issue also includes a detailed description of the DeCou collection.

Susan Schwartz of earth sciences was featured in the Santa Cruz County Sentinel's coverage of UCSC's newest summer academy for high-achieving math and science students. The program, dubbed COSMOS, will begin this June.

Remington Stone, research astronomer and operations director at Lick Observatory, was interviewed by KSBW-Channel 8 for a story about the January 20 lunar eclipse that aired a few days before the event.

Biologist Don Croll was featured in a story about blue whales in Monterey Bay that ran in the Monterey County Herald. Croll said the whales may not show up this year because of a relatively low abundance of krill, the small crustaceans they feed on.

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