Milestones - 1965 to 2010

1965

--
  • First class enrolls
  • Cowell College and University Library open

1967

  • First computer science faculty member is David Huffman, whose coding scheme formed the basis of MP3 and JPEG compression
  • The Chadwick Garden, considered by many as the birthplace of the organic farming movement, was established

1968

Robert Heinlein
  • Archive of renowned sci-fi author Robert Heinlein donated to Library

1970

Environmental Studies
  • One of the nation's first environmental studies programs launched

1972

  • Institute of Marine Sciences established

1975

SC Predatory Bird Research Group
  • Formation of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, which rescued the endangered peregrine falcon from extinction

1982

Shakespeare Santa Cruz
  • Shakespeare Santa Cruz debuts

1984

Kathryn Sullivan
  • Alumna astronaut Kathryn Sullivan is the first American woman to "walk in space"

1985

  • Baskin Visual Arts opens

1986

Banana Slug
  • Banana slug named campus mascot

1988

Lick Observatory
  • UCSC becomes manager of the UC Observatories

1991

Muscians
  • Division of Arts established

1992

  • First Ph.D. in international economics awarded

1997

Engineering 2 Building
  • Jack Baskin School of Engineering established

2000

  • UCSC researchers are first to map and publish the human genome
  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center opens

2006

  • New major in computer game design launched

2008

Chancellor Blumenthal with Grateful Dead members
  • UCSC's Special Collections receives Grateful Dead archive.

2010

  • Humanities lecturer Gary Young named first-ever Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County
  • Using the Hubble Space Telescope as their "time machine," UCSC astronomers survey galaxies over 500 million years old