Scholars at UC Santa Cruz take an unflinching look at the forces that shape our world. Here are some highlights of UC Santa Cruz change-makers in the media.
August 2, 2023 – Washington-based award-winning journalist Leah Douglas wrote an article for Thomson Reuters explaining the debate amongst big pork producers about legislation proposed to the U.S Congress.
July 29, 2023 – Aric Sleeper, a writer for the Mercury News, recognized a recently published study, co-authored by UC Santa Cruz Anthropology Professor Lars-Fehren-Schmitz, analyzing DNA from the servant-class buried near Machu Picchu. The DNA contained evidence that these servants hailed from more diverse backgrounds than scientists had anticipated.
July 27, 2023 – Sara Rubin, editor for Monterey County Weekly, wrote an article exposing the hardships that come with unaffordable housing in an unaccommodating community.
July 27, 2023 – Ana Ibarra, a health policy reporter, wrote an article for CalMatters explaining why the iconic California burger joint banned its employees in five states from wearing masks at work.
July 23, 2023 – Dharna Noor, a fossil fuel climate reporter for Guardian, discusses teamsters union members preparation to hold the largest single employer strike in US history over heat protections.
July 17, 2023 – Carlos Martinez, an assistant professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino studies, wrote an article featured in the San Francisco Chronicle explaining how the Biden administration is from from keeping their campaign promises, with asylum policies that mirror it’s predecessor.
July 11, 2023 – Katie Hunt, science and health writer for CNN, covers the discovery of a geological site which scientists say best reflects a proposed new epoch called the Anthropocene- a major step toward changing the timeline of Earth’s history.
June 30, 2023 – PK Hattis, a Santa Cruz local and health reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, brings attention to the new housing report that named the Santa Cruz-Watsonville metropolitan area, the most expensive rental market in the nation.
June 27, 2023 – In this CBS News feature, Cruz Foam and Verve Coffee Roasters discuss their partnership to bring sustainable packaging to the coffee industry.
This California County now tops S.F. as the most expensive place for renters in the U.S., report says
June 26, 2023 – Danielle Echeverria, an engagement and breaking news reporter, wrote an article for the San Francisco Chronicle explaining how Santa Cruz county has vaulted over the San Francisco area as the most expensive market in the country for renters.
June 20, 2023 – The final episode of Facing Down the Fossils, a co-production of Nexus Media News and Peril and Promise, a public media initiative from the WNET group. PBS shares the story of a local organization in New Orleans is turning restaurants into disaster recovery centers using community solar microgrids.
June 15, 2023 – Professor and Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies Catherine S. Ramírez wrote an article for The Washington Post explaining the often-overlooked role that gender norms played in the Zoot Suit Riots and what the riots can teach us about potential impacts of modern-day drag bans.
June 13, 2023 – KSBW interviewed Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers, who leads the Santa Cruz Puma Project, about how his research team’s work contributed to the construction of a new wildlife crossing on Highway 17.
June 10, 2023 – Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers, who studies the movements and behaviors of pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains, spoke with The Mercury News about the importance of habitat connectivity for pumas and other California wildlife.
June 9, 2023 – Associate Professor of Sociology Steve Mckay spoke with KION about UC Santa Cruz’s support for the Watsonville is in the Heart project, which documents the lives and experiences of early Filipino immigrants in Santa Cruz County.
June 8, 2023 – Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers spoke with The Washington Post about how his research tracking pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains revealed effects of the pandemic-era “anthropause.”
June 2, 2023 – Celeshia Guy Galves, who conducted this research as a graduate student in the Coastal Science and Policy Program at UC Santa Cruz, and co-author Marm Kilpatrick, a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz, discuss the findings of their research in Newsweek that indicate conservation measures can be implemented to reduce future risk.
June 2, 2023 – Craig Haney, a UC Santa Cruz psychologist who researches solitary confinement, has documented in Wired the debilitating and sometimes permanent effects of isolation on prisoners—effects that can emerge in just a couple weeks.
May 26, 2023 – Edward Salazar, a PhD student in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the editor of a book on fashion in Colombia, comments on a controversial fashion show in Colombia in El País.
Grassroots organizations push for a Just Transition for communities impacted by coal extraction in Arizona
May 23, 2023 – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies J. Mijin Cha spoke with Prism about how the needs of communities can be better served in the transition away from fossil fuels.
May 10, 2023 – The Wall Street Journal interviewed Economics Professor Rob Fairlie about his research on the changing demographics of entrepreneurs.
