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UC Santa Barbara Chemistry Professor Wins Award for New, Highly Useful Reagents in Catalysis
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara chemistry professor Bruce Lipshutz has been awarded the 2012 Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (EROS) Best Reagent Award. The ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara-based Sustainable Ocean Solutions Aims to Aid Vulnerable Fisheries
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– How will Cuba's increasing prospects for trade, and tourism, impact its ocean areas and the fish that populate them? Will its sea life suffer overexploitation ... FULL STORY

Middle School Students in UCSB's MESA Program Take First Place in National Engineering Competition
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Representing their home state, a team of four sixth-graders from UC Santa Barbara's Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program took ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Scientists Compile First Evidence-Based Comprehensive Paleoseismic Study of the Southern End of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Using studies that span the last three decades, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have compiled the first evidence-based comprehensive study of the potential ... FULL STORY

Film Screening at UCSB's Pollock Theater Celebrates Flying "A" Studio Centennial
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– With "The Artist" and "Hugo" dominating this year's Academy Awards, the silent era of cinema has once again struck the popular imagination. The Carsey-Wolf ... FULL STORY

New Study Demonstrates the Role of Urban Greenery in CO2 Exchange
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In what might be the first study to report continuous measurements of net CO2 exchange of urban vegetation and soils over a full year or more, ... FULL STORY

New Book by UCSB Historian Explores Labor Politics and the Conservative Right
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The legislative attack on public sector unionism that led to the uproar in Wisconsin and other union strongholds in 2011 and 2012 was not just a reaction ... FULL STORY

UCSB Sociologist Thomas Scheff Receives Constantine Panunzio Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Thomas Scheff, an emeritus professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, has received the Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award for 2012. Presented ... FULL STORY

New Book by UCSB Global and International Studies Scholar Examines the Politics of Headscarves
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Few articles of clothing have as much significance –– or obvious meaning –– as do the headscarves worn by Muslim women around the world. A headscarf is an ... FULL STORY

Middle School Students in UCSB's MESA Program Will Represent California in National Engineering Competition
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Pop Flies, a team of four sixth-graders from UC Santa Barbara's Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program, will represent their ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Among ‘Five-Star' Campuses Rated for LGBT-Friendliness
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In the midst of LGBT Pride Month, UC Santa Barbara is earning new notice for its reputation as a welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara's Art, Design & Architecture Museum Announces Summer Exhibitions
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara has announced several summer exhibitions, featuring artists Amy Cutler and Peter Meller; works ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Awards Lucas Ransom Scholarships in Honor of 2010 Shark Victim
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– To honor a former student who wanted to change lives, but whose own life was tragically cut short, UC Santa Barbara has awarded its inaugural Lucas Ransom ... FULL STORY

Clues to Nervous System Evolution Found in Nerve-less Sponge
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara scientists turned to the simple sponge to find clues about the evolution of the complex nervous system and found that, but for a mechanism ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Archaeology Class Unearths the Original Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara professor of anthropology Lynn Gamble and her students were recently presented with a rare opportunity: Excavate a Chumash Indian site that ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientists Synthesize First Genetically Evolved Semiconductor Material
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In the not-too-distant future, scientists may be able to use DNA to grow their own specialized materials, thanks to the concept of directed evolution. UC ... FULL STORY

Study by UC Santa Barbara Psychologists Reveals How Brain Performs ‘Motor Chunking' Tasks
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– You pick up your cell phone and dial the new number of a friend. Ten numbers. One. Number. At. A. Time. Because you haven't actually typed the number before, ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Announces Webcast of Commencement Ceremonies; Construction on Highway 217 May Cause Delays
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– With commencement activities for 2012 officially under way, UC Santa Barbara is announcing two major developments: one for those planning to attend upcoming ... FULL STORY

Study Jointly Led by UCSB Researcher Finds New Evidence Supporting Theory of Extraterrestrial Impact
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– An 18-member international team of researchers that includes James Kennett, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, has discovered melt-glass material ... FULL STORY

UCSB History and Environmental Studies Scholar Receives Harold J. Plous Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Peter Alagona, assistant professor of history and of environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara, has received the 2012-13 Harold J. Plous Award. One of the ... FULL STORY

Six UC Santa Barbara Seniors Awarded Surprise Cash Academic Prizes
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Six graduating women from UC Santa Barbara will receive cash prizes totaling $46,500 from the defunct Santa Barbara City Club, whose members decades ago ... FULL STORY

Study by UCSB Anthropologists Finds High Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Breast Milk of Amerindian Women as Compared to U.S. Women
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Working with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, anthropologists at UC Santa Barbara have found high levels ... FULL STORY

UCSB Announces Winners of Leal, Reardon Awards and Other Top Academic Prizes for Outstanding Graduating Seniors
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Four graduating seniors in the College of Letters and Science at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive awards for outstanding academic achievement ... FULL STORY

GIVE's Two-Day Sale of Items Donated by UCSB Students to be Held in Isla Vista
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A two-day sale of items donated by UC Santa Barbara students will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, in the parking ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Students, Faculty Member Receive Chancellor's Research Awards
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– With commencement around the corner, UC Santa Barbara has recognized two graduating seniors, two graduate students, and a faculty member for their contributions ... FULL STORY

UCSB Announces Winners of Thomas More Storke Award and Other Top Prizes for Outstanding Graduating Seniors
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Three remarkable graduating seniors at UC Santa Barbara have been named winners of the university's top awards for their scholastic achievement, their extraordinary ... FULL STORY

UCSB Will Graduate 5,958 Students in Eight Ceremonies
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A total of 5,958 graduating students will take part in eight official commencement ceremonies scheduled at UC Santa Barbara over eight days, starting June ... FULL STORY

Protein Knots Gain New Evolutionary Significance
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A new study suggests that protein knots, a structure whose formation remains a mystery, may have specific functional advantages that depend on the nature ... FULL STORY

UCSB Affiliates Event Highlights Election Issues of the 2012 Presidential Race
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The upcoming presidential election and the issues likely to take center stage when the candidates face off are the topics of an upcoming special presentation ... FULL STORY

