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.

"Tweeting while flying kills migratory birds" by Helen Santoro (Science, April 2 2019)

"Researchers Discover that Sea Otters Leave Behind Archaeological Records" by Thomas Garlinghouse (Inside Science News Service, March 14, 2019)

"Where did all these golf balls come from?" by Priyanka Runwal (San Jose Mercury News, March 10, 2019)

"The Importance of Fat in Early Human Evolution" by Thomas Garlinghouse (Inside Science News Service, March 8, 2019)

"Drink your beets" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (Knowable Magazine, March 7, 2019) (Republished in The Washington Post and Discover Magazine)

"Condor egg destroyed by 'bachelor' bird" by Sofie Bates (Monterey Herald, March 7, 2019)

"Big gaps in transgender research: A team at UCSF is working to change that" by Helen Santoro (San Jose Mercury News, March 3, 2019)

"Stanford policy lab explores government use of artificial intelligence" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Stanford News Service, February 28, 2019)

"California's Huge Snow Season Continues, as Satellite Images Show Its Progression" by Hannah Hagemann (KQED Science, February 28, 2019)

"Gene-edited livestock could be a boon to farmers in developing countries" by Erika K. Carlson (Science, February 27, 2019)

"Monterey family off to Galápagos Islands to study reefs, track sharks" by Priyanka Runwal (Monterey Herald, February 24, 2019)

"Stanford engineer's work helps propel aircraft to hypersonic speeds" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Stanford News Service, February 20, 2019)

"California's 'dry farmers' grow crops without irrigation" by Priyanka Runwal (San Jose Mercury News, February 20, 2019)

"For those living on the coast, ocean waves may be getting stronger" by Helen Santoro (San Jose Mercury News, February 18, 2019)

"Cigarette butts leave toxics in wake" by Katie Brown (Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 14, 2019)

"Ancient Celts Decapitated Their Enemies and Saved Their Heads, Archaeologists Say" by Thomas Garlinghouse (Discover, February 12, 2019)

"EPA, California Consider Regulation of Chemicals Found in Ski Gloves and Frying Pans Showing Up in US Waterways" by Hannah Hagemann (KQED Science, February 9, 2019)

"Gidget the sea otter was beloved, scientifically important" by Bailey Bedford (Monterey Herald, February 5, 2019)

"Even for fish, it can be a drag to swim while pregnant" by Erika K. Carlson (Science, February 5, 2019)

"Scientists to team up with whale-watching crews, tourists to study the giant mammals in Monterey Bay" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (San Jose Mercury News, February 4, 2019)

"Mixing it up in the web of life" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (The Scientist, February 5, 2019)

"The battle over anchovy" by Bailey Bedford (Monterey Herald, January 26, 2019)

"New system to give Californians time to get ready for earthquake" by Bailey Bedford (San Jose Mercury News, January 25, 2019)

"Gene-swapping in human sperm and eggs can increase genetic mutations in children" by Erika K. Carlson (Science, January 24, 2019)

"Jerry Brown's New Gig as Keeper of the Doomsday Clock" by Hannah Hagemann (KQED Science, January 24, 2019)

"Wilderness first responders are looking to make a difference through outdoor medicine" by Helen Santoro (San Jose Mercury News, January 23, 2019)

"Scientist gets some help from fifth graders" by Katie Brown (Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 23, 2019)

"New gene-editing kit puts the power of frog growth into citizen scientists' hands" by Helen Santoro (San Jose Mercury News, January 19, 2019)

"Monarch numbers way down" by Priyanka Runwal (Monterey Herald, January 17, 2019)

"How hagfish launch slime missiles that swell 10,000 times in size" by Erika K. Carlson (Science, January 15, 2019)

"Destruction of Paradise fire spurs rush to build fuel breaks" by Katie Brown and Lisa Krieger (San Jose Mercury News, January 15, 2018)

"How Arctic Cyclones Change the Sea Ice" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (Eos, January 14, 2019)

