It’s four in the morning, damp and dark along the central California coast. Huddled around the back of a minivan, five scientists in waders and boots tenderly move 41 black abalone from large white coolers into reusable Trader Joe’s grocery totes lined with wet, cold washcloths and ice packs.
With abalone slung over their shoulders, they hike towards a field of jagged, slick boulders, beams of light bobbing from their headlamps. The team is working at the mercy of low tides, which meant a 1 a.m. start to their day, but the morning’s early negative tide will help them return rescued abalone into the wild.
Throughout her career, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin(link is external) has always seemed to have one foot in the future. Trained as a composer, the professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Media Arts and Technology (MAT) program and in the Department of Music has been pushing the boundaries of art and science for nearly four decades.
So it is entirely fitting that she has been selected to join the California 100(link is external) initiative, an ambitious project to envision and shape the long-term success of the state. The California 100 research award, along with technical assistance from the Institute for The Future(link is external), will enable UCSB to evaluate current facts, origins, and the role future trends in arts, culture and entertainment will play in California’s next century.
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