New Book by UCSB Religious Studies Scholar Examines Secularism, Religion, and How People Decide What Matters
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– As religious, secular, and spiritual distinctions have broken down over the past decade, scholars have had to rethink secularity and its relationship to ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Researchers Develop Synthetic Platelets
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Synthetic platelets have been developed by UC Santa Barbara researchers, in collaboration with researchers at Scripps Research Institute and Sanford-Burnham ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara's Kavli Institute Receives Two Grants to Explore Interface of Physics and Biology
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Imagine being able to mathematically describe the process by which an embryo develops into an animal, assigning numbers to its every function, and dysfunction. ... FULL STORY

Michael Douglas Donates $500,000 to UC Santa Barbara to Endow Dean's Chair
David Marshall Named to Michael Douglas Deanship in Humanities and Fine Arts

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Academy Award-winning actor and producer and UC Santa Barbara alumnus Michael Douglas ('68) has contributed $500,000 to establish an endowed chair for the ... FULL STORY

UCSB History Scholar Translates and Interprets Ancient Chinese Legal Texts
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In an ancient tomb in China's Hubei Province, archeologists discovered a basket of medical, mathematical, and legal texts that date back to the late third ... FULL STORY

Plants Previously Thought to be ‘Stable' Found to be Responding to Climate Change
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Many wild plant species thought to be "stable" in the face of climate change are actually responding to global warming, say researchers at UC Santa Barbara's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Physicist Uses Art to Make Physics More Accessible to Students
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Based on research she conducted for her doctoral dissertation several years ago, Jatila van der Veen, a lecturer in the College of Creative Studies at UC ... FULL STORY

Hunter-Gatherers, Forager-Horticulturalists Demonstrate Minimal Hypertension and Lower Risk of Heart Disease
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– While age-related increases in blood pressure –– and the associated risk of atherosclerosis –– are commonplace in the United States, other developed countries, ... FULL STORY

Clinical Trials for Alzheimer's Disease Preventative Drug to Begin Early 2013
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– After an announcement by federal officials approving clinical trials for the drug Crenezumab, researchers searching for a way to treat Alzheimer's Disease ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Awarded Double LEED Gold Certification for San Clemente Villages
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The San Clemente Villages Apartments complex at UC Santa Barbara has been awarded its second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-level ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara's Craig Hawker Wins Centenary Prize for Chemistry
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Craig Hawker, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials at UC Santa Barbara, and director of the campus's Materials Research Laboratory, has ... FULL STORY

Three-Telescope Interferometry Allows Astrophysicists to Observe How Black Holes are Fueled
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– By combining the light of three powerful infrared telescopes, an international research team has observed the active accretion phase of a supermassive black ... FULL STORY

Verizon Foundation Grant Enables UCSB Linguistics Project to Include Additional High Schools and Upward Bound Program
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A project at UC Santa Barbara that has area high school students conducting original research on language in their communities will expand to include two ... FULL STORY

UCSB to Host IT Expo Focused on Solutions for California Education Sector
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara will be hosting its second annual "IT in Education Exposition" this Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the campus's Events Center. ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientists Take the #SciFund Challenge
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Taking advantage of the combination of social networking and venture capitalism that is "crowdfunding," several UC Santa Barbara scientists are participating ... FULL STORY

Oracle Chairman's $50 Million Gift to UC Santa Barbara Supports Technology Innovation and Advances the Frontiers of Energy Efficiency
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Imagine an LED light with 20 times the efficiency of an incandescent bulb. Or a computer that can generate, transmit, and store data 100 times faster than ... FULL STORY

UCSB Graduate Students Receive U.S. State Department Language Scholarships
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Four UC Santa Barbara graduate students have been awarded U.S. Department of State 2012 Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes. Silvia ... FULL STORY

Chancellor's Breakfast to Focus on Cybercrime and the Cyber Underground Economy
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– From phony anti-virus programs to click fraud, law-breaking is thriving online, where old-school schemes are being adapted for the digital age, and mind-boggling ... FULL STORY

Biodiversity Loss Ranks with Climate Change and Pollution in Terms of Impacts to Environment, NCEAS Researchers Say
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A recent study published by an international research team working at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) has ... FULL STORY

Robert S. Michaelsen Memorial Lecture at UCSB to Examine Supreme Court Ruling on Bible Reading in Public Schools
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Berkeley law professor Jesse Choper will give the Robert S. Michaelsen Memorial Lecture at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, May 23. One of the country's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Feminist Studies Scholar Examines Social Policy and Home Health Care
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Why is it that, in the United States, middle-class individuals with the benefit of some financial resources often cannot get adequate long-term home care ... FULL STORY

SeaSketch, the Next Generation of UCSB's MarineMap Program, Will Aid Marine Spatial Planning Around the World
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Since 2009, a free Web-based marine mapping and spatial planning program created by UC Santa Barbara scientists has proved to be an essential tool for fishermen ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Extension Revives Degree-Credit Courses at Ventura Center
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– For the first time in almost three years, UC Santa Barbara Extension will offer degree-credit classes this summer at the UCSB Ventura Center. The new initiative ... FULL STORY

UCSB Affiliates Event Highlights the Art, Design & Architecture Museum
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The recently reopened –– and renamed –– Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara is the focus of an upcoming special event presented by UCSB ... FULL STORY

UCSB Researchers Find that Less is More, for Female Cowbirds
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– More modest male displays attract the females when it comes to brown-headed cowbirds, contrary to sexual selection theory, according to UC Santa Barbara ... FULL STORY

First-of-its-Kind Study Reveals Surprising Ecological Effects of Earthquake and Tsunami
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet ... FULL STORY

Experiments Do Not Adequately Predict Plant Responses to Global Climate Change, NCEAS Researchers Say
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Plants may be reacting to climate change more than we think, and the uncertainty could leave us ill-prepared for the future effects of global warming, says ... FULL STORY

With Climate and Vegetation Data, UCSB Geographers Closer to Predicting Droughts in Africa
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– What might happen if droughts were predicted months ahead of time? Food aid and other humanitarian efforts could be put together sooner and executed better, ... FULL STORY

Two UC Santa Barbara Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara's Matthew Fisher, a professor of physics, and Napoleon Chagnon, an emeritus professor of anthropology, have been elected to the National ... FULL STORY

