Student Articles

The SciCom Class of 2019. Standing (l-r): Bailey Bedford, Hannah Hagemann, Priyanka Runwal, Thomas S. Garlinghouse, Rodrigo PĂ©rez Ortega, Katie Brown, Sofie Bates. Front (l-r): Erin I. Garcia de Jesus, Helen Santoro, Erika K. Carlson. Photo: Lisa Strong

The SciCom program focuses on assigning dozens of real stories to each student, edited by professional journalists. Our students publish local, regional, and national news articles, press releases, and radio reports throughout the school year at part-time internships and during the summer at full-time internships. Many course assignments, freelance pitches, or stories from national conferences also lead to publications. These rich portfolios help our graduates land jobs quickly. Here are selected student stories from the last 12 months.

"Stanford researchers find that small molecule may help treat enzyme deficiency" by Helen Santoro (Stanford University School of Medicine Scope blog, October 16, 2018)

"Wildfire safety tree-clearing program off to a bumpy start" by Erika K. Carlson (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 14, 2018)

"A new chapter for Elkhorn Slough" by Hannah Hagemann (Monterey Herald, October 6, 2018)

"Giraffes inherit their spots from their mothers" by Jennifer Leman (Science News, October 2, 2018)

"Nobel Prize in physics awarded to three pioneers in laser science" by Vicky Stein (PBS NewsHour, October 2, 2018)

"Globe-trotting decision scientist seeks solutions to hepatitis B" by Kimber Price (Stanford University School of Medicine, October 2, 2018)

"Redesigning poplar trees to take the drought... and the salt and the heat" by Laura G. Shields (DOE Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, September 28, 2018)

"World's first animal was a pancake-shaped prehistoric ocean dweller" by Jeremy Rehm (Nature, September 20, 2018)

Blog posts and multimedia from the NSF GEOTRACES Pacific Ocean research expedition by Alex Fox (starting September 19, 2018)

"Can Science Solve a Music Industry Mystery?" by Jennifer Leman (Inside Science News Service, September 12, 2018)

"Meet the scientist behind these stunning images of Jupiter" by Vicky Stein (PBS NewsHour, September 11, 2018)

"Primary Care is an Untapped Resource for Depression Screening" by Nicoletta Lanese (UC San Francisco news office, September 10, 2018)

"Is Seaweed America's Next Cash Crop?" by Annie Roth (Inside Science TV, August 31, 2018)

"As the Keto Diet Gains Popularity, Scientists Explain What We Do and Don't Know" by Vicky Stein (UC San Francisco news office, August 30, 2018)

"Ketamine's antidepressive effects tied to opioid system in brain" by Kimber Price (Stanford University School of Medicine, August 28, 2018)

"Why Creationists are More Likely to Buy Into Conspiracy Theories" by Kimberly Hickok (Live Science, August 21, 2018)

"Conquering Chemical Weapons with Enzymes" by Jennifer Leman (Inside Science News Service, August 21, 2018)

"California Sea Lions Keep Getting Shot by Fishermen," by Annie Roth and Jeremy Rehm (National Geographic, August 17, 2018)

"Female Mice are Immune to Cognitive Damage from Space Radiation" by Nicoletta Lanese (UC San Francisco news office, August 17, 2018)

"'Green revolution' crops bred to slash fertilizer use" by Jeremy Rehm (Nature, August 15, 2018)

"These labmade fossils could reveal how dinosaurs really looked" by Anna Katrina Hunter (Science, August 14, 2018)

"An Elegy for Hatcher the Triceratops" by Alex Fox (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, August 10, 2018)

"The Link Between Climate Change and 'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria" by Kimberly Hickok (Live Science, August 3, 2018)

"Epic Yellowstone Migrations Gain New Bipartisan Protections" by Annie Roth (National Geographic, August 2, 2018)

"For a Struggling Seed, the First 48 Hours Can Be Tough" by Jennifer Leman (Inside Science News Service, August 2, 2018)

"Push to weaken US Endangered Species Act runs into roadblocks" by Jeremy Rehm (Nature, July 27, 2018)

