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Emails show UC Santa Cruz police used military surveillance to suppress grad student strike

UC police used "friendly force trackers" and FBI tech to surveil grad student strikers protesting for a living wage

MAY 18, 2020 11:45PM (UTC)

The University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) Police Department, with assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the California National Guard, used military surveillance to suppress the UC Santa Cruz graduate student wildcat strike earlier this year, according to emails acquired through the California Public Records Act.

Vice first reported the content of the emails on May 15 which provided insight into the coordinated efforts between the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, to police the protests. As Salon has previously reported, police and campus officials reacted to the nonviolent labor action with threats, arrests, firings, and violence from the police with batons, according to grad students at the strike, for months as grad students demanded a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) to help alleviate the rent burden of living in a pricey coastal California town. 

The new emails, which have been reviewed by Salon, dive deeper into the efforts to police the protests that went beyond what the grad students observed on the picket line. They show the UC Santa Cruz Police Department requested mutual aid from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to police the protests as early as December 31. Notably, UC Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz County, not Alameda County — which is about 40 miles north.

"It's disturbing to be part of a labor action like this and to see the militarized nature of the university's response," Will Parrish, a PhD student in UCSC's History of Consciousness program, told Salon in an interview. "I felt disturbed to see both the level of militarization and the casualness of their discussions in their email threads."

Specifically, the UCSC Police Department requested deputies, trucks and vans in the case of arrests. All expenses, including food and lodging, were paid for by UCSC police for at least 65 officers. At the time, grad students were on a wildcat strike, withholding final grades for the fall quarter until their demand for a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) was met. Withholding grades evolved into a full wildcat teaching strike in February, meaning they withheld teaching, grading, and office hours, as their demands continued to be dismissed.

According to emails dated February 11 and 13, the California National Guard provided "friendly force trackers," which is a military surveillance technology, as part of the effort. Police also had access to a federal surveillance portal operated by the FBI called LEEP, an acronym for "Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal." The FBI's page on LEEP describes it as "a secure platform for law enforcement agencies, intelligence groups, and criminal justice entities" that "provides web-based investigative tools and analytical resources" to help said groups "collaborate in a secure environment, use tools to strengthen their cases, and share departmental documents." Some of the sample use cases for LEEP that the FBI cites include "active shooter incidents," "child abductions" and "takedown operations." 

The emails don't specify exactly how these technologies were used, nor do they specify the amount spent on the efforts. However, grad students believe that it could be in the millions.

"Rather than meet us at the bargaining table the UC instead spent close to five million dollars in deploying dozens of UCPD from across the state, California Highway Patrol, and Alameda County sheriffs, and even solicited assistance from counterterrorism intelligence agencies," UCSC Literature PhD student Hannah Newburn said in a statement. "Since when did asking for a raise become a threat to Homeland Security?"

Carlos Cruz, a UCSC PhD student in the history department, told Salon he was given evidence, and an audio clip that Salon listened to, to add to speculation that he was being surveilled by police during the protests. In the audio clip, presumably a police officer is stating Cruz's whereabouts and said his name "Carlos." He also had an alarming in-person encounter with a sergeant.

"I had a sergeant who was able to identify me by first, middle and last name and date of birth," Cruz said, adding there were racist undertones to the exchange. "It's really scary to see how they got my info and knew who I was."

In an emailed statement to Salon, Scott Hernandez-Jason, the Director of News and Media Relations at UC Santa Cruz, told Salon: "Throughout the strike, UC Santa Cruz police officers were focused on supporting the safety of our community on and off campus and protecting the rights of everyone in our campus community, including those engaged in expressive activity."

Hernandez-Jason said the department used the trackers "to know the location of on-duty officers who were helping keep people safe."

"To infer anything else about the use of the trackers would be erroneous. UC Santa Cruz is built across 2,000 acres of hilly land with two entrances, so understanding the location of officers was vital to coordinate their efforts," Hernandez-Jason said. "There was no tracking of students or strikers."

The emails also revealed that after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted on February 19 in support of striking graduate students at UC Santa Cruz, an officer from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services emailed the California State Threat Assessment Center commander Eli Owen to request assistance to "verify/validate Mr. Sanders schedule." The email referred to the tweet as "intel" that Sanders might appear on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Hernandez-Jason said about this email that "UC Santa Cruz was paying attention to his publicly posted campaign schedule so that it could begin planning in case he chose to visit the campus."

This isn't the first time military tactics have been used to spy on protesters. The Intercept previously reported on how FBI emails and intelligence reports suggested federal surveillance of Black Lives Matter protests. Similar surveillance happened in the 1960s and 1970s during anti-war protests. Sara Hinkley, a Policy Research Specialist at UC Berkeley Labor Center, told Salon in an emailed statement that whether such a move was worth it for UCSC will be calculated by how tarnished its reputation is for the handling of the wildcat strike.

"In the case of UC, the loss of reputation and academic stability will likely have repercussions for many years," Hinkley said. "It's unfortunate that they chose to treat their own students and employees as an enemy meriting military surveillance."

Hinkley added: "I think it's likely that decision will end up costing them much more than if they had recognized the students' demands and fairly bargained a solution to the real financial stress that graduate students are experiencing."


Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. She covers health, science, tech and gender politics. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.



Alex Garland, the brilliant mind behind the Academy Award–winning sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and acclaimed films Annihilation and 28 Days Later, brings his unique perspective to television for the first time with FX’s Devs.


This mind-bending tech thriller, filmed on

the UC Santa Cruz campus, follows a young software engineer as she investigates the secret development division of her employer, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend. Join writer/director Alex Garland for a screening and Q&A about this highly anticipated limited series.


How many familiar campus spots can you find in the trailer?


Admission is free, seating is limited; first come, first served.


Devs premieres March 5 exclusively on FX on Hulu.




UC Santa Cruz researchers were awarded 26 new patents in the last fiscal year, a record number for the campus. The new patents include novel compounds with potential medical uses, innovations in computer chip architecture, and new methods for genome assembly and analysis of genomic sequencing data.

Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our campus innovators, this represents a new high water mark for the UCSC campus, 27% more than our previous best of 20 patents in a single year,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Scott Brandt.

Brandt also credited this milestone to the Office of Research’s recent innovation and entrepreneurship initiative, funded by the AB2664 grant from the State of California, and the proactive leadership of the Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization office led by director of intellectual property management Jeff Jackson and senior intellectual property officer Christopher Reed.

The quality of the innovation at UCSC is reflected in the fact that about half of these issued patents are licensed to companies working to develop them into products. The majority of those companies are startups based in Santa Cruz,” Jackson said. “While issued patents are one indication of the health of the IP portfolio, another is the number of new inventions disclosed, and the last fiscal year also was an all-time high in new inventions disclosed (up 10% over last year.)”

Several faculty members received multiple patents, including Mark Akeson, professor of biomolecular engineering, with five patents related to nanopore DNA sequencing, a concept invented and pioneered at UC Santa Cruz for analyzing DNA and other molecules as they pass through a tiny pore called a "nanopore." The technology has been commercialized by Oxford Nanopore Technologies (U.K.)whose cell-phone-sized DNA sequencing device has been used at remote sites such as the Arctic, rural West Africa, and the International Space Station.

Patents with potential applications in clinical medicine include bacterial inhibitors discovered by Victoria Auerbuch Stone, professor of microbology and environmental toxicology, that could lead to the development of new antibiotics effective against multi-drug resistant bacteria.

The following UCSC researchers were lead inventors on patents issued last year:

• Mark Akeson, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering (5 patents)
• David Haussler, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering (4 patents)
• Matthew Guthaus, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (2 patents)
• William Sullivan, Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (2 patents)
• David Bernick, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biomolecular Engineering (2 patents)
• Ted Holman, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2 patents)
• Victoria Auerbuch Stone, Professor of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
• Ed Green, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering
• JJ Garcia-Luna-Aceves, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
• David Deamer, Research Professor of Biomolecular Engineering
• Phil Berman, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering
• Ricardo Sanfelice, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Bakthan Singaram, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Chris Vollmers, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering
• William Scott, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

More information about patents awarded to UCSC researchers is available on the web site of the Inventor Recognition Program, created by the Office of Research to acknowledge researchers on a quarterly basis for their U.S. patent awards and to showcase the groundbreaking research that is conducted on the UCSC campus every day.



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Matthew Gray Gubler - Wikipedia

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Nine UCSC affiliates will join novelist Jonathan Franzen and a host of other speakers for TEDx Santa Cruz, a daylong extravaganza focused this year on the "Art of Hope," on Saturday, Dec. 7.

TEDx Santa Cruz is an independently organized event that builds on the popularity of TED Talks, which feature expert speakers addressing topics as diverse as education, business, science, technology, and creativity.

Each speaker delivers an impactful, curated talk or performance intended to inspire those in the audience. The event takes place at the Rio Theatre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Speakers with a UCSC affiliation include: 

  • Roxanne Beltran, postdoctoral fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Ryan Coonerty, lecturer in politics and chair of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
  • David Deamer, research professor of biomolecular engineering
  • Sylvanna Falcón, associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies and founder of the Human Rights Investigations Lab
  • Phil Hammack, professor of psychology and director of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Laboratory
  • David Lee, assistant professor of computational media
  • Kyle Robertson, lecturer in philosophy and co-founder of The Center for Public Philosophy
  • Karelle Silliez, postdoctoral researcher in astronomy
  • Barry Sinervo, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology

Nada Miljkovic, the lead organizer of TEDx Santa Cruz, is also an alumna (MFA '09, digital arts and new media) and an instructor on campus.



Radical excellence: UC Santa Cruz joins Association of American Universities

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has joined the Association of American Universities, an achievement that underscores the impact and quality of the campus’s research and graduate and undergraduate education. Membership in the AAU provides UC Santa Cruz greater opportunity to shape and advocate for the future of higher education.  more »


New Human Rights Lab trains students to investigate wrongdoing

Students use high-tech sleuthing tools to help hold perpetrators accountable





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Conservative nutrition: The industrial food supply and its critics, 1915--1985

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Introduction to the UCSC Campus History & Current Affairs Guide

The purpose of this guide is to help all types of researchers discover and use local and related printed and online collections when researching UC Santa Cruz campus history and current affairs. Also included are links to relevant research tools.

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Teaching writing in the company of friends : an oral history with Carol Freeman

Freeman, Carol, interviewee.; Rabkin, Sarah, interviewer, editor.;University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUniversity Library.;University of CaliforniaSanta Cruz. Regional History Project.




This spring's wildflower "superbloom" is good news for residents of Santa Cruz County, where impressive displays of California poppies, Sky lupine, and Douglas iris are popping up in grasslands from Davenport to Watsonville.

Dozens of less familiar blooms will emerge in coming weeks and months, and a beautiful, full-color  Field Guide to Plants of UC Santa Cruzmakes exploring the landscapes of the campus—and the county—fun and rewarding.

The guide was a labor of love for author Nathalie Martin (College Nine '17, environmental studies), who hopes the 173-page volume filled with photographs, maps, and tips will inspire others to build their knowledge of local plants "and all the curiosities and wonders that accompany them."

"This project was sort of like a botanical treasure hunt for me," said Martin, who became involved with the project during a winter-quarter internship her sophomore year, during which she explored, identified, and photographed plants all over campus....



ronnie l fall 2018 plenary talk on UC history (and future, a bit):  https://opencast-player-1.lt.ucsc.edu:8443/engage/theodul/ui/core.html?id=86eac6f4-f6e7-4664-a70f-5f309696269b


Climate scientist Nicole Feldl wins NSF Award: Grant includes funding for climate research and for a cross-disciplinary environmental game project for students to develop a learning game about climate science 6/18.


Harry Potter course leaves students spellbound

Renee Fox, an assistant professor of literature at UC Santa Cruz, was not quite sure what to expect when she offered a class on Harry Potter for the first time this winter. Then the course became a surprise hit with students.  


4/18 alums

Created in 1968, just three years after the university itself was founded, KZSC was initially called KRUZ. The studios were in the basement of Stevenson College dormitories. The station’s studios had relocated to the Communications Building on Science Hill by the time the FCC gave the station a toehold on the FM radio band, with a 10 watt signal at 88.1 FM. The studios moved to its current location above Crown College in 1980 and starting broadcasting at 10,000 watts in 2002 before amping up to its current 20,000 watts in 2007.

But along with celebrating its technical evolution that has facilitated the station’s broad reach on California’s Central Coast, KZSC is reaching out to alumni and collect the stories of the innumerable students that passed the radio station—and its unique student-run culture—from one year to the next down through the decades.

“We keep discovering amazing things about the people who passed through these doors, who helped make KZSC into something special,” Rozendal said as he digs through several boxes of fading paper files.

Those unorganized records have gradually yielded a directory of KZSC alumni, who have been invited back to the station’s 50th Anniversary celebration—set for Alumni Weekend April 27–29.

Throughout the weekend, alumni programmers will return to the airwaves to spin some classics and share personal reflections about their glory days on the air. KZSC takes over the Quarry Amphitheater at 7 p.m. on April 28 to present a live radio variety show featuring personalities, artists, and other creative types who were part of the 50-year history of student radio at UCSC. It’s a free event, open to the public to celebrate KZSC’s mission and history. A Sunday brunch, by invite only, will celebrate the more than 40 year history of the Women’s Radio Collective—currently broadcasting as Breakfast in Bed, Sundays at 9 a.m. on KZSC.


Medicinal chemist Thomas Webb and physicist and entrepreneur Susanne Hering are being honored by the UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci) as the recipients of the PBSci Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The division established the awards to honor graduates of the division who have gone on to extraordinary accomplishments in diverse fields and whose careers are characterized by sustained and exemplary contributions to society through research, practice, education, policy, or service. The Physical and Biological Sciences Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented annually to a former graduate student and a former undergraduate student.

Webb, who earned a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from UC Santa Cruz in 1980, is being honored for the impact of his work in basic science and drug discovery. He is currently the director of medicinal chemistry in the Center for Chemical Biology at SRI Biosciences, where he leads small-molecule drug discovery for cancer and influenza. His accomplishments include development of an innovative anti-tumor drug which will enter clinical trials in 2019.

Before joining SRI, Webb worked on discovery of new cancer therapeutics in the Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he held a senior faculty position and directed the high-throughput chemistry center. He has also held key positions at ChemBridge Corporation, Neurocrine Biosciences, Corvas International, and Genentech, Inc. An active inventor, Webb holds 32 U.S. patents. He has written two book chapters and 72 peer-reviewed publications, and he has served as a reviewer for more than 30 major scientific journals.

Hering, the founder and president of Aerosol Dynamics in Berkeley, is being honored for her impact as both a scientist and a developer of novel instruments that are advancing atmospheric science. She entered UC Santa Cruz with the pioneer class in 1965 and graduated in 1969 with a joint major in physics and history.

Both inside and outside the classroom, Santa Cruz heightened my joy of learning and showed me the thrill in intellectual discovery,” Hering said. “UCSC gave me the idealism and the academic background to pursue an unusual career, and enabled me to focus on one specific, small way in which I felt I might contribute to a better world.”

Hering continued her education at the University of Washington, earning a Ph.D. in low temperature physics in 1974. She studied atmospheric aerosols as a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology and continues to focus her research on the fine airborne particles that create haze in the atmosphere.

In 1991, Hering founded Aerosol Dynamics to develop effective methods to measure and characterize these particles. She and her team have developed a host of new measurement techniques that have been broadly used in air quality monitoring and research. They are currently working on a miniature system that could be worn or deployed on unmanned aerial vehicles.

Hering is a past-president of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), a founding AAAR Fellow, and a recipient of AAAR’s Benjamin Y. H. Liu Award. She edited the 1989 edition of Air Sampling Instruments, a guide for industrial hygienists, and most recently she was an editor for the journal Aerosol Science and Technology.


Arts Dean's Lecture Series on Creative Entrepreneurship Spring 2018.

"The Da Vinci Mindset"
Speaker: Arts Dean Susan Solt

"Arts and Ecology"
Speakers: Newton Harrison, David Dunn, T.J. Demos

"Finding the Money"
Speakers: Sally Jo Fifer, Meklit Hadero

"Arts Practice as For Profit Enterprise"
Speakers: Robin Hunicke, Annie Morhauser

"From Employee to Employer"
Speaker: Stephanie Allain

"Arts Practice as a Non-Profit Enterprise"
Speaker: Marianne Weems

"Principles for Creative Work and Life"
Speaker: Rick Vargas

"Branding Matters"
Speaker: Margaret Wolfson

"Artists in Civic Practice"
Speakers: Shannon Scrofano, Jessica Balboni, John Jota Leaños

"Artists as Enterprise Consultants"
Speaker: Jonathan Foster

Second Stage
Admission details: 

Lectures begin at 5:20PM, every Tuesday evening during Spring quarter.

FREE and open to the public.

Parking $4 by permit (available from paystation vending machine in the Arts parking lot #126 after 4:30PM).

Sponsored by: 



a January day in 1969, Gary Griggs, then 25, donned a coat and tie and entered a lecture hall on the nascent UC Santa Cruz campus.

What he found inside were 260 scruffy but idealistic students — most of them long-haired, many with dogs. Griggs, who had finished his Ph.D. in three years and never taught before, stepped up and began his oceanography lecture. When he was finished, the entire room stood and applauded.

Almost five decades later, Griggs, now director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, has shed the coat and tie in favor of jeans and a button-down shirt. But at 71, Griggs is still youthful-looking and still at work.

This will be his 48th year teaching oceanography and 40th year teaching coastal geology: 14,000 students and 72 grad students by his count.

“What is amazing now is to think back about those first few years of flower children and realize that they are now 60-65 years old and have careers and families," Griggs says. "In some cases, they've already retired, but I can’t find any reason to.”

Griggs is one of 18 pioneer faculty who came to UC Santa Cruz before 1970 and who are still actively involved in the campus. They continue to work, they say, because they love opening students’ eyes to the world around them, because they are excited by discovery, and because they believe being a professor is one of the best jobs around.

“A businessman can come home and say I made a million dollars today,” says G. William Domhoff, emeritus professor of psychology and sociology who has been teaching at UC Santa Cruz for 50 years. ”For me, the gratification is when a student comes up to me and says, ‘I think I learned something today.’”

Harry Noller: The excitement of the lab

Stand under the redwoods outside the Sinsheimer Labs building most mornings and you will see bushy-haired Emeritus Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Harry Noller heading to work.

At 76, Noller has retired from teaching, but the excitement of what is happening in his lab draws him like a thirsty man to water.

Noller, who came to UC Santa Cruz in 1968, is a decorated scientist who studies the ribosome, a kind of bilingual molecule that bridges the gap between DNA and RNA on one hand and proteins on the other. It is one of the core mysteries of science and is essential to all forms of life. Over the years, Noller’s research has turned the understanding of the mysterious ribosome on its head.

He discovered that the RNA component carries out key functions of the ribosome — the inverse of what most scientists believed. He has done atomic-level mapping of the structure of the ribosome, a basis for the development of targeted antibiotics. Now, he is piecing together the actual movements of the ribosome as it does its job.

“The thing is alive as you look at it,” Noller says, enthusiasm seeping into his words. “It is flexing and reaching to grab things and pulling them through at the atomic level.  This is the basis of life. This is how the genetic code is read in all of our cells every minute.

“That’s what excites me,” Noller says. “That’s why I go to work every day.”

Adrienne Zihlman: The exhilaration of discovery

It is that same sense of excitement that keeps Professor of Anthropology Adrienne Zihlman on the job, three years after her supposed retirement.

Zihlman, 74, first shook up the field of anthropology with research that showed female gathering activities could just as easily account for our big brains as men’s hunting behaviors did. Then, at a time when the common chimpanzee was considered the model for the human-ape ancestor, she proposed that the rare pygmy chimpanzee was a better model in its anatomy and behavior.

While both these ideas were met with strong opposition at first, more evidence has made them generally accepted in academia today.

Now, Zihlman is pulling together decades of that research into a beautifully illustrated text — a kind of “Gray’s Anatomy” for apes.