UCSB Graduate Student Receives Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Carly Thomsen, a doctoral student in feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded one of six 2012 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration to Benefit from Art Exhibition
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– For more than a decade, the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) and the Coastal Fund at UC Santa Barbara have been working ... FULL STORY

Emerging Theoretical Framework May Guide Researchers Through the Complex World of Multiblock Polymers
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Thanks to advances in polymer chemistry and a wide variety of monomer constituents to choose from, the world of multiblock polymers is wide open. These polymers ... FULL STORY

UCSB Historian Nelson Lichtenstein to Receive Sol Stetin Award for Labor History
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Nelson Lichtenstein, MacArthur Foundation Chair in History at UC Santa Barbara and director of the campus's Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy, ... FULL STORY

X-Rays Reveal Molecular Arrangements for Better Printable Electronics
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– By employing powerful X-rays that can see down to the molecular level of organic materials used in printable electronics, researchers are now able to determine ... FULL STORY

In Protein Folding, Internal Friction May Play a More Significant Role than Previously Thought
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– An international team of researchers has reported a new understanding of a little-known process that happens in virtually every cell of our bodies. ... FULL STORY

New iPhone App Bridges Science, Technology, Education, and a Day at the Beach
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A new, free iPhone application developed to engage and educate the curious about the wonders of California tidepools has been released. Users can download ... FULL STORY

UCSB's Early Academic Outreach Program to Host UC Success Nights
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC Santa Barbara will continue its series of UC Success Nights on Tuesday, April 24. The evening events, which ... FULL STORY

NCEAS Researchers Offer New Ecological Model for Deep-Water Oil Spills
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform blowout, a national panel of researchers is providing new insight into what happened in the ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Named One of 25 Healthiest Colleges in U.S.
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Lauded for its health and wellness services, fitness programs, and healthful dining-hall fare, UC Santa Barbara has been named one of the 25 healthiest colleges ... FULL STORY

UCSB Economic Forecast Project Heads to Santa Maria for Annual North Santa Barbara County Economic Summit
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project will be presenting its annual North Santa Barbara County Economic Summit on Friday, May 4. The ... FULL STORY

Local, Regional, National, and International Economy the Topics of 31st Annual Santa Barbara County Economic Summit
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara's Economic Forecast Project will present the 31st Annual Santa Barbara County Economic Summit –– a report on local, national, and international ... FULL STORY

UCSB Researchers Discover Particularly Dangerous Salmonella
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara researchers have discovered Salmonella bacteria that are up to 100 times more capable of causing disease. Their findings may ... FULL STORY

Children's Book by UCSB Greenhouse Manager Studies Monarch Butterflies
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Joan Calder didn't know much about Monarchs when she became the greenhouse manager at UC Santa Barbara. Heeding the advice of a colleague in UCSB's Department ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Offers Admission to 23,875 for Fall 2012
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara has offered a place in its fall 2012 entering class to a total of 23,875 high school seniors. The prospective UCSB freshmen were selected ... FULL STORY

UCSB Professor of Materials Science Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Edward Kramer, professor of materials and chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Arts ... FULL STORY

UCSB Professor Emeritus and Spouse Establish Endowed Chair in Economics to Honor Former Colleague and Close Friend
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara professor emeritus Walter J. Mead and his wife, Thelma, have made a $1 million deferred gift to the campus to establish an endowed chair ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Scores Three Statewide Best Practice Awards for Sustainability
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Continuing its tradition of setting the bar for sustainability, UC Santa Barbara has received three Best Practice Awards in the annual Energy Efficiency ... FULL STORY

Three UCSB Campus Projects Recognized by Goleta Valley Beautiful
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Three landscaping and infrastructure projects on the UC Santa Barbara campus have received recognition and awards from Goleta Valley Beautiful, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Study Shows Forest Insects and Diseases Arrive in U.S. Via Imported Plants
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The trade in live plants from around the world has become a major industry in the United States, with new imports now valued at more than $500 million annually. ... FULL STORY

Book by UC Santa Barbara Professor of Neuroscience Receives Award for Excellence in Medical Communication
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara professor of neuroscience Kenneth S. Kosik's book, "The Alzheimer's Solution: How Today's Care is Failing Millions –– and How We Can Do ... FULL STORY

Branding Expert to Speak at UCSB College of Creative Studies Symposium
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Stanley Moss, an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies (CCS) and an expert in corporate branding, will be the featured speaker at the ... FULL STORY

UCSB History Associates Talk to Look at the Science of Surfing
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Catching the best waves requires more than just checking the tide calendar, grabbing a board, and heading down to the surf. With today's technology, it has ... FULL STORY

Quantum Control Protocols Could Lead to More Accurate, Larger Scale Quantum Computations
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A protocol for controlling quantum information pioneered by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft, the Netherlands, ... FULL STORY

Big Bang, Dark Energy the Focus of Annual Las Cumbres Observatory Lecture
(Santa Barbara, CA) – Distinguished astronomer John E. Carlstrom will discuss observational foundations of current theories on the origin of the universe in a lecture on April 26 ... FULL STORY

UCSB Sociologist to Give Plous Lecture on Crime and Desistance Among Marginalized Youth
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Victor Rios, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara and a specialist in the interplay between institutions of social control, juvenile crime, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Cheadle Center Receives Grant for Restoration of West Campus Bluffs
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The continued restoration of UC Santa Barbara's West Campus Bluffs has received financial support, in the form of a grant from the Goleta Valley ... FULL STORY

‘Seeing Nature' Exhibit Examines Human Views of the Natural World
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– What do Charles Darwin, the King James Bible, the Toltec story of "La Calavera," and the modern environmental movement have in common? They're ... FULL STORY

UCSB Physicists Mix Two Lasers to Create Light at Many Frequencies
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A team of physicists at UC Santa Barbara has seen the light, and it comes in many different colors. By aiming high- and low-frequency laser beams at a semiconductor, ... FULL STORY

Low Testosterone Level in Amazonian Tribe Responds to Competition, According to Anthropologists at UCSB
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– As part of an isolated indigenous group in central Bolivia, Tsimane men spend much of their time hunting, foraging, fishing, and clearing land by hand to ... FULL STORY

