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.

2022-23 inquiry coverIn the 2022-23 issue:

  • Down on the farm, Growing sustainable food systems...and students
  • Creature features, A fish—a long, skinny one—out of water
  • Beyond the end, Imagining better futures in the wake of dystopia
  • Seeing the forest, The latest research buzz: drones
  • If genes could talk, Genomic sleuthing paints pictures of both past and present
  • Documenting reality, Female filmmakers aspire to move the field—and the world
  • On the spectrum, Seeing people with autism as different, not deficient
  • Disputed memories, Why do they hide the bad things?
  • In the heart, Preserving and sharing Watsonville's rich Filipino heritage

2021 inquiry coverIn the 2021-22 issue:

  • Adaptable academics, Amid pandemic upheaval, flexibility finds opportunity
  • Digital detectives, Advancing human rights through internet investigations
  • Coral as capital, Showing how coastal conservation pays off
  • Prison break, Challenging what is, imagining what could be
  • Birds do it, Putting your eggs in more than one basket
  • A short story, By strong example and action, advocating for diversity in science
  • Human remains, People’s choices shape the ruins they leave behind
  • Disparate impacts, As the pandemic surged, so did inequality
  • Missing flights, When will electric aviation take off?
  • Tomorrow’s forecast, Tiny fossils yield big clues on climate change

2020 inquiry coverIn the 2020-21 issue:

  • Nature's master manipulatorExposing the secrets of a successful symbiont
  • What are your pronouns?As choices for gender and sexual identities expand, the world slowly changes
  • Robotic etiquette, Engineering improved human-robot interaction
  • Fungi and fuel rise to the top, Grad student research stars in Grad Slam competition
  • Fish for all, Seeking sustainable aquaculture via fish-free feeds
  • Living history, New media art connects past to present with archival material
  • River of life, Modern history ties the altered Nile to disease
  • A dangerous element, Tracking the elusive biogeochemistry of mercury
  • Local goes global, As national governments waver, cities take up the climate fight
  • Superior simulations, Mathematical quest seeks to embrace uncertainty

2019 inquiry coverIn the 2019-20 issue:

  • Waiting with GODOT, Studying the physics of lightning requires fortitude...and patience
  • Turn me on I'm a radio, Pioneering art along the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Appraising clues from antiquity, Different lenses can reveal different truths
  • UC Santa Cruz goes to town, Grad Slam contest spotlights graduate research
  • Built from scratch, Improving vaccines with molecular insights
  • The truth is out there, Extracting Big Data insights to believe in
  • What it means, sounds, Linking the linguistics puzzles of syntax and prosody
  • No detail too small, Studying the oceanic carbon pump at the atomic level
  • Agents of Hope, Tackling the Golden State’s crisis of poverty
  • Responsible data science, Embracing a more holistic approach to digital technology

2018 inquiry coverIn the 2018-19 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
  • Canvassing 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 dilemma, Which comes first, research or governance

2017-18 Inquiry MagazineIn the 2017-18 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

2016-17 Inquiry MagazineIn the 2016-17 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


2015-16 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