Working with illustrator and former UC Santa Cruz student Carol Underwood, Zihlman’s tome will tell an evolutionary and anatomical tale designed for both scientists and lay people.

It’s the exhilaration of discovery, of shining a light on apes and evolution, that keeps Zihlman working.

Quoting Freud that “anatomy is destiny,” Zihlman added, “It’s also the key to the mystery of human evolution.”

David Kaun: The joy and pleasure of teaching

At 83, Emeritus Professor of Economics David Kaun is quick to laugh about why he will soon embark on his 50th year of teaching.

“I’m a labor economist,” he says. “I spent my entire career trying to figure out why people work.”

Kaun came to the campus in 1966 from a teaching job at the University of Pittsburgh, drawn by the beautiful setting and the offbeat experiment that was UC Santa Cruz. Like Griggs’s students, Kaun would usually bring his dog, a long-legged basset hound named Greta, to class.

But long after most retirees are lounging on cruise ships and driving across the country in motor homes, Kaun will be teaching two classes this year: one on the Political Economy of Capitalism and the other on the Economics of the Arts, a course born out of his love for music and his talent on the clarinet.

Kaun will also lead his popular Labor Wars in Theory and Film class, which leaves most of its students saying they can never quite watch a movie the same way again.

“I have been extremely fortunate, blessed, and lucky to wind up doing something that has been such a joy and pleasure,” says Kaun of his work.

“Besides, if you spend your life around 20-year-olds,” he says, “how can you possibly get old?”

G. William Domhoff: Explaining concepts leads to deeper insights

Psychology professor Domhoff feels much the same way.

Twenty-one years after his alleged retirement, the 79-year-old academic most known for his study of dreams and his work on the psychology of power, says student inquiries and the need to explain concepts in his field often bring new insights.

“In a dialogue with students, trying to explain something, makes you understand the subject better,” Domhoff says, “and that really matters to me."

It’s part of the reason, besides being a member of an academic community, that Domhoff will teach two courses this year. He is also continuing work on a book that presents his theory of dreams as “a form of intensified mind-wandering that dramatizes an individual’s main, personal concerns.”

As one of only two working professors who began teaching the same year UC Santa Cruz was born — Emeritus Professor of Literature Harry Berger will teach a course on Plato in the spring — Domhoff finds satisfaction in his profession.

It’s the same gratification that became clear to Griggs when he learned that one of his students, a former language major named Kathryn Sullivan, credited part of her success to him.

Inspired by his oceanography course and Griggs’s answers to her many questions, she got her Ph.D. in that subject, went on to become the first American woman to walk in space, and is now undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sullivan will be master of ceremonies at UC Santa Cruz's Founders Celebration Fiat Fifty dinner on September 26.

“It made … me appreciate how critically important our roles are at UCSC, or any university,” Griggs says. “It has been the rewards and satisfaction of events like this, and others, that continue to inspire and motivate me.”

Other pioneer faculty who continue to work at UC Santa Cruz include:

  • Ralph Abraham
  • Frank Andrews
  • Murray Baumgarten
  • Edmund Burke
  • Robert Coe
  • Walter Goldfrank
  • John Jordan
  • Peter Kenez
  • H. Marshall Leicester
  • Michael Nauenberg
  • Harold Widom
  • Donald Wittman

Pioneer staff and faculty will receive the Fiat Lux Award at this year's Founders Celebration Fiat Fifty dinner.


Gabby Rivera spoke at UCSC 2/18 is currently writing the plot for America Chavez — the first Latinx and queer Marvel superhero.



VIDEOS archived online

From research to patents and products: UC Santa Cruz faculty and students are an innovation powerhouse. Their inventions and research breakthroughs deliver social and economic benefits to our local—and global—communities. On January 31, we will hear from three professors whose research is driving real-world innovation in early-stage startups:

Holger Schmidt, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Narinder Singh Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics and the Associate Dean for Research, Baskin School of Engineering
Nader Pourmand, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering
Richard E. Green, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, Co-director of the Paleogenomics lab

  • UC Santa Cruz Treehouse Cancer Initiative
    Making precision medicine personal for kids: How researchers and doctors are giving new hope to kids with cancer using big data genomics

    There are several truisms about childhood cancer: it tends to be aggressive, differs from adult cancers, and when treatments fail, time runs out quickly. Precision medicine powered by big data becomes personal when university researchers and doctors team up. The Treehouse Cancer Initiative at UC Santa Cruz uses comparative cancer genomic analysis to help doctors treat kids with few options. Learn more about how a new project partnering our Treehouse researchers with Stanford doctors is bringing new hope to families.

    Featuring members of the UC Santa Cruz Treehouse Cancer Initiative:
    Olena Morozova, co-founder
    David Haussler, co-founder
    Isabel Bjork, director
    Lauren Sanders, Ph.D. student

    UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
    3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara

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  • Nov 1

    Carrie Partch: Circadian Rhythms: When Our Biological Clocks Go Bad . . .

    Carrie Partch joined the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 2011. In her lab, Partch recently identified a gene that suppresses circadian rhythms in cancer, allowing tumor cells to escape daily controls on cellular growth. Now her lab is developing new therapeutic strategies that leverage circadian control over physiology to improve human health. She just received the 2018 Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award from the Biophysical Society for her ground-breaking combination of biophysics and cell biology.

    UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
    3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara

    Lecture video still to come.

  • Jun 22

    Exploring Biology’s Dark Matter: RNA
    Recognizing Harry Noller, winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize

    Noller, professor emeritus of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, recently received the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his discoveries about ribosomes, the tiny structures of the cell that Noller calls the “mothership of life.” His insights are taking us right to the brink of understanding the very origins of life on the planet.

    From his unexpected discovery of the role RNA plays in the functioning of the ribosome has grown the world’s premier center for RNA research. The 16 research labs that comprise the UC Santa Cruz Center of Molecular Biology of RNA are forging new discoveries in the treatment of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer and developing new technological tools to advance the sciences.

    Noller will be joined on stage by three Center researchers, Jeremy Sanford, Susan Carpenter, and Daniel Kim, who will discuss their work in the frontiers of molecular biology and the implications of RNA research on treating diseases and saving lives.

    Silicon Valley Capital Club
    50 W San Fernando Street, San Jose

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  • May 16

    Mark Akeson: Sequencing DNA from Remote Villages to the Space Station: The Nanopore Revolution

    Akeson is a professor of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. He earned his B.A. in History from UC San Diego, and his Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from UC Davis, then came to UCSC following a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Akeson is one of the pioneers of nanopore sequencing and leads the UC Santa Cruz nanopore group. The nanopore group has made important advances in nanopore sequencing technology by analyzing DNA molecules directly from the nucleus of eukaryotic cells. Nanopore technology brings modern genomics out of the lab and into the field—think Ebola or Zika outbreaks—with tremendous potential for human health.

    UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
    3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara

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  • Mar 22

    Jonathan Fortney: How Common is the Earth? The Discovery and Characterization of Rocky Planets Around Other Stars

    Fortney is an astrophysicist who focuses on understanding the structure and composition of planets in our solar system and "exoplanets" around other stars. He has been involved with NASA's Kepler spacecraft since its prime mission. He is also one of 15 principal investigators for a new NASA initiative, the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), which is a quest to find life on planets around other stars. Fortney is one of four new participating scientists NASA has chosen for the last phase of the Cassini Mission to Saturn, as the spacecraft dives between the planet's rings and its atmosphere to collect unprecedented data.

    UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
    3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara

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book, We Will Not be Silenced, teach us about activism and academia


WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED: The Academic Repression of Israel’s Critics
Edited by William I. Robinson and Maryam S. Griffin
Forward by Cynthia McKinney and Preface by Richard Falk
280 pp. AK Press, 2017. $19.95.

There are many ways to try to silence people whose ideas you don’t like. You can bully, blackmail, violate, isolate, punish, and smear them until they shut up, back down, and/or lose the platform upon which they were speaking.

It’s not just autocratic despots or crooked attorneys who wield such strategies with tyrannical efficacy. The forces of the pro-Israel lobby have long carried out systematic campaigns of vilification and repression with a pugnacious energy that rivals even the mob’s. Anyone in the public eye who dares to level a critique of the State of Israel could find themselves targeted. And if you are a prominent and vocal Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activist: fuggedaboutit.


This climate of censorship is especially hard felt on college and university campuses where a historic upsurge in successful pro-Palestine activism has led to a corollary increase in McCarthyist pressure by the dozens of Zionist organizations who have formed into a network called the Israel on Campus Coalition. Characterized by their shameless meddling in internal university proceedings, well-organized groups like the AMCHA Initiative, Stand With Us, Campus Watch, Canary Mission, and ADL are the most visible tip of a slander-industrial complex whose mission is to purge professors and students who challenge their own narrative.

When fear of reprisal has become the norm, speaking out becomes an act of courage and resistance. This is the premise of “We Will Not Be Silenced,” AK Press’s excellent new collection of first-hand testimonial accounts penned by pro-Palestinian scholars who have been targeted on U.S. campuses. With more than a dozen essays by some of the luminaries in the movement such as Richard Falk, Saree Makdisi, Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Steven Salaita, Joseph Massad, members of the Irvine 11, and many others—”We Will Not Be Silenced” serves as an instructive compendium of the pro-Israel lobby’s bag of underhanded tricks and an invaluable playbook for how to preempt and defeat them.

Across the breadth of these infuriating yet illuminating essays, a consistent pattern of tactics emerges. Most of these tactics are predicated on the lobby’s willingness to breach basic standards of academic freedom and common decency to achieve their aims.

In their helpful opening essay, David Theo Goldberg and Saree Makdisi discuss the alarming implications of the Hasbara Handbook that is distributed by organizations like StandWithUs to help train pro-Israel campus activists to be effective propagandists. The handbook explicitly encourages its acolytes to avoid legitimate argument and debate with pro-Palestinian activists in favor of deceitful strategies like point scoring, emotional manipulation, and name calling—to create negative connotations “without allowing a real examination of that person or idea.”

The direct and damaging results of these methods are on full display in the pages of “We Will Not Be Silenced” where victim after victim narrates the life-altering consequences they have faced for their criticism of Israel.

William Robinson, one of the co-editors of the book, was brought up on spurious charges at UCSB for circulating a photo-essay that juxtaposed images from Operation Cast Lead in Gaza with the images of the Warsaw ghetto, accompanied by a text condemning Israel’s human rights record. After a strenuous fight, Robinson was cleared of all charges, but at a steep cost to his research and reputation.

David Delgado Shorter, whose only “crime” was to offer his students the option of researching the BDS movement as a case study in his “Tribal Worldviews” course, survived a demoralizing ordeal at UCLA at the hands of AMCHA that included death threats and false accusations of anti-Semitism that damaged his professional and personal life.

David Klein, a math professor at Cal State, Northridge and prominent BDS activist, was subjected to a similar coordinated campaign of censorship that stretched out for years and may not even be over yet. Unlike most of the scholars in this collection, Klein was fortunate that Harry Hellenbrand, the president of CSUN at the time, was an outspoken supporter of Klein’s academic freedom.

Most of these political witch hunts have been instigated and/or vigorously pursued by outside lobbyists, powerful politicians, or alumni donors. While these forces hold no contractual or professional affiliation with the universities, they often interfere with impunity in internal governance procedures. In some cases they help pro-Israel students file official complaints against pro-Palestinian faculty members, but often dispense with even that “nicety.”

What is especially disturbing is the alacrity with which many upper administrators quickly cave and often collude with pressure groups who have no interest in research and knowledge production, but rather have a vested interest in censorship and knowledge suppression.

The Israel on Campus Coalition has shown few scruples about smearing its opponents as supporters of terror, self-hating Jews, or anti-Semites. Groups like AMCHA, Hillel, StandWithUs have worked with political allies around the clock to cement the erroneous notion that opposition to Zionism is tantamount to anti-Semitism, and that a hatred of Israel’s policies of racism, ethnic cleansing and dispossession is the same as hatred of Jews qua Jews.

Given the horrific history of anti-Semitism, and the deplorable reality of its continued existence, even among some who identify as “supporters” of Palestinian rights, the grave charge of anti-Semitism is not to be taken lightly. As several of the essayists in this book point out, this highly fraught context gives the lobbying groups the perfect straw-man weapon to combat its opponents; and they wield it with a vengeance, in reckless disregard of the lives and livelihoods ruined in the process, and in reckless disregard of the important task of defanging the real anti-Semites.

The question becomes why—why are these extra-academic interests given such wide berth to operate on U.S. campuses? The answer, in part, has to do with the rise of the neoliberal university and the decline of faculty protections across the board. Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton, a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, situates his own persecution within the broader context in higher education—the increasing reliance on vulnerable adjunct labor, the steady elimination of tenure, and a prevalent “boardroom mentality” where administrators have become chiefly concerned with protecting “carefully cultivated brands.”

Lisa Rofel and Steven Salaita both draw pointed and sustained attention to the decline of the public university and its traditional commitment to the common good. In an era of “neoliberal graft,” where students are viewed as consumers, adjunct labor is exploited, and administrators command exorbitant salaries, we see a sharp increase in the profit-motives of upper management. In such a climate, wealthy donors, lobby groups, and board members are able to sway and even dictate hiring decisions and curriculum.

Though the death knell of academic freedom is tolling, all is not lost. The apt title of this book “We Will Not Be Silenced” indicates that the tables are beginning to turn. Despite cause for anger and outrage, these stories are leavened with encouraging lessons. In nearly every case, some small victory has been snatched from the jaws of defeat. With the unwavering support from scores national and international progressive and civil rights organizations, most of these scholars were eventually vindicated.

Despite appearances, the pro-Israel lobby is not winning these campus skirmishes. All of us who work for social justice should take heart and fight smart. We should embolden ourselves to speak out and assert our rights. We should donate and build stronger alliances with the organizations like the AAUP, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, FIRE, Palestine Legal, and many others that have been steadfast in support of civil rights. We should denounce anti-Semitism where we find it, and strenuously educate on the immense difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Those of us working in academia should purchase the book, read it, and lend it our colleagues and administrators so they too can strengthen their resolve to defend our campuses from these unseemly and costly attacks. Rather than squelching discourse and avoiding “controversy,” campus leaders—whether students, faculty, staff, or administrators—should help cultivate an atmosphere of intellectual debate based on time-tested principles of academic freedom.

Professors and students have a right to engage in research and to disseminate that research, even it challenges long-cherished dogma. Colleges and universities are sites traditionally dedicated to the dialogical process of learning where ideas are put forth, tested, and debated, then accepted or rejected on the merit of the arguments. The misuse of money and power to warp this process is not just damaging to the brave individuals who refuse to be silent, but to the entire project of participatory democracy.


In the latest analysis of the world’s top universities published by Times Higher Education (THE), UC Santa Cruz ranked third in research influence as measured by the number of times its faculty’s published work is cited by scholars around the world.

Published as part of the THE World University Rankings 2018, the analysis measured overall research influence based on the average number of citations per paper, using a database of almost 62 million citations to more than 12.4 million research publications published over five years, from 2012 to 2016.

With a citation score of 99.9, UC Santa Cruz is tied for third place with Stanford University. St. George’s University of London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were tied for first. UC Berkeley ranked just behind UCSC and Stanford with a citation score of 99.8.

The 2018 rankings list the top 1,000 universities in the world, comparing them in five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income, and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students, and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).

The research influence indicator looks at the role of universities in spreading new knowledge and ideas. As explained on the website for the World University Rankings, "The citations help to show us how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge: they tell us whose research has stood out, has been picked up and built on by other scholars and, most importantly, has been shared around the global scholarly community to expand the boundaries of our understanding, irrespective of discipline."

UCSC’s overall ranking in the THE World University Rankings 2018 was 162 out of 1,000 institutions worldwide. In the United States, UC Santa Cruz ranked 55 out of 154 institutions.



Year of Alumni

UC Santa Cruz has designated 2018 as the Year of Alumni, a time to savor, celebrate, and promote the legacy of proud Banana Slugs who have made their mark as they've gone on to successful careers. Below we share profiles of alumni who embody the values and qualities that represent UC Santa Cruz—social justice, public service, environmental stewardship, a dedication to exploring the human condition, and a determination to change the world.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


Axel Alonso was editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics from 2011–2017, where he built a legacy by making comic book characters and their creators reflect the diversity of our world.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


John Laird has watched his political capital rise over the years. In 1983, while serving on the Santa Cruz City Council, he became one of the first openly gay mayors in the United States.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


Julie Packard helped found the Monterey Bay Aquarium and has served as the aquarium's executive director since it opened in 1984.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


Kent Nagano is an internationally acclaimed opera and symphony conductor who is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance, and intelligence.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


A scientist, astronaut, and award-winning educator, Kathy Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space and is the former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


As chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, Kevin Beggs places a high premium on creativity, risk, and, in his own words, “going where others won’t.”

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Kris Perry never intended to become a civil rights icon. As an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, she explored the themes of social justice that would shape her career as an advocate for children.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


A prominent ecologist and Emmy-nominated television personality, M. Sanjayan is CEO of the nonprofit Conservation International—the first new CEO of the organization in 30 years.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


An award-winning actor with over 50 years of film, television, and stage credits, Adilah Barnes is probably best known to television audiences for her role as Anne Marie on ABC's Roseanne for six seasons.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


Two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning Associated Press reporter and author Martha Mendoza had a life-changing moment early in her UC Santa Cruz career.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


Award-winning novelist and memoirist Reyna Grande attended UC Santa Cruz after her junior college English teacher urged her to leave the urban confines of Los Angeles and try living somewhere different.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


As the founder of web hosting company DreamHost, Sage Weil was already a successful entrepreneur when he came to UC Santa Cruz in 2004 to study data storage systems.

 Axel Alonso portrait illustration.


Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the ubiquitous video-sharing website that in 2017 was ranked as the second most popular site in the world—only behind its parent company Google.

 Artist Tom Killion (Cowell ’75, history)


Alumnus Tom Killion, whose intricate woodcut prints have captured scenes of rugged beauty for decades, brings his traveling exhibit to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in January.

 A Seal Named Patches cover


A new children’s book by a pair of alumni scientists is making a splash.

 Dr. Greg Olsen


Alumnus Greg Olsen not only leads a successful medical practice, but also a booming commercial fishing business

 Brycen Swart and fellow scientists are honored with and award for helping Chinook salmon.


Alumnus Brycen Swart identified how warmer river temperatures were hurting Chinook salmon fry—and he earned a medal for conserving them.

 Archival photo of Dolores Huerta with a bullhorn


Independent filmmaker Peter Bratt, a 1986 politics graduate of Cowell College, has written, directed, and produced a new documentary about legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta.

 Bob Coomber travels the Kearsarge Pass trail in his wheelchair.


Filmmaker and alumnus Tal Skloot aims to show a different perspective with eclectic, meaningful subject matter.

 Photo of the cover of book by Kris Perry and Sandy Stier


"You only win your civil rights by fighting for them," says alumna Kris Perry, who will be honored at a reception on Friday, April 28.

 Photo of Daniel Mountjoy being interviewed by CNBC news crew.


An innovative water-conservation strategy diverts water from overflowing rivers to fallow farmland, where it seeps into the soil and replenishes depleted aquifers.

 Photo of Daniel Mountjoy being interviewed by CNBC news crew.


Born in Nigeria, Nwadiuto “DT” Amajoyi (College Nine ’13, psychology) has written speeches for a senator and prepared case files for Ugandan inmates. Now she’s pursuing an international law degree.

 During his tenure as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, alumnus Axel Alonso has overseen th


Alumnus Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, has worked to make comic book characters and their creators reflect our diverse world.

 Photo of psychology Ph.D. Artie Konrad


Psychology Ph.D. Artie Konrad has found his dream job at Facebook, where he is a user experience researcher on the On This Day project.

 Barbara Garcia


When the opportunity came to help start Salud Para La Gente, a tiny health clinic for those same low-income residents in Watsonville, Barbara Garcia gave up her goal of being a teacher and jumped at the chance. Little did she know where that decision would lead.