"On the hunt for wild mushrooms" by Sofie Bates (Monterey Herald, January 12, 2019)

"Invisible Wildfire Smoke Has Visible Health Impacts" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Eos, January 11, 2019)

"Barrier island sand dunes recover at different rates after hurricanes" by Priyanka Runwal (AGU GeoSpace blog, January 11, 2019)

"Magnetic Surveying Reveals Hidden Ancient Buildings and Streets" by Bailey Bedford (Eos, January 11, 2019)

"Rooftop Gardens Make Use of the Air We Breathe Below" by Sofie Bates (Eos, January 9, 2019)

"Ant Nests Act as Carbon Dioxide Chimneys" by Priyanka Runwal (Eos, January 7, 2019)

"Can You Explain Science Using Only 1,000 Common Words?" by Bailey Bedford (Eos, January 3, 2019)

"NSF funds innovative stable isotope equipment at UC Santa Cruz" by Tom Garlinghouse (UC Santa Cruz news office, January 2, 2019)

"Sharks, Tsunamis, the Mystery Spot: Answering Readers' Top Santa Cruz Questions" by the class of 2019 (Good Times cover story, January 1, 2019)

"Macaques take turns while chattering" by Katie Brown (Science News, December 31, 2018)

"Can sustainably caught swordfish make waves on the Central Coast?" by Hannah Hagemann (East Bay Times, December 30, 2018)

"History of mushrooms comes naturally for Christian Schwarz" by Sofie Bates (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 30, 2018)

"As Moss Landing reinvents itself, fishing fades into the background" by Hannah Hagemann (San Jose Mercury News, December 30, 2018)

"Rings make Saturn shadier, bluer and less hazy in winter" by Erika K. Carlson (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 27, 2018)

"Santa Cruz dump, a wildlife haven, is a treat for birdwatchers" by Erika K. Carlson (San Jose Mercury News, December 26, 2018)

"Gardens with too many nonnative plants threaten populations of insect-eating birds, study finds" by Hannah Hagemann (Mongabay, December 26, 2018)

"Watch Tiny Cracks Travel in 3-D" by Erika K. Carlson (Eos, December 26, 2018)

"Consumer purchasing data shows locals' response to water contamination" by Bailey Bedford (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 26, 2018)

"Flu season: Bay Area scientists working toward 'post-influenza world'" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (San Jose Mercury News, December 24, 2018)

"Americans are sleeping less than they were 13 years ago" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (Science News, December 21, 2018)

"Drastic Shifts in Weather Give People 'Winter Weather Whiplash'" by Sofie Bates (Eos, December 21, 2018)

"Community science help California's native blackbird gain protected status" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (Monterey Herald, December 21, 2018)

"ROV pilot helps discover sunken ship that he sailed on in the 1990s" by Priyanka Runwal (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, December 20, 2018)

"Northern Hemisphere heat waves covering more area than before" by Hannah Hagemann (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 20, 2018)

"What scientists hear when they mike up Monterey Bay" by Helen Santoro (San Jose Mercury News, December 18, 2018)

"New satellite tech offers a more detailed map of moving Antarctic glaciers" by Helen Santoro (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 18, 2018)

"New early warning system could protect vulnerable islands from flooding" by Katie Brown (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 12, 2018)

"Researchers predict areas of mosquito-borne disease risk in Brazil" by Sofie Bates (AGU GeoSpace blog, December 12, 2018)

"Healing Power of Clay? Not as Off-the-Wall as You Might Think" by Hannah Hagemann (Eos, December 12, 2018)

"Male and female bees have radically different tastes in flowers" by Tom Garlinghouse (Science, December 11, 2018)

"Half of Costa Rica's Regrown Forests are Gone Within Two Decades" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (Pacific Standard, December 11, 2018)

"Penguin Poop Keeps a Record of Antarctic Glaciation" by Bailey Bedford (Eos, December 11, 2018)