UCSB Announces ‘Green Initiative' Grant Recipients for Sustainability Projects
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara's The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Grant Making Committee has announced its grant recipients for the 2011-12 funding cycle. ... FULL STORY

New Book by UCSB Scholar Examines Early 20th-Century African American Film and Theater
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Stephanie Batiste saw a photograph of seven African American performers dressed in leaf costumes for a 1930's ... FULL STORY

New Social Sciences Initiative to study 'Direct Marketing' of Seafood
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The "locavore" movement is helping America's farmers. Could it also help our fishermen? A new study led by a UC Santa Barbara researcher will look at whether ... FULL STORY

Carl Snyder Lecture at UCSB to Examine the Use of Google Search Data
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Hal R. Varian, the chief economist at Google, will give the 54th Annual Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, April 3. He will speak ... FULL STORY

UCSB Teams With Greenpeace and NOAA to Study World's Largest Undersea Canyons
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A research collaboration involving UC Santa Barbara, Greenpeace, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has documented abundant ... FULL STORY

Data from MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals New Insights on Planet Mercury
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) ––Thanks to the MESSENGER spacecraft, and a mission that took more than 10 years to complete, scientists now have a good picture of the solar system's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Researchers to Examine the Effects of Year-Old NOAA West Coast ‘Catch Shares' Program
Santa Barbara, Calif. –– UC Santa Barbara resource economists Christopher Costello and Robert Deacon will be examining the ongoing effects of a fisheries management system implemented ... FULL STORY

UCSB Summer Sessions Announces First Online-Only Courses
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– For the first time, UC Santa Barbara students can take summer classes without actually spending the season in Santa Barbara. The Office of Summer Sessions ... FULL STORY

Experimental Visualization Lab at UCSB Receives Grants from the Deutsch Foundation and the National Science Foundation
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Experimental Visualization Lab (ExpVisLab) at UC Santa Barbara has received from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and the National Science Foundation ... FULL STORY

Chicano Artist Leo Limón Celebrated in Book Released by UCSB's CEMA
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The life and work of the prolific and socially conscious Chicano artist Leo Limón is the focus of a book recently published by UC Santa Barbara's ... FULL STORY

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

UCSB Researcher Receives $600,000 NSF Award for Study of Soil and Carbon Sequestration
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– It's common knowledge that plants are major players in the field of carbon sequestration, the process of removing the greenhouse gas from the ... FULL STORY

UCSB Associate Professor Receives $750,000 NSF Research Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Songi Han, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has received a $750,000 award from the National Science ... FULL STORY

Leda Cosmides and John Tooby Receive UCSB Faculty's Top Honor
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The faculty of UC Santa Barbara has bestowed its highest honor on Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, professors of psychology and anthropology, respectively. ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Nanoelectronics Expert Wins Prestigious Research Prize
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Kaustav Banerjee, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara, and director of the campus's Nanoelectronics Research Lab, has won ... FULL STORY

STEM Grant Supports Partnership Between UCSB and Oxnard College to Increase Education Opportunities in Math and Science
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– With a $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Education's Science Technology Engineering Mathematics grant program for Hispanic Serving Institutions ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Researchers Discover Genetic Link Between Visual Pathways of Hydras and Humans
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– What good is half an eye? Evolutionary biologists studying the origins of vision get that question a lot, and new research out of UC Santa Barbara points ... FULL STORY

UCSB Study is First to Measure Value of Marine Spatial Planning
NCEAS, Bren School Scientists Show that Comprehensive Ocean Planning Can Maximize Profit and Minimize Conflict

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The ocean is becoming an increasingly crowded place. New users, such as the wind industry, compete with existing users and interests for space and resources. ... FULL STORY

Study Jointly Led by UCSB Researcher Supports Theory of Extraterrestrial Impact
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A 16-member international team of researchers that includes James Kennett, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, has identified a nearly 13,000-year-old ... FULL STORY

UCSB Chancellor's Breakfast to Focus on Age, Aging, and Communication
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Many scholars, including Howard Giles, professor of communication at UC Santa Barbara, suggest that intergenerational communication as a topic of study has ... FULL STORY

Study by UC Santa Barbara Researchers Suggests That Bacteria Communicate by Sense of Touch
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– What if bacteria could talk to each other? What if they had a sense of touch? A new study by researchers at UC Santa Barbara suggests both, and ... FULL STORY

UCSB Chancellor's Community Breakfast to Focus on Age and Aging
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Howard Giles, professor of communication at UC Santa Barbara since 1989, will discuss age and aging at the Chancellor's Community Breakfast on Thursday, ... FULL STORY

New Study Reveals Gene Expression Networks Underlying Age-Related Macular Degeneration
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, especially in developed countries. There is currently no known ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Researcher's New Study May Lead to MRIs on a Nanoscale
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the nanoscale and the ever-elusive quantum computer are among the advancements edging closer toward the realm of possibility, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Biologist Receives $453,000 NSF Grant for Research on Diatoms
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Jeffrey Krause, an assistant research biologist with the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara, has received a $453,487 award from the National Science ... FULL STORY

UCSB to Host International Mother Language Day Conference
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Sixty years ago today, a group of students from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh (then known as East Pakistan) were killed as they participated in the ... FULL STORY

UCSB Early Academic Outreach Presents Higher Education Week
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC Santa Barbara is sponsoring its spring Higher Education Week, a four-day, two-county event beginning February ... FULL STORY

UCSB Affiliates Lecture to Highlight Davidson Library's Special Collections
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Department of Special Collections at UC Santa Barbara's Davidson Library collects, maintains, and preserves the campus libraries' most valuable, rare, ... FULL STORY

UCSB to Host Lecture on the History of Cinco de Mayo
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Although Cinco de Mayo commemorates an event in Mexican history –– El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla) –– the holiday was created ... FULL STORY

Astronomers Watch Instant Replay of Powerful Stellar Eruption
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Astronomers are watching the astronomical equivalent of an instant replay of a spectacular outburst from the unstable, behemoth double-star system Eta Carinae, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Faculty Member Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– M. Scott Shell, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, is among this year's winners of Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred ... FULL STORY