 Mark Lipson


Mark Lipson, now a research associate at Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, was instrumental in standardizing organic farming in the U.S. Now back at UCSC, he continues the mission of institutionalizing public policy support for organic farming.

 Alumna Kris Perry, left, and wife Sandy Stier were the named plaintiffs in a lawsuit that 


Kris Perry (Merrill '86) doesn’t think about the way historians will tell her story. Instead, she thinks how life will be different for children nationwide because of her fight for marriage equality.

 Alumni volunteer Jerry Ruiz


It is a deep emotional connection I feel toward UC Santa Cruz that drives me to volunteer each year.

 Andrea Maechler


Andréa Maechler, who earned masters and Ph.D. degrees in international economics at UC Santa Cruz, has been named the first woman to sit on the governing board of Switzerland’s central bank.

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When fully opened, Felicia Rice’s book literally unfolds like an accordion along the length of a 30-foot table...

 Jim Meskimen


UCSC alumni filled the Kuumbwa Jazz Center last week for an upbeat evening of music and comedy from their multi-talented fellow banana slugs.

 UC Santa Cruz alumnus Ron Yerxa at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival


"Election," "Cold Mountain," "King of the Hill," "Little Miss Sunshine"…these are just a few of the high-quality films produced by Ron Yerxa since he left UC Santa Cruz with a masters degree in 1976...


Abousalem is responsible for the management of UC Santa Cruz patent portfolio and licensing activities along with the development of industry alliances and technology transfer and commercialization programs. In accordance with the Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization Office's mission, Mohamed is leading the initiative to foster a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture on campus which will accelerate the adoption of UCSC inventions and cultivate sustainable strategic partnerships. Mohamed brings to UCSC over 25 years of technical and business management experience. Most recently, he established and built TECTERRA Inc., a not–for–profit innovation support organization supporting start-­up and small companies across Canada to develop and commercialize innovative technologies.


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On March 3 on Highway 1 near the Fishhook, the group chained themselves together with pipes, concrete and trash cans, shutting traffic for about five hours, to protest UC tuition increases.

The two men and four women face misdemeanor charges, up to 18 months in jail and potential restitution of about $19,000 for the roughly 85 law enforcement officers who responded to the highway shutdown.

Despite public outcry for their expulsion, including a 4,300 signature online petition, UCSC initially gave the students a 14-day interim suspension. These suspensions are given before final disciplinary decisions are made, and when the campus believes the student’s presence or participation will lead to abuse, a safety threat or disruption, according to UCSC’s student handbook.

In a campus message on March 12, Chancellor George Blumenthal decried the highway protest, saying it not only created a heavy burden on the community but also detracted from important dialogue about UC tuition.


 student protesters are Ethan Jacob Pezzolo, 19, of Santa Cruz; Janine Victoria Caceres, 21, of Los Angeles; Alexander Bryant Pearce, 19, of San Francisco; Sophia Jeanne DiMatteo, 19, of Sherman Oaks; Lori Leigh Nixon, 28, of Santa Cruz; and Sasha Lee Petterson, 19, of Oakland.


Nearly a month after five of the “Highway 6” students were sentenced to 30 days in jailwith eligibility for custody alternative programs like house arrest and three years of informal court probation, the last defendant was handed the same sentence in court on July 27.

Co-defendant Rosa Petterson, whose attorney was out of the country during the original sentencing date, said she plans to apply for house arrest. The final restitution hearing, which was expected to occur July 27, was pushed back to Aug. 18 because Petterson’s attorney requested additional live testimony with the UC Santa Cruz police department representatives, Lt. Glen Harper and business manager Jimmy Wise, who were present during the first restitution hearing.

On Aug. 18 the six students’ final restitution cost will be finalized. Last month Judge Denine J. Guy tentatively assigned about $28,000 — $22,335.22 for UCPD, $2,301.83 for the California Highway Patrol and $3,294.44 for the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) — for the total restitution costs. Criminal restitution is the amount of money awarded to victims of cases, which in this case are the government agencies responsible for responding to the March 3 protest at the freeway fishhook. The prosecutors and the attorneys of the six co-defendants will also present their final arguments after further testimony is given.

Dmitry Stadlin, defendant Janine Caceres’ attorney, made his final argument early in court because he is unable to appear for the new sentencing date. He fought for a total restitution cost of about $10,000, calculated by subtracting costs not directly associated to the six student’s actions between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stadlin said California Highway Patrol and SCPD charged for officers who didn’t respond to the protest, and overtime pay beyond the scope of the defendants’ actions.

He made the case for a significant drop in UCPD’s restitution — from about $22,000 to $8,000 — by saying Harper couldn’t differentiate the UC vehicles used on the highway or used for normal patrol. Wise testified that the extra vehicles were requested before the demonstration on the freeway.

“The UC police gave no reason to show that these costs are reasonable besides that they paid for them,” Stadlin said in court. “What is the total restitution from the students’ actions, [Wise] was unable to answer.”

On January 22, after final restitution is set, the students will reappear in court to update Guy on their payments.

After the short court appearance, co-defendants Ethan Pezzolo, Sophia DiMatteo, Janine Caceres and Alexander Pearce briefly held a press conference to address the increasing inaccessibility of public higher education and the state’s focus on funding the prison system over education systems.

“In direct response to rising student protests across the state, the UC regents announced a two year in-state tuition freeze,” Dimatteo said. “We do not take [responsibility] for those actions for ourselves, but to benefit the collective good. This is about making education accessible for all people, this is about reversing the school-to-prison pipeline.”

Pearce also spoke on the criticism of their action by community members.

“Through this process we are learning how to best serve our fellow community members and enact real social change,” he said. “We are facing serious consequences. We did not intend to harm anybody, and we deeply sympathize with those who were disrupted by our action.”

With UCSC’s judicial process completed, DiMatteo, Cacares, Pearce and Pezzolo are eligible to return as students this fall, instead of fall 2016 as originally determined. Lori Nixon and Petterson are eligible to return in winter 2015.

aug 2015

The six students who took the highway on March 3rd have met unprecedented repression by the state and the university, including several violations of constitutional rights by the UC administration during the judicial process. The Hwy 6 will be filing a civil suit against the university with the goal of minimizing further repression of student activists across the UC.

Here in Santa Cruz last March, the repression started immediately after the 6 students took the highway as part of the state-wide call for UC students to participate in the “96 hours of Action” against police violence and tuition increases. Upon entering jail, each student received a letter making it illegal for them to return to campus, for an unspecified period of time, on the grounds that they were a “health and safety threat to the community,” immediately making four of the students who lived on campus homeless and stripping them all of their healthcare and access to food.

Since then, two attacks on the students ensued: the criminal trial over civil disobedience, and UC's quasi-judicial process for student conduct charges. After a prolonged process, UC administrators decided that a “fair and just” punishment would be 100 hours of community service and a one-quarter suspension for four of the students and 150 hours of community service and a two-quarter suspension for the other two.

The final sentencing and restitution hearing in the criminal case is anticipated any day now. Under the expected outcome of that court hearing, the 6 students will be sentenced to 30 days in jail, and required to collectively pay $28,000 in restitution for law enforcement costs, primarily for time spent by UCSC police and also the CHP and Santa Cruz police.

But while these two cases are coming to a close, the battle moves to a new front. Along with fundraising for their restitution, the Hwy 6 are ramping up to file a civil suit against the University of California, challenging the legality of the University’s judicial process.

The goal of the lawsuit would be to systematically change the student code of conduct and how it is enforced through the student judicial process, eliminating the ambiguity in the student code of conduct that allows University administrators to claim jurisdiction over whatever student behavior they choose, on or off campus.

The arbitrary way the administration exercises its authority is demonstrated by the current Title IX investigation of UCSC for slack enforcement of the student code of conduct regarding sexual harassment and rape on campus, clearly showing how the University is not actually taking action on the real “threats to the health and safety of the community.”...



rank #3

In the latest analysis of the world’s top universities published by Times Higher Education (THE), UC Santa Cruz ranked third in research influence as measured by the number of times its faculty’s published work is cited by scholars around the world.

Published as part of the THE World University Rankings 2018, the analysis measured overall research influence based on the average number of citations per paper, using a database of almost 62 million citations to more than 12.4 million research publications published over five years, from 2012 to 2016.

With a citation score of 99.9, UC Santa Cruz is tied for third place with Stanford University. St. George’s University of London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were tied for first. UC Berkeley ranked just behind UCSC and Stanford with a citation score of 99.8.

The 2018 rankings list the top 1,000 universities in the world, comparing them in five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income, and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students, and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).

The research influence indicator looks at the role of universities in spreading new knowledge and ideas. As explained on the website for the World University Rankings, "The citations help to show us how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge: they tell us whose research has stood out, has been picked up and built on by other scholars and, most importantly, has been shared around the global scholarly community to expand the boundaries of our understanding, irrespective of discipline."

UCSC’s overall ranking in the THE World University Rankings 2018 was 162 out of 1,000 institutions worldwide. In the United States, UC Santa Cruz ranked 55 out of 154 institutions.


david horowitz calls most dangerous school in US b/c does not allow military recruiters?



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50th Leadership Committee is comprised of distinguished alumni who exemplify the qualities of a UCSC education and who will be instrumental in shaping the culminating events of the 50th celebrations.

Hilary Bryant Hilary Bryant, Porter College, 1994

Hilary Bryant was a member of the Santa Cruz City Council from 2010-2014, and served as Mayor in 2013. A UCSC graduate, she earned her BA in Biology (Porter College) in 1994. Hilary and her husband, David Shuman (UCSC, 1989), own Westside Animal Hospital, and have two young children. She currently sits on several local boards, including the Coastal Watershed Council, Digital NEST and the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys competing in triathlons, biking and surfing. In 2013, Hilary co-chaired the UCSC Scholarship Benefit Dinner Volunteer Committee.

Fernanda Coppel, Merrill College, 2007

Fernanda Coppel is a New York playwright. Her plays, including the most recent, Chimichangas and Zoloft, have been developed at Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Pregones Theater, INTAR Theatre, The Juilliard School, The Lark Development Center, the Flea, the Old Vic (London), and Naked Angels. Fernanda is a member of the MCC Playwrights’ Coalition and was a member of the Old Vic’s US/UK TS Eliot Exchange Program in 2010. Her work has won the Asuncion Queer Latino Festival at Pregones Theater, the 2012 HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting, and the 2012 Helen Merrill Award. She was a three-year Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and a member of INTAR Theatre’s Maria Irene Fornes Playwrights Lab. Fernanda received her MFA from New York University.

James Edmund Datri James Edmund Datri, Stevenson College, 1989

James Edmund Datri is President and CEO of the American Advertising Federation, representing nearly 100 corporate members comprised of the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies, and putting on major industry events such as the Advertising Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and the American Advertising Awards. Also well known for his leadership in government, politics, and public policy, James formerly served as executive director of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was named five times to Roll Call’s “Fabulous Fifty” list of the 50 most influential advisers and strategists on Capitol Hill. He sits on several major boards, including The Ad Council, The Washington Ballet, and the Advisory Board of the Annapolis Film Festival, and serves as Vice Chair of the Harvard Law School Annual Fund. A New York City native, and previously a partner at two large international law firms, James earned his Juris Doctor in 1992 from Harvard Law School.

Charlie Eadie Charles Eadie, Cowell College, 1974

Charlie Eadie is Principal Associate at Hamilton Swift & Associates, a firm specializing in land use and environmental planning. He has 30 years of public agency and consulting experience in planning and redevelopment, including work as Director of Campus and Community Planning at UCSC from 1999 to 2004. He also served as the project manager for the Santa Cruz Downtown Recovery Plan following the Loma Prieta Earthquake, played a key role in housing and economic planning in Watsonville. He has assisted in the earthquake recovery planning for Christchurch, New Zealand, and Kobe, Japan, as well as in tsunami recovery efforts in Japan. Charlie has a long record of civic involvement, including serving as President of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, President of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, Chair of Leadership Santa Cruz, Chair of the Economic Development Council and Vice President of the Pajaro Valley Performing Arts Association. He has been an Alumni Council member for six years and was appointed President on 7/1/13; he also served on the Scholarship Benefit Dinner Committee.

Reyna Grande Reyna Grande, Kresge College, 1999

Reyna Grande is the author of the novels Across a Hundred Mountains (2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (2009), for which she received an American Book Award (2007) and an International Latino Book Award (2010). Her most recent book, The Distance Between Us (2012), is a memoir about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience,” it was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award. Now, in addition to being a published author, Reyna is an active promoter of Latino literature and is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. Currently, she serves as a UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor.

David Graves, Crown College, 1974

David Graves is the co-founder and co-managing partner of Saintsbury, a winery located in the Carneros region in Napa County. Established in 1981, Saintsbury is famous for its distinctive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. David is a professional member of the American Society for Viticulture and Enology. He has also served on the board of the Land Trust of Napa County and is a current board member of the Friends of the Napa River and the Oxbow School. As member of the Napa County Planning Commission nearly 8 years, David served two terms as commission chair. He formerly served on the UCSC Foundation Board and the Alumni Council and has been very generous with wine donations over the years.

Jim Gunderson James Gunderson, College Eight, 1977

Jim Gunderson is the founder and CEO of Governance and Transactions, LLC, a governance and compliance advisor to US, European, Middle East, and Australian based multinational businesses with operations throughout the world. He is chair of the PBSci Dean’s Council and chair emeritus of the National Association of Corporate Directors' New York Chapter. He has a wide variety of interests in other fields, including theater, education and the environment. Jim and his wife, architect Valerie Boom, have two children, Maxine and Henry. Jim established a collection of comic books at UCSC Library Special Collections with his fellow alumnus Peter Coha, and the Gunderson Family Coastal Ecosystems Research Fund at UCSC with his wife Valerie. They have hosted university events in New York and are helping to build our network there.

Paul Hall Paul Hall, Merrill College, 1972

Paul Hall is a lawyer and a partner of DLA Piper LLP (US) in San Francisco, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on class actions involving financial institutions, e-commerce, unfair competition and labor cases. Paul graduated from UCSC in 1972 with highest honors in Politics and college honors from Merrill College, and he received his J.D. from the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1975. Paul formerly served as a Regent of the University of California and as president of both the UCSC and Boalt Hall Alumni Associations. He is currently President of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees, and also a member of the Social Sciences Dean’s Council.

Teri Jackson Teri Jackson, Stevenson College, 1977

Teri Jackson spent many years as a highly respected trial attorney, and in 2002 she was the first African American woman appointed to the Superior Court bench in San Francisco. She has served as chair of the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiner, president of the Black Women Lawyers Association and a board member of the Peninsula Community Foundation. From 2010-2014, Teri served on the Judicial Council and, in 2014, was voted to be the Superior Court of CA, County of San Francisco Assistant Presiding Judge, making her the first African-American woman in this position. Throughout her career, Teri has been dedicated to encouraging increased participation by women and people of color in the legal profession. She has also been active in education, serving as a mentor and encouraging young people to pursue higher education. Currently, she is an Adjunct Law Professor at UC Hastings School of Law and USF Law School.

John Laird John Laird, Stevenson College, 1972

John Laird was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011. He has spent 40 years in public service, including 23 years as an elected official. John served from 2002 to 2008 in the California State Assembly, representing the 27th District (Santa Cruz and Monterey counties). A Democrat, he was appointed chair of the Assembly Budget Committee early in his tenure and had 82 bills signed into law, including the landmark Laird-Leslie Sierra Nevada Conservancy Act. He has also been a strong supporter of state funding for higher education, and in 2008 was named Legislator of the Year by the Alumni Associations of University of California. John previously served as mayor and city council member of Santa Cruz and on the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees. He was one of the first openly gay mayors in the U.S. and also one of the first to serve in the California legislature. A recipient of the 2003-04 Alumni Achievement Award, John has been recognized as one of UCSC’s “45+5 Prominent and Influential Alumni.”

Gail Michaelis-Ow Gail Michaelis-Ow, Cowell College, 1974

Gail Michaelis-Ow helped open the first Planned Parenthood Clinic in Santa Cruz in 1976; she was the center’s first nurse practitioner—a title she still holds at the Westside Planned Parenthood today. Gail has also been active in both residential and commercial real estate and continues to hold her broker’s license. A longtime community volunteer, Gail has served on the boards of Temple Beth El and Battered Women’s Assistance, as well as the UCSC Foundation Board of Trustees and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Gail and her husband, local businessman George Ow, Jr., were honored with UCSC’s 2012 Fiat Lux Award for their involvement in the community and their generous giving to scholarships and the arts.

Shree Murthy, Graduate Division, 1996

Shree Murthy received her B.S. in Computer Science from Bangalore University in 1990, she graduated with an M.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1993 and earned her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 1996. Shree is a Senior Principal Engineer at Dell/Force10 Networks. Prior to joining Dell in 2013, she was a Principal Engineer at FutureWei Technologies for 2 years and was a senior Technical Lead at Cisco Systems for 10 years. She has several publications and holds 17 patents in Networking field. Shree formerly served on the Baskin School of Engineering Alumni Advisory Committee.

Ezequiel Ezequiel Olvera Jr., Oakes College, 2005

Ezequiel founded and runs the Gumball Foundation, a social entrepreneurial venture that teaches the values of creativity and entrepreneurship while helping students earn money for college. Using a hands-on approach, Olvera partners the students with local small businesses and corporate offices to manage their micro-venture. Olvera founded the organization in 2009 and it has already garnered prestigious awards including the California Community Foundation’s 2013 Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Award, the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2012 Social Enterprise of the Year and was nominated for an L.A. Emmy Award in 2013. The Gumball Foundation won the Social Innovation Fast Pitch competition presented by Los Angeles Social Venture Partners and Annenberg Foundation in 2011, and was the national semi-finalist for the 2010 Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur Award. He is also a lifetime member of the UCSC alumni association and part of UC Santa Cruz 50th Anniversary Leadership Committee, UC Santa Cruz Social Science Board.

Julie Packard Julie Packard, Crown College, 1974

Julie Packard is founding executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014. With a mission to inspire conservation of the oceans, the Aquarium has hosted nearly 56 million visitors since opening and is acknowledge as a leader among aquariums worldwide. Along with her role leading the Aquarium, Julie chairs the board of the independent Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a research institute dedicated to deep ocean science and technology. She also serves on the board of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and is a former trustee of several conservation organizations including the World Wildlife Fund and The California Nature Conservancy. Julie serves as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was named a California Coastal Hero by the California Coastal Commission and has received the Audubon Medal for Conservation. She also served as a member of the Pew Oceans Commission which published a blueprint for improving governance of America’s ocean waters in 2004; and currently serves on the California Parks Forward Commission, an independent commission charged with developing a sustainable path for California’s state parks.

Jock Reynolds Jock Reynolds, Stevenson College, 1969

Jock Reynolds is both a visual artist and the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale Art Gallery, America’s oldest university teaching museum. Jock assumed his current position at Yale in 1998, where he has since overseen a major expansion of the art gallery’s facilities, staff, collections, and educational programs, while also continuing to produce numerous exhibitions and publications. In 2010, Jock and fellow Arts Advisory Board member Peder Jones established the UCSC Pioneer Faculty Endowed Fund–A Legacy for the Future of the Arts. Jock was also the recipient of the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award.

M. Sanjayan M. Sanjayan, Graduate Division, 1997

M. Sanjayan is the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he specializes in human well-being, Africa, wildlife ecology and media outreach and public speaking on conservation issues. Sanjayan’s work has received extensive print media coverage — from Vanity Fair to National Geographic Adventure, Outside to The New York Times. He frequently speaks at internationally recognized venues and has co-hosted documentaries for the Discovery Channel and the BBC. Sanjayan is a Catto Fellow with the Aspen Institute, has a research faculty appointment with the Wildlife Program at the University of Montana, and serves as Science and Environmental Contributor to CBS News.

