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New Undersea Images Challenge Prevailing Ideas About the Antarctic Ice Sheet
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Using echo-sounding equipment to create images and maps of areas below the ocean floor, researchers have begun to unravel a new story about the Antarctic ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 110 New Members
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Faculty members at UC Santa Barbara have inducted 110 high-achieving seniors into the UCSB chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honorary academic ... FULL STORY

Series Examines African American Traditions in Southern California
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Offering insight into one of the nation's most vibrant cultural communities, the Center for Black Studies Research and the Department of Black Studies at ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Fulbright Scholars to Study in Europe, Mexico
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –Two faculty members at the University of California, Santa Barbara have been awarded Fulbright fellowships to study in Europe and Mexico during the 2007-08 ... FULL STORY

Endowed Chair Established for UCSB Director of the California NanoSystems Institute in Memory of Pioneering Inventor Peter J. Clarke
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara has received a $350,000 gift from Tegal Corporation, of Petaluma, to establish an endowed chair for the director of the California NanoSystems ... FULL STORY

UCSB Computer Scientist Wins International Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Oscar H. Ibarra, professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded the 2007 Blaise Pascal Medal for Computer ... FULL STORY

UCSB Communication Professors Study Credibility and Contemporary Media
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Building on their earlier research that explored how people were using the Internet in the early days of its mass popularity, two professors at the ... FULL STORY

Leading UCSB Molecular Biologist Appointed to Endowed Chair in Biotechnology
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Daniel Morse, a renowned UC Santa Barbara professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry, is the first scholar appointed to the Wilcox Family Chair in ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Appoints First Chief Information Officer
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The University of California, Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of Thomas Putnam as Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief ... FULL STORY

UCSB Doctoral Student Honored for Groundbreaking Contribution to Linguistics
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Carmen Jany, a UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate who has uncovered the grammatical structure of Chimariko, an extinct language of native northern California, ... FULL STORY

Four UC Santa Barbara Graduates Win Top Academic Awards
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Four graduating seniors in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have been selected to receive awards for outstanding ... FULL STORY

UCSB Students, Faculty Member Receive UCSB Research Awards
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Two graduating seniors, two graduate students, and one faculty member have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate research ... FULL STORY

Top Awards for 3 Outstanding UCSB Graduating Seniors
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Three remarkable graduating seniors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have been named winners of the university's top awards for their scholastic ... FULL STORY

Six UCSB Senior Women Awarded Surprise Cash Academic Prizes
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Six graduating women will receive cash awards totaling $46,000 from the now-defunct Santa Barbara City Club, whose members established the program 27 years ... FULL STORY

UCSB Will Graduate 4,800 Students in Eight Commencement Ceremonies
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Approximately 4,800 graduating students will take part in one of eight official commencement ceremonies scheduled at UC Santa Barbara over eight days starting ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Wins $2.26 Million Grant
for Stem Cell Research Facilities

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara is one of 17 institutions in the state to be awarded a grant by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to construct laboratory ... FULL STORY

Birds, Bees, and Moths Drive Flower Evolution,
According to New Study Published in 'Nature'

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Flowers evolve in a predictable fashion to match the mouthparts of pollinating birds and insects, rather than engaging in a gradual "arms race" between flower ... FULL STORY

Origins of Nervous System Found in Genes of Sea Sponge, Report Scientists at UC Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered significant clues to the evolutionary origins of the nervous system by studying ... FULL STORY

UCSB Receives $12.5 Million Gift from Virgil Elings and Betty Elings Wells to Support Research and Innovation at the California NanoSystems Institute
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Virgil Elings and Betty Elings Wells have made a $12.5 million gift to UC Santa Barbara to support pioneering research at the California NanoSystems Institute ... FULL STORY

West African Ocean Sediment Core Links Monsoons to Global Climate Evolution
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Monsoons, the life-giving, torrential rains of Asia and Africa, have an ancient, unsuspected connection to previous Ice Age climate cycles, according to ... FULL STORY

Ancient Meteor Blast May Have Caused Extinctions, Report UC Santa Barbara Scientists
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – New scientific findings suggest that a large, extraterrestrial rock may have exploded over North America 13,000 years ago, explaining riddles that scientists ... FULL STORY

High School Students Can Earn University Credit Through Summer Research
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara's Research Mentorship Program, which enables talented high school students to get an early start on their college careers, will take place ... FULL STORY

