FRESH DIRT > Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz resident and father of two, was severely beaten by two men on March 31, 2011, in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot in Los Angeles. Since then, the Stow family has sued the Dodgers and 13 of the team’s related entities while the two suspects charged in the beating remain behind bars.
Local nonprofit The Clean Oceans Project (TCOP) is working to convert plastic waste (the sort that clogs up our precious ocean waters) into liquid fuels, including gasoline, jet fuel and diesel. This plastic-to-fuel conversion will come in handy while the nonprofit executes their mission—to clean up plastic pollution from the oceans. Theoretically, they could then use the plastic waste they collect at sea to fuel their voyage home. The group has partnered with E-N-ergy, the U.S. Distributor for Japan-based Blest Company, which manufactures the portable plastic-to-fuel conversion units, to give demonstrations of this technology for the Santa Cruz community. Read about their latest demo in GT’s news blog, Fresh Dirt, at goodtimessantacruz.com. Learn more about TCOP at thecleanoceansproject.org.
Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty laid off with budget cuts
In yet another sign of the troubling financial times, UC Santa Cruz will be eliminating the position of vice chancellor of student affairs, effective Sept. 1.
This means that Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty will be laid off, saving the school about $200,000 a year.
The threat of a U.S. government default may be behind us (and what a mess that was), but the future of the U.S. economy is still unknown. But UC Santa Cruz lecturer Benjamin Lozano has hope for it, and believes there are still some good qualities in modern finance. He shares some of these reasons with GT in this week’s Slug Report blog explaining some findings from his research on derivatives financial technologies (yes, that’s English) and delving into the intricate possibilities and pitfalls of synthetic finance. You can read the interview with Lozano and check out our other blogs while you’re there.
SLUG REPORT > A Q&A with UCSC lecturer Benjamin Lozano
The threat of a U.S. government default may be behind us, but the future of the U.S. economy remains uncertain. UC Santa Cruz lecturer Benjamin Lozano remains optimistic, however. Lozano recently sat down with Good Times to share some of the positive qualities of modern finance that he has discovered in his research of derivatives financial technologies, and speculate on what the future of finance might look like.
SLUG REPORT > From vast outer space to the smallest components in the human body, researchers at UC Santa Cruz are striving to see life on a closer level. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, they are nearing their goal.