“Safe person, safe space.” The sign – in English and Hebrew – graces the door of my brother-in-law, Ethan Miller, a professor of Computer Science at University of California, Santa Cruz.
When he first told me about it – and the sanctuary he wanted to create for Jewish students on campus – I didn’t realize quite how brave a statement posting the sign was.
After several drinks, the trio went back back to the student-employee’s home, SFGate reports, where she was given more to drink, until she eventually lost consciousness due to severe intoxication. Though Portillo reported the rape, the University failed to take the claim seriously, and even sided with Perla in the beginning, Buzzfeed reports.
However, the university released a statement on January 31st, 2017, claiming that Portillo’s claims were taken seriously from the start: We want to respond to serious allegations, made public today, that a former member of our faculty sexually assaulted a student in June 2015.
"As a result of decreasing nitrogen inputs from subsurface water, the phytoplankton community at the base of the food web became increasingly dominated by nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria, which are able to use the nitrogen gas absorbed by surface waters from the atmosphere," UCSC officials wrote in a statement.
If this is the case, it would offer important context to observations over the past few decades of warming and expansion of the major mid-ocean subtropical gyres - trends that have been attributed to global warming.
Luz Portillo, a UC Santa Cruz alumnus who claims she was assaulted by an assistant professor at the school, has come forward to tell her story with the hopes that other students will do the same.
Deep-sea corals feed on material that falls from the upper regions the ocean and their skeletons are made from a hard protein material that encodes the chemical signatures from their food.
"They're like living sediment traps, recording long-term changes in the open ocean that we can't see any other way," said Matthew Mc Carthy, professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and co-author of the study published in the journal .