Chemists Mimic Nature to Design Better Medical Tests
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Over their 3.8 billion years of evolution, living organisms have developed countless strategies for monitoring their surroundings. Chemists at UC Santa Barbara ... FULL STORY

Planck Satellite Reveals Enormous Haze of Energetic Particles at the Center of Milky Way
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Images produced by the Planck satellite have revealed an enormous cloud of electrons traveling near the speed of light in the heart of our Galaxy, the Milky ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Physicist Receives $360,000 Grant for Work with Ultracold Atoms
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– David Weld, assistant professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara, has received a grant for $360,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research ... FULL STORY

UCSB to Host Conference on the Chicano Movement of the 1960's and 70's
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Chicano movement of the 1960's and 70's represents the most significant civil rights and empowerment movement by Mexican Americans in the United States. ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Professor Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Steven P. DenBaars, a prominent faculty member in the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, is among the 66 new members elected today by the National ... FULL STORY

New Book by UCSB Art Historian is the First to Catalog Indigenous African Art Owned by an African Collector
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– With a new book that formalizes and interprets a collection of indigenous African art owned by an African collector, Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, a professor ... FULL STORY

UCSB Conference to Explore the Evolution of Feminist Studies
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scholars from around the country will gather at UC Santa Barbara for a three-day conference focused on feminist studies as an area of academic inquiry. Topics ... FULL STORY

‘UCSB Reads' Community Conversations Will Address Environmental Issues
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UCSB Reads continues through winter quarter with faculty members across a variety of disciplines participating in a series of Community Conversations at ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Researchers Examine the Consequences of Non-Intervention for Infectious Disease in Highly Endangered African Great Apes
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Infectious disease has joined poaching and habitat loss as a major threat to the survival of African great apes as they have become restricted to ever-smaller ... FULL STORY

Global Experts Question Claims About Jellyfish Populations –– Are Jellyfish Increasing in the World's Oceans?
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Blooms, or proliferation, of jellyfish have shown a substantial, visible impact on coastal populations –– clogged nets for fishermen, stinging waters for ... FULL STORY

UCSB Graduate Student Wins UNESCO Fellowship
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara graduate student Alejandra Jaramillo has been awarded a prestigious fellowship with the UNESCO-L'Oréal Fellowships for Young Women in Life ... FULL STORY

'Nothing Like Chocolate' by UCSB Sociology Professor to Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– What would Valentine's Day be without chocolate? According to some estimates, over one billion boxes of chocolates –– more than 58 million pounds of chocolate ... FULL STORY

UCSB's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Awarded $2.5 Million by the Simons Foundation to Support Visiting Scientists
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at UC Santa Barbara has been awarded $2.5 million by the Simons Foundation to support the work of leading ... FULL STORY

UCSB Lecture Series to Examine the Juvenile Justice System
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The second in a series of lectures examining the juvenile justice system in the United States will take place at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, February ... FULL STORY

UCSB Researchers Discover the Processes Leading to Acute Myeloid Leukemia
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a molecular pathway that may explain how a particularly deadly form of cancer develops. The discovery may ... FULL STORY

UCSB Among Top 20 Campuses Producing Peace Corps Volunteers
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara has moved up in the 2012 rankings of colleges and universities that send the largest number of volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps. UCSB ... FULL STORY

Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB Features 'Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House' and Catherine Opie Photos of Cliff May Houses
Both Exhibitions Are Part of Pacific Standard Time

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara presents "Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House," the first ... FULL STORY

UCSB Sociologist Receives $300,000 Grant to Study Gang-Associated Youth
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Victor Rios, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, has received a $300,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation for a study examining ... FULL STORY

UCSB Chancellor's Community Breakfast Will Focus on the 2012 Elections
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– John Woolley, co-director of UC Santa Barbara's American Presidency Project and professor of political science, will discuss the 2012 elections at the Chancellor's ... FULL STORY

Major Study of Ocean Acidification Helps Scientists Evaluate Effects of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Marine Life
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Might a penguin's next meal be affected by the exhaust from your tailpipe? The answer may be yes, when you add your exhaust fumes to the total amount of ... FULL STORY

Tom Hayden to Speak at UCSB Conference Examining the Port Huron Statement
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) ––In the early 1960's, the Port Huron Statement became the founding manifesto for a generation of student radicals at home and abroad. Drafted by Tom Hayden ... FULL STORY

New Study Evaluates Impact of Land-Use Activity in the Amazon Basin
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A new paper published today in the journal Nature reveals that human land-use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles –– the interplay ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Receives 68,331 Applications for Fall 2012 From Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The University of California, Santa Barbara has received 68,331 applications for undergraduate admission for fall 2012. The total is 5,028 more than last ... FULL STORY

UCSB English Professor Receives NEH Grant for Humanities Bibliographical Social Network
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– If the poet William Wordsworth belonged to LinkedIn, his network might include colleagues Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey; his sister, Dorothy ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Installs New Bicycle Repair Stations
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – UC Santa Barbara has made two-wheeling around campus even easier for its burgeoning population of bicycle-riding students, faculty, and staff. Thanks to ... FULL STORY

Hubble Pinpoints Farthest Protocluster of Galaxies Ever Seen
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of construction –– the most distant such grouping ever observed in ... FULL STORY

Chemical Measurements Confirm Estimate of Gulf Oil Spill Rate
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– By combining detailed chemical measurements in the deep ocean, in the oil slick, and in the air, a team of scientists including UC Santa Barbara's ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientists Explain How Gulf of Mexico Topography Played a Key Role in Consumption of Oil and Gas After Deepwater Horizon Disaster
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– When UC Santa Barbara geochemist David Valentine and colleagues published a study in early 2011 documenting how bacteria blooms had consumed almost all of ... FULL STORY

UCSB TV to Debut on Cox Cable Channel 72
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Beginning next week, television viewers in the Santa Barbara area will have a new means of experiencing the scholarly research, scientific breakthroughs, ... FULL STORY

In NCEAS Study, Ecologists Call for Screening Imported Plants to Prevent New Wave of Invasive Species
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A recent study conducted by a working group at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) suggests that climate change ... FULL STORY

UCSB Awarded $553,000 by Seismic Micro-Technology to Advance Geoscience Research
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara's Department of Earth Science has received a $553,000 award from Seismic Micro-Technology Inc. in the form of educational ... FULL STORY