UCSB Chancellor's Breakfast to Focus on the Future of Molecular Medicine
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – While the University of California, Santa Barbara, does not have a medical school, research in its science and engineering laboratories continues to make ... FULL STORY

Harvard University Scholar to Give 49th Annual Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will give the 49th Annual Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, ... FULL STORY

UCSB to Host Sixth Annual UC, CSU, CCC Sustainability Conference
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara will host the sixth annual University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges Sustainability Conference ... FULL STORY

World Renowned Astronomer to Discuss 'Runaway Universe' at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Alex Filippenko, Ph.D., a world-renowned astronomer and prize-winning professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak about ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Professor Receives National Mathematics Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – James McKernan, professor of mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has recently been awarded the prestigious ... FULL STORY

Undergraduate Researchers at UCSB Showcase Their Work
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Undergraduate researchers at UC Santa Barbara will present their discoveries and creative accomplishments at the annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium ... FULL STORY

UCSB Releases Findings of 2nd Annual 'Central Coast Survey' Based on Poll of Santa Barbara, Ventura Residents
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, today released the findings of a large-scale public-opinion poll of residents in Santa Barbara ... FULL STORY

UCSB Conference Explores Nationalism in Asia
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Scholars from the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, and Norway will gather at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a three-day conference ... FULL STORY

Three UCSB Historians Receive Humanities Fellowships
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Three history professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have been awarded UC President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities. The fellowships ... FULL STORY

UCSB Critical Issues Conference Explores Torture and the Future
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – "Torture and the Future," the Critical Issues in America series at the University of California, Santa Barbara, continues on May 18 with a conference featuring ... FULL STORY

UCSB Nobel Laureate David Gross Elected to the American Philosophical Society
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara Physicist David Gross, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, has been elected a fellow of the American Philosophical Society (APS), ... FULL STORY

UCSB Biologist John Endler and Philanthropist Donald Bren Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – John Endler, a UC Santa Barbara emeritus professor of biology, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Scientists, the ... FULL STORY

2007 Economic Outlook for North S.B. County
Topic of May 11 UCSB Seminar in Santa Maria

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The outlook for North Santa Barbara County's economy in the coming year will be the topic of a special seminar in Santa Maria to be presented by the Economic ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Plans Town Meeting and Speakers Bureau on Immigration Issues
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – With immigration issues continuing to draw national attention, the University of California, Santa Barbara is presenting a community panel discussion devoted ... FULL STORY

UCSB Physicist Elected to National Academy of Sciences
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – David Awschalom, a professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences ... FULL STORY

Visionary Gift from UCSB Professor and Spouse Will Fund Four Endowed Chairs Focusing on Globalization and Build Centers of Excellence Across the Disciplines
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara Emeritus Professor Duncan Mellichamp and his wife, Suzanne, have made a $2 million philanthropic gift to the campus to establish a second ... FULL STORY

Ocean Varies in Ability to Sequester Atmospheric Carbon, Scientists Report
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The amount of atmospheric carbon that the ocean can sequester varies greatly depending on location, according to 17 scientists who have published an article ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scholars Elected to National Education Association
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Three faculty members at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have been elected to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the 2008 ... FULL STORY

Exploring the Frontiers of Cancer Research
Stem Cells and Cancer Research Will Be Topic of Public Lecture by Pioneering Leader in Stem Cell Research James Thomson

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – James Thomson, one of the leading scientific innovators in stem cell research, will deliver a free public lecture at UC Santa Barbara titled "Human Embryonic ... FULL STORY

Middle East Conference at UCSB Examines
Al Jazeera and the New Arab Media

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The Arab news provider Al Jazeera and its impact on new media in the Arab world will be the focus of a two-day conference sponsored by the Center for Middle ... FULL STORY

UCSB Neurobiologist Receives Faculty's Highest Honor
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– University of California, Santa Barbara neurobiologist Steven K. Fisher has received the highest honor the UCSB Academic Senate can bestow on its members ... FULL STORY

UCSB Conference to Address Media Coverage of Environmental Issues
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Media coverage of global warming and other critical issues will be examined by a diverse group of international experts at the Arthur N. Rupe Conference ... FULL STORY

