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 05, 2022 – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela shared her enthusiasm with New Scientist over the news of a recent sighting of a rare hummingbird.
August 02, 2022 – Community Studies Professor Julie Guthman spoke with The New York Times about the complicated nature of assessing sustainability claims for alternative protein sources.
August 02, 2022 – Distinguished Professor of Economics Nirvikar Singh wrote a column for Financial Express about government investment in research and science-based entrepreneurship.
July 28, 2022 – The New York Times interviewed Assistant Professor Alicia Riley, a faculty member in sociology and global and community health, about how demographic trends in Covid mortality have changed over the course of the pandemic.
July 26, 2022 – Community Studies Professor Julie Guthman spoke with the Los Angeles Times about fumigants in the California strawberry industry.
July 25, 2022 – NBC Palm Springs quoted Environmental Studies Professor Brent Haddad in a story about assessing plans to import water to the Salton Sea.
July 18, 2022 – The New York Times interviewed Environmental Studies Professor Karen Holl about the need to switch focus from planting trees to ensuring their long-term survival.
Edtech’s future in India: Affordability and access can be casualties of innovation unless they receive explicit attention
July 02, 2022 – Distinguished Professor of Economics Nirvikar Singh wrote for Financial Express about the role that edtech could play in India’s educational system.
June 25, 2022 – With the new school year just around the corner, the United Way of Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz Office of Education are looking for volunteers to help Stuff the Bus. Come and help fill new backpacks with school supplies for K-12 students.
June 23, 2022 – Distinguished Professor of Economics Nirvikar Singh spoke with The Washington Post about the state of Sri Lanka’s economy and the role that international financial help could potentially play in the country’s recovery.
June 22, 2022 – Economics Professor Rob Fairlie spoke with Forbes about his research on the pandemic’s impacts on Black-owned businesses and how a recession could affect these businesses.
One family, three generations of cancer, and the largest concentration of oil refineries in California
June 22, 2022 – Assistant Professor of Sociology Hillary Angelo discussed her research on climate action planning in California as part of a story on the impacts of fossil fuel industry pollution published in Grist and High Country News.
June 13, 2022 – Psychology Professor Craig Haney was quoted discussing the long-term psychological harm caused by solitary confinement for an article in The Washington Post.
June 11, 2022 – Associate Professor of Sociology Rebecca London, faculty director of UCSC’s Campus + Community Center, coauthored an opinion article for The Hill comparing children’s rights under the law internationally and in the United States.
June 02, 2022 – Psychology Professor Phillip Hammack was interviewed by The New York Times about diversity in gender identity among teens.
May 31, 2022 – Economics Professor Galina Hale spoke with E&E News about the SEC’s proposed rules that would require publicly traded companies to disclose their climate-related risks. Hale’s comments were also shared in Politico’s weekly sustainability newsletter.
California had almost 20,000 extra pandemic deaths through last year. Here’s why they’re missing from official COVID stats
May 31, 2022 – San Francisco Chronicle mentioned research by Assistant Professor of Sociology and core global and community health program faculty member Alicia Riley for an article on COVID-19 mortality trends.
May 29, 2022 – UC Santa Cruz anthropology lecturer Annapurna Pandey spoke with The New York Times about how a recent lawsuit connects to social issues and legal history in India.
May 21, 2022 – Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay spoke with KSBW about housing issues and his research on rent burden in Santa Cruz County.
May 18, 2022 – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Maywa Montenegro was featured in a podcast episode on agroecology, which also featured food sovereignty advocate Vandana Shiva.
May 16, 2022 – NPRLessons from a former drug dealerThe Indicator from Planet Money on NPR interviewed UC Santa Cruz economics professor Rob Fairlie about his prior research demonstrating that former drug dealers are more likely to become entrepreneurs later in life.
May 16, 2022 – Environmental Studies Professor Karen Holl spoke with National Geographic about how to determine which tree-planting campaigns are most likely to be successful.
El proyecto “Pertenecemos” en el condado de Santa Cruz identificó que se necesitaba más investigaciones sobre las experiencias de los inmigrantes
May 11, 2022 – NoticiasYa Costa Central interviewed lecturer Leslie Lopez for coverage of the We Belong/Pertenecemos project in advance of an upcoming public event on Friday that starts at 5pm.
May 11, 2022 – Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay and UC Santa Cruz student, union organizer, and California Assembly candidate Joseph Thompson spoke with KSBW about a successful vote to unionize the Mission Street and Ocean Street Starbucks locations.
May 07, 2022 – NBC News and The Hechinger Report published a story featuring Associate Professor of Sociology Rebecca London and her research on the importance of recess for children’s learning and development.
May 06, 2022 – Lookout Santa Cruz covered the dedication of John R. Lewis College, formerly known as College Ten. Santa Cruz Sentinel also covered this event.
May 05, 2022 – The Pajaronian interviewed Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay and student Amaury Kruggel-Diazandi about an upcoming event associated with the ongoing We Belong research project.
Global health degree program launches at UCSC, connecting disciplines to address big questions of our time
May 06, 2022 – Lookout Local talked with Politics Professor Matt Sparke, executive director of UCSC’s global and community health program, about the upcoming UC Global Health Day event and the launch of two new majors.
May 04, 2022 – Lookout Local interviewed UC Santa Cruz faculty, staff, and students about the dedication of College Ten as John R. Lewis College.
April 29, 2022 – Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers talked with KSBW to explain the risks that highways pose to local puma populations. Santa Cruz Sentinel and KION also discussed Wilmers’ research with the Santa Cruz Puma Project in their coverage of the new Highway 17 wildlife undercrossing.