UCSB Ranks No. 17 Among Nation's Top 100 Best-Value Public Universities
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Kiplinger's Personal Finance has named UC Santa Barbara to its 2012 list of 100 best values in public colleges and universities. The annual ranking cites ... FULL STORY

UCSB Economist Studies Gender and Earnings Growth Among College Graduates
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– While virtually every career option is open to women –– professional sports aside –– a gender gap still persists regarding their financial compensation. ... FULL STORY

Quantum Physics Research by UCSB Physicists Chosen as One of Physics World's Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2011
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Quantum hardware developed by physicists at UC Santa Barbara is among the Top 10 Physics Breakthroughs of 2011, as named by Physics World, the news organization ... FULL STORY

UCSB English Scholar Studies Global Icons as Symbols of Collective Consciousness
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, the Dali Lama –– as individuals, their contributions to the world are almost without measure. Even stronger, though, are ... FULL STORY

UCSB Economist Studies Impact of Climate Change on Health and Related Expenditures
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– When considering the health consequences of climate change, most people imagine prolonged periods of extremely high temperatures and the associated physical ... FULL STORY

Scientists Publish New Findings about the ‘Supernova of a Generation'
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– An international team of scientists, including astrophysicists from UC Santa Barbara, has discovered that a supernova that exploded in August –– dubbed the ... FULL STORY

UCSB Ranked No. 7 in Leiden Ranking of World's Top 500 Universities
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 7 on its annual list of the top ... FULL STORY

Scholarship Established in Honor of UCSB Communication Professor
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In honor of his extraordinary contributions to the field of international education, the Council for International Education and Exchange (CIEE) has established ... FULL STORY

UCSB Computer Scientists Recognized for Pioneering Technological Advances
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – In recognition of pioneering research "that will sustain competitiveness in the digital age," UC Santa Barbara faculty members Divyakant Agrawal and Linda ... FULL STORY

UCSB Student to Accept White House Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A UC Santa Barbara student studying ocean ecology will accept the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring ... FULL STORY

Eight Distinguished UCSB Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Eight UC Santa Barbara faculty members, including Nobel laureate Alan J. Heeger, have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association ... FULL STORY

‘UCSB Reads' Picks ‘Moby-Duck' by Donovan Hohn
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– "Questions can be like ocean currents," notes author Donovan Hohn. "Wade in a little too far and they can carry you away. Follow one line of inquiry and ... FULL STORY

UCSB's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis: A Model for Enhancing Scientific Understanding
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists from all over the world gather several times a year on the third floor of a building overlooking State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. They're ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientists Make Advances in Neuroscience and Vision Research
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Thanks to a new study of the retina, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have developed a greater understanding of how the nervous system becomes wired during ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientist Contributes to Discovery of the Fastest-Rotating Massive Star Ever Recorded
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– An international team of scientists has found the fastest-rotating massive star ever recorded. The star spins around its axis at the speed of 600 kilometers ... FULL STORY

National Communication Association Recognizes Five UCSB Faculty Members
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The National Communication Association (NCA) has presented awards to five faculty members in the Department of Communication at UC Santa Barbara. The recipients ... FULL STORY

Deadline Approaching for UCSB's 5th STAGE International Script Competition
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The deadline for playwrights wishing to participate in the 5th STAGE International Script Competition is Thursday, December 1. Headquartered at UC ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scholar Presents New Reading of Hieroglyphic Verb, Alters Current Understanding of Maya Ritual Texts
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– By presenting a new interpretation of a Maya hieroglyphic verb, Gerardo Aldana, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara, has ... FULL STORY

Study of Flower Petals Shows Evolution at the Cellular Level
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A new study of flower petals shows evolution in action, and contradicts more that 60 years of scientific thought. The findings are reported by a scientist ... FULL STORY

UCSB Computer Science Scholar to Give Faculty Research Lecture
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Linda Petzold, professor of mechanical engineering and of computer science at UC Santa Barbara, will give UCSB's 2011 Faculty Research Lecture on Thursday, ... FULL STORY

‘Fishy Lawnmowers' Help Save Pacific Corals
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Can fish save coral reefs from dying? UC Santa Barbara researchers have found one case where fish have helped coral reefs to recover from cyclones and predators. Coral ... FULL STORY

UCSB Psychology Professors Study Gene-Culture Interaction
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Two psychologists at UC Santa Barbara have provided a new twist on the old adage that people are products of both nature and nurture, in introducing a framework ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientist to Blog From Antarctica As He Studies TransAntarctic Mountains
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Thanks to John Cottle, people who enjoy reading about science online are about to get a feel for what research is like in Antarctica, as it's happening. ... FULL STORY

NCEAS Study Examines Impact of Climate Change on Animal, Plant Populations in Oceans and on Land
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A new study carried out at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and published this week in the journal ... FULL STORY

UCSB Physicists Identify Room Temperature Quantum Bits in Widely Used Semiconductor
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A discovery by physicists at UC Santa Barbara may earn silicon carbide –– a semiconductor commonly used by the electronics industry –– a role at the center ... FULL STORY

UCSB's Ocean Walk Faculty Housing Project Receives LEED Certification From U.S. Green Building Council
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The first 22 homes of UC Santa Barbara's Ocean Walk faculty housing project have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes ... FULL STORY

Winner of $1 Million X-CHALLENGE Has Roots at UCSB's Bren School
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– An innovative piece of oil-spill recovery equipment –– evolved from a design created at UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management ... FULL STORY

UCSB Chancellor's Community Breakfast to Focus on Energy Efficiency
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– John Bowers, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara and director of the campus's Center for Energy Efficient Materials and ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scholar Translates a Dozen Medieval –– and Bawdy –– French Farces
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– They were the sitcoms of their time –– lowbrow comedies that lampooned every serious topic, from sex and relationships to politics and religion. In her new ... FULL STORY

Scientists Make Strides Toward Drug Therapy for Inherited Kidney Disease
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered that patients with an inherited kidney disease may be helped by a drug that is currently available for other ... FULL STORY

UCSB's New Center for BioEngineering Producing Important Scientific Advances
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A new center at UC Santa Barbara has the development of an artificial pancreas in its sights, as well as new biomaterials, new tools for the detection and ... FULL STORY