Award Lecture by Distinguished UCSB Sociologist Examines Social Protests
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Jennifer Earl, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara and a specialist in social movements, information technology, and the legal system, has ... FULL STORY

UCSB Wins National Wildlife Federation Competition
UCSB has been named a winner in the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology "Chill Out" contest. The contest recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that are implementing ... FULL STORY

Human Rights Advocates Speak at UCSB on Torture and the Future
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – "Torture and the Future," the Critical Issues in America series at the University of California, Santa Barbara, continues on April 26 with a lecture by Scott ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Offers Admission to 22,168 For Fall 2007
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The University of California, Santa Barbara has offered a place in its fall 2007 entering class to a total of 22,168 high school seniors. The prospective ... FULL STORY

Two UCSB Scholars Receive Guggenheim Fellowships
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – University of California, Santa Barbara, professors Richard Ross and David White have received prestigious Guggenheim fellowships for 2007. They are among ... FULL STORY

UCSB Town Forum to Focus on Social Implications of the Internet and New Media
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Social commentators have both praised and criticized the Internet and other new media, often citing concern that, over time, Internet and computer users ... FULL STORY

2007 Economic Outlook for Santa Barbara County Topic of April 19 UCSB Presentation
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The prospects for Santa Barbara County's economy in the coming year will be the topic of a special seminar to be presented this month by the Economic Forecast ... FULL STORY

UCSB Historian Examines Current Crisis in Darfur
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The current crisis in Darfur is but the most recent in a long history of turbulent relations between three African nations – Chad, Libya, and Sudan – which ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara to Host 'Spring Insight' Open House on April 14
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara will host its annual "Spring Insight" open house for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to ... FULL STORY

U.S. News Ranks UC Santa Barbara Graduate Programs Among Best
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – In its annual rankings of leading graduate and professional programs at American universities, U.S. News & World Report magazine has rated UC Santa Barbara's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Professors Document Extinct Native American Language
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – For thousands of years, the area in and around the headwaters of the Napa River and the Russian River Valley, just north of San Francisco, was home to the ... FULL STORY

UCSB's Sedgwick Reserve Featured in International Journal
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A new study of grasslands conducted at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Sedgwick Reserve in the Santa Ynez Valley sheds light on how humans ... FULL STORY

Five Young UCSB Faculty Members Win National Science Foundation 'CAREER' Awards
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Five young faculty members at the University of California, Santa Barbara have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The ... FULL STORY

President of NYSE Group, Inc., to Give Herbert C. Kay Lecture at UCSB
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Jerry Putnam, a leader of the New York Stock Exchange, will give the 10th Annual Herbert C. Kay Lecture on Thursday, April 12, at the University of California, ... FULL STORY

Genetic Modification Enables Mice to See New Colors
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have demonstrated that a particular genetic ... FULL STORY

Self-Guided Exotic Flora Walking Tour of UC Santa Barbara Is 'A Walk Through Six Continents of Plant Life'
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Octopus Tree. Senegal Date Palm. Montezuma Cypress. These are examples of the unusual and prized tree specimens visitors will see on a new self-guided ... FULL STORY

UCSB Physics Professor Takes High Position with International Superconducting Project
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A physics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara has been named deputy physics coordinator for a major international project that will ... FULL STORY

Elementary School Progress Lags for Some Linguistic Minority Students
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A new study, featured in the UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute's current newsletter, finds that a growing achievement gap separates California's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scholars to Discuss Pensions, Social Security, and the Politics of Retirement
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – How secure is your retirement? With company pensions covering fewer and fewer workers and experts claiming Social Security is in crisis, individuals and ... FULL STORY

Presidential Documents and Recordings Available on UCSB Web Site
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Interested in reading George Washington's first State of the Union Message or Abraham Lincoln's second Inaugural Address? How about examining signing statements ... FULL STORY

Three UCSB Faculty Members Awarded Prestigious Sloan Fellowships
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Three young professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara are among this year's winners of prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred ... FULL STORY

National Organization of Top High School Students to Convene at UCSB and Meet Nobel Laureate
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A total of 500 of the nation's brightest high school students and their parents are expected to gather at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. ... FULL STORY

UCSB Makes a Rare Collection of English Ballads Available Online
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – In a marriage of literary history and 21st-century technology, the Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has established the ... FULL STORY