April 28, 2022 – Santa Cruz Sentinel cited research led by Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay and Sociology Professor Miriam Greenberg on the housing crisis in Santa Cruz County.
April 25, 2022 – Ruth Langridge, a senior researcher on water law and policy issues in the Politics Department, spoke with the Associated Press about water use and development planning in California’s deserts.
April 14, 2022 – Sociology Professor Steve McKay, Humanities Dean Jasmine Alinder, graduate student Meleia Simon-Reynolds, and Tobera Project founder Roy Recio were quoted by The Pajaronian in a story about the Watsonville is in the Heart Digital Archive launch.
April 14, 2022 – Environmental Studies Professor Karen Holl discussed the challenges, risks, and best-practices for tree-planting campaigns with National Geographic for their May 2022 special issue on saving forests.
April 13, 2022 – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Maywa Montenegro discussed the growth of agroecology with Mongabay for an article about how food systems could become more resilient while helping to fight climate change.
April 12, 2022 – KSBW featured the Watsonville is in the Heart Digital Archive, developed by faculty and student researchers from UCSC’s Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Divisions.
April 9, 2022 – KION covered the launch of the Watsonville is in the Heart Digital Archive, which was created through a partnership between leaders of the local Filipino community and faculty and student researchers from UCSC’s Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Divisions.
April 4, 2022 – Environmental Studies Professor Brent Haddad offers some big-picture perspective on desalination technology and applications for a Popular Science article.
Santa Cruz Starbucks unionization push follows Why Campuses Are Including Caste in Anti-Discrimination Policies
March 21, 2022 – Anjali Arondekar, an associate professor of feminist studies and co-director of the Center for South Asian Studies, was interviewed in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
March 16, 2022 – Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay spoke with KSBW about national trends in unionization, and Joseph Thompson, a UC Santa Cruz student who is leading the local push to establish the first Starbucks union in California, discussed the motivation behind that effort.
March 07, 2022 – A Capital B article on how the pandemic is affecting Black Americans across the country featured research from Assistant Professor of Sociology Alicia Riley.
California’s climate action plans fall behind on equity, sticking instead to boilerplate solutions, new study says
February 28, 2022 – Associate Professor of Sociology Hillary Angelo spoke with CapRadio about her latest research on equity in climate action planning.
February 25, 2022 – Assistant Professor of Sociology Alicia Riley, who’s a core faculty member in Global and Community Health, spoke with CalMatters about California’s COVID-19 mortality trends in the age of vaccines.
February 21, 2022 – Lookout Local covered UCSC student Amanda Safi’s work to increase access to menstrual products, on the UC Santa Cruz campus and beyond.
February 18, 2022 – Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wilmers, who’s director of the Santa Cruz Puma Project, talked with The Mercury News about the challenges that roads pose for wildlife.
February 17, 2022 – A CapRadio California Newsroom special report, broadcast by NPR Member Stations across the state, featured Assistant Professor of Sociology Alicia Riley discussing COVID-19 equity issues starting at around the 26-minute mark.
February 14, 2022 – Yahoo Life interviewed Psychology Professor Phil Hammack about the diverse ways that teens are describing their gender and sexuality.
February 13, 2022 – Environmental Studies doctoral students Abby Cunniff and Summer Sullivan wrote an article for Truthout sharing their investigation into drinking water quality at Kern Valley State Prison.
February 08, 2022 – The Guardian cited Economics Professor Rob Fairlie’s research in an article about the growing number of Black-owned businesses in the U.S. This story was also covered on Feb. 9 by NPR’s Marketplace podcast.
February 08, 2022 – The Santa Cruz Sentinel covered trends in COVID-19 mortality among middle-aged Black Californians documented in research by Assistant Professor of Sociology Alicia Riley.
February 05, 2022 – The Sacramento Bee covered new research on changing demographic trends in COVID-19 mortality led by Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global & Community Health Program core faculty member Alicia Riley. This story was also shared in The Seattle Times.
February 04, 2022 – San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Assistant Professor of Sociology Alicia Riley about trends in uptake for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.
February 03, 2022 – Los Angeles Magazine covered new research on COVID-19 mortality trends by Assistant Professor of Sociology Alicia Riley, who is also a core faculty member in UCSC’s Global & Community Health Program.
January 27, 2022 – Good Times interviewed Associate Professor of Sociology Steve McKay about a film screening hosted as part of a community-driven effort to preserve Watonsville’s Filipino history. This story originally appeared in The Pajaronian.
January 24, 2022 – E&E News shared expertise from Latin American and Latino Studies Professor Jessica Taft about youth activism on climate change and other pressing social issues.
January 21, 2022 – Latin American and Latino Studies Professor Jessica Taft spoke with The 19th about how girls’ leadership on school COVID-19 protections fits with larger global trends in youth activism.
January 21, 2022 – Professor of Environmental Studies Karen Holl, who serves on the science advisory committee for environmental restoration and conservation mapping tool Restor, talked with Vox about the potential and limitations of the tool.
January 17, 2022 – The Hechinger Report featured new research by Associate Professor of Education Lora Bartlett on the challenges of different pandemic-era “hybrid” education models that blend online and in-person learning.
January 14, 2022 – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela spoke with Mongabay about the potential and challenges for bird tourism in Columbia.
January 14, 2022 – Anthropology Professor Melissa L. Caldwell wrote for The Conversation about the “compassion economies” that support animal rescue in the United States.
January 11, 2022 – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela spoke with Nature about an effort to create a new reference survey of Columbia’s birds, with community leadership.