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Featured News Archive 2002-2003

The 2002-2003 Featured News Archive contains summaries of press releases about prominent news developments at UCSB from July 2002 to June 2003. The heading of each item links to the full text of that story. All first appeared on the UCSB Featured News and Campus Topics page.

Bruce BimberProfessor Says the Internet Is Changing American Democracy In his book "Information and American Democracy: Technology and the Evolution of Political Power," Bruce Bimber, professor of political science at UCSB, says the Internet is influencing the way Americans practice democracy. The Web isn't making democracy better or worse, he says, just different. 6/27/2003

Campus Hosts Fulbright Institute on Religious Diversity in the U.S.  TAmerican-studies scholars from around the world are at UCSB this summer studying the religious diversity of the United States and finding out first hand how people with such differing beliefs can coexist. 6/27/2003

China Gives Rare Collection to UCSB Library  The People's Republic of China has donated a major Chinese studies collection to the Davidson Library. Called "Siku Weishoushu Jikan," the bound set of social, cultural, and historical writings from the 18th and 19th centuries consists of 301 volumes and includes 2,500 titles. UCSB is the only university library in Southern California to have this distinguished collection. 6/24/2003

Winners Selected for Awards in Research and Mentoring
The Chancellor's Award  for Excellence in Undergraduate Research was presented to Shine Ling, a graduating senior in the College of Creative Studies. 6/6/2003
The first annual Fiona Goodchild Award  for Excellence as a Graduate Student Mentor of Undergraduate Research was presented to two doctoral students. 6/11/2003
The Chancellor's Award  for Excellence in Undergraduate Research was presented to Samir Mitragotri, assistant professor of chemical engineering, for his distinguished record of mentoring undergraduate researchers. 6/10/2003

Graduating Seniors Win Top Awards
Three graduating seniors  received the university's top three awards for their academic achievements, their service to the campus, and their courage and determination to succeed. 6/9/2003
Six surprised graduating women  each received a share of a cash award of $56,500, an unexpected gift from the now-defunct Santa Barbara City Club whose members sought to reward top female UCSB graduates for a "job well done." 6/9/2003

Powerful Nutritional Supplement Synthesized in Lab at UCSB  One of the hottest nutritional supplements, currently manufactured by fermentation and only in Japan, may eventually be synthesized in the United States thanks to research at UCSB. 6/5/2003

Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies Established  An endowed chair in Taiwan studies has been established at UCSB with a $500,000 gift from a number of individual donors associated with the Taiwanese American Foundation of San Diego. The benefactors said they made the gift to help position the campus as an international center for the exploration of Taiwan literature, history, and culture. 5/20/2003

Students Publish Book In Multiracial Studies  Four graduate students at UCSB have collaborated on a newly published book in multiracial studies titled: "Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race Across the Geohistorical Divide." 5/20/2003

Emeritus Professor and Internet Pioneer Glen Culler Dies  Glen J. Culler, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at UCSB and an important early innovator in the development of what became the Internet, died May 3 in Portland, Ore. He was 75 and a long-time Santa Barbara resident. 5/16/2003

Professor Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp. Professor and Spouse Endow 'Cluster' of 4 Linked Chairs  UC Santa Barbara is poised to become a world leader in the emerging field of systems biology as a result of an innovative philanthropic gift that will provide special opportunities for the campus to launch major new academic research initiatives. The $2 million contribution from UCSB Chemical Engineering Professor Duncan Mellichamp and his wife, Suzanne, will fund a coordinated cluster of four endowed chairs, all devoted to a carefully selected programmatic area of rising importance, which will change over time. 5/13/2003

Scientists Link Brain Plaques in Alzheimer's to Eye Disease  Scientists at the Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration at UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute have found a link between the brain plaques that form in Alzheimer's disease and the deposits in the retina that are associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a disease that leads to loss of central vision and affects 5 to 10 percent of the population over age 60. 5/9/2003

Physicist Elected to American Academy  Matthew P.A. Fisher, a professor of physics at UCSB and a permanent member of the faculty of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 5/7/2003