UCSB Colloquium on Mexican Literature to Take Place on Campus and at Casa de la Guerra in Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A group of international scholars and writers will gather at UC Santa Barbara for "The Two Faces of Fiction," the 14th annual colloquium on Mexican literature. ... FULL STORY

Private Giving to UC Santa Barbara Reached Nearly $35 Million in 2010-11, Bringing Campus's Campaign Total to $623 Million
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara continues to attract strong philanthropic support for the campus, thus far generating more than $623 million for priority ... FULL STORY

Author Demetria Martínez to Receive UCSB's Luis Leal Literature Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Poet, novelist, and journalist Demetria Martínez is the recipient of UC Santa Barbara's 2011 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. ... FULL STORY

Russian Museum Curator to Give a Talk on Rasputin
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Aleksei Kulegin, curator of the Museum of Political History of Russia in St. Petersburg, will give a talk at UC Santa Barbara on the murder of Grigorii Rasputin. ... FULL STORY

UCSB Nobel Laureate Honored as Centenary Solvay Chair
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– On the 100th anniversary of the first Solvay Conference on Physics, the International Solvay Institutes have created a special "Solvay Centenary Chair," ... FULL STORY

International Team Crafts Plan for Feeding the World While Protecting the Planet
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Can we feed the 9 billion-plus people anticipated to live on this planet in 2050 without destroying Earth's life support systems? A team of researchers from ... FULL STORY

Critical Issues in America Series to Examine Speculative Futures
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Focusing on the topic "Speculative Futures," the 2011-12 Critical Issues in America series at UC Santa Barbara will bring together humanities scholars, media ... FULL STORY

UCSB Conference to Highlight New Scholarship on César Chávez and the UFW
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– New research and scholarship that have altered the general understanding of the United Farm Workers (UFW) movement as well as that of labor and civil rights ... FULL STORY

UC Santa Barbara Awarded $15 Million by Dow Chemical Company to Establish Collaborative Institute for Materials Research and Education
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Dow Chemical Company has awarded UC Santa Barbara up to $15 million to establish a collaborative research initiative that will help shape the future ... FULL STORY

UCSB Ranked No. 35 in World University Rankings
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara has been ranked number 35 in a list of the world's top 200 universities released today by Times Higher Education, a British periodical. ... FULL STORY

Director of UCSB Writing Program Invited to White House
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Linda Adler-Kassner, director of the Writing Program at UC Santa Barbara, has been invited to visit the White House on Friday, October 7, to meet with officials ... FULL STORY

UCSB Early Academic Outreach Program Presents Higher Education Week
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC Santa Barbara is co-hosting its fall Higher Education Week, a four-day event beginning October 18. It will ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientists Reveal How Natural Gas and Temperature Controlled Bacterial Response to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In a new study, UC Santa Barbara scientists explain how they used DNA to identify microbes present in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon ... FULL STORY

UCSB's Art Museum Exhibition Features 'Container Love,' a Show of Recent Paintings by Phil Argent
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– "Container Love," a solo show of recent paintings by Phil Argent, will be the first exhibition mounted by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum UC Santa ... FULL STORY

UCSB to Host First-Ever South Coast Sustainability Summit
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Sustainability decision makers, officials, and representatives from organizations throughout the Santa Barbara area will gather for the inaugural South Coast ... FULL STORY

Prominent Stem Cell Scientist to Relocate to UCSB from Britain
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Pete Coffey, an internationally prominent researcher working on stem cell biology and the prevention of blindness, will begin work as a full-time researcher ... FULL STORY

UCSB Computer Science and Film and Media Studies Professors Receive NSF Grant to Bring Wireless Technology to Rural Africa
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The city of Macha, located in the southern province of Zambia in sub-Saharan Africa, has a population of roughly 130,000. It also has Internet connectivity, ... FULL STORY

White House Announces that Two UCSB Faculty Members Will Receive U.S. Presidential Science Awards
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) ––President Obama today named two UC Santa Barbara faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). ... FULL STORY

Tropical and Temperate Forests Are More Similar Than Previously Believed, Scientists Say
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The temperate forests of Canada or Northern Europe may have much more in common with the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia or South America than previously ... FULL STORY

UCSB Researcher Receives Grant to Study Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Uta Passow, a researcher in UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute, spent most of the past year in the Gulf of Mexico analyzing the environmental impact ... FULL STORY

UCSB Associate Professor to Receive Prestigious NIH New Innovator Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Songi Han, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has been selected to receive a coveted 2011 New Innovator Award from the ... FULL STORY

Threat of Stereotyping Contributes to Mind-Wandering, UCSB Researcher Finds
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Mind-wandering –– or task-unrelated thought –– and the effects of negative stereotyping have long been areas of study for social and cognitive psychologists. ... FULL STORY

UCSB Develops Breakthrough Technology in Identification of Prostate Cancer Cells
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has developed a breakthrough technology that can be used to discriminate cancerous prostate cells in bodily fluids ... FULL STORY

UCSB to Hold Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Expo at Oxnard College
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara and Oxnard College are teaming up for STEM EXPO 2011 a daylong event that will bring middle and high school students from the Oxnard and ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientist Contributes to First Discovery of a Planet With Two ‘Suns'
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist Avi Shporer is part of the NASA team that has found the first known planet with two "suns," an idea popularized by the 1977 ... FULL STORY

Hitchhiking Snails Fly From Ocean to Ocean
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A UC Santa Barbara scientist and his colleagues report that snails successfully crossed Central America, long considered an impenetrable barrier ... FULL STORY

UCSB Materials Professor Shuji Nakamura to Receive Emmy Award
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has named Shuji Nakamura, professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering at ... FULL STORY

Researchers Analyze the Evolving Human Relationship with Fire
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Humanity's relationship to fire –– including wildfires, burning of fossil fuels, controlled burns, and human-caused fire –– is the focus of a report by an ... FULL STORY

UCSB Ranked Among Country's Best Universities by U.S. News & World Report
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 10 in its annual listing of the "Top 50 Public National Universities" in the country, and number ... FULL STORY