"Gut bacteria byproduct protects against Salmonella" by Kimber Price (Stanford University School of Medicine, July 26, 2018)

"This Man Says a 'Rare Gene' Cured His Type 1 Diabetes. Experts are Skeptical" by Kimberly Hickok (Live Science, July 25, 2018)

"Meet the Artist Trying to Save Seabirds—By Sketching Them" by Annie Roth (National Geographic, July 19, 2018)

"Smithsonian Dinosaur Expert Helps T. rex Strike a New Pose" by Alex Fox (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History," July 17, 2018

"Early puberty in white adolescent boys increases substance abuse risk" by Anna Katrina Hunter (Purdue University News Service, July 16, 2018)

"As Bear Bile Farms Close, Captive Animals at Risk" by Annie Roth (National Geographic, July 12, 2018)

"Amazon Wasp with Enormous Stinger May Just Haunt Your Nightmares" by Kimberly Hickok (Live Science, July 9 2018)

"Crows Are Always Jerks to Ravens, Research Confirms" by Annie Roth (National Geographic, July 4, 2018)

"New Form of Wound Healing Revealed by Parasitic Gut Worms" by Vicky Stein (UC San Francisco news office, July 3, 2018)

"FDA Approves Landmark Marijuana-Derived Drug First Tested at UCSF" by Nicoletta Lanese (UC San Francisco news office, June 19, 2018)

"No, World Cup Fans Didn't Trigger an Earthquake. Here's Why" by Annie Roth (National Geographic, June 18, 2018)

"Study of Treated Wastewater Detects Chemicals from Drug Production Facilities" by Anna Katrina Hunter (Inside Science News Service, June 14, 2018)

"Super plane, satellites help map the Caribbean's hidden coral reefs" by Alex Fox (Mongabay, June 8, 2018)

"Fur seals can go weeks without REM sleep" by Alex Fox (Nature, June 7, 2018)

"The Science and Controversy Behind Horse Racing's Most Popular Race Day Drug" by Kimberly Hickok (Inside Science News Service, June 7, 2018)

"Groundbreaking CRISPR study seeks to fix faulty genes behind some genetic diseases" (video) by Laura G. Shield (San Jose Mercury News, June 4, 2018)

"PG museum to play key role in grizzly research project" by Vicky Stein (Monterey Herald, June 4, 2018)

"Young, brilliant and broke: Push to fund young biomedical students" by Nicoletta Lanese, (San Jose Mercury News, June 1, 2018)

"The Race to Save Historic Plastic Artifacts" by Vicky Stein (National Geographic, May 31, 2018)

"Clearing a road to recovery after the Loma fire" by Jennifer Leman (San Jose Mercury News, May 23, 2018)

"The Challenges of Bringing Native Bees to Almond Orchards" by Anna Katrina Hunter (Inside Science News Service, May 15, 2018)

"Monarch butterfly autopsies reveal potential predators" by Jennifer Leman (San Jose Mercury News, May 7, 2018)

"When will sardines return? Not anytime soon say scientists" by Annie Roth (Monterey Herald, May 6, 2018)

"People are more honest on Tinder than you may think, study says" by Nicoletta Lanese (San Jose Mercury News, May 4, 2018)

"NASA's flying laboratory seeks to understand atmosphere" by Jennifer Leman (San Jose Mercury News, April 25, 2018)

"Monterey Bay fishermen working round the clock to pull in plentiful catch" by Vicky Stein (Monterey Herald, April 25, 2018)

"Former police officer is suspected 'Golden State Killer, 'East Area Rapist'" by Jennifer Leman (San Jose Mercury News, April 25, 2018)

"Whale skulls act like antennas, CT scans reveal" by Jeremy Rehm (Science, April 23, 2018)

"What's It's Like to be Queer in STEM?" by Jennifer Leman (Scientific American, April 20, 2018)

"Microbes in Soil Help Sorghum Stay Strong Against Droughts" by Anna Katrina Hunter (Inside Science News Service, April 17, 2018)

"Playing Their Way into the Geosciences" by Laura Shields (Earth & Space Science News, April 16, 2018)

