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Sue Carter named provost for Rachel Carson College

Professor Sue Carter has been named provost of Rachel Carson College, effective July 1, 2018. 

Carter said her vision for Rachel Carson College is to strengthen its role in supporting students as they seek to create a more sustainable future and make it a place for them to gain skills needed for green careers in which they can develop sustainable innovations to preserve the environment.

As Rachel Carson College provost, Carter will oversee academic programs including the minor in sustainability studies, the core course component of the Academic Literacy Curriculum, service learning associated with the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and the awarding of degrees. She will also join the Council of Provosts, the body that continuously focuses on student outcomes and experiences within the colleges, the campus’s distinctive communities of scholarship. She will continue to serve as director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development.

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Cowell Ranch Hay Barn recognized for energy-efficient systems

The newly restored Cowell Ranch Hay Barn continues to reap recognition and awards, the latest from professionals in the field of building systems design.

The barn won technology awards from the Golden Gate Chapter and Region X of ASHRAE, a 56,000-member organization that represents heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration professionals. The project also received an honorable mention in the national ASHRAE competition.

The ASHRAE awards recognize the Hay Barn's energy-conservation systems, which include a passive natural ventilation cooling strategy rather than air conditioning. In addition, the building's well-insulated "envelope"—the roof, walls, and floor—was constructed to minimize the flow of air, water, and heat; skylights and windows were placed strategically; and a highly efficient heating-only ventilation system was installed, 

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Undergraduate Eric Medina wins $15,000 Strauss Scholarship to reinvigorate Oakes garden

Eric Medina, a fourth year undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz double majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology and Latin American and Latino studies, has received a $15,000 public service scholarship to reinvigorate the garden at Oakes College.

The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation presents scholarships to up to 15 California college students annually to support projects they will carry out during their junior or senior year.

Medina and other members of the garden want the renewed Oakes Garden to be a place where students can learn about sustainable gardening practices and be a hub for dialogue and action on issues related to food security for students on campus. Medina sees the garden as a space that will build community and empower students from diverse backgrounds.

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Sustainability Profile: Traci Ferdolage

This month we had the privilege to interview Traci Ferdolage, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO). Click here see Traci's interview about her vision and future projects for UCSC.


Arboretum & Botanic Garden Board Recruitment 

"Future Garden" environmental art installation opens at Arboretum

UC Santa Cruz glaciologist leads a project to study Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier

Diverse campus landscapes are ideal outdoor laboratories - and classrooms

Undergraduate builds handcrafted bee hotels to attract pollinators

Lightning in the eyewall of a hurricane beamed antimatter toward the ground

Educational Partnership Center executive director honored with Winston Doby Impact Award

Transfer RNA research addresses a blind spot in understanding of human genes

Selective neural connections can be reestablished in retina after injury, study finds

Astronomers find an exoplanet atmosphere free of clouds


Green Year: Simple, Easy, and Realistic Tips for an Eco-Friendly Year

Tips for a smooth move out

6/4: Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now

6/7: Blazars: Nature's Particle Accelerators

6/7: SV Forum: Medical Robotics

6/7: Google Drive and Docs Training

6/8: Shakespeare to go: "Romeo and Juliet"

6/8: Alumni Welcome BBQ

6/8: Fire & Grace & Ash

6/8: Lick Observatory "Music of the Spheres"

6/13: Social Documentation Thesis Screening for the Class of 2018

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