Sunday Reads: An ode to the vinyl evangelists

Wallace Baine: Now let’s praise the record store

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Vitality of vinyl: Amid drastic market changes and technological turmoil, the neighborhood record store unlikely finds a way to survive. Wallace Baine takes stock of the comings and goings of the musical establishment par excellence.

UCSC astronomer Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is a star teacher and mentor

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Interstellar instruction: Earlier this year, the White House honored UC Santa Cruz astronomy professor Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz with a presidential award for his groundbreaking mentorship program that helps propel students — especially women and marginalized groups – forward. With that momentum, the astronomer now aims to expand those impacts, founding a new campus center for STEM leadership. Hillary Ojeda has the story here.

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‘We really are growing students’: Cabrillo horticulturist Heather Blume is in full bloom this season

Heather Blume

Donation Garden: Cabrillo College Horticulture Center Coordinator Heather Blume may be a familiar face at the Aptos Farmers Market, but her drive to create and sustain a space for horticulture students to hone their skills is what sets it apart. Max Chun with Q&A.

How UC Santa Cruz scientists bridged the gap in the human genome

Karen Miga, Associate Director of the Genomics Institute at UCSC.

DNA: An international team of scientists, co-led by associate director of UCSC’s Genomics Institute, Karen Miga, has completed the first sequence of the human genome without gaps – an achievement experts never expected to see arrive so quickly. His team’s work builds on the efforts of computer scientists at UCSC who helped put together the first working draft of a human genome with the International Human Genome Project in 2000. Hillary Ojeda has the details.

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Surfer Shaun Burns in action

➤ Only a Santa Cruz surfer knows that feeling: celebrating a decade of protection as one of only twelve world surfing reserves (Marc Conley)
➤ EATERS DIGEST: Chubbs’ chicken of choice, Coffee Conspiracy started and El Mercado reopens (Lily Belli)
➤ Weekender: A flowering of festivals, another portion of Joze and bearish on trivia (Wallace Baine)
➤ MAH’s “Beyond the Grave” comes to life this month (Wallace Baine)
➤ How UC Santa Cruz Scientists Closed the Human Genome Gap (Hilary Ojeda)

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