UCSB Marine Biologist to Present Talk at Opening Ceremony for the International Polar Year
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Gretchen Hofmann, an associate professor of biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been invited to speak at the U.S. Opening Ceremony ... FULL STORY

Isla Vista Town Hall Meeting to Examine Housing, Safety Issues for Current and Future Residents
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Housing and safety in Isla Vista will be the main topics to be discussed at an Isla Vista Town Hall meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 p.m. ... FULL STORY

Leading American Civil Rights Scholar Lani Guinier to Deliver UCSB's Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture Feb. 25
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Lani Guinier, one of the nation's leading civil rights scholars and the first black woman to be appointed a tenured professor at Harvard Law School, will ... FULL STORY

Environmental Sustainability Highlighted in UCSB Affiliates 'Science Lite' Lecture
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Meeting the current needs of society without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same can be achieved with creativity and cooperation, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Study on Sibling Detection Mechanism Highlighted in 'Nature'
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Fundamental theories in evolutionary biology have long proposed that biological kinship is the foundation of the family unit. It not only creates the sense ... FULL STORY

NIH Funds Innovative Alzheimer's Research Initiated at UCSB
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A completely new approach to the study of Alzheimer's disease, initiated by a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, may solve a critical ... FULL STORY

Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites Has Grown Larger, Scholars Find
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Disparities in wealth – or net worth – have shaped the financial inequality existing between blacks and whites for generations even as racial income differences ... FULL STORY

2007 Economic Outlook for Ventura County Topic of February 16 UCSB Seminar in Oxnard
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The prospects for Ventura County's economy in the coming year will be the topic of an upcoming special seminar to be presented in Oxnard by the Economic ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Researchers Led by Shuji Nakamura Achieve Major Breakthrough in Laser Diode Development
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A team of researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara led by Shuji Nakamura, winner of the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize, has reported ... FULL STORY

Background Briefing
UC Santa Barbara Receives 48,728 Applications From Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The University of California, Santa Barbara has received a record 48,728 applications for undergraduate admission to the campus for fall 2007. Of this ... FULL STORY

New Portraits of Holocaust Survivors Premieres at Film Festival
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – "Video Portraits of Survival: Volume Two," a 90-minute program of four video portraits featuring local residents who are Holocaust survivors, will premiere ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scholar to Discuss International Security, Regional Politics, and the Nuclear Club
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Following the end of the Cold War, both North Korea and Iran defied international regulatory agreements to develop nuclear weapons programs, and in recent ... FULL STORY

Saul Rubinek Joins Sharon Lawrence in Cast of Staged Reading at REDCAT of ‘Splitting Infinity,' Winner of First STAGE Competition for Plays
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Saul Rubinek has joined Sharon Lawrence and other actors in the cast for the staged reading of "Splitting Infinity," winner of the first STAGE International ... FULL STORY

Economics Forum to Focus on U.S. Health Care and Obesity
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – While the United States spends more money on health care than many other wealthy nations, in general, Americans haven't achieved the longer life expectancies ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scholar to Discuss Puritanism and Violence in the Muslim World
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A recent poll conducted by Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for American Progress indicates that of 100 top U.S. foreign policy analysts questioned, ... FULL STORY

NASA Funds UCSB Researcher to Develop Instrument to Search for Past Life on Mars
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – University of California, Santa Barbara organic chemist Luann Becker will receive a grant of $750,000 from NASA to further develop the Mars Organic Molecule ... FULL STORY

UCSB Religious Studies Professor Examines American Metaphysical Religion
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – From its roots in the 15th-century Latin translation called the "Corpus Hermeticum" to best-selling books by Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Carolyn Myss, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Reads for Earth Day Project Focuses on Global Warming
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – To raise awareness about global environmental issues, the UC Santa Barbara Libraries have launched a community-wide effort called UCSB Reads for Earth Day. ... FULL STORY

Renowned Psychologist Steven Pinker to Deliver Free, Public Lecture on Language and Human Nature at UCSB's SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker, a leading researcher in language and cognition who has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential ... FULL STORY

Critical Issues in America Series Examines Torture and the Future
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Focusing on the topic "Torture and the Future," the 2007 Critical Issues in America series at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will bring together ... FULL STORY

Winning Play in UCSB International Script Competition Featured in Staged Reading at REDCAT in Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara's Professional Artists Lab and the California NanoSystems Institute will present a staged reading of "Splitting Infinity," winner of the ... FULL STORY