Nikki Silva, Porter College, 1973

The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound, and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their most recently projects include The Hidden World of Girls, a series on NPR exploring the lives of girls and the women they become, and The Making Of… What People Make in the Bay Area and Why with KQED. They are currently producing a new season of Hidden Kitchens stories from around the world for NPR’s Morning Edition. Nikki has also worked as History Curator at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz and as a freelance curator and exhibit consultant specializing in regional history.

Sabrina (Solin) Weill Sabrina Solin Weill, Stevenson College, 1992

Sabrina (Solin) Weill is the co-founder and creative director of Weill Media (WeillMedia.com), a content marketing studio that produces videos, websites, and articles for major brands. Sabrina spent 15 years in editorial positions, including editor-in-chief of Seventeen, editor-in-chief of Warner Bros’ MomLogic.com, executive editor of CosmoGirl!, and senior editor of Redbook. Sabrina is the author of three books: We’re not Monsters (HarperCollins), The Seventeen Guide to Sex and Your Body (Simon & Schuster) and The Real Truth about Teens and Sex (Penguin), which was excerpted in TIME. She has appeared on the Today Show, The Early Show, USAToday and in The Washington Post, among others. Sabrina has a BA in Creative Writing from UCSC and lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two children.

Danielle Soto, College Ten, 2008

Danielle Soto received a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. As Chair of Pomona’s Environmental Stewardship Sub-Committee, she worked on water issues for the city involving costs, conservation, and efficiencies that provided both environmental and financial benefits to the city. She also worked on obtaining over $1 million dollars from the Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for energy efficient streetlights throughout the city. Danielle served on the Pomona City Council and is currently a member of the City of Pomona’s Community Life Commission and employed by the Public Affairs Department of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Danielle was the recipient of the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee 2010 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year Award for the California 61st Assembly District. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential and Prominent UC Santa Cruz alumni.

Alec Webster, College Eight, 2002

Alec Webster formerly served as a machinist and designer at the UC Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. After retiring in 2001, he returned to UCSC as a student, earning a degree in Environmental Studies. He is a board member of his family’s Helen & Will Webster Foundation, which gives $6M annually to education and community services. Alec has directed substantial support from the foundation towards Environmental Studies, CASFS, College 10 programs, Life Lab/Food What!?, and The South Campus Vision Fund. Alec and Claudia Webster have supported The Grateful Dead Archive, The Gabrielle Zimmerman Fund, and the Apprentice Housing Project. Alec is currently serving as Chairman of the Dean’s Social Sciences Board of Councilors at UCSC.

Lisa Witter, Stevenson College, 1995

Lisa Witter is an experienced executive, social entrepreneur, communications strategist, writer, and commentator. Lisa is the co-author of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them and is partner and Chief Change Officer of Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the country. She focuses on behavior change, innovation, women’s issues, and global affairs for clients including Desmond Tutu’s The Elders and The Ford Foundation. She was named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2010. Lisa and her husband, technology consultant Christopher Brem, have two young sons.

Michael WooMichael Woo, Cowell College, 1973

Michael Woo has served as Dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Environmental Design since 2009. A planning expert who has worked in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors, he was the first trained urban planner and the first Asian American elected to the Los Angeles City Council, where he served for eight years. A native of Los Angeles, Mike taught the undergraduate introduction to urban planning and development at USC for seven years and led a seminar at UCLA on urbanization in China prior to joining Cal Poly. He was honored with the 1993-94 Alumni Achievement Award; he served on the UCSC Foundation during 1995-98.

Ron Yerxa Ron Yerxa, Graduate Division, 1974

Independent film producer Ron Yerxa (Grad Div ‘74) formed Bona Fide Productions with Albert Berger in 1993. Their producing credits include King of the Hill, Election, Cold Mountain, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children, Ruby Sparks, The Switch, and most recently Nebraska. Ron has a B.A. from Stanford University but gravitated toward UCSC for graduate school. After working as a journalist and teacher, he became a film executive and producer. Ron is a member of the UCSC Arts Dean’s Leadership Board and the 50th Anniversary Leadership Committee



50th timeline: http://50years.ucsc.edu/1975-1984/

Institutional Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz: (see whole list below)




special collections has oral history and exhibits


Activism in the Archives: Radical Imaginaries in the Papers of Ruth-Marion Baruch, John Thorne, and Karen Tei Yamashita




The University of California, Santa Cruz (also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCSC), is a public,collegiate university and one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located 75 miles (120 km) south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres (810 ha) of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.

Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, it has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university (this concept is not unlike that at southern California's private Claremont Colleges, which was implemented 40 years earlier with five small colleges).


Although some of the original founders had already outlined plans for an institution like UCSC as early as the 1930s, the opportunity to realize their vision did not present itself until the City of Santa Cruz made a bid to the University of California Regents in the mid-1950s to build a campus just outside town, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.[7] The Santa Cruz site was selected over a competing proposal to build the campus closer to the population center of San Jose. Santa Cruz was selected for the beauty, rather than the practicality, of its location, however, and its remoteness led to the decision to develop a residential college system that would house most of the students on-campus.[8] The formal design process of the Santa Cruz campus began in the late 1950s, culminating in the Long Range Development Plan of 1963.[9] Construction had started by 1964, and the University was able to accommodate its first students (albeit living in trailers on what is now the East Field athletic area) in 1965. The campus was intended to be a showcase for contemporary architecture, progressive teaching methods, and undergraduate research.[10][11][12] According to founding chancellor Dean McHenry, the purpose of the distributed college system was to combine the benefits of a major research university with the intimacy of a smaller college.[13][14] UC President Clark Kerr shared a passion with former Stanford roommate McHenry to build a university modeled as "several Swarthmores" (i.e., small liberal arts colleges) in close proximity to each other.[13][15] Roads on campus were named after UC Regents who voted in favor of building the campus.


1971 map and landmarks http://people.ucsc.edu/~rosewood/guidebook/


Initially built and still managed by Jim Kent, then a graduate student, and David Haussler, professor of Computer Science (now Biomolecular Engineering) at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2000, the UCSC Genome Browser began as a resource for the distribution of the initial fruits of the Human Genome Project. Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute, NHGRI (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the browser offered a graphical display of the first full-chromosome draft assembly of human genome sequence. Today the browser is used by geneticists, molecular biologists and physicians as well as students and teachers of evolution for access to genomic information.


mchenry obit http://www1.ucsc.edu/oncampus/currents/97-98/03-23/release.htm


may 8 1980 buckminster bucky fuller santa cruz ucsc


list of experts: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/spanishexperts/campuses/ucsc.html


Statewide Initiative and Referendum

After accomplishing the placement of I&R in his local charter, Haynes turn his attention to gaining statewide I&R. The odds against him were daunting. The entire state government had for decades been under the control of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Bribery was the accepted method of doing business in the state capitol. Realizing the hopelessness of dealing with the current officeholders, Haynes and other reformers began a campaign to get rid of them and remake state government from top to bottom. In May 1907 they founded the Lincoln-Roosevelt League of Republican Clubs, and elected several of their candidates to the state legislature. Once elected, these legislators worked for a bill to require the nomination of party candidates through primary election rather than the backroom deals of state party conventions.

Taking back the legislature

The bill passed, and the League's 1910 gubernatorial candidate, Hiram Johnson, ran in the state's first primary election. Johnson won the primary and the general election and swept dozens of other reformers into the legislature on his political coattails.

Johnson and the new Progressive majority in the legislature made the most sweeping governmental changes ever seen in the history of California. Among these were the introduction of initiative, referendum, and recall at both the state and local levels. Voters ratified these amendments in a special election on October 10, 1911.

1911 to Present

Free Speech

Reformers in Los Angeles won voter approval, in December 1911, of a unique local initiative to create a municipally owned, yet editorially independent, newspaper to compete with the anti-labor, anti-reform Los Angeles Times and provide unbiased news and an equal forum for all political views. Each political party was given a column in every weekly edition.

This bold experiment in free speech attracted the state's top newspaper talent and got off to a highly successful start. After less than a year, however, it failed because of the harassment of vendors and an advertiser boycott organized by the Los Angeles reformers' arch-enemy, Harrison Gray Otis, owner of the Times.

Anti-initiative forces

The first significant statewide initiative in California abolished the poll tax in 1914, and a construction bond initiativefor the University of California [Its first campus, UC Berkeley, was founded in 1868, while its tenth and newest campus, UC Merced, opened for classes in fall 2005. ] also won voter approval that year. Immediately thereafter, anti-initiative forces launched their first counterattack, in the form of a constitutional amendment passed by the legislature to make it more difficult to pass initiative bond proposals. Haynes mobilized his pro-initiative forces and defeated the amendment at the polls in 1915.





Governor Frederick Low favored the establishment of a state university based upon the University of Michigan plan, and thus in one sense may be regarded as the founder of the University of California. In 1867, he suggested a merger of the existing College of California with the proposed state university. On October 9, 1867, the College's trustees reluctantly agreed to merge with the state college to their mutual advantage, but under one condition — that there not be simply a "Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College," but "a complete university," within which the College of California would become the College of Letters (now the College of Letters and Science). Accordingly, the Organic Act, establishing the University of California, was signed into law by Governor Henry H. Haight (Low's successor) on March 23, 1868.[5]

The University of California's second president, Daniel Coit Gilman, opened the Berkeley campus in September 1873. Earlier that year, Toland Medical College in San Francisco had agreed to become the University's "Medical Department"; it later evolved into UCSF. In 1878, the University established its first law school in San Francisco with a US$100,000 gift from Serranus Clinton Hastings; it is now Hastings College of the Law.[rancher , lawyer, AG? bnenicia, went w/ seward to check out Alaska]

In 1905, the Legislature established a "University Farm School" that would be located at Davis, and in 1907 a "Citrus Experiment Station" at Riverside as adjuncts to the College of Agriculture at Berkeley. In 1959, the Legislature promoted the "Farm" and "Experiment Station" to the rank of "general campus," creating, respectively, UC Davis and UC Riverside.

In 1919, the Legislature arranged for an existing normal school in Los Angeles to become the University's "Southern Branch." In turn, the Southern Branch became UCLA in 1927. In 1944, the former Santa Barbara State College—renamed UC Santa Barbara--became the third general-education campus of the University of California system.

In 1932, Will Keith Kellogg donated his Arabian horse ranch in Pomona, California to the University of California system. However, the land remained largely unused and ownership was transferred to the California State University system in 1949. Kellogg's old ranch became the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).[6]

The San Diego campus was founded as a marine station in 1912 and became UCSD in 1959. Campuses were established at Santa Cruz and Irvine in 1965. UC Merced opened in fall 2005.


Will Keith Kellogg, generally referred to as W.K. Kellogg (April 7, 1860 – October 6, 1951) was an American industrialist in food manufacturing, best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, which to this day produces a wide variety of popular breakfast cereals. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and practiced vegetarianism as a dietary principle taught by his church.[1][2][3] Later, he founded the Kellogg Arabian Ranch and made it into a renowned establishment for breeding of Arabian horses. Kellogg started the Kellogg Foundation in 1934 with $66 million in Kellogg company stock and investments, a donation that would be worth over a billion dollars in today's economy. Kellogg continued to be a major philanthropist throughout his life.[4]



In fairness, the campus did not bring the counterculture to Santa
Cruz. At the end of 1965, shortly after UCSC admitted its first
students, author Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and a band then
known as the Warlocks (soon to become the Grateful Dead) conducted
the first of the fabled "acid tests"--a ritual combining psychedelic
drugs with experimental music and free-form dance--at a farmhouse
near Santa Cruz, in neighboring Soquel. This was not a university event.



Merrill was founded in 1968 as the fourth college at UCSC. The college takes its name from Charles E. Merrill Jr., former Headmaster of the Commonwealth School in Boston. In 1968, Merrill was the chairman of the Charles E. Merrill Trust, named for his father, Charles E. Merrill, Sr., the founder of Merrill Lynch. It was in this year that the Trust elected to donate funds for the construction of the hitherto-named College Four at Santa Cruz. [2]


The first three colleges at UCSC all had clearly identified academic specialties before their founding: Cowell in the humanities, Stevenson in the social sciences, and Crown in the natural sciences. However, Merrill allowed its early faculty and students to determine its theme. The college originally intended to focus on international studies, but an early shift towards global poverty led to its eventual emphasis on the developing countries and their cultures, as well as the impact of the United States in the developing world.


With a progressive theme, Merrill quickly attracted liberal and radical faculty and students. It offered ethnic studies classes as well as student housing with ethnic studies emphases, and attracted progressive visitors, including Herbert Marcuse in 1975.




Social Entrepreners: Janneke Lang Social Entrepreneurship UCSC alum, organized Cruz Cares Pitch competition ($10K). Civinomics is a technology start-up based in Santa Cruz, founded in 2011 by UCSC GenY-ers who are passionate about being involved in their government and social institutions and making them better, includes Kelsey Grimsley (Obama, Waxman, Farr, Ban-the-Bag) and Robert Singleton (the SMART commuter train, urban sprawl. Rob Forbes (aesthetic studies from Porter 1974). PUBLIC urban bike design company; every bike he sells is a consumer good and a purchase for the public good.

Skye Leone, Dean Alper, John Razz Cohn, Eric Dazey, Michael Freund, Ken Hart, David Paul, and Glen Price formed Friends Foundation International which gives micro-grants. They are a group of UCSC alumni who were so inspired by a single class they shared in 1975 that they've spent the last 20-plus years funding environmental and social projects around the world (nearly $200K). More.

Orson Aguilar ('96 C8) in his role at the helm of the Greenlining Institute, focuses on private and public policies that promote investments and equity in low-income and minority communities like East Los Angeles where he grew up. Prior to the Greenlining Institute, he was a fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He recently testified before Congress.

Bill Allayaud is California Director of Governmental Affairs for EWG. Formerly analyst with the California Coastal Commission; urban planner, state director of Sierra Club California with particular expertise in water quality and supply, land use planning, and conservation of forests, farmland, and wetlands.

Robert Aston President at Ocean Presence Technologies: This sysyem is capable of being viewed and controlled over the Internet and permits continuous monitoring of underwater sites without the influence of divers. Biologists around the world will be able to access cameras as part of their work to understand and conserve our oceans. "Telepresence" is the experience of being fully present at a live, real world location at a distance from one's own physical location. Someone experiencing telepresence would therefore be able to behave, and receive stimuli, as though at the remote site. This new technology will dramatically increase our ability to educate people on need for ocean conservation. See Ocean.

Kenny Baker (Kresge '07, cultural anthropology and environmental studies), who started Lonely Mountain Farm, sells in Bay Area farmers' markets.

Miguel Aznar, Executive Director at KnowledgeContext, nanotechnology.

Tony Bautista, a CUIP intern, worked on green issues like climate change.

Lisa Belenky, Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, works on protecting rare and endangered species and their habitats under state and federal law. Lisa holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Gena Bentall studies sea otters with USGS.

Peter Berg, founder of PlanetDrum Envisioning Sustainability

Maxwell Boykoff has worked in North America, Central America, South Asia and Europe. He was a Peace Corps volunteer when Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras, where he continued to work for a week before being evacuated by helicopter. This sparked his research in climate change policy at UCSC,the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, Colorado-Boulder Environmental Change Institute (ECI) as well as the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. He co-authored an important study on how press misrepresented climate change.

Cassandra Brooks is a PhD student with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University who is studying international ocean policy, particularly focusing on marine protection in the Antarctic. She is currently blogging from a National Science Foundation research cruise in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.video her National Geographic blog. See Arctic page

Shannon Brownlee (College Eight, biology ’79) is a nationally known writer and essayist whose book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer was named the best economics book of 2007 by the New York Times. Recent Atlantic article Link

Martin Case (business management economics, '08) will soon join the Banana Slug tradition of service. Case departs June 1 to train for a two-year assignment in Cameroon. He will work in small business development. Case says he is drawn to the Peace Corps to for a "grasp of the bigger picture of world economics through hands-on experience." An active member of his community, Case sang opera at UCSC and volunteers at Santa Cruz's Homeless Garden Project and the Resource Center for Nonviolence. With 47 alumni in service, UC Santa Cruz ranks No. 21 on the annual list of "Peace Corps Top Colleges and Universities," released last week.

Jim Cochrane, founder of Swanton Berry Farm, famous as the first certified organic farm in the United States to sign a labor contract with the United Farm Workers (UFW). Swanton Berry Farm offers their workers low income housing on site, health insurance, vacation and holiday pay, a pension, and other benefits including an employee stock ownership program. Interview part of McHenry Library oral history of central coast green pioneers in agriculture. 2011 update.

Joseph Collins' (MRL '73) teenage experiences volunteering in Latin America and the Philippines four decades ago led to a lifetime researching, writing and lecturing on the impact of U.S. policies and institutions on the lives of the world's poor majority. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), a Guggenheim Fellow recognized for his work on issues of inequitable development, and has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California. His books include Food First, World Hunger: Twelve Myths, Chile's Free-Market Miracle: A Second Look, and Aid As Obstacle. Collins is a consultant in Africa, Asia and Latin America to the United Nations and international NGOs. He currently co-directs the program on the Development Context of AIDS of the United Nations Research Institute in Social Development (UNRISD). Together with his boyfriends, he lives and surfs (big) waves in Santa Cruz, California. book on Peace Corps.

Steve Collins (Porter '85, physics and theater arts) guided the Mars Rover. Besides his work at the Jet Propulsion Lab, he is a dancer/ choreographer, a soccer player, an autocross racer and a musician in an indie-rock band. "I'm curious about things in a cross-disciplinary way," he said simply. His adviser allowed him to do a rather unorthodox senior thesis on orbital rendezvous, which required him to learn computer programming. "He was very self-motivated to do unusual things, and to do them well," Scott said of Collins. His job as an "attitude control" engineer is to keep spacecraft pointed in the right direction, perform trajectory corrections, and figure out "what the heck just happened," he said. On the Deep Space One project, for instance, Collins helped fly the revolutionary, ion-propelled spacecraft toward the comet Borrelly. On the way, however, the spacecraft's star-tracker instrument failed, basically blinding those guiding it. Over the next months, Collins and five others cobbled together a way to successfully fly the craft without the crucial sensor. During his career, Collins has helped deliver twin rovers to the surface of Mars, capture spectacular photos of Jupiter and its moons, send a spacecraft on a flyby of the Hartley-2 comet, and pilot the rover, Curiosity, to Mars with an innovative "sky-crane" landing system that allows spacecraft to settle in smaller and more discovery-rich areas.

Wesley Colvin Deputy Director of Ecological Services at New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Brent Constantz developed technology to make "green" cement that could help slow global warming and ocean acidification based on a revolutionary product for healing broken bones inspired by the research on coral reefs he had conducted as a UCSC graduate student.

Brooke Crowley, now an assistant professor of anthropology and geology at the University of Cincinnati, conducted the study of lemurs in Madagascar for her doctoral thesis at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology (as well as master's degrees in Earth sciences and anthropology).

Kevin T. Dann, College Eight '79 Traces on the Appalachians: A Natural History of Serpentine in Eastern North America, Rutgers University Press, 1988

Kevin Danaher Co-founder of Global Exchange (trips) and internships) and an expert on globalization and green economy, co-author of the book Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots. (video interview) He often writes for Alternet.

Sheila Davis is Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, which has played a valuable role in shaping environmental policy in the high-tech industry. Her research, advocacy and policy development led to a successful ban on hazardous electronic waste (e-waste) from the California municipal landfills and the subsequent passage of the first electronic recycling legislation in the nation. Sheila holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California and served as a journalist, state legislative aide and community development specialist before joining the staff of SVTC.

Sean Vidal Edgerton (2011) B.S. Evolution & Ecology and Plant Sciences uses his art to illustrate nature.

Joseph DeRisi (Crown '92, B.A. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) has been called a "virus detective", a "scientific polymath", and a "rock star of the science world." A UCSF Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, he gained international attention in 2003 when his laboratory deployed its state-of-the-art "gene chip" to identify the unique "coronavirus" that caused the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic. DeRisi led the development of the microarray, wrote its software, and even built the robot that imprints it. One of his career goals is to find a cure for malaria; his research may help battle cancer and even the common cold. His lab has also been looking at bee disease. TEDtalk video.