New Book by UCSB Earth Science and Environmental Studies Professor Explores the Natural History of Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– For the past 25 years, UC Santa Barbara geologist Edward A. Keller has researched and studied the natural landscape and environment of California from Camarillo ... FULL STORY

Invasive Forest Insects Cost Homeowners, Taxpayers Billions
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Homeowners and taxpayers are picking up most of the tab for damages caused by invasive tree-feeding insects that are inadvertently imported along with packing ... FULL STORY

New Grant Will Help UCSB's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration Complete Its Vertebrate Collection Catalog
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Thanks to an $80,655 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), UC Santa Barbara's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological ... FULL STORY

Nanosensors Made from DNA May Light Path to New Cancer Tests and Drugs
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Sensors made from custom DNA molecules could be used to personalize cancer treatments and monitor the quality of stem cells, according to an international ... FULL STORY

UCSB Physicists Demonstrate the Quantum von Neumann Architecture, a Quantum Processor, and a Quantum Memory on a Chip
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A new paradigm in quantum information processing has been demonstrated by physicists at UC Santa Barbara. Their results are published in this week's issue ... FULL STORY

UCSB Ranked Among Top U.S. Universities by Washington Monthly
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara has been ranked number 13 in a list of the Top 30 National Universities, released by Washington Monthly magazine in its September/October ... FULL STORY

Thoreau Edition at UCSB Receives NEH Grant for Volumes of Correspondence
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $245,000 grant to The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, a projected 28-volume series of the work ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientists, Telescopes Help Discover ‘Once in a Generation' Supernova
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– A supernova discovered Wednesday is closer to Earth ––approximately 21 million light years away –– than any other of its kind in a generation. Astronomers ... FULL STORY

UCSB Research Biologist Combines Art and Science in New Book on Fishes of the Pacific Coast
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Longnose Skate, Shortspine Thornyhead, Roughjaw Frogfish, Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker –– these are a but a few of the more than 1,500 species of fish that make ... FULL STORY

How Fat and Obesity Cause Diabetes
High levels of fat shut down a key enzyme that promotes glucose sensing in pancreatic beta cells –– revealing a pathway implicated in the Type 2 diabetes epidemic (Santa ... FULL STORY

Decade-Long Study Reveals Recurring Patterns of Viruses in the Open Ocean
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Viruses fill the ocean and have a significant effect on ocean biology, specifically marine microbiology, according to a professor of biology at UC Santa ... FULL STORY

National Science Foundation Extends Funding for Nanotechnology Internship Program at UC Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The National Science Foundation (NSF) has committed $417,822 to continue funding UC Santa Barbara's innovative Internships in Nanosystems Science, ... FULL STORY

New Book by UCSB Sociologist Examines the Effects of Juvenile Crime Policies on the Lives of Urban Youth
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– For Victor M. Rios, juvenile delinquency and gang violence –– and ways of dealing with them –– are not abstract concepts. A former gang member himself, he ... FULL STORY

Laura Romo Appointed Director of the UCSB Chicano Studies Institute
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) - Laura Romo, associate professor of education at UC Santa Barbara, is the new director of the campus's Chicano Studies Institute. She replaces Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, ... FULL STORY

UCSB Is a Leader in Graduates Selected by Teach for America
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Forty-two UC Santa Barbara graduates have been selected by Teach for America to work as beginning teachers in public schools in low-income communities across ... FULL STORY

International Film Series to Screen at UCSB
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Four films will be presented throughout the month of August as part of the "World Revolutions Film Series," sponsored by the Education Abroad Program at ... FULL STORY

Study Shows Arctic Tundra Fires Could Accelerate Climate Warming
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– After a 10,000-year absence, wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra, and a new study shows that their impact could extend far beyond the areas blackened ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scientists Receive National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Four assistant professors at UC Santa Barbara have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards. The Faculty Early ... FULL STORY

New 3-D Photonic Crystals Have Both Electronic and Optical Properties
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In an advance that could open new avenues for solar cells, lasers, metamaterials, and more, a scientist at UC Santa Barbara collaborated with ... FULL STORY

UCSB Scholars Study the Evolution of Human Generosity
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Imagine you're dining at a restaurant in a city you're visiting for the first –– and, most likely the last –– time. Chances are slim to none that you'll ... FULL STORY

High School Students in the UCSB Summer Sessions Research Mentorship Program to Present Their Work
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– For high school student Nick Camarda, working with UC Santa Barbara chemical engineer Eyal Dassau on the development of an artificial pancreas is not just ... FULL STORY

Parasites Help Reveal New Ecological Rules
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists at UC Santa Barbara and other institutions say their new research is expected to profoundly affect the field of ecology and can assist the management ... FULL STORY

UCSB Research Projects Part of $4 Million Grant from Ocean Protection Council
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The California Ocean Protection Council has awarded $4 million to support the initial monitoring of newly designated marine protected areas along the southern ... FULL STORY

Researchers Develop Quantum Computing System that Resists ‘Quantum Bug'
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists have taken a new step toward quantum computing, which will use quantum mechanics to revolutionize the way information is processed. This research ... FULL STORY

UCSB Receives High Rankings in Materials Research
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Materials research at UC Santa Barbara ranks second in the world in terms of citation impact –– a method for comparing the quality of research –– according ... FULL STORY

Clyde Woods, Renowned Black Studies Scholar, Dies in Santa Barbara
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Clyde Woods, 54, an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara and a distinguished scholar whose research examined social and public policy issues by studying ... FULL STORY

UCSB Librarian Combines Interests in Vexillology and NASA Space Program to Become an Expert on Flags on the Moon
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– When Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the United States flag on the moon on July 20, 1969, it represented a major feat in engineering. ... FULL STORY

UCSB's Kohn Hall Receives LEED Silver Certification From U.S. Green Building Council
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– UC Santa Barbara's Kohn Hall, home of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ... FULL STORY

UCSB, County Fire Department to Conduct Prescribed Burn on Lagoon Island
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), the UC Santa Barbara Fire Protection Division, and the Santa Barbara County Fire ... FULL STORY

UCSB Senior Named 2011 Harriman Fellow
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Lucia Tapia, an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara who is pursuing a double major in French and communication, has received a 2011 Pamela Harriman Foreign ... FULL STORY