Inquiry Magazine

The UCSC Office of Research, in partnership with University Relations, publishes its unique inquiry@UC Santa Cruz research magazine annually. Written and edited exclusively by alumni of the internationally-renowned UCSC Science Communication Master’s Program, the magazine showcases—across all disciplines—the breadth, depth, creativity, and global reach of the UCSC research enterprise. Click the links below to read the current and past issues.

inquiry2018.jpgIn the 2018-2019 issue:

  • Beyond the Middle Passage, Intra-American trafficking magnified slavery's impact 
  • Save the data!, Scholar activism seeks social and environmental justice
  • A three-minute challenge, Competition showcases graduate student research
  • Cavassing bacterial communities, Targeting biofilms to bust cholera
  • A window to the early universe, Witnessing the birth of galaxies
  • Detecting human diversity, Variation graphs facilitate genomic discovery
  • Viewing lost landscapes, Home movies capture history through a personal lens
  • Guided by the light, Stars bring biology into focus
  • Crossed currents, Conflicting stress responses may beach marine mammals
  • Geoengineering's dilema, Which comes first, research or governance

20167-2018 Inquiry MagazineIn the 2017-2018 issue:

  • Driving change, Self-driving cars could reshape cities
  • Disarming bacteria, Microbiologist searches for next-generation antibiotics
  • Art in a climate revolution, Environmental crises call for creative solutions
  • Electric avenues, Sea creature studies improve human biosensors
  • Genes to go, Genome sequencing leaves the lab
  • Camp Dickens, Victorian author unites modern scholars
  • Forcing evolution’s hand, When humans build, nature remodels
  • Body work, A mathematical quest
  • Lessons from teen activists, Youth organizations empower students

2016-207 Inquiry MagazineIn the 2016-2017 issue:

  • Tracking toxic tides, Ocean sciences professor forecasts toxic algae events
  • Total recall, Do digital footprints alter our relationship to the past?
  • Seeing past stereotype, Art historian probes racial dynamics through visual media
  • Thinking in tongues, Uncommon language hints at linguistic logic
  • Unwinding the clock, Carrie Partch breaks circadian rhythms
  • The future of the past, Archaeologists use digital tools to dig into an ancient site
  • A lab in the hand, High-tech creates low-cost medical tests
  • Following the law, Chronicling politics, religion, and law from Africa to California
  • Cloudy with a chance of life, Astrophysicists probe inside distant planets


2015-2016 Inquiry MagazineIn the 2015-2016 issue:

  • Age of extinction, Beth Shapiro studies ancient DNA for future conservation
  • Engineering independence, Researchers design tools for blind and visually impaired people
  • A cold trail, Antarctic ice may hold the clues to climate change
  • Just science, The Science and Justice Research Center opens conversations between science and society
  • Reforming prisons, Psychology professor Craig Haney takes on solitary confinement
  • Border crossings, John Jota Leaños reveals hidden stories with animated documentaries
  • The fine art of gaming, Infusing computer games with art, literature, and purpose
  • Outsider insights, Three UCSC scholars bring perspectives to the history of China
  • The edges of humanities, Nathaniel Deutsch creates connections with the overlooked corners of history