Cristina Diaz began at the Universidad Central de Venezuela , then PhD at UCSC, specializing in studying, identifying and classifying intertidal and tropical sponges.She works with Save Our Shores, leading groups of school children on beach cleanups and tours in Santa Cruz. Christina Diaz is one of a handful of experts in the world specializing in studying, identifying and classifying intertidal and tropical sponges. (video).

Brock Dolman (College Eight '92, Environmental Studies/Biology), Director of The WATER Institute Ecologist Permaculture Program. Bioneers interview video. Bio TEDx video: Watershed City 2.0 (Re-thinking and Retrofitting for Resilience).

Rob Forbes (aesthetic studies from Porter 1974). PUBLIC urban bike design company; every bike he sells is a consumer good and a purchase for the public good.

John Francis, vice president of research, conservation, and exploration for the National Geographic Society works with Crittercam.

Cary Joji Fukunaga has created a Sundance award winning film about migration, Sin Nombre. Interview.

Patty Fung works in a school garden.

Dawn Gable holds a double BA in Environmental Studies and Biology from UCSC. She spent 2+ years living and working as a field ornithologist in Venezuela where she became acquainted with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Chavez program as well as with Venezuelan culture. The coup attempt of April 11, 2002 that mobilized the Chavez supporting majority, catalyzed her involvement in the movement as well. Dawn is the founder of the International Bolivarian Circle: Cyber-Solidarity, the co-creator and co-manager of the Bolivarian Circles official website. She has been instrumental in organizing internships with Venezuela NGOs for US university students and cooperates with Global Exchange Venezuela programs and is a member of the Santa Cruz Cuba Study Group.

Tim Galarneau was recently profiled in Mother Jones news on sustainable food. A leader in student food movement.

John Gamman literally wrote the book on environmental mediation. Overcoming Obstacles in Environmental Policymaking: Creating Partnerships Through Mediation, State U. of New York Press, 1994

Laurie Ann Garrett, Merrill '75. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1994. Betrayal of Trust: the Collapse of Global Public Health, Hyperion, 2000 NPR interview 2009 on swine flu.

Drew Goodman (College 8), organic farmer.

Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard, is a legend in the U.S. wine industry for his biodynamically produced, adventurous wines. He was influenced by systemic meta-thinkers Gregory Bateson and Norman O. Brown at UCSC.

UCSC alum Reyna Grande has written two acclaimed novels about the Mexican immigrant experience, her new memoir--The Distance Between Us.

Nina Grove, formerly of Genentech, works on malaria in Africa.

Victor Davis Hanson (Cowell '75, B.A. in Classic Literature) has attracted scholarly as well as public attention for his provocative perspectives on the demise of the family farm, the humanities and their place in the intellectual health of the nation, military history, and the global role of the United States. Hanson received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University, and has been a professor of Classical Studies in the School of the Arts and Humanities at CSU Fresno for 12 years. He operates his family's raisin farm in the San Joaquin Valley. The Land Was Everything: Letters from an American Farmer, Free Press, 2000. ISBN 0-684-84501-6. The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization, Free Press, 1995. ISBN 0-02-913751-9 Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea, Free Press, 1996. ISBN 0-684-82299-7.

Richard Harris covers science and environmental issues for National Public Radio. updatealso video biography

Shawn Harrison, a 1997 graduate of the CASFS Apprenticehip, is helping develop a new local food system project in Sacramento.

Jennifer Helfrich, a recent graduate of UCSC, developed and installed dashboard technology at various residential halls across campus. This dashboard technology will monitor energy efficiency and translate it into tangible terms to be displayed in selected dining halls. This will spread awareness and foster sustainable behavior for campus residents. More.

Dan Heller (College 8, 1985, computer and information sciences), founder and executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship (C4E), a cross-disciplinary program with UCSC's Baskin School of Engineering and economics department. It has a business design competition ($10K).

Laura Helmuth (’98) formerly associate news editor at Science Magazine; current job: senior science editor at Smithsonian.

Marc Robert Herman, Oakes '91. Searching for El Dorado: A journey into the South American Rainforest on then Trail of the World's Largest Gold Rush, Doubleday, 2003.

Eric Holt-Gimenez Executive Director at Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. See Food.

Carol Howard (’85)author of Dolphin Chronicles (Bantam, 1996) a popular account of her graduate work with dolphins. Current job: science writer and communications coordinator for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.

Brad Keitt is director of Island Conservancy, which grew out of pioneering work by UCSC's Don Croll and Bernie Tershy.

Jim Kent played a crucial role (with UCSC's David Haussler) in sequencing the human genome. Kent created the UCSC Genome Browser, an open-source, web-based tool now used by biomedical researchers throughout the world. (NYT Article) and Metroactive.

Michael Levitin (Cowell, '98, history), a freelance journalist, has helped pull together five issues of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, a printed newspaper and web site that chronicles the occupy movement.

The Kitchen Sisters(Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their current project is The Hidden World of Girls, a year-long series on NPR exploring the lives of girls and the women they become.

Melissa Ng of San Jose is the next to join this Banana Slug tradition of Peace Corps service. The 2009 UCSC grad departs in March to begin a Peace Corps assignment in Belize. She will serve 27 months as an advisor to nongovernmental organizations in the Central American country. UC Santa Cruz ranks 6th on Peace Corps's 2011 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities (medium-size schools category). 51 UCSC undergraduate alumni, up from last year's 46.

Mason Inman (’04) Winner of a 2008-09 Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism to report on the monsoon floods in Bangladesh. Link

Teresa Ish helps consumers find sustainable fish.

John Jeavons worked with pioneer organic gardener Chadwick (see below) and founded Ecology Action, which now has partners all over the world. Article "The Man Who Would Feed the World"

Charity Kenyon, 1974 "a Sacramento lawyer emphasizing protection of freedoms of speech and press for over 30 years.... also prosecutes environmental law cases on behalf of petitioners... [including]in the Central Valley... More recently I have been active with food justice and security issues and am heading up a Slow Food Sacramento Committee working to highlight hunger in Sacramento, advocate for a meaningful urban agricultural policy, and showcase the work of our urban farmers."

Sora Kim, now at the University of Wyoming, did a study that shows surprising variability in the dietary preferences of individual white sharks.

John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, is a UCSC alumnus and former three-term member of the state Assembly, who authored 82 bills that were signed into law, including the landmark Sierra Nevada Conservancy and significantly expanded water conservation. Most recently, he taught state environmental policy at University of California Santa Cruz (a senior seminar in environmental studies, "Methods in Environmental Policy Analysis").

Osprey Orielle Lake, College 8, is a lifelong advocate of environmental justice and societal transformation, Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, on the governing Board of Praxis Peace Institute and an advisor to the International Eco-Cities Standards initiative. Osprey has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities. She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world.

Miriam Landman, 1995, is an environmental writer, editor, and advisor with expertise in green building and sustainability. She is the owner of M. Landman Communications & Consulting (www.MLandman.com), and she publishes The Green Spotlight weblog. In the past, she was a producer and reporter for the national public radio program Living on Earth. She was a contributing author for the book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing (Island Press, 2007). Miriam has a master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a collection that tells the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Hoping for a glimpse of the world the way it was in the age of photosynthesizing stromatolites, "back before the sky turned blue," Lanting journeyed to a remote lagoon in Australia, the only place in the world where stromatolites still exist. The story moves forward from there, via a lyrical collection of photographs set to a soundtrack from Philip Glass. TEDtalk video.

Rebecca Lawton was one of the first women river guides in the West. For millions of Americans and foreign visitors who have navigated America's great rivers by raft or boat - and for those who wish they could - this book will help them understand rivers and their impact on the human emotional landscape in a deeper sense. It offers such seekers, not only the thrill rides and vacation destinations of our rivers - but also their rich ecosystems and spiritual wellsprings.

Taal Levi discovered a continued increase of Lyme disease in the United States, once linked to a recovering deer population, may instead be explained by a decline of the red fox, along with his UCSC co-authors, A. Marm Kilpatrick, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Marc Mangel, distinguished professor in applied mathematics and statistics; and Chris Wilmers (see below).

Lopez, Anna A , who obtained her PhD in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, wrote The Farmworkers' Journey brings together for the first time the many facets of this issue into a comprehensive and accessible narrative: how corporate agribusiness operates, how binational institutions and laws promote the subjugation of Mexican farmworkers, how migration affects family life, how genetically modified corn strains pouring into Mexico from the United States are affecting farmers, how migrants face exploitation from employers, and more. (also Google book). She now runs Center for Farmworker Families based in Felton. See Environmental Justice.

Community Studies graduate Jen Lopez ('07) talking about her career and working as a line producer with The Yes Men on their recent movie. video interview

Bruce Lyon uncovers "Soap opera in the marsh": Coots foil nest invaders, reject impostors.

Deborah Madison was the founding chef of the legendary Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, one of the earliest restaurants to have a farm-driven menu. She is the author of 10 highly acclaimed cookbooks. She worked with food pioneer Alan Chadwick (see below).

Ernestine Louise McHugh, Kresge '76. Love and Honor in the Himalayas: Coming to Know Another Culture, U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

Sean McStay Reserve Steward at University of California Natural Reserve System.

Andrew Mersmann wrote Frommer's 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference see Google booksand audio and text interview. His blog is changebydoing.com/

Basho Mosko, 1999 - is currently the Program Manager for the Flip Video Spotlight Program. Flip Video Spotlight is the charitable outreach of Flip Video and our mission is to help nonprofits and charitable organizations share the stories of their work through video. We provide a deep discount on camcorders, and I work daily with organizations ranging from the World Food Programme and Witness to local chapters of Habitat for Humanity and Kiva, to help them leverage the power of video to support their programs. In addition, I have been volunteering at Kiva for over a year to deepen their use of video on the website and help lenders feel more connected to the entrepreneurs they are lending to.

Dustin Mulvaney, received a doctoral degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He previously worked as the engineering group leader for a venture capital start-up that designed and produced environmental remediation technology, as well as for a Fortune 500 specialty chemical manufacturer as a process engineer. His research and consulting experience includes policy analysis in alternative energy and agrifood systems, life cycle assessment (LCA), and projects that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Formerly College 8 faculty. Dustin Mulvaney is now Senior Research Scientist & Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow at Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

Ana Maria Murillo served as Executive Director for the U’wa Defense Project, founded by Terry Freitas, UCSC alum killed in Columbia. Ana is of Indigenous Colombian ancestry and has worked for twelve years with Native communities in the U.S. and Latin America, primarily in Indigenous-led community development, cultural survival and women’s rights. Ana currently serves on the board of Amazon Watch and also volunteers as Co-Director for the Mujer U’wa Initiative; a giving circle supporting Indigenous U’wa women in the jungles of Colombia to build female leadership, resist destructive petroleum extraction and contribute to peace building amid a war zone in their sacred land.

Roberto Nájera (Merrill '79, B.A. in Sociology, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is the child of a widowed farmworker, and spent much of his childhood picking vegetables on the Monterey coast. Now a Contra Costa County deputy public defender, Nájera was an unlikely choice to argue a case before the Supreme Court, where those who actively represent indigent clients are rarely seen. Nájera successfully argued that a California law unconstitutionally deprived his client's right to due process, thereby setting free many individuals who had been unconstitutionally convicted.

Melissa Nelson serves as the executive director and president of The Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights non-profit organization based in San Francisco, Native Land.

Nell Newman, Founder of Newman's Own Organics and Santa Cruz local interviewed by Josh Kornbluth (iTunes podcast video)Grist interview 2004

Aire Celeste Norell, poet

Julie Packard, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium, which Julie Packard helped found and has led as executive director since it opened 20 years ago, is among the world’s most popular attractions. A recent national survey ranked it the best aquarium and one of the top family destinations of any kind, ahead of Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo.

Joe Palca is a science correspondent for National Public Radio. Palca began his journalism career in television, then left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent for Science Magazine. Example: Scientists Probe 'Glue' That Keeps Oysters Together.

Geologist/Historian Frank Perry (College 8 ‘77) has studied the natural history of Santa Cruz, but also its history of Cowell family (lime kilns), including naturalists Laura Hecox and James Graham Cooper (for whom the hawk was named). He is Curator at the Capitola Historical Museum.

Drummond Pike founded Tides Foundation which has helped increase the capacity and effectiveness of thousands of social change organizations. He is currently Chairman of the board, Environmental Working Group, a really important and effective group.

Benjamin Oberhand is a Sustainability Analyst at EcoShift Consulting and Marketing Specialist at Ecology Action.

Hoyt Peckham studies endangered turtles. Peckham has been awarded a 2014 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to expand on his work with coastal communities in Mexico to support sustainable fishing practices link.

John Reid (Merrill '78, B.A. Economics)is the founder and former executive director of "A Grassroots Aspen Experience," a nonprofit organization in Aspen, Colorado. Reid helped inner-city youth experience an outdoor adventure far from their urban neighborhoods. The outdoor challenges are designed to teach kids how to overcome obstacles. video.

Edward Rico, (Biology and Community Studies 1990)did "environmental and animal rights work for international organization, then founded and directed a project doing educational work with children, focusing on issues of animals and the environment. I returned to school to pursue a law degree and during that time I worked doing enforcement work for the Environmental Protection Agency....hired on at Community Foundation for Monterey County (http://www.cfmco.org/), directing a project in the Salinas Valley, Poder Popular para la Salud del Pueblo (http://www.poderpopularca.org/index.html).

Matt Riese, philosophy alum made a hovercraft in the shape of a Delorean. He showed it at Maker Faire.

Gordon Ringold, head of Silicon Valley Initiatives, a set of educational and research activities that increase the presence of UC in Silicon Valley, earned his bachelor’s in biology from UCSC in 1972. He has started a handful of companies in genetics and biofuels, including Codexis, which manipulates enzymes to improve the conversion of sugar cane into fuel.

Dan Roam (fine art and biology) contends that these skills are needed more than ever in business and politics. Creativity under constraint, sound judgment in uncertain environments, rigorous thinking amid complex ideas -- these are the skills taught by the arts. Dan runs a management-consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems. Saving the World with Art (video).

Susanne Rust (’03) Winner of several major awards for "Chemical Fallout," an investigative series on BPA: as well as 2008 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism from Columbia University.

The Nature Conservancy's Lead Scientist, Dr. M. Sanjayan.The Atlas of Global Conservation is being published by UC Press and The Nature Conservancy is resented here at Google. M. Sanjayan (biology Ph.D., '97), executive vice president and senior scientist for Conservation International and host of EARTH A New Wild, will give the Alumni Weekend keynote in April 2015, a talk entitled, "A New Wild: Saving Nature in a Human-Dominated World."

Alex Sassoon's goal is "to build a healthy, nature-integrated and environmentally sustainable community out of currently existing urban areas, and to make the towns I love the most economically and ecologically sustainable communities without compromising their unique character." (portfolio).

Chuck Savitt, Pres. and co-founder of Island Press in 1984, was able to unite his passion for the environment and the work of the nonprofit community with his business sense for publishing. With more than 800 books in print and publishing 40 new titles annually, Island Press (their blog) is the nation’s leading environmental publisher. Recently a book on forage fish led to new policy. He also works with CAKE, along with Slugs Lara Hansen (BA Biology 1991) and Eric Mielbrecht (BA Biology and MS Ocean Science) on adapting to climate change. (video discussions with authors).

Environmentalists Go Pro-Nuclear in 'Pandora's Promise', includes UCSC alum Michael Shellberger.

Stephen I. Schwartz, Cowell '87 Brookings Institute. Later publisher of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Schwartz says his interest in nuclear policy dates back to his days at UCSC. As a freshman, he planned to major in theater and film, but was hooked instead by the Adlai E. Stevenson Program on Nuclear Policy, since renamed the Stevenson Program on Global Security. bio.

Jason Scorse, international environmental policy program director at Monterey Institute of International Studies. [Blog.

Cheryl Scott runs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in East Africa.

Will Scott, 2002 "I've been teaching and mentoring individuals (in environmental studies, ecopsychology, wilderness and survival skills, and nature awareness). I've continued working in the wilderness (www.wildernesswithin.com), leading excursions and diving deeply into the work of facilitating rites of passage (www.schooloflostborders.org, www.wildernessreflections.com). My learning journey has gone on to include years of natural history and nature-based mentoring, as well as graduating form a permaculture and regenerative design program, which I continue ...I am currently pursuing a Masters in Adventure Education through Prescott College.

Nicole Silk is co-leader of The Nature Conservancy's Global Freshwater Team. B.A. in economics and ecology (1986).

Sarah Skenazy is Program Manager at The Buckminster Fuller see Eco-heroes Institute, including the awesome Challenge, see also Design Challenges.

Catherine Sneed worked with Allan Chadwick and (inspired by Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath) established a garden for prisoners in San Francisco, and then one in Hunter's Point.

Starry Sprenkle, tropical forest researcher, works in Haiti.

Bruce Stein maps biodiversity.

Paul Stith Electric Vehicles "EV" | Energy Storage | V2G | V2X | Smart Grid San Francisco Bay Area Renewables & Environment.

Evelyn Strauss (’98) executive director of Scientists Without Borders, a web-based collaborative community dedicated to generating, sharing, and advancing innovative science and technology-based solutions to the world's most pressing global development challenges.

Kathryn Sullivan--oceanographer, astronaut, educator wins Global Oceans Award, which recognizes Sullivan for her outstanding contributions to the understanding and conservation of the oceans. The primary goal of the first of her three shuttle missions was to survey the Earth, the atmosphere, and the oceans. She worked on the 2003 Pew report on the oceans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has appointed UCSC alumna Kathryn Sullivan to serve as administrator for NOAA. 3/14.

J. Scott Turner, College Eight '76. The Extended Organism: the Physiology of Animal-Built Structures, Harvard University Press, 2000.

Donald J. Usner, College Eight '81 The Natural History of Big Sur, U of California Press, 1993

Kennan Ward leading wildlife photographer.

Karen Washington, a 2008 graduate of the apprenticeship class at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems-+* at UC Santa Cruz was honored at the White House December 17 for her work with urban gardens in the Bronx.

Michael Wilson is a pioneer in the emerging field of sustainable or "green" chemistry. With 74 billion pounds of industrial chemicals produced and imported each day in the U.S. (much of it toxic or ecotoxic) Wilson's work focuses on transforming the nature of chemical design and production.

Gordon Wiltsie National Geographic photographer has worked everywhere from Peru to the North Pole.

Shaye Wolf, Staff Biologist, at the Center for Biological Diversity, works with the Center’s Climate Law Institute. She graduated with a bachelor’s in biology from Yale University and received a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology and a master’s in ocean sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she examined the effects of ocean climate change on seabird populations. During her graduate studies, Shaye worked with the biodiversity protection groups in México and California; before that she was a wildlife biologist on projects with seabirds, songbirds, raptors, and spiders.

Alec Webster (College Eight, 2002, Environmental Studies), is funding converting the hay barn to an environmental center.

Michael Woo (College 8, Politics and Urban Studies) is Dean for the College of Environmental Design at CalPoly in Pomona. He served as the first Asian American on the Los Angeles City Council from 1985 to 1993, ran for mayor, and was GM for Flexcar (which merged with Zipcar).

Kiea Spake Wright, 2001 is finishing a Masters in Education program, focusing on Environmental Education. Kiea manages an environmental education program at a local elementary school and has started a nature awareness program for homeschool students. After UCSC, she spent many years working in the Mojave Desert on conservation biology projects.

George Kenneth Wuerthner, Grad. Div. '85. Yosemite: the Grace & Granduer, Voyageur Press, 2002


Fulbright scholarships Five UCSC students are winners of Fulbright scholarships for a year of research and study abroad. Three are doing environmental studies. Joanna Ory will travel to Italy to research the effects of policies that limit herbicide use and promote sustainable pest management on corn farms. Carolina Reyes will study the genes and microorganisms involved in iron reduction in natural sediments may lead to the discovery of novel organisms and gene products with potential applications in biotechnology. Devon Sampson has been working in Mexico since January, researching the agro-biodiversity methods of Mayan farmers. Sampson, a life-long gardener, said he enrolled in UC Santa Cruz because of its agroecology program and professor Steve Gliessman. link 10/11.

