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Year of the Slug: A look back at 2012 at UC Santa Cruz

Higgs boson, condors, pumas, the Grateful Dead Archive … 2012 was yet another year of discoveries, breakthroughs, newsmakers, and honors for UC Santa Cruz. Here’s a look back at a few highlights of the year at UCSC.

Slugs, arts and letters

• Slugs also recognize the value of a genuine California cultural treasure. This year UCSC had a grand celebration to launch the Grateful Dead Archive, which represents one of the most significant popular cultural collections of the 20th Century. Many media outlets took notice, including the New Yorker.

• Slugs also told heir own stories in a highly public and prestigious realm this year. One of them, UCSC alumna Reyna Grande, received raves for a new memoir about immigration.

• UCSC tapped the director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College to lead an innovative museum project, the Institute for Arts & Science. “The institute will be the first of its kind at a research university focusing on the relationship between the arts and sciences,“ noted David Yager, dean of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz.

• This year, UC Santa Cruz professor of Film and Digital Media B. Ruby Rich was awarded the 2012 Frameline Award at the 36th annual San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, running June 14 to 24.

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