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Santa Cruz Chapter Report
The chapter in Santa Cruz is growing solidly. There are now 15 of us meeting regularly. Many of us are associated with the university, but several community members not directly working in science fields are also active. Activities include: 1) A community class dealing with social and political aspects of genetic research. This was a successful class with about 20 participants. We researched and discussed I.Q. and race, the yy controversy, cloning, recombinant DNA, and other such topics. Out of these class meetings came 5 people who worked collectively to write popular, understandable articles about these issues which we are now trying to get published in a local newspaper (see enclosed copies). 2) A study group which meets every week to read and discuss topics related to science and/or politics. About 10 people attend regularly, and the level of discussion and teaching-learning which goes on is very high. 3) A media group which is exploring various ways to more widely publicize science and politics to the community. This group is exploring the possibility of radio slots, regular columns in newspapers, etc.