Bacteria inhibit bat-killing fungus, could combat white-nose syndrome. Bacteria found naturally on some bats may prove useful in controlling the deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has devastated bat populations throughout eastern North America and continues to spread across the continent. Joseph Hoyt (he's batman!), a UC Santa Cruz graduate student who leads the study. 4/15

Mollie King (College 8) Small Mammal Undergraduate Research in the Forest, Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group at UCSC, NOAA: Gaia UCSC eco-magazine. Currwent research entails analyzing how individuals from Indigenous Amazonian communities view oil extraction.

Sarah Angulo, coordinator for the Student Environmental Center’s Drop Your Own Drip campaign, a project that focuses its efforts towards the production of simulated monthly water statements for on-campus apartment residents at UCSC. Included in the project is a competition among students with incentives to reduce water use, as well as a celebration event upon completion.

Tamara Ball, Post-Doctoral Researcher & IDEASS instructor.

Adelia Barber (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) hiked the Continental Divide, worked on a conservation project in Tanzania, and studied environmental science as an undergraduate at Brown University in Rhode Island. Because she's also a self-described math geek, Barber decided to explore a relatively new area of plant ecology that uses computer models to understand plant populations. At UCSC, she found a terrific advisor: Daniel Doak, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. And she found the perfect species to study: bristlecone pines, the oldest living things on the planet. Ultimately, the research could lead to predictions about how global warming might affect the trees in the future. She was an early and featured partner with Google Earth.

Heather M. Briggs, Bee research 7/13.

Graduate student Honghan Fei and Prof Scott Oliver have now developed a new type of material that can soak up negatively-charged pollutants from water. The new material, which they call SLUG-26, could be used to treat polluted water through an ion exchange process similar to water softening. 9/11

Gabi Kirk and Cameron Fields, and UCSC sustainability director Aurora Winslade, traveled 6,449 miles to Taiwan, where they led a two-day workshop on June 29 and 30 for the Taiwan Green University Program. More.

Chaos Cabal was pioneers of chaos theory. It included Robert Stetson Shaw, a physicist who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his work in Chaos theory, also in a group of maverick physicists who were attempting to create a computer capable of predicting the outcome of a game of roulette.Chaos book chapter.

College Eight students roll up their sleeves for the planet. Delia Bense-Kang works for Powersave.

Evelyn Castle, a junior health sciences major at UC Santa Cruz, has received a $10,000 public Strauss service scholarship to support her efforts to improve health care in Nigeria. Castle spent three months at a health clinic in Nigeria through the UCSC Global Information Internship Program.

Molly Church (Environmental Toxicology) In 1982, the total population of California condors was just 22 birds. Four years later, as the wild population continued to plummet, biologists decided to capture the remaining wild condors and breed them in captivity. Now, 140 captive-bred California condors are flying free in California, Arizona, and Baja California. But life in the wild is still full of hazards for this critically endangered species. Lead poisoning is one of the most serious and persistent threats to wild condors. Church was able to match the lead in blood samples from condors to the lead in ammunition obtained from a variety of sources throughout central California. She used a proven “fingerprinting” technique based on the unique isotope ratios found in different sources of lead. Donald Smith, professor and chair of environmental toxicology, testified at several hearings in Sacramento: “Had it not been for the outstanding science in Molly’s paper, the professional lobbyists for hunter-advocacy groups testifying in opposition to the bill would have gone unchallenged,” Smith says.

Graduate student Peter Cook trained Ronan, a California sea lion, to bob her head in time with a rhythm. Scientists once thought that the underpinnings of musical ability were unique to humans. 4/13.



Artist Diana Gilon recently led a crowdsourced project to paint an Oxfam-inspired mural on a California college campus College 9 mural leads Oxfam to ask, Can Art change the world? see Art page.

Global Brigades wins Chancellor Award. They do medical, dental, economic and water development in Third World countries, often during summer.

Brian M. Dowd-Uribe is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Studies at UCSC. His primary expertise is in agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa, and he has been a lecturer in environmental science at Santa Clara University and in sustainable development and environmental interpretation at UCSC, as well as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo. His research explores both the agro-ecological and social impacts of alternative agrifood movements, including organic and fair trade cotton production, and the social impacts of the introduction of genetically engineered crops.

Undergraduates Laurel Hunt and Galen Licht saw the effects of climate change during a research expedition to the Peruvian Andes.

College 8 student Catalina Sanint is completing an internship in DC with Rep. Jerry McNerney, a wind energy entrepreneur who defeated a powerful incumbent Pombo, intent on essentially eliminating the Endangered Species Act, one of the most important green laws ever created. Pombo is currently trying to make a [1]

Chris Darimont, a postdoctoral researcher in environmental studies, and his co-authors found a dramatic acceleration in trait changes among species heavily hunted or fished by humans, which could inform hunting policy.

UCSC Fullbright scholars study global warming, agroecology, and biodiversity.

Adelia Barber is using Google Earth to map research on Bristlecone Pines.

Sean Dugan is garden coordinator for the Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA).

Gemma Givens will attend the United Nations international conference on climate change as a "backpack journalist, will also represent the Indigenous Environmental Network as part of their Native Youth Delegation. Youth Grabbing the Wheel: Young Leaders Speak Up on Driving Down Carbon Commonwealth Club talk 5/4/10

Chris Darimont does research on human super-predatory activities on fisheries.

Katie Roper has done internships in Kenya, and spent a year living in a "sustainable community" on campus. She she single-handedly produced a six-minute video documentary called Thirsty Trees: And the Search for Better Alternatives.

Adelia Barber helps fight local battle against logging.

Camila Cribb Fabersunne had the enviable dilemma of deciding among medical school offers from Stanford, UC San Francisco, and Harvard. She chose Harvard, where she also plans to pursue a master's in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Fabersunne spent summer 2009 in Uganda as an intern with the Uganda Village Project, working to improve women's health.

Myra Finkelstein studies marine bycatch and how lead affects raptors like condors.

Melinda Fowler tags very large elephant seals

Lara Hale works on energy issues.

Robert Dewey Helvestine meshed his fascination with engineering and his love of the natural world. His senior project was a system to remotely monitor endangered seabird populations at Año Nuevo Island.

Hopkins research finds Yosemite bears and human food shifts 3/14. Also research in China.

Gabi Kirk (Kresge ‘12, environmental studies and history), Office of Sustainability events coordinator, helped start a campaign to end the sales of single-use plastic water bottles on campus. The campaign, “Take Back the Tap,” is now the subject of her senior thesis. See Plastic.

“It’s been a great experience for me to meld together social movement theory, facts about water privatization and plastic, and community organizing skills into one project,” Kirk says.

Carolyn Kurle (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) found that colonies on islands are highly vulnerable to introduced rats, which find the ground-nesting birds to be easy prey. But the ecological impacts of rats on islands extend far beyond seabird nesting colonies.

Christopher Lam was part of a student team that designed and built a robotic device to filter plastic debris out of the ocean.

Fulbright Awards: Timothy Krupnik, Michelle Olsgard, and Anna Zivian have received 2008-2009

Allison Luengenstudies toxins in the ocean

Chris Bacon studies sustainable coffee, and co-edited Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America.

Anna Gonzales studies Chromium-6.

Rehan Iftikhar, of GIIP worked at a number of NGOs in Africa, Latin America and the U.S., including the National Development Project and the Center for Democracy and Development. He now works as a WiserEarth programmer.

Intrepid Kate Langwig doesBat disease research 12/14.


Marine Biology students get grant to study seagrass with European collaborators. 3/13.

Queralt Vallmajo Martin, an exchange student from Spain,created a calcium detector, importsnt in many bodily functions including pregnancy and diseases such as osteoporosis.


Sara Maxwell studies the relationship between seamounts and other large bathymetric features and the migratory and foraging patterns of large pelagic animals, such as seals, seabirds and whales. She am working with the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (www.toppcensus.org) program, and won the 2010 Graduate Research Prize as did Valerie Brown for statistical study of fish populations.

Amy Morris looks at the governance of conservation easements, which which has environmental justice aspects.

Engineering students develop a coral reef monitoring system

Esther Rojas-Garcia’s first GIIP internship was with United Farm Workers in Watsonville. After facilitating a technology training workshop for International Health Programs Latin America, she interned with the World Bank on a micro-credit project and is now working in the Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction Unit.

Dee Rossiter studies clouds.

Gabriel Sady wins UCSC enviro scholarship to study forests in Costa Rica.

Joe Sapp's research is on the socially parasitic "slave-making" or "amazon" ant's fascinating and bizarre system: workers conduct raids on nearby Formica nests. Because of chemical signals, stolen brood work in the parasitic slave-maker nest as if it was their own.

Christian Schwarz--a fun guy, leader of mushroom enthusiasts club.

Rosie Spinks, ENVS, College 8, UCSC's City on a Hill Press and co-founder of UCSC's first environmental magazine, Gaia. This work helped win her a coveted editorial internship at Sierra magazine, the national publication of the Sierra Club. A story she wrote for Sierra (about the teenage daughter of a Watsonville farm worker family fighting the use of the pesticide methyl iodide) was published on the magazine's website.

GIIP student Roslyn Wang served an internship with Kiva. Kiva was the world’s first micro-lending site, giving individuals the opportunity to make small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Rhys Thom, also GIIP, served as the project director for Delta Info Initiative, a rural information technology project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. He earlier interned at the Office of the Ombudsman of Namibia working on human rights and environmental projects. He is currently employed at the World Resources Institute (WRI). As the Program and Communications Coordinator for EMBARQ, he researches and implements environmentally and financially sustainable urban transport solutions.

Paul Viotti, contrary to the stereotype of Americans as self-interested individualists, has found that the majority care more about growing economic inequality than we've been led to expect, and many would sacrifice personal gain for the well-being of others, according to research by politics doctoral candidate.5/13.

[http://news.ucsc.edu/2013/10/rev-fall-13-great-responsibility.html Carson Watts (Oakes '13, sociology)who studied the slums of Old Fadama in the capital city of Ghana, not only wrote his senior thesis from research gathered during the five-month trip with EAP but he is also writing a position paper to send to Ghanaian officials outlining what he discovered.

Amy E. West "left a landlocked state to study the ocean, joined Peace Corps to live among cannibals, moved to New Zealand for graduate school without first being accepted, and racked up research experience worldwide in subjects ranging from sifters (phytoplankton) to drifters (whales) without climbing any career ladder...channeling Sylvia Earle, Jacques Cousteau, and Rachel Carson collectively to publicly demonstrate the relevance of marine science." She interned at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and recently published an article on recycling plastic in the Pacific Gyre.

Mele Wheaton just received a Switzer Fellowship for improving teaching about the environment. She has worked on conservation, including sea otters.

Lillian Wilson won a Strauss Award for Creating a Sustainable Future: Greening America's Jobs for At-Risk Youth.


Shaye Wolfe (Marine Sciences, , Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) The Coronado Islands are located off the coast of Baja California, just south of the Mexican border. As part of her research for a master’s degree in ocean sciences, graduate student Shaye Wolf documented the large and diverse populations of seabirds that nest on the Coronado Islands. These include the largest known colony of the rare Xantus’s murrelet, a small seabird listed as endangered under Mexican law and threatened in California. While she was doing her research, Wolf learned that Chevron was planning to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal less than 700 yards from the south island, which hosts the Xantus’s murrelet colony. The murrelets and four other species that nest on the island are nocturnal, and Wolf was especially concerned about the effects of the terminal’s lights.

Alan York, a Chadwick apprentice, pioneers organic/bio-dynamic wine growing.


Sustainability list (pdf).

Elliot Anderson and Jennifer Parker are featured artists in Groundswell. Parker and Barney Haynes present a new media installation that interactively engages gallery viewers with solar wind data. Anderson examines the technological landscape with a hydroponic garden that phytoremediates water polluted with mercury and other heavy metals left from 19th century mining operations. Elliot Anderson, an Associate Prof. of Art & Electronic Media in the Art Department and Digital Arts and the New Media (http://eanderson.ucsc.edu/), is seeking student researchers to work with him on his "Silicon Monuments: An Augmented Reality Tour of Silicon Valley Superfund Sites" (http://www.siliconmonuments.org/). If you are interested, please contact Professor Anderson at: ewanders AT ucsc.edu. 10/13.

Rachel Barnett-Johnson, a fisheries biologist, investigates salmon population.

James Barsimantov is an expert in corporate sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. He received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from the UCSC with a focus on environmental economics, policy, and natural resource management. Dr. Barsimantov’s work focuses on developing sustainability reporting and certification frameworks, including defining appropriate protocols, metrics, and tools. He currently sits on the energy advisory committee for the Santa Cruz desalination plant, and leads the Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact. Dr. Barsimantov also teaches environmental policy and economics, and sustainability project design in the Environmental Studies and Electrical Engineering departments, including IDEASS.

Giacomo Bernardi is in Evolutionary Biology. His Post Doc was at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station at Pacific Grove. His research focus is on the molecular ecology and evolution of coral reef fishes. He does his research in California, the Sea of Cortez, French Polynesia, the Caribbean, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa and the Mozambique Channel. His research areas include speciation, population genetics, and ecology of coral reef fishes. (video of fish tool use).

Barbara Benish, Open Lab SS Palo Alto ocean art project.

Emily Brodsky is a geophysicist whose research focuses on rapid phenomena like earth-quakes and volcanic eruptions. She is best-known for her work on earthquake triggering, including geo-thermal power plants.

Edmund Burke co-edited The Environment and World History with Kenneth Pomeranz.

Linda Burman-Hall, Professor of Music, did sound collage composition and videography for "Mentawai: Listening to the Rainforest".

Jeffrey Bury studies privatized conservation efforts, ecotourism, and livelihood transformations in the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. personal webpage.Undergraduate ENVS students Laurel Hunt and Galen Licht saw the effects of climate change during a research expedition to the Peruvian Andes.

Melissa Caldwell, food policy expert, will be discussing the global food crisis at international conference sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mark Carr and Peter Raimondi, professors of ecology and evolutionary biology, lead ocean monitoring effort. PBS NewsHour video segment on new marine reserves 3/11. starfish disease 11/13.

Sue Carter, a professor of physics, is developing cheaper and more efficient solar cells. She was awarded five new grants this year totaling more than $1 million to fund her research.

Patrick Chaung studies pollution in the atmosphere, which may help refine global warming models.

Nancy Chen breaks down divisions between food and medicine, and she underscores that medicinal foods are the "front line of healing."

[2] has researched environmental history, and wrote The Game of Conservation: International Treaties to Protect the World’s Migratory Animals 2009.

Dan Costa and his students are tagging marine life to send back realtime information never before available. You can follow activities at TOPP and see Video from KQED's Quest as well as PBS's Ocean Animal Emergency. video from Antarctica. See An-Arctic page.

Ben Crow studies inequality around water and land issues.

Sharon Daniel, James Davis and their students at Digital Arts and New Media are creating Social Cost Tracker, an open-source mobile technology designed to promote just labor and ecological practices by informing consumer choices at the point of purchase. The phrase "social cost" refers to both the human capital exploited and the natural resources expended in the production of consumer goods. They are in the early stages of development and conceptualization and are looking for organizations and companies interested in collaboration.

Nathaniel Dominy helped document that he legendary "man-eating lions of Tsavo" that terrorized a railroad camp in Kenya more than a century ago likely consumed about 35 people--far fewer than popular estimates of 135 victims.

Robin Dunkin, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, LML Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Latex balloons are a major cause of death in marine turtles, birds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions as well as other wildlife. Despite claims to the contrary, there has been very little work to quantify the degradation time of latex in the environment. Open Lab.

Melanie DuPuis is the author of the book Nature's Perfect Food: How Milk Became America's Drink (McHenry GT2920.M55 D86 2002) and numerous scholarly articles on food and food-related topics. She is currently co-editor of an issue of the current special "politics of food" issue of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture

James Estes and John Terborgh in a new book explore the importance of predators in Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. They explain how top predators play an essential role in maintaining ecosystem well-being, and how this natural regulatory system is often drastically disrupted by human interventions-when wolves and cougars are removed, for example, populations of deer and beaver become destructive. classic but accessible essay on trophic cascades with Soule et al (see below). Important work on sea otters and climate change (see Wilmers).

Myra Finkelstein, an environmental toxicologist says she hopes that her recent findings will help spur cleanup efforts on Midway Atoll, where lead-based paint from abandoned military buildings contaminates nearby albatross nests. On Condors and lead.

Andrew Fisher, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, leads UCSC's participation in the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). He will be a co-chief scientist (with Takeshi Tsuji of Kyoto University) on an expedition this summer to the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast of British Columbia, where he has been studying the flow of water beneath the seafloor since the mid-1990s. Also he is working at an infiltration pond in California's Pajaro Valley that has become a laboratory where scientists are working to improve techniques for recharging the region's depleted aquifer More. Here's video from expedition.

Russ Flegal does research on mercury e-tox case study on malformed amphibians. Congressional testimony 10/13.

Dana Frank one of top academic experts on Honduras, and has written on women in banana labor unions(includes pesticides). audio interview on wave of child immigrants from Latin America 6/25/14.

Winifred F. Frick (B.A. ENVS Porter '98), in a study published in the August 6 issue of Science, writes that a disease is spreading quickly across the northeastern U.S. and Canada and now affects seven bat species. NPR.org interview Update: NSF grant 12/14 update with A.M. Kilpatrick who has tracked effect of global warming on West Nile virus. Update 5/12 effects of wildfires 3/13.

Environmental Studies professor Greg Gilbert established a research and teaching site in 2007 in the mixed-evergreen coastal forest on the north campus. The nearly 15-acre Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP) has been accepted into the global network of the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) / Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO).More.

Steve Gliessman works to improve organic agriculture and Fair Trade. City on a Hill article on his work with coffee. Also excerpts from his book Agroecology : The Ecology Of Sustainable Food Systems / Steven R. Gliessman 2007 S&E Stacks S589.7 .G58 2007. He co-edited Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America. McH Stacks HD9199.M62 C66 2008

Global Warming research is being done by Christina Ravelo, a professor of ocean sciences and James Zachos, professor of Earth and planetary sciences. Ravelo is part of an international team that is using ocean floor sediment samples to compile data on past periods of global warming in order to understand today's climate changes. 4/13.

Gary Griggs has a new book that offers a fascinating guide to the beaches and coast of California, published by UC Press, Introduction to California's Beaches and Coast. He helped create a guidebook for local government agencies to help them make the difficult the decisions ahead regarding sea level rise. More Congressional testimony 10/13.

R. Edward Grumbine is the author of Ghost Bears (Island Press, 1992). He teaches environmental studies at Prescott College and directed the Sierra Institute, University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, for more than a decade. He has written a new book on China, Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River

Julie Guthman (Kresge, '79, sociology), researches organic agriculture. audio interview on her new book Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism UC Press, 2011. Overview. Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California, the first social science study of organic foods in the United States, has been updated.

Roberto Gwiazda and Don Smith, environmental toxicologists at UCSC, track uranium exposure.

Brent Haddad is an authority on water issues, and in 1999 published the book Rivers of Gold: Designing Markets to Allocate Water in California (HD1694.C2 H23 1999). He is currently working on a new book in which he will discuss the issue of worldwide potable water.

David Haussler, professor of biomolecular engineering, said development of the Genome browser was driven by the needs of cancer researchers, who are now using powerful technologies for genome analysis and DNA sequencing in their efforts to understand cancer at the molecular level.

Brent Haddad establishes water study program at UCSC.

Bill Henry and Myra Finkelstein are researching plastic in the oceans.

Daniel Hirsch heads the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a non-profit nuclear policy organization focusing on issues of nuclear safety, waste disposal, smart meters.