"'Tsunami' fish shows up in Monterey Bay" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (San Jose Mercury News, December 11, 2018)

"Ground-feeding birds in Southeast Asia may be going extinct outside of protected areas" by Priyanka Runwal (Mongabay, December 10, 2018)

"The complex history of Earth's magnetic reversals" by Tom Garlinghouse (UC Santa Cruz news office, December 10, 2018)

"Illustrating Casual Sexism in Science" by Bailey Bedford (Eos, December 10, 2018)

"How does climate change impact water?" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 8, 2018)

"Researchers Find 'Startling' Amounts of Plastic in the Bodies of Sea Turtle Hatchlings" by Katie Brown (Pacific Standard, December 7, 2018)

"Traffic may be making your allergies worse" by Priyanka Runwal (Science, December 7, 2018)

"As the mammal tree of life suffers hits, should we prioritize which species to save?" by Erika K. Carlson (Mongabay, December 6, 2018)

"Scientists study how an offshore wind farm may impact California wildlife" by Erika K. Carlson (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 6, 2018)

"Deadly parrot virus found in native birds from Asia and Africa" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Mongabay, December 5, 2018)

"Mosses could help rapidly detect pollution" by Bailey Bedford (Mongabay, December 5, 2018)

"Bits of DNA in ocean water can reveal white sharks swimming nearby" by Sofie Bates (Mongabay, December 4, 2018)

"Four small cities may have played an outsize role in spreading deadly flu" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Science, December 4, 2018)

"These dolphins enjoy watching SpongeBob SquarePants—and it could be good for them" by Sofie Bates (Science, December 3, 2018)

"Guam's invasive bird-destroying snake less unique than thought" by Helen Santoro (Mongabay, December 3, 2018)

"Pulses of sinking carbon are reaching the deep sea in ways not captured by global climate models" by Priyanka Runwal (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, December 3, 2018)

"Tropical trees grow most easily where they are rare" by Tom Garlinghouse (Mongabay, December 3, 2018)

"Stanford researchers develop simple yet powerful model to predict DNA organization" by Sofie Bates (Stanford News Service, December 3, 2018)

"UC Santa Cruz farm bears fruit, veggies for students" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 2, 2018)

"Why are these Costa Rican monkeys turning yellow?" by Helen Santoro (Science, November 30, 2018)

"Under Santa Cruz Wharf, a robot watches for algal blooms" by Erika K. Carlson (Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 30, 2018)

"Camp Fire volunteers continue to serve Butte County community" (audio file) by Katie Brown (KZSC radio, November 22, 2018)

"Big Sur: Soil 'settling' behind the cracks on new highway project" by Tom Garlinghouse (San Jose Mercury News, November 22, 2018)

"Cave Bacon and Other Delectable Science Terms" by Bailey Bedford (Eos, November 21, 2018)

"Microbes shed new light on mysterious sea star disease" by Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (Monterey Herald, November 21, 2018)

"Learning from the past to prevent future fires" (audio file) by Katie Brown (KZSC radio, November 15, 2018)

"Variance in gut microbiome in Himalayan populations linked to dietary lifestyle" by Helen Santoro (Stanford University School of Medicine, November 15, 2018)

"Cowell Beach might be dropped from 'Beach Bummer' list next year" by Erika K. Carlson (Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 4, 2018)

"MBARI researchers help map and scout for hydrothermal vents in Gulf of California" by Priyanka Runwal (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, November 1, 2018)

"UCSC chemists develop safe alternatives to phthalates used in plastics" by Tom Garlinghouse (UC Santa Cruz news office, November 1, 2018)

"Sea lions in Monterey Bay battle return of deadly disease" by Hannah Hagemann (Monterey Herald, October 26, 2018)

"Robots learn tasks from people with framework developed by Stanford researchers" by Sofie Bates (Stanford University News Service, October 26, 2018)

"Bringing Olympia oysters back to Elkhorn Slough" by Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 25, 2018)

"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)