"Sweet potato migrated to Polynesia thousands of years before people did" by Alex Fox (Nature, April 12, 2018)

"Bees are back buzzing at Happy Hollow" by Laura Shields (San Jose Mercury News, April 11, 2018)

"UC Berkeley research shows squirrel behavior is not so nutty" by Laura Shields (San Jose Mercury News, April 9, 2018)

"High-speed rail could doom mountain lions, other wildlife in Santa Cruz Mountains, biologists say" by Alex Fox (San Jose Mercury News, March 9, 2018)

"Vaccines won't overload your child's immune system—or increase their risk of other infections" by Kimberly Hickok (Science, March 6, 2018)

"Watch moths use scent to learn about their environment" by Kimberly Hickok (Science, February 27, 2018)

"Avian odyssey: 'Crazy bird lady' turns conservationist in Los Altos" by Kimber Price (San Jose Mercury News, February 26, 2018)

"Addressing the problem of sewage spills" by Kimber Price (Monterey Herald, February 24, 2018)

"Jellies abound at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Harbor" by Nicoletta Lanese (Monterey Herald, February 23, 2018)

"Low-carb versus low-fat diet—which one is better?" by Jennifer Leman (San Jose Mercury News, February 22, 2018)

"World's most powerful X-ray laser taking shape near Stanford" by Alex Fox (San Jose Mercury News, February 22, 2018)

"An invisible liver disease balloons into view" by Jeremy Rehm (Knowable Magazine, February 19, 2018)

"Electricity-generating tinted windows reveal a sustainable future" by Jennifer Leman (San Jose Mercury News, February 14, 2018)

"From science fiction to (virtual) reality in deep-sea research" by Vicky Stein (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, February 7, 2018)

"Western monarch butterfly count continues to go down" by Nicoletta Lanese (Monterey Herald, February 7, 2018)

"How Sustainable is Your Favorite Sandwich?" by Annie Roth (Inside Science News Service, February 6, 2018)

"Could these be the oldest Neandertal tools made with fire?" by Kimberly Hickok (Science, February 5, 2018)

"A squid graveyard and a deep-sea buffet" by Vicky Stein (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, January 31, 2018)

"Pot farms are poisoning spotted owls in the Emerald Triangle, study finds" by Alex Fox (San Jose Mercury News, January 22, 2018)

"Iron Readings Hint That Ocean Depth Influences Seabed Volcanism" by Nicoletta Lanese (Eos, January 18, 2018)

"This 'muscular' mayfly has arms like airplane wings" by Jeremy Rehm (Science, January 17, 2018)

"Scientists monitor volcanic gases with digital cameras to forecast eruptions" by Kimber Price (AGU GeoSpace blog, January 17, 2018)

"Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Carbon-Storing Sea Grass" by Nicoletta Lanese (Eos, January 17, 2018)

"Ancient human sites may have distorted our understanding of the Amazon's natural ecology" by Kimber Price (Mongabay, January 16, 2018)

"They're back! Bald eagle pair returns to nest at Bay Area elementary school" by Jennifer Leman (San Jose Mercury News, January 15, 2018)

"Collaboration between scientists and stakeholders vital to climate readiness in Alaska" by Vicky Stein (AGU GeoSpace blog, January 11, 2018)

"Elections may be a catalyst for deforestation, new research suggests" by Annie Roth (AGU GeoSpace blog, January 9, 2018)

"Scientists sift through lunar dirt for record of early Earth's rocks" by Vicky Stein (AGU GeoSpace blog, January 5, 2018)

"Scientists surprised by orchid bee biodiversity near oil palm plantations" by Anna Katrina Hunter (Mongabay, January 4, 2018)

"Scientists help Costa Rican community manage dwindling water supply" by Kimberly Hickok (AGU GeoSpace blog, January 4, 2018)

"Building the Ultimate Ultimate Disc" by Laura G. Shields (Scientific American, January 2, 2018)

"A Newly Discovered Potential Cause of Rockfalls in Yosemite Valley" by Alex Fox (Bay Nature, January 2, 2018)