Kathleen Kay, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, has found California's status as a plant biodiversity hotspot to low rates of extinction, rather than high rates of speciation.

Marm Kilpatrick (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) researches climate change impact on West Nile Virus. 7/10 update. Bat disease research

A Fierce Green Fire by Slug filmmaker Mark Kitchell is in production. It is a history of US environmentalism.

Nobuhiko Kobayashi, associate professor of electrical engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering is principal investigator on a project based on a unique thin-film waveguide that collects sunlight and transforms it to match an optical fiber with minimum losses compared to traditional light-concentrating optics.A $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will support research at UC Santa Cruz on the development of an innovative optical device for harvesting concentrated sunlight into an optical fiber for applications such as thermal storage, photovoltaic conversion, or solar lighting.

Paul Koch has done some great research on pre-history which may have implications for our time, such as helping condors survive in the wild.

Joel Kubby, associate professor of electrical engineering, works on Quantum Dots to increase the efficiency of Silicon solar cells, as well as development of a renewable-energy microgrid at NASA Ames.

Raphael Kudela, professor of ocean sciences, participated in a study that links seabird deaths to soap-like foam produced by red-tide algae. His team is trying to predict when toxin-producing algae will strike again with computer models. 9/10 update. 11/11: UCSC leads $4 million NOAA project to monitor harmful algal blooms. NASA award 7.12. Congressional testimony 10/13

Ken Laws does HF radar sensing of ocean surface phenomena, autonomous ocean surface vehicles and passive microwave measurements of ocean surface vehicles.

Genome Browser Project researchers have developed an Ebola genome browser to speed global efforts to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus after working around the clock for a week. Director Jim Kent fourteen years ago developed the first working draft of the human genomesome assembly required (icing his hands to continue a coding marathon) and helped create a genome browser 11 years ago for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, during an outbreak.

Yat Li, associate professor of chemistry, and team developed the solar-microbial device which harnesses sun and sewage to produce hydrogen fuel, using only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment. The hybrid device combines a microbial fuel cell (MFC) and a type of solar cell called a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC). In the MFC component, bacteria degrade organic matter in the wastewater, generating electricity in the process. The biologically generated electricity is delivered to the PEC component to assist the solar-powered splitting of water (electrolysis) that generates hydrogen and oxygen.

Ronnie Lipschutz, College 8 Provost, teaches courses on international politics, foreign policy, politics and popular culture, global environmental politics, green philosophy and ethics, capitalism, empire, sustainability engineering and other topics. He has been Director and Co-Director of the UCSC Center for Global, International and Regional Studies (CGIRS), and is a co-founder of the faculty group in Sustainability Engineering and Ecological Design (SEED). He has published widely; his most recent book is Political Economy, Capitalism and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).

Wentai Liu, professor of electrical engineering has won Popular Mechanics Magazine's 2010 Breakthroughs Award. For more than two decades, Liu has been working with a team of doctors and engineers to develop a retinal implant that can restore vision to people who have gone blind from degenerative retinal diseases, which is now being tested in clinical trials.More

Deborah Letourneau has done research into GMO's along with Joy Hagen and Ingrid Parker. She also studies plant-insect interactions, biodiversity, and environmental risk in the context of decision-making in managed systems (example, forests and agriculture).

Suresh K Lodha, Computer Science, has contributed to the Atlas of Global Inequality with Ben Crow, and The Atlas of California: Mapping the challenge of a new era (2013).

Michael E. Loik, (environmental studies )investigates how changing precipitation patterns will affect the ecosystems that help to feed, fuel, and house us.

Scott Lokey of the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry works with the Chemical Screening Center which does houses high-throughput screening(HTS) robotics that are used to search for biologically active compounds (up to 30,000 chemical compounds per day for biological function and/or usefulness in fighting diseases).

Chip Lord was founding member of the Ant Farm, a collective that did art and architecture, including ferro cement and inflatable structures, as well as a Dolpin Embassy. Influenced by Buckminster Fuller.

Marc Los Huertos investigates nitrogen in river and ocean systems including the Pajaro River.

Flora Lu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Since 1992, Flora has been conducting research with the Huaorani Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon, a predominantly subsistence-based population of hunter-gatherer-horticulturalists, especially effects of extraction (oil , logging).ENVS faculty Flora Lu, accompanied by her former UCSC advisees Néstor Silva, Leah Henderson, and Yukari Shichishima, traveled to Yasuní National Park as part of Lu's National Science Foundation funded research project investigating the daily, lived experiences of local families living in zones of oil extraction. ENVS faculty Flora Lu, accompanied by her former UCSC advisees Néstor Silva, Leah Henderson, and Yukari Shichishima, traveled to Yasuní National Park as part of Lu's National Science Foundation funded research project investigating the daily, lived experiences of local families living in zones of oil extraction. See also Environmental Justice.

Paul Lubeck leads the Everette program (formerly GIIP), whose goal is create a new generation of “info-savvy” advocates using information technology to overcome informational exclusion. examples of projects.

Robert Ludwig works on Renewable bioenergy: hydrogen production by direct photoconversion.

Marc Mangel, distinguished professor in applied mathematics and statistics discovered a continued increase of Lyme disease in the United States, once linked to a recovering deer population, may instead be explained by a decline of the red fox, along with his UCSC co-authors, A. Marm Kilpatrick, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Taal Levi, and Chris Wilmers (see below). Whales, Science, and "Scientific Whaling" in the International Court of Justice Marc Mangel, Distinguished Research Professor, Mathematical Biology and Director, Center for Stock Assessment Research at UCSC leads a compelling discussion about using science as the foundation to interpret international law. Mangel discusses his involvement in the March 2014 International Court of Justice ruling that has effectively ended Japan's annual killing of almost 1,000 whales a year (a win for both whales and for science).

Pradip K Mascharak does "green chemistry" that could help with targeting medicine delivery.

Matthew McCarthy, associate professor of ocean sciences and partners have found compelling evidence for an extensive biological community living in porous rock deep beneath the seafloor. The microbes in this hidden world appear to be an important source of dissolved organic matter in deep ocean water, a finding that could dramatically change ideas about the ocean carbon cycle. More 12/10. Deep-sea corals record dramatic long-term shift in Pacific Ocean ecosystem 12/13. see Corl Reefs.

Marcia McNutt is head of the US Geological Survey; she studied geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, where she earned a Ph.D. in Earth sciences. Her research includes studies of ocean island volcanism in French Polynesia, continental break-up in the Western United States, and uplift of the Tibet Plateau. She has participated in 15 major oceanographic expeditions, and served as chief scientist on more than half of those voyages. Formerly head of MBARI. McNutt is a NAUI-certified scuba diver and she trained in underwater demolition and explosives handling with the U.S. Navy UDT and Seal Team.

Adam Millard-Ball, UCSC assistant professor of environmental studies, co-authored a study that predicts oil demand to peak around 2035. He also studies climate change and carbon trading. See Fossil Fuels.

John Mock works to remove landmines and preserve wildlife in Afghanistan.

David Palleros works in Green Chemistry.

Ingrid Parker has taught in the College 8 Core series, studies invasive plant species, and has helped save an endangered wetlands plant species.

Adina Paytan does research on how dust affects algae in oceans. Her recent work looks at ocean acidification which affects coral.

Ken Pedrotti co-teaches a green energy course EE/CLEI 81C.

Donald Potts, a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is studying increasing ocean acidification, which has often focused on its potential effects on coral reefs, but broader disruptions of biological processes in the oceans may be more significant.

Ravi Rajan's research focuses on environmental issues in governance, corporate responsibility, globalization, entrepreneurship, technology choice, and risk and disaster management. Rajan has served with Environment and History, American Society for Environmental Historyand National Science Foundation. Rajan has also served as the President of the Board of Directors of Pesticide Action Network, North America(PANNA). Environmental rights lecture (video). As a student journalist, he was an eyewitness to Bhopal.

Peter Raimondi, professor and chair of ecology and evolutionary biology, studies marine reserves' effects on fish. Starfish wasting disease 12/14.

Greg Rau, a senior scientist in the Institute of Marine Sciences and his team have found a carbon capture technique that produces hydrogen fuel, offsets ocean acidification 5/13.

Annalisa Rava: Human-Animal Studies, Science Fiction Studies, Animals in Science Fiction, Science Fiction and the Post-Human Body. She observed of wild chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, for the purpose of enriching the teaching of her writing class.

Christina Ravelo, professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is coauthor of a study that indicates that the sensitivity of Earth's temperature to increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is greater than has been expected on the basis of climate models that only include rapid responses. Update: Ravelo led a nine-week expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) to the Bering Sea last summer. Deep sediment cores retrieved from the Bering Sea floor indicate that the region was ice-free all year and biological productivity was high during the last major warm period in Earth's climate history. "Evidence from the Pliocene Warm Period is relevant to studies of current climate change because it was the last time in our Earth's history when global temperatures were higher than today," Ravelo said. More 12/10. Update 6/12.

Colleen Reichmuth has worked with marine mammals since 1990, conducting research in the areas of comparative cognition, bioacoustics, and behavioral ecology.

Alan Richards teaches a popular course Blood and Oil on the Middle East.Current sustainability course Spr 08

William Satterthwaite wrote the best publication for 2009 in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. The paper, "Steelhead life history on California's Central Coast: Insights from a state-dependent model," presents a mathematical model for the life histories of steelhead in small coastal streams. Steelhead are rainbow trout that migrate to the sea and repeatedly return to their home streams to spawn.

Beth Shapiro, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and her colleagues analyzed genome-wide DNA sequence data from bears, and found that polar bears are a remarkably homogeneous species with no evidence of brown bear ancestry, whereas the ABC Islands brown bears show clear evidence of polar bear ancestry. She's also working with a project within Long Now called “Revive & Restore,” which is pushing to make de-extinction a reality, starting with the fabled passenger pigeon and moving on to the woolly mammoth. See “TEDxDeExtinction”

Mary Silver researches algae blooms.

Barry Sinervo and students are creating games to teach about lizard behavior. Recent research shows early effects of global warming 5/10. More links(audio) on Sinervo's work. He also co-wrote a paper showing how rock-scissors-paper dynamic works in biology. Investigation of disappearing amphibians 3/13.

Lisa C. Sloan, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Director of the Climate Change and Impacts Laboratory, has a new paper on effect of irrigation cooling, and a map of Santa Cruz sea level rise.

Don Smith and graduate student, Molly Church, who is now at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine have established lead poisoning in condors from ammunition 11/13 update.

Mark Snyder researches climate change. Radio interview 09

College 8 instructor Glenn Stewart worked on Exxon Valdez cleanup and is breeding and releasing hawks, falcons and other predatory birds. History of saving the falcon from DDT extinction video.

Elizabeth Stephens The Listening to the Earth, research cluster, brings together graduate students and faculty at both UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz to explore the diverse creative possibilities that promise to emerge out of conscious collaboration between environmental studies, landscape architecture, the visual arts and performance studies. video

Sean Swezy, College 8 instructor, works on organic sustainable farming techniques.

Ali Shakouri works to make energy use more efficient. his website.

Andy Szasz also studies Environmental Justice. New book on Inverted Quarantine is Shopping Our Way to Safety [3].

UC Santa Cruz biologist [http://werc.ucsc.edu/Grad%20Students/Nicole/thometz.html Nicole Thometz set out to quantify the energy demands of a growing sea otter pup], as it accounts for high mortality rates among female sea otters in some areas. 6/14 See also Marine Mammals.

John Thompson's research may help us learn to cope with ecological change, distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. In Relentless Evolution, Thompson argues that species must be able to evolve constantly or they will not persist.

Tim Tinker researches sea otters. Video Info on otter mortality. 8/10 update on work with Hatfield. Otters clean water 8/13.

Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities. He has done prototypes in Santa Cruz. Energy from floating algae pods Call it "fuel without fossils": (TEDtalk 9/12). TEDxSC talk (video). TEDxSan Jose.

Slawek Tulaczyk investigates effects of global warming on ice sheets in Anarctica. Tulaczyk and Andrew Fisher, both professors of Earth and planetary sciences, will drill through a half-mile of ice to penetrate subglacial Lake Whillans and study hidden processes that govern the dynamics of the West Antarctic ice sheet. Link. 9/12 update on frozen methane, which could set up global warming feedback loop. Scientists drill through half mile of Antarctic ice for data on ice sheet stability UC Santa Cruz glaciologist Slawek Tulaczyk is a chief scientist of the WISSARD project, which has just reached another milestone. 1/15. See Arctic.

John Vesecky Electrical Engineering is working on Greening the Wharf in Santa Cruz. He also does HF radar design and construction and observation of ocean surface winds, waves and currents with applications to coastal and deep water ocean processes; project MEDSAT.

Erin Vogel studies primate population.

Kerstin Wasson is adjunct professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and research coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. In the 1920s, San Francisco oystermen harvested Olympia oysters from Elkhorn Slough by the bushel. Overharvesting, however, soon decimated the population of these tasty little oysters, the only native oyster on the Pacific coast. They are now rare in Elkhorn Slough and in danger of going locally extinct. Kerstin Wasson, research coordinator for the reserve and an adjunct associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. UPDATE: According to a paper by Wasson and grad student Brent Hughes, excessive nutrient levels in Elkhorn Slough cause algal blooms and degrade the habitat for fish and wildlife in many parts of the slough. 10/11

Terrie Williams, professor of biology and director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Project (MMPP, (video) working with animals that are trained to voluntarily cooperate in the data collection process, Dr. Williams seeks to answer the important question of what it costs these animals to survive in the ocean) at UCSC's Long Marine Laboratory sprang into action and were ready when an oil-soaked otter arrived from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she had been stabilized. Williams has also done research on seals during the Antarctic winter, the harshest season in the harshest environment on Earth. Rare Monk seal rescue. new book on endangered monk seals. (image). Williams looks back at otter rescue at the Exxon Valdez spill 25 years ago. 3/14.

Chris Wilmers and Terrie Williams', a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCSC, will team up to explore questions of puma behavior, physiology, and ecology using radio collars. Cougar GPS story. Story of Atlas, who crosses Hwy 17. With Jim Estes, Sea otters fight global warming, 9/12 audio interview.UCSC students get first-hand scientific experience while monitoring the elusive big cats as part of the Puma Project.(video). In the first published results of more than three years of tracking mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains, UC Santa Cruz researchers document how human fragmentation of habitat affects the predators' habits. 4/13.*** UCSC helps capture and safely release puma near downtown 5/13.

James Zachos, professor of Earth and planetary sciences. is doing Global Warming research with Christina Ravelo, a professor of ocean sciences and more.

Jin Zhang, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSC, showed that nano-thin film this combination of techniques has a synergistic effect, markedly enhancing the performance of photovoltaic cells (see earlier story). In a new study, Zhang teamed up with Yat Li, assistant professor of chemistry. 2/10

Jonathan Zehr, professor of ocean sciences and his team has found an unusual microorganism in the open ocean may force scientists to rethink their understanding of how carbon and nitrogen cycle through ocean ecosystems. This may have implication for global warming.

Emeritus Faculty

Terry Burke and Kenneth Pomeranz (eds), The Environment and World History.(review) University of California Press, 2009.

Jean Langenheim, a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, is an eminent plant ecologist and leading authority on plant resins. She broke new ground for women in science, and worked with Richard Evans Schultes of Harvard, his images founder of ethno-botany.

Burney Le Boeuf has conducted extensive research on the behavioral ecology and physiology of marine mammals. In particular, he is known for his work on sharks and elephant seals, as well as their diving, foraging, and migratory behavior. While much of his research was conducted at nearby Año Nuevo Island Reserve, Le Boeuf has led expeditions to research sites throughout the world, including Mexico, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, and Japan. He is the author of three books and more than 157 peer-reviewed articles.

Manuel Pastor studies Environmental Justice issues.

John Pearse, a pioneer in ocean research, studies temporal patterns of reproduction in marine invertebrate. Works with NOAA Limpets, high school monitoring program link. More, includinghis role as President of the California Academy of Sciences. UCSC and the Academy recently established links which allow graduate students with interests in systematic biology to be co-sponsored by Academy scientists.

Michael Soule (short bio), one of the founders of conservation biology, Paul Ehrlich's student, and currently an advocate of Rewilding, that is bringing back extinct ecosystems and even species This idea has been picked up by Stewart Brand.A Soule Interview. Co-author of Ghost Bears. tropic cascades. See also Wildlands Network, working to connect islands of bio-diversity. web, new Collected papers.

Stuart A. Schlegel Wisdom from a Rainforest: The Spiritual Journey of an Anthropologist.

Lincoln Taiz, professor emeritus of molecular, cell and developmental biology, gave the Emeriti Lecture at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday, November 19. "Agriculture, Population Growth, and the Challenge of Climate Change video. He explains and supports GMO's.

In Memoriam

Powerful video: She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite...Hurting...Worth dying for. More Than 900 Environmental Advocates Slain In A Decade As Concern For The Planet Grows. 4/14 (See Terry Freitas below).

Camila Lee, College Eight environmental studies, was from Fallbrook in San Diego County. She wrote an excellent study of the environmental health aspects of Maquiladoras.

Alan Chadwick helped establish organic farming at UCSC and propagate the ideas widely. He came to UCSC at the behest of his friend, a countess who was the widow of a member of the Resistance who was killed in the retribution after the failed Hitler assassination. Film on him at McHenry VT8996 called Garden Song History of organic farming at UCSCArticle. A play based on him. video of his garden today.

Richard Cooley founded the Environmental Studies department and was important in protecting the polar bear and Alaska wilderness, and funded Rachel Carson so she could finish Silent Spring.

Ray Dasmann was one of the pioneers in developing the the conservation concepts of "eco-development," and "biological diversity," and identified the crucial importance of recognizing indigenous peoples and their cultures in efforts to conserve natural landscapes. These concepts over the last thirty years have coalesced in American and international environmental thinking as "sustainable development," the key dynamic concept informing contemporary conservation efforts. Dasmann pleaded to grant legal rights to Nature nearly half a century ago, and it has been the subject of numerous "deep ecology" and some law articles and books Article. A remembrance.

Tony Fink, UCSC's distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, passed away on March 3, 2008, following a year-long illness. During Tony's forty-year career in academia, he made many contributions to the field of biophysical chemistry. With more than 200 scientific publications, 20 book chapters, and three books, he was a world authority on protein folding. Mistakes in this molecular process lead to degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease. Tony's research was to understand what goes wrong and to design treatments to repair the damage or prevent it from happening. He worked tirelessly towards the goal of designing potential drugs and therapeutic methods to combat Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Tony was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2004, won the BioSTAR Outreach Ambassador of the Year Award in 2002, as well as the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences' Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007. Those who wish to honor Professor Fink may do so by making a donation to the Tony Fink Memorial Fund to support students and research in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Donations can be sent to Attn: Tony Fink Memorial, 1156 High Street, MS: PBSci Development, Santa Cruz, CA, 95064.

Physicist Stanley Flatté, whose work on wave propagation led to important contributions in the fields of atmospheric optics, ocean acoustics, and seismology, is important to oil exploration.

Terry Freitas, UCSC grad student killed trying to stop Indigenous people from being harmed by oil company.Article. In choosing to honor Freitas, who exemplified "the highest UCSC ideals of service to others," the Alumni Association made its first posthumous award. A cafe has been named for him.

Ken Norris, cetologist who helped establish Natural Reserves and Long Marine Lab oral history online and in Science Library QH31.N67 J37 1999. "His pioneering investigations in marine mammalogy confirmed dolphin echolocation skills in a series of elegant experiments. Much of what is now known about whales and dolphins, specifically their social and familial interactions is due to his work. His expertise in marine mammalogy also resulted in his strong influence on public policy in the crafting of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972. His leadership and research were also instrumental in the national campaign to reduce the dolphin kill in tuna fishing. Norris was the author of over a hundred scientific papers and several books on dolphins and porpoises."