Large-Scale Study Examines New Treatment for Adults Who Stutter
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – For an adult who stutters, the mere act of introducing oneself is enough to cause sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and worse. When particular sounds or ... FULL STORY

Japanese Ambassador Joins UCSB Faculty as Public Policymaker-in-Residence
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The Hon. Kazuhiko Togo, formerly Japan's ambassador to the Netherlands, will join the department of political science at the University of California, Santa ... FULL STORY

UCSB Doctoral Student Named Canon National Park Science Scholar
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Carl Legleiter, a graduate student in geography at UC Santa Barbara, was one of eight students nationwide to be named a 2006 Canon National Park Science ... FULL STORY

Visiting Artists in Residence at UCSB in Conjunction with the Silk Road Project
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Musicians and composers R. Luke DuBois and Todd Reynolds will conduct master classes and offer lectures on January 11 and 12 during a two-day residency at ... FULL STORY

First Comprehensive Genetic Analysis of Invasive Marine Animal and its Parasites Sheds Light on Spread of Disease
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A paper that authors are calling a "home run" study on the spread of disease is published in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy ... FULL STORY

UCSB Social Psychologist Debunks Myths of Singles and Singlehood
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The holidays can be a difficult time for single people. Friends and family, convinced that singles would give up their solo status in a heartbeat if the ... FULL STORY

Burnham Institute for Medical Research Announces Affiliation with UC Santa Barbara
Burnham-UCSB now home to 'Vascular Mapping Center' founded by Burnham's Distinguished Professor, Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D., Ph.D.

(La Jolla and Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The Burnham Institute for Medical Research ("Burnham") has established an affiliation with the University of California, Santa Barbara led by ... FULL STORY

Research Shows Asian Americans Less Likely to Seek Social Support
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Individuals facing challenges in their lives often seek comfort and support from family members and close friends. Research conducted by two social psychologists ... FULL STORY

High-Resolution Satellite Images Now Available to Universities Via New Public-Private Partnership
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A major boost to U. S. university research using satellite imagery has occurred in Santa Barbara, through a public-private partnership. Academic researchers ... FULL STORY

Using Enormous Computer Simulations, Astronomers Describe Predicted Present Day Distribution of Elusive First Stars
(Santa Barbara, CA) – With the help of enormous computer simulations, astronomers have now shown that the first generation of stars – which have never been observed by scientists ... FULL STORY

UCSB Embarks on Sustainability Program for Existing Buildings
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara has signed an agreement with the U.S. Green Building Council to use the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing ... FULL STORY

Global Warming is Reducing Ocean Life, Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, Say Scientists
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Alarming new satellite data show that the warming of the world's oceans is reducing ocean life while contributing to increased global warming. The ocean's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Conference Explores the Work of Essayist, Philosopher Walter Benjamin
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Five scholars from the United States and Germany will meet to discuss the work of the early 20th-century philosopher, essayist, and translator Walter Benjamin ... FULL STORY

Three UCSB Professors Named 2006 AAAS Fellows
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Three professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement ... FULL STORY

Coral Reefs Are Increasingly Vulnerable to Angry Oceans; Study Predicts Which Corals are at Greatest Risk
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Size and shape may predict the survival of corals around the world when the weather churns the oceans in the years to come, according to a new model that ... FULL STORY

UCSB Affiliates Town Forum Looks at U.S. Presidents, Economy
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – When the economy takes a downward turn, people generally blame the President, who bears ultimate responsibility for the country's financial well-being. What ... FULL STORY

Coastal Commission Votes Approval for UC Santa Barbara Housing Projects
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –The California Coastal Commission today unanimously approved a proposal by UC Santa Barbara to build affordable work-force housing for its faculty members ... FULL STORY

Prize-Winning Physicist and Author Lisa Randall Presents Special UCSB Program at the Lobero Theater on Dec. 5
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Lisa Randall, one of the country's leading theoretical physicists and author of "Warped Passages, Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions," ... FULL STORY

UCSB's External Research Funding Reached $159 Million in 2005-06
Annual Total More Than Doubles Over Past Decade

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – At UC Santa Barbara research support from external sources – federal and state agencies, corporations, and foundations – reached $159 million during the ... FULL STORY

Scientific American Names UCSB Professor, Alumna to List of Top 50 in Technological Leadership
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A UC Santa Barbara professor and one of his former graduate students have been named to the 2006 "Scientific American 50," the magazine's annual list of ... FULL STORY