"Jazz improvisers score high on creativity" by Kimber Price (Science News, January 2, 2018)

"How a hunger for teeth is driving a bat toward extinction" by Alex Fox (Mongabay, December 29, 2017)

"Too little too late: A requiem for the vaquita" by Annie Roth (Wild Dolphin Project, December 28, 2017)

"Promising new wildfire behavior model may aid fire managers in near real-time" by Laura G. Shields (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 22, 2017)

"Scientists engineer microbes to form 'memories' of their environment" by Jeremy Rehm (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 22, 2017)

"Organic aerosols in remote areas have shorter lives than scientists assumed" by Laura G. Shields (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 21, 2017)

"The toughest snake on Earth lives in central Africa and eats baby rodents" by Alex Fox (Mongabay, December 19, 2017)

"Lava-filled blocks on Venus could indicate geological activity" by Jeremy Rehm (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 15, 2017)

"Proteins in shark teeth could hint at what they eat" by Kimberly Hickok (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 15, 2017)

"Subterranean Serendipity: Scientists stumble upon a new way to sample magma" by Annie Roth (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 15, 2017)

"Coastal erosion threatens archaeological sites along Greenland's fjords" by Jeremy Rehm (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 15, 2017)

"Airborne Surveys Examine Water Levels of Lakes Perched on Permafrost" by Jennifer Leman (Eos, December 14, 2017)

"Eyes in the Sky Look Closer at Under-Surveyed Northern Forests" by Nicoletta Lanese (Eos, December 14, 2017)

"Threatened Sea Turtles in Hawaii Losing Ground to Rising Oceans" by Alex Fox (Eos, December 14, 2017)

"Earwax like ice cores: Unlocking the past hidden in whale earplugs" by Vicky Stein (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 14, 2017)

"The continental U.S. is experiencing more flooding, and earlier in the year" by Kimberly Hickok (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 14, 2017)

"Why some clownfish are boring" by Jennifer Leman (Science, December 14, 2017)

"Light pollution lures nighttime pollinators away from plants" by Annie Roth (Mongabay, December 13, 2017)

"Sea Level Rise May Swamp Many Coastal U.S. Sewage Plants" by Alex Fox (Eos, December 13, 2017)

"Did air pollution cause a deadly Chinese landslide?" by Laura G. Shields (Science, December 12, 2017)

"Scientists Reveal Genetic Secrets of Tasmanian Tiger" by Kimberly Hickok (Inside Science News Service, December 11, 2017)

"Skiers are putting these rare Canadian caribou on a slippery slope" by Annie Roth (Science, December 11, 2017)

"Whales and dolphins can naturally muffle loud sounds, potentially protecting them from sonar and other dangers" by Kimberly Hickok (Science, December 11, 2017)

"Cannabis cultivation may threaten mountain lions of Santa Cruz mountains" by Alex Fox (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 9, 2017)

"Human-induced trauma on sea animals a concern" by Jeremy Rehm (Monterey Herald, December 8, 2017)

"Second whale entanglement since start of Dungeness crab season spotted Wednesday" by Laura G. Shields (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 8, 2017)

"Waning plantain yields in rural Cameroon hurt college attendance" by Anna Katrina Hunter (Mongabay, December 7, 2017)

"Mammal diversity may increase carbon storage in rainforests" by Jennifer Leman (Mongabay, December 5, 2017)

"This baby hunter may be the world's toughest snake" by Alex Fox (Science, December 5, 2017)

"Raising beef cattle on grass can create a higher carbon footprint than feedlots, new study suggests" by Kimberly Hickok (Mongabay, December 5, 2017)

"Northern California abalone numbers crashing, recreational season may shutter" by Alex Fox (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 5, 2017)

"The curious case of the phantom hippo teeth" by Laura G. Shields (Mongabay, December 4, 2017)

"Extreme seasonal changes in Amazon river levels threaten forest conservation by indigenous people" by Jeremy Rehm (Mongabay, December 4, 2017)

"Monterey Bay advocates ready to fight marine sanctuaries executive order" by Laura G. Shields (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 4, 2017)