Don Rothman: Avoiding the Humiliation of Silence in the Face of Cruelty and Injustice.VIDEO (.mov download). Many students said his talk was a highlight of the Core course. Sadly, Don passed away in his sleep in early December 2012; he will be much missed. Don hosts a dynamic discussion with Oakes College founding provost and emeritus Professor J. Herman Blake (2012).

Ph.D. student Jessica Roy was struck and killed by a car while walking in Nairobi in 2004. She was studying women and water use in Kenya. Ben Crow and others have continued her work, using GPS, and found that women invest their freed-up time in income-generating activities such as raising seedlings for coffee and tea growers in the region or raising livestock.

Not a Slug, but Stephen H. Schneider of Stanford played a key role in the global warming debate.Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate. Sadly, Dr. S passed away in July 2010, a remembrance. Video of recent talk (and some remembrances).

Ronald Schusterman, a pioneering marine mammal scientist and an expert in animal behavior and comparative psychology, his work led to some of the first, most creative, and most enduring approaches to training and studying marine mammals in captivity.

Stephen D. Vance (College 8, '79, American studies) was killed by gunmen during an ambush in Pakistan, where he directed a U.S.-funded job creation and workforce development project in the country's FATA region.

Kenneth V. Thimann – Founding Crown Provost and Arboretum, a pioneering researcher in the field of plant physiology; in 1934, isolated pure auxin, an important plant-growth hormone and proved that auxin promotes growth, discoveries that led to the development of a widely used synthetic auxin, 2,4-D. Use of this chemical prevents the premature falling of fruit and stimulates cut stems to grow abundant roots. Because high concentrations of auxins are toxic to most plants, synthetic auxins are effective weed killers, leading to the Vietnam-era herbicide Agent Orange.

Bill Walton, Predatory Bird Research Group leader, was instrumental in saving the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal in existence, from extinction. Article on falcon comeback The history of falcon recovery is told by him in this 42 minute video.

Gabriel Zimmerman (STV '02), "community outreach director for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Zimmerman, 30, graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2002 with a degree in sociology. He was one of six people fatally wounded in Tucson, Ariz., in the shooting rampage that left his boss critically wounded. A room in the Capitol has named in his honor. He was also remembered at a ceremony marking one year. His father Ross is determined that Gabe be remembered for how he lived, not how he died (including a charity a footrace). Gabe's fiancee supports banning large ammo clips that made the shootings possible. Gabe took a course with Prof. Paul Lubeck on globalization information and social change, part of UCSC’s Global Information Internship Program (GIIP), which mobilizes UCSC students to work for civil rights, sustainable development, and social justice causes, while immersing them in the skills they need to succeed as organizers, from social entrepreneurship to web design. This ambitious young man was in good company among UCSC alumni; he was part of a group of former GIIP students who Lubeck described as a 'Washington crew.' Another UCSC grad from the program, Daniel Weiss, is chief of staff for Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.). Another graduate is Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Dana Priest." More. The Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center was dedicated (video) in honor of “Gabe”, killed at the January 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson, that left then Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) severely injured. Astronaut Mark Kelly, who spoke for his wife, remarked that Gabe, ran toward the victims when the gunman opened fire. He was the only legislative staff member ever killed in the line of duty and Speaker Boehner (who has done nothing to reduce gun violence) pointed out that the meeting room named in his honor was the first room in the Capitol complex to be dedicated to a staff member. Vice President Biden (who has taken the lead on gun control) also spoke, along with Gabe's parents.

UC People and Affiliates

Malaria Resistant Mosquitoes: UC Irvine Scientists Create New Genetically Modified Mosquito. A non-GMO approach for Dengue Fever (audio) 6.12

Eric Berlow is an ecologist and network scientist who specializes in not specializing. He helped found, and directs, the University of California’s first environmental research center in Yosemite National Park. After radio-collaring wolves in Alaska and tending bar in Paris, he got his Ph.D. in marine ecology studying the interconnectedness of species in nature. As a research scientist with the USGS he focuses on building better links between science and management of protected mountain ecosystems. Eric is helping apply network approaches to sustainable ecotourism development in the Arctic, and is co-owner of a green café in Oakland, California. He is currently spearheading ‘ecomimetic’ approaches to corporate sustainability by visualizing and modeling energy consumption through complex, interconnected supply chains. Here's a brilliant TEDtalk on data visualization, and the simplicity beyond complexity. He co-authored an important paper on bio-diversity.

Physicist Steven Chu as the Secretary of Energy, and the first Nobel Prize winner to be appointed to a U.S. Cabinet, was given the job of turning the dusty Department of Energy into the incubator for tomorrow's clean-power solutions. Named 2009 Hero of the Planet by Time Magazine. interview about CA Read more. His blog

Livermore Labs makes stoves to help protect women in Darfur. Video from KQED Quest.

U.S. Representative Sam Farr (video bio) has been a champion of organic farming since his service in the Peace Corps in Colombia in 1964. While in the California State Assembly, Farr authored the 1990 California Organic Standards Act, the first state law defining organic agriculture. This legislation became the basis for the National Organic Program’s federal organic standards. Farr now serves as co-chair of the National Organic Caucus in the House of Representatives and is vice chair of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. See UCSC food movement history

Professor Tyrone Hayes at the University of California, Berkeley, and in ponds around the world, studies frogs and other amphibians. He's become an active critic of the farm chemical atrazine, which he's found to interfere with the development of amphibians' endocrine systems. TEDtalk video. PBS Frontline Thin Green Line in Salinas Valley CA #1 in use of pesticides. Hayes has been viciously attacked by industry hacks (video) 2/14. See Amphibians.

State Architect and UC Berkeley professor emeritus Sim Van der Ryn was championing innovations like solar roof panels and rainwater catchment systems before most people had even heard of them. The former state architect of California has a new book, "Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting to People, Nature and Self." audio interview and links. See Sustainable Architecture.

Joby Energy is a local company looking for people to create high altitude wind. images and video. Its founder is also working on an electric flying car. Its CEO is a College 8 Fellow. More.



 ucsc green departments

UCSC clearly has an amazing commitment to the environment! This is a partial list of campus and community organizations. Links marked with * have links to affiliates. If you would like to add an entry, please email mailto:pmmckerc@ucsc.edu. See also UCSC people involved in green initiatives)

List of all UCSC student-led organizations. Sustainability office list of student projects


Food Organizations

Marine Biology

Sustainability Organizations


A-Z Index

Arboretum (video)Seeds from UCSC Arboretum may help threatened species in aftermath of recent fire. 10/13.

Banana Slugs for Animals

The Biomolecular Engineering (BME) Department within the Jack Baskin School of Engineering features an interdisciplinary blend of engineering, biology, chemistry, and statistics designed to foster collaboration with other departments. Trent is working on algae biofuels.

CALPIRG is an independent statewide student organization that works on issues like environmental protection, consumer protection, and hunger and homelessness.

The Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR), formerly the GIS/ISC Laboratory, is the central facility for spatially-focused research and training at the University of California, Santa Cruz. CISR is focused on integrating state-of-of-the-art spatial technology and methods (geographic information systems, global positioning systems, remote sensing, spatial modeling/statistics) with pressing interdisciplinary research and fostering cross-domain cooperation in the application of these tools, for example of The Farm

Center for Global, International, & Regional Studies Innovation Sustainability

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society CITRIS video overview. Offers annual $30K design competition.

Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community Sadly, being discontinued due to budget cuts.

Center for Remote Sensing (CRS)

Center for the Study of the Dynamics and Evolution of the Land-Sea Interface

Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems update on partnership with Hartnell.

Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Center for Tropical Research in Ecology, Agriculture, and Development (CenTREAD)

Chadwick Garden begun by Alan Chadwick (se also Slugs in Action) video

Chemical Screening Center robotics, which looks at chemicals in the ocean, for example. video

Climate Change and Impacts Laboratory

College Eight has numerous green entrepreneur and design initiatives and College Eight Sustainability Office.

Common Ground Center (Kresge) The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. We act as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement.

Community Agroecology Network (CAN)

Demeter Seed Library You can borrow seeds by attending a bi-monthly seed exchange or by simply contacting us and arranging a day to meet. The physical Library is located at the Oakes offices, room 307. Staff can be found in Oakes 309 and 311.

Digital Arts and New Media is creating Social Cost Tracker, an open-source mobile technology designed to promote just labor and ecological practices by informing consumer choices at the point of purchase. They have also done eco-art. Associated with OpenLab.

Earth & Planetary Sciences Department

EcoLogic Design Lab Seeking to innovate, create and educate, the EcoLogic Design Lab was formed to facilitate a transition from ego-centric to eco-centric in the built environment – from detached ecological awareness to expansive connection with the local ecology and environment using evolutionary awareness and design tools to create high performance design.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology *

Electrical Engineering, including Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems

Environmental Studies Department *

Environmental Toxicology Department

UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program (TSR&TP) is a University of California Multicampus Research Unit supporting research on toxic substances in the environment and teaching of graduate students through funding of grants, fellowships, and lead campus programs.

Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)

Food Systems Working Group*

GIS Lab Geographic Information Systems and Interdisciplinary Sciences Computational Laboratory (GIS/ISC)

Global Information Internship Program is working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UCDC program. WRI is an environmental think tank based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on objective research and analysis to produce real solutions to environmental and human problems. The UCDC program provides housing and credits for UC students to live for a school quarter in Washington, D.C. and intern with a governmental or non-governmental organization.

Green Technology


Institute of Marine Sciences* Greg Rau, a senior scientist in the Institute of Marine Sciences and his team have found a carbon capture technique that produces hydrogen fuel, offsets ocean acidification 5/13.

Long Marine Lab video tour. AffilatesVolunteer opportunities(video)

Marine Biology major

Museum of Natural History Collections (MNHC) (article). The collections are organized for research and classroom use, but the museum has opened its collections for public view once a year since 2009. Randall Morgan's, a 1970 UCSC grad, plant and insect collections are the centerpiece of the museum and provide an invaluable resource for understanding local biodiversity and a unique opportunity for further research into plant/pollinator dynamics. Museum of Natural History Collections (location/hours) houses collections of plants, fungi, lichens, marine algae, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and skeletons, for use by researchers, teachers, students, and the community.

Ocean Sciences Department courses

UCSC Natural Reserves the larger system includes live webcams. UCTV series profiles. Yosemite station has internships. Yosemite article. The nearly 15-acre Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP) located within the UC Santa Cruz Campus Natural Reserve has been accepted into the global network of the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) / Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO). Younger Lagoon as outdoor classroom.

The OpenLab Network is a new UCSC research initiative which targets a complex education issue of national significance regarding the ability of art and science researchers to collaborate on research endeavors. The goal of the OpenLab Network is to help change the current status by providing shared research facilities and create a network for collaborative discourse fueled by academic communities, arts and science communities, and industry. Ocean Scales on plankton. See Art

Path to a Greener Stevenson

Predatory Bird Research Group

Program in Community Agroecology (PICA)

Recycling Program

New Robotics major.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, founded in 1903 and joined the University of California in 1912. The Innovative Marine Technology Laboratory (IMT Laboratory) is a research group of the Marine Physical Laboratory. As part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ENtNt-kb3o&feature=relmfu A talk by research oceanographer and photographer Dale Stokes for a global photographic journey featuring ships, submarines, underwater habitats, and both poles. This presentation includes a decade of images documenting exotic locations underwater and topside and a variety of unusual vessels and research instruments.


STEPS Institute for Innovation in Environmental Research was established in 2002 as a campus-wide effort to facilitate interdisciplinary environmental research across the university’s Division of Physical and Biological Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, and Baskin School of Engineering. Provides funding for student research.

Student Environmental Center

Students for Organic Solutions

Studies of Food and the Body Multicampus Research Program is provided by the University of California Office of the President and by the Institute for Humanities Research

Sustainability, Campus*

UCSC Green Campus Program

White Mountain Research Station near Bishop CA, alpine research. Google Earth project


Institutional Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz:


Andrews, Frank

A Dual Teaching Career: An Oral History with UC Santa Cruz Professor Frank Andrews

Adding a Plank to the Bridge: Julia Armstrong-Zwart's Leadership at UC Santa Cruz

Baumgarten, Murray

Murray's Universe: An Oral History with UCSC Professor Murray Baumgarten, 1966-2014

Berger, Harry, Jr.

The Critical World of Harry Berger, Jr.: An Oral History

Blake, J. Herman

"Look'n M' Face and Hear M' Story": An Oral History with Professor J. Herman Blake

Rita Bottoms, Polyartist Librarian, 1965-2003

Cabrera, Rosie

With Conocimiento, Love, Spirit, and Community: Rosie Cabrera's Leadership at UC Santa Cruz, 1984-2013

Professor Pedro Castillo: Historian, Chicano Leader, Mentor

ClarkDonald T. 
Donald T. Clark: Early UCSC History and the Founding of the University Library

Clifford, James 
James Clifford: Tradition and Transformation at UC Santa Cruz

Cowan, Michael 
"It Became My Case Study": Professor Michael Cowan's Four Decades at UC Santa Cruz

Cowell Press
Cowell Press and Its Legacy: 1973-2004

Dasmann, Raymond F. 
Raymond F. Dasmann: A Life in Conservation Biology

Dizikes, John 
John Dizikes: Reflections on a Life of Learning and Teaching at UC Santa Cruz, 1965-2000

Domhoff, G. William 
G. William Domhoff: The Adventures and Regrets of a Professor of Dreams and Power

Dyson, Allan J. 
Allan J. Dyson: Managing the UCSC Library, 1979-2003

Fackler, Louis F. 
Louis F. Fackler: Founding Campus Engineer, UC Santa Cruz

Freeman, Carol 
Teaching Writing in the Company of Friends: An Oral History with Carol Freeman

Friedland, William 
Community Studies and Research for Change: An Oral History with William Friedland

Greenwood, M.R.C. 
From Complex Organisms to A Complex Organization: An Oral History with UCSC Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood, 1996-2004

Griggs, Gary 
From the Ground Up: UCSC Professor Gary Griggs as Researcher, Teacher, and Institution Builder

Gruhn, Isebill "Ronnie" V. 
Professor Isebill "Ronnie" V. Gruhn: Recollections of UCSC, 1969-2013

Haraway, Donna 
Edges and Ecotones: Donna Haraway's Worlds at UCSC

Hyde, Harold A. 
Harold A. Hyde: Recollections of Santa Cruz County

Kerr, Clark 
Clark Kerr and the Founding of UC Santa Cruz

Kliger, David 
Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor David Kliger

Laporte, Leo F. 
Leo F. Laporte: Professor of Earth Sciences: Recollections of UCSC, 1971-1996

Le Boeuf, Burney 
Burney J. Le Boeuf, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Recollections of UCSC, 1966-1994

Lynch, John Patrick

John P. Lynch: Campus Citizen, Community Educator, Classics Professor

McFadden, Daniel H. 
Daniel H. McFadden: The Chancellor Mark Christensen Era at UCSC, 1974-1976

McHenry, Dean E. 
Dean E. McHenry: Founding Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz

McClellan, Douglas

An Artist with Shoes On: An Oral History of Founding UC Santa Cruz Professor of Art Douglas McClellan

Martin Shaw, Carolyn

"Faculty and Students Together in the Redwoods": An Oral History with Carolyn Martin Shaw

Moglen, Helene 
Helene Moglen and the Vicissitudes of a Feminist Administrator

Nájera-Ramírez, Olga 
Crossing Borders, Crossing Worlds: An Oral History of UC Santa Cruz Professor Olga Nájera-Ramírez

Nauenberg, Michael 
Michael Nauenberg: Professor of Physics: Recollections of UCSC, 1966-1996

Newberry, Andrew Todd 
Andrew Todd Newberry, Professor of Biology: Reflections on UCSC, 1965-1994

Norris, Kenneth S. 
Kenneth S. Norris, Naturalist, Cetologist and Conservationist, 1924-1998: An Oral History Biography

Oakes College
Oakes College: An Oral History

Pepper, Jim 
Jim Pepper: The Evolution of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz

Pister, Karl S. 
Karl S. Pister: UCSC Chancellorship, 1991-1996

Rotkin, Mike 
Mike Rotkin and the Rise and Fall of Community Studies at UCSC, 1969-2010

Sánchez, Elba R. 
A Lifetime Commitment to Giving Voice: An Oral History of Elba R. Sánchez

Scott, Peter 
Peter Scott, Professor of Physics: Recollections of UCSC, 1966-1994

Shaw, Priscilla "Tilly" 
Professor Priscilla "Tilly" Shaw: Poet, Teacher, Administrator

Sinsheimer, Karen 
Karen Sinsheimer: Life at UC Santa Cruz, 1981-1987

Sinsheimer, Robert 
Robert Sinsheimer, Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz 1977-1987

Smith, Page 
Page Smith: Cowell College and UCSC: A Decade of Educational Innovation

Solomon, Ruth

"Everything was a Stage": An Oral History with Ruth Solomon, Founding UCSC Professor of Theater Arts and Dance

Stevens, Robert 
Robert Stevens, UCSC Chancellorship, 1987-1991

Taylor, Angus E. 
Angus E. Taylor: UCSC Chancellorship, 1976-1977

Thimann, Kenneth V. 
Kenneth V. Thimann: Early UCSC History and the Founding of Crown College

UCSC Arboretum
The UCSC Arboretum: A Grand Experiment

UCSC Farm and Garden Project
The Early History of UCSC's Farm and Garden Project

UC Santa Cruz in the Mid-1970s: A Time of Transition, Volume I
An Oral History with John Marcum, Sigfried Puknat, Robert Adams, John Ellis, and Paul Niebanck

UC Santa Cruz in the Mid-1970s: A Time of Transition, Volume II

An Oral History with Professor George Von der Muhll

UCSC Student Interviews
Student Interviews, 1967 and 1969

UCSC Women's Center
Crossing Borders: The UCSC Women's Center, 1985-2005

White, Hayden 
Hayden White: Frontiers of Consciousness at UCSC

Wilkes, John

Creating a World-Class Graduate Program on a Unique Campus: An Oral History with John Wilkes, Founder of UCSC's Science Communication Program

Willson, F.M. Glenn 
F.M. Glenn Willson: Early UCSC History and the Founding of Stevenson College

Zavella, Patricia

Patricia Zavella: Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Zwart, Frank 
Growth and Stewardship: Frank Zwart's Four Decades at UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz’s second chancellor, Mark N. Christensen, served the campus from July 1974 to January 1976. Christensen arrived at UCSC during a tumultuous point in the campus’s history. Founding Chancellor Dean McHenry had brought to fruition his singular vision for UC Santa Cruz as an innovative institution of higher education which emphasized undergraduate teaching centered in residential colleges, each with a specific intellectual theme and architectural design. McHenry oversaw the planning and building of UCSC from 1961 until his retirement in June 1974. In the early years, UCSC drew high caliber students and earned a reputation as a prestigious and unique university. But by the mid-1970s, enrollments were falling. Internally, the campus was fracturing along fault lines between the colleges and the boards of studies (now called departments), as UCSC experienced the political and economic pressures of trying to establish a decentralized, innovative campus within the traditional University of California.

Christensen’s tenure as chancellor rather tragically ended in controversy after only eighteen months. Although most of the faculty liked Christensen as a person, they lost confidence in his ability to govern the campus. The Regional History Project never conducted an oral history with Mark Christensen, and he passed away in 2003. But in 1980, former director Randall Jarrell interviewed Christensen’s special assistant, Daniel McFadden, about the Christensen era. McFadden’s oral history is a perceptive and balanced reflection on the political climate of UCSC in 1976, just as what McFadden characterizes as a “Bicentennial Rebellion” was taking place.

The Regional History Project published this transcript in 2012, nearly forty years after the interview was recorded (on May 20, 1976), because McFadden was only able to turn his attention to editing and approving the transcript after his retirement. Dan McFadden holds a BA and MA in intellectual history and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to UCSC, McFadden served as assistant chancellor for public affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. After leaving UCSC, McFadden held a variety of administrative positions, including deputy city manager for the city of San Jose, California.


 This page lists notable alumni and faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz; alumni may have attended without graduating.

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