UCSB Fulbright Scholars to Study in Europe, South America
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Four UC Santa Barbara faculty members and one graduate student have received Fulbright scholarships to study in Europe and South America during the 2006-07 ... FULL STORY

First Comprehensive Survey of Nanotechnology Safety Practices, Conducted by UC Santa Barbara Researchers, Finds Industry Lacks Adequate Information on Safe Handling of Nanomaterials
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The first comprehensive, international survey of workplace safety practices in the burgeoning nanotechnology industry finds that many nanotech companies ... FULL STORY

UCSB Affiliates Town Forum To Look At Immigration Law
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –Recently, Congress has enacted several pieces of legislation in an effort to address growing national concern about issues of immigration, particularly illegal ... FULL STORY

Packard Fellowship Awarded to UCSB Chemist
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Jeffrey W. Bode, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship ... FULL STORY

Big Four Firms Name UC Santa Barbara a 'Key' School
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – KPMG, one of the nation's four largest international public accounting firms, has named UC Santa Barbara a Premier School, one of only 38 in the country. ... FULL STORY

2007 Economic Outlook for San Luis Obispo County Topic of UC Santa Barbara Seminar
(Santa Barbara, California) – The outlook for San Luis Obispo County's economy in the coming year will be the topic of a special seminar in San Luis Obispo being presented by the ... FULL STORY

Accelerating Loss of Ocean Species Threatens Human Well-Being
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – In a study published in the November 3 issue of the journal Science, an international group of ecologists and economists shows that the loss of biodiversity ... FULL STORY

Exploring the Frontiers of Cancer Research
New Techniques for Gene Therapy and the Treatment of Cancer Topic of UCSB Public Lecture by Leading Researcher

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Inder M. Verma, one of the world's leading authorities on the development of viruses for gene therapy vectors, will deliver a free public lecture at UC Santa ... FULL STORY

UCSB Parents Will Visit Campus During Weekend Open House
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Thousands of parents of UC Santa Barbara students and other family members will visit the university Nov. 3-5 to experience the rich array of social, cultural, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Graduate Receives Research Award from the Forum on Education Abroad
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Jason Nossiter, a 2006 political science graduate of UC Santa Barbara, has received an Undergraduate Research Award from the Forum on Education Abroad for ... FULL STORY

Biodiversity Controls Ecological 'Services,' Report Scientists in Comprehensive Analysis
(Santa Barbara, California) – Accelerating rates of species extinction pose problems for humanity, according to a comprehensive study headed by a biologist at the University of California, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Affiliates Award $51,000 in Scholarships
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The UCSB Affiliates awarded a total of $51,500 in scholarships and fellowships to 25 graduate and undergraduate students at UC Santa Barbara in a special ... FULL STORY

Local Residents Serving as Officers of The UCSB Foundation
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Several distinguished business and community leaders are serving as officers on the board of trustees of The UCSB Foundation for the 2006-07 academic year. ... FULL STORY

Project to Publish 'Definitive' Editions of the Complete Works of Henry David Thoreau Prospers at UC Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The Thoreau Edition, a projected 30-volume collection of the writings of naturalist and social philosopher Henry David Thoreau, has received $100,000 as well ... FULL STORY

Tiny 'Housekeeper' Crabs Help Prevent Coral Death in South Pacific
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Tiny crabs that live in South Pacific coral help to prevent the coral from dying by providing regular cleaning "services" that may be critical to the life ... FULL STORY

Chancellor's Breakfast Guests to Hear About Current Trends in Media Ownership and Their Effects on News Content and Distribution
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Does media ownership by few highly interconnected corporations impact the information people read in their newspapers or watch on television? How do such ... FULL STORY

UCSB Walter H. Capps Center Matches NEH Grant to Create $2-Million Permanent Endowment
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UC Santa Barbara has successfully raised $1.5-million in private gifts to ... FULL STORY

Global Warming to be the Focus of UCSB Affiliates 'Science Lite' Lecture
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – David W. Lea, a professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, will discuss global warming and the challenges it poses to society in a UCSB Affiliates Science ... FULL STORY

UCSB Chemistry Professor Wins National Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Guillermo C. Bazan, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is a winner of The Cope Scholar ... FULL STORY