May 9, 2023 – KSBW interviewed Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay and UCSC students Meleia Simon-Reynolds and Nicholas Nasser about their work on the Watsonville is in the Heart project.
The ‘heavy decision to take someone’s life’ has loomed over jury selection in the synagogue shooting trial
May 8, 2023 – Psychology Professor Craig Haney spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about how consideration of the death penalty can affect jurors.
As sea levels rise, it’s time for West Coast communities to overcome ‘taboo of managed retreat’: report
May 8, 2023 – Coastal resilience experts Michael Beck and Borja Reguero were quoted in a Smart Cities Dive story about sea level rise and managed retreat.
May 4, 2023 – Environmental Studies Professor Brent Haddad joined KCBS radio for their “Ask An Expert” segment to explain the challenges and opportunities associated with applying desalination technology in California.
May 1, 2023 – Scientific American interviewed Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela about the challenges of preventing bird strikes on windows.
May 1, 2023 – Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay spoke with The Wall Street Journal about his research on rent burden in Santa Cruz and how it affects students.
April 27, 2023 – Economics Professor Galina Hale spoke with San Francisco Chronicle about the risks of bank rescue efforts.
April 27, 2023 – Marketplace interviewed Economics Professor Galina Hale about the economic incentives for banks to set strong emissions reduction goals on climate change.
UCSC Politics and Legal Studies Professor Mark Massoud discusses Sudan evacuations and current unrest on Channel News Asia
April 25, 2023 – CNA’s Julie Yoo and Steve Lai speak to University of California Santa Cruz Professor of Politics and Legal studies Mark Fathi Massoud in a Channel News Asia story about the current unrest in Sudan and the challenges of ongoing evacuations. Massoud says the number of foreign nationals in the country is small and the real concern is for the 6.3 million Sudanese caught in the crossfire.
April 20, 2023 – El Tecolote interviewed Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies Carlos Martinez about how U.S. border policies have resulted in increased imprisonment of migrants in Mexican detention facilities.
April 20, 2023 – Marine scientist Adina Paytan was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the effectiveness of wetlands for absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.
April 20, 2023 – Marine scientist Megan Cimino was quoted in a WHYY News story about how climate change is affecting penguin populations in Antarctica.
April 17, 2023 – Environmental Studies Professor Sikina Jinnah spoke with MIT Technology Review about her work on environmental justice in solar geoengineering research and governance.
April 11, 2023 – Geologist Gary Griggs was featured in a KCBX Radio news story about the impacts of global warming and sea level rise on the California coast.
UCSC Professor Emeritus John Brown Childs on why transcommunality resonates with Soledad prison students
April 10, 2023 – Professor Emeritus John Brown Childs was featured in a Lookout Santa Cruz article for his program with Soledad Correctional Training Facility
April 8, 2023 – Arboretum Director Martin Quigley was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about storm damage to plants at UC botanical gardens.
March 29, 2023 – Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies Carlos Martinez coauthored an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle countering recent political narratives around the fentanyl crisis and unauthorized immigration across the US-Mexico border.
March 23, 2023 – Associate Professor of Sociology Rebecca London’s research on the importance of recess was featured in an article by FiveThirtyEight.
March 22, 2023 – Smithsonian Magazine covered Environmental Studies Professor J. Elliott Campbell’s latest research on the potential for floating solar panels on reservoirs.
March 16, 2023 – Michael Beck, director of the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience, was featured in coverage of the climate resilience symposium the center helped organize at the Seymour Center, including stories from KTVU, KSBW, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
March 13, 2023 – J. Elliott Campbell, an environmental engineer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, co-authored a paper that shows just how useful wide-scale floatovoltaics could be.
February 28, 2023 – Borja G. Reguero, an expert in conserving natural defenses against sea level rise, was featured in a Hakai Magazine article discussing the importance of lichens in saving low-lying coastal sites.
February 22, 2023 – Political activist Angela Davis spoke with Today to discuss her work with the “Finding Your Roots” team in uncovering her ancestry
February 16, 2023 – Dr. Camilla Hawthorne, an Associate Professor of Sociology and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, was featured in a Daily Republic article for her book talk at the Fairfield Civic Center Library
February 2, 2023 – Associate professor of sociology Rebecca London was featured in an EdSource article discussing bill SB 291 which requires every elementary and middle school in California to provide every student a recess period of at least 30 minutes.
January 22, 2023 – Professor and Director of the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience Michael W. Beck authored an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times that delves into the coastal climate fight and discusses what we need to do to mitigate and adapt to this ever-changing crisis.