December 6, 1999
Making the News
The discovery of six new planets outside the solar system by astronomer Steven
Vogt and his coworkers received widespread media coverage. The New York Times,
USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and
Santa Cruz County Sentinel were among the newspapers that covered the story.
Broadcast media coverage included KION TV (Ch. 46) and KGO and KCBS radio. Online
coverage included Discovery Channel Online and Yahoo! News.
Astronomer Jerry Nelson was featured in a long article in the San Jose
Mercury News about how astronomers are contemplating the construction of bigger,
more powerful telescopes.
ScienceNOW, the online news service of Science magazine, ran a story about
the asteroid impact research of geophysicist Steven Ward and planetary scientist
Erik Asphaug. Ward and Asphaug analyzed the potential for an asteroid impact
in the ocean to generate a destructive tsunami.
Professor of computer science David Haussler was quoted in an article about
computational genomics in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
Bill Domhoff of psychology was quoted in a lengthy New York Times story
about new clues to why we dream.
Choreographer and dance-injury specialist Ruth Solomon was quoted in an
AP story on how dancers can train to avoid the back injuries that plague the profession.
The story was picked up by a number of papers, including USA Today and the Chicago
A story in the Salinas Californian about the lessons learned from the
Loma Prieta earthquake featured seismologist Karen McNally.
The Coastal Conservancy's magazine California Coast & Ocean featured several
UCSC scientists in an issue focusing on California's wild islands. Stephen Gliessman,
professor of environmental studies, and Brian Walton, coordinator of the Santa
Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, were both quoted in articles, and UCSC graduate
student Josh Donlan and alumnus Bradford Keitt authored an article
about their work to control feral cats on islands in Baja California.