"The better you are at League of Legends the higher your IQ is likely to be" by Annie Roth (PCGamesN.com, December 1, 2017)

"Study links common male medical condition to vascular disease" by Nicoletta Lanese (Stanford School of Medicine, December 1, 2017)

"Flying Green Not As Simple As It Seems" by Kimberly Hickok (Inside Science News Service, December 1, 2017)

"Moonstruck: New study proves more wildlife-vehicle collisions occur during full moon" by Laura G. Shields (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 1, 2017)

"Plastic in the ocean smells like junk food to hungry anchovies" by Vicky Stein (Mongabay, November 29, 2017)

"Researchers seek clues to tropical biodiversity in study of spiral gingers" by Anna Katrina Hunter (UC Santa Cruz news office, November 28, 2017)

"Storytelling empowers indigenous people to preserve their environments" by Nicoletta Lanese (Mongabay, November 27, 2017)

"Longterm droughts are throttling growth in Hawaiian forests, finds airborne laser-based study" by Alex Fox (Mongabay, November 27, 2017)

"Gut microbes, key guests on Turkey Day, could be used therapeutically" by Nicoletta Lanese (Stanford School of Medicine Scope blog, November 22, 2017)

"The case of the 'Zombie' butterflies" by Jennifer Leman (Monterey Herald, November 20, 2017)

"Blue whale sightings aplenty in Monterey Bay this week" by Jeremy Rehm (Monterey Herald, November 17, 2017)

"Why Beetles Fly Like Superman" by Jeremy Rehm (Scientific American, November 16, 2017)

"Study reveals structure and origins of glacial polish on Yosemite's rocks" by Anna Katrina Hunter (UC Santa Cruz news office, November 15, 2017)

"Surrounded by Cells: Discovering—and Rediscovering—Earth's Microbiome" by Anna Katrina Hunter (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 13, 2017)

"Double duty textile developed by Stanford researchers could warm or cool" by Vicky Stein (Stanford University News Service, November 10, 2017)

"Like Dogs, Dingoes Make Eye Contact With Familiar Humans" by Kimberly Hickok (Inside Science News Service, November 9, 2017)

"Losing Our Cool: Climate Change Spurs Global Increases in Violence and Inequality" by Annie Roth (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 9, 2017)

"Earth, Wind & Fire: Reporting on Natural Disasters" by Jennifer Leman (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 9, 2017)

"Gran hidroeléctrica de Brasil causa extinción de abejas" (in Spanish) by Anna Katrina Hunter (SciDevNet, November 9, 2017)

"More People in Science 'Must Be Women': Tackling Global Gender Inequality in STEM" by Kimberly Hickok (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 8, 2017)

"How to Defend Science in a Post-Truth World" by Nicoletta Lanese (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 8, 2017)

"Hit the Accelerator or Slam on the Brakes: Addressing Challenges in Immunotherapy" by Jeremy Rehm (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 8, 2017)

"Following the Science: How to Chase Stories Across Borders" by Laura G. Shields (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 8, 2017)

"Female researchers pay more attention to sex and gender in medical research, Stanford researchers find" by Vicky Stein (Stanford University News Service, November 7, 2017)

"Medical Journal Overload: Databases Help Reporters Mine Healthcare Studies" by Kimber L. Price (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 7, 2017)

"Turning Slow-Burn Environmental Crises Into News: Use Every Trick in the Book" by Alex Fox (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 7, 2017)

"Raise Your Hand If You're Human: Ethical Reporting in Crisis Situations" by Vicky Stein (World Conference of Science Journalists, November 6, 2017)

"Citizen scientists at Elkhorn Slough aid in sea otter research" by Jennifer Leman (Monterey Herald, October 28, 2017)

"Stanford researchers find link between media attention to drought and household water savings" by Vicky Stein (Stanford University News Service, October 25, 2017)

"First man in Monterey County to receive tiny pacemaker keeps up big fitness routine" by Jeremy Rehm (Monterey Herald, October 22, 2017)

"Scientists make rare achievement in study of antimatter" by Kimber Price (symmetry, October 19, 2017)