Eric Ederer plays the oud

Echoes of the Ottoman Empire

UC Santa Barbara Library acquires a sizable collection of classical Turkish music recorded from the early to mid-20th century.
Sistine Chapel

Add nature, art and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories

Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert’s “Ave Maria” may give a boost to the body’s defense system.
Kathryn Morgan

Exploiting sports triumphs for political gain a classic tale, scholar demonstrates

Victories at chariot races brought ambitious ruler fame in fifth century B.C.
Alan Alda at UC San Diego

A blind date with science

'M*A*S*H' actor Alan Alda shows scientists a better way to communicate with the public.
UCLA's Judith Baca

Muralist's memorabilia heads to Smithsonian

National Museum of American History honors professor Judith Baca and the Great Wall of Los Angeles.

Is 'Interstellar’s' science so stellar?

Astrophysicist David Schlegel weighs in on Hollywood science and untapped concepts for future sci-fi flicks.
Young women eating Chinese takeout food (iStock)

Historian serves up the story of Chinese food in America

'Chop Suey, USA' explores how the popular ethnic cuisine altered our gastronomic landscape.
Joshua Bloom

Doctoral candidate wins American Book Award

Prize goes to Joshua Bloom and co-author Waldo Martin of UC Berkeley for 'Black Against Empire,' acclaimed history of the Black Panthers.

Honors for faculty, students

Riverside English professor is a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award in Poetry; Santa Cruz grad students' interactive fiction honored at IndieCade games festival.
Serpent still from "Frontera!" animated film

Film professor’s original animation debuts on

Unconventional short film uses humor, hip hop and comic book-style animation to tell fascinating story of revolt in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.