Interactive Multimedia Exhibit at California Nanosystems Institute Features Student Artists from Around the World
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Arts-engineering researchers from around the world will display their multimedia work in a peer-reviewed exhibition October 22-28 in the Media Arts and Technology ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Center for Film, Television, and New Media Named for Emmy Winners Marcy Carsey and Dick Wolf
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara's Center for Film, Television, and New Media will be named for Emmy Award-winning television producers Marcy Carsey and Dick Wolf in recognition ... FULL STORY

UCSB Physicist Wins Coveted Mathematical Physics Prize
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Joseph G. Polchinski, professor of physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been named ... FULL STORY

New UCSB Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics Presents Public Lectures and Reception
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The newly established Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics at UCSB presents an inaugural program of public lectures and reception ... FULL STORY

Former President William J. Clinton and Entrepreneur Paul Orfalea to Take Part in October 13 Global Issues Dialogue in Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Former President William J. Clinton will visit Santa Barbara next week to participate in a public dialogue on global issues that will help inaugurate UC ... FULL STORY

Ecology Center Awarded $21-Million by National Science Foundation
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed and increased funding for The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), which is based ... FULL STORY

Two UCSB Scientists Chosen as Top Innovators Under the Age of 35 by MIT's Technology Review Magazine
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Two innovative young scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara are featured among 35 of the top innovators in science and technology under ... FULL STORY

Private Support for UCSB Totals $55.3-Million During 2005-06, Bringing UCSB's Campaign Total to More Than $351-Million
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara's first comprehensive campaign thus far has generated more than $351-million toward a goal of $500-million for priority projects and initiatives ... FULL STORY

College of Creative Studies Receives Major Gift for Undergraduate Student Research
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The College of Creative Studies (CCS) at UC Santa Barbara has received a $400,000 gift for interdisciplinary undergraduate research from CCS alumnus David ... FULL STORY

Important Genome Sequencing Spearheaded at UCSB; Development Culminates 12 Years of Research
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A tiny predatory protozoan has yielded the secrets of its genome in a project spearheaded by a veteran research scientist at the University of California, ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Physicist Shares 2006 Gruber Cosmology Prize
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Philip M. Lubin, a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of a group of scientific pioneers involved with the Cosmic ... FULL STORY

Writer Viramontes to Receive Luis Leal Literature Award
(Santa Barbara, CA) – Helena María Viramontes, a writer and professor of English at Cornell University, is the recipient of this year's Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino ... FULL STORY

Cat Parasite May Affect Cultural Traits in Human Populations
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A common parasite found in cats may be affecting human behavior on a mass scale, according to a scientist based at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While ... FULL STORY

UCSB Names New Director of University Art Museum
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The University of California, Santa Barbara has named a highly regarded arts administrator and dynamic educator with extensive curatorial experience to serve ... FULL STORY

Gas Escaping From Ocean Floor May Drive Global Warming
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Gas escaping from the ocean floor may provide some answers to understanding historical global warming cycles and provide information on current climate ... FULL STORY

UCSB's Sedgwick Reserve is Off-Limits to Deer Hunters
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Deer-hunting season opens on Saturday, Aug. 12, in many parts of Santa Barbara County, and hunters are reminded that the 5,900-acre Sedgwick Reserve in the ... FULL STORY

Santa Barbara Resident and UCSB Alumnus Philip Bugay Joins UC Board of Regents as Alumni Representative
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Philip J. Bugay of Santa Barbara joined the governing Board of Regents of the University of California this month as a Regent Designate. Following a one-year ... FULL STORY

UCSB Announces Winners of $10,000 Competition for New Plays About Science and Technology
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Distinguished playwright Jamie Pachino has been awarded first prize in an international competition for plays about science and technology launched by the ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Chapter of Phi Kappa Inducts 135 New Members
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Faculty members at UC Santa Barbara have inducted 135 high-achieving seniors into the UCSB chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honorary academic ... FULL STORY

Study Shows That Parasites Form the Thread of Food Webs
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Scientists have discovered that parasites are surprisingly important in food webs and their findings appear in a report published this week in the Early ... FULL STORY

UCSB Political Scientist Explores the Rift Between the U.S. and Its Oldest European Allies
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The war in Iraq has undermined the United States' credibility abroad, and perceptions of American unilateralism are now widespread among European nations. What ... FULL STORY