Professor Herbert Kroemer. Nobelist Elected to National Academy of Sciences  Herbert Kroemer, a professor in the College of Engineering and winner of a Nobel Prize in 2000 for his pioneering work in physics, has been elected to the nation's most prestigious scientific organization, the National Academy of Sciences. This brings to 22 the number of current UCSB faculty members who have been elected to the academy. 4/30/2003

Professor Catherine Albanese. Religious Studies Professor Wins Guggenheim, UC Fellowships  Catherine Albanese, a professor of religious studies at UCSB, has been awarded a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to continue work on a book about metaphysical religion in the United States. Albanese also recently received a Presidential Research Fellowship in the Humanities from the office of UC President Richard Atkinson. 4/28/2003

Mellon Foundation Gives $700,000 to NCEAS  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made a $700,000 grant to the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara to support its Network for Biocomplexity, a data management system. The funds will help NCEAS identify ecological data systems to incorporate into the network and introduce its capabilities to potential users. 4/21/2003

UC Suspends Beijing Study Abroad Program  The UC systemwide Education Abroad Program has suspended its programs at Peking University and Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China and mandated the immediate return of UC students in the programs. The decision reflects UC's ongoing concern for student safety, given the continued expansion of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) situation in the Beijing area. 4/17/2003

UCSB Admits 18,706; Quality and Diversity are Up  UCSB has offered admission for its Fall 2003 entering class to a total of 18,706 high school students. The prospective freshmen were selected from a pool of 37,308 applicants, 3,012 more than last year. "The class of applicants that we have admitted this year is exceptional for both its academic quality and its diversity," said Chancellor Henry T. Yang. 4/16/2003

Professor GoodchildFiona Goodchild Wins Presidential Award  The education director of UCSB's renowned Materials Research Laboratory received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a ceremony in Washington on March 18. Fiona Goodchild was among 10 individuals and six organizations to receive the award this year. 3/18/2003

Professor GoodchildGeographer Michael Goodchild Selected to Deliver Prestigious UC Santa Barbara Faculty Research Lecture  Michael Goodchild, a professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an internationally respected pioneer in computer-based geographical information systems, has been chosen to give the 2003 UCSB Faculty Research Lecture on April 30th. The honor is the most prestigious that the university faculty bestows on one of its own. 3/13/2003

New UCSB Earthquake Study Improves Model, Shows Hazard to Structures Located Near the Fault  Thanks to recent advances in parallel computing, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara has discovered a peculiar and important aspect of how seismic waves are generated during an earthquake. The results are published in the March 7 edition of Science Magazine. 3/10/2003

Professor MartinUCSB Astrophysicist Is Awarded Sloan Fellowship  Crystal Martin, an astrophysicist and assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has received a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, joining a small group of physicists at UCSB to win the honor in recent years. 3/7/2003

National Academy of Engineering Elects Three From UCSB  Three more faculty members have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Glenn H. Fredrickson, Sanjit K. Mitra, and Shuji Nakamura were among 77 new members and nine foreign associates elected in balloting by the academy's members, the results of which were announced in Washington on February 14. All three professors serve on the faculty of the College of Engineering, which now boasts 22 members of the National Academy of Engineering. 2/20/2003

Research Breakthrough for Spintronics, Quantum Computing  Researchers at UCSB and the University of Pittsburgh report a breakthrough in spin-based technologies and quantum computing in a paper published on the "Science Express" website. The site is Science Magazine's portal for expeditious publication of significant research findings that will subsequently appear in the magazine. The findings move esoteric spin-based technologies from the futuristic to within reach of present-day possibilities. 1/23/2003

Professors Involved in New JASON Project  The campus is a participant in the latest "JASON" project, a multimedia educational event of large proportions that will be centered at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Several UCSB researchers have helped to prepare curricula and a variety of teaching activities for the two-week program, which begins January 27. Called "JASON XIV: Shore to Sea," the project will involve students in grades four through nine from across the nation in real-time audio-video communications with researchers on land and under the Santa Barbara Channel. 1/23/2003

NSF Awards New Graduate Study Grants to UCSB  The National Science Foundation has announced 18 new grants for pioneering approaches to Ph.D. study, and UCSB is the only campus to win more than one. The two new grants bring to four the total the campus has won under this program, more than any other university. The grants are called "IGERT," short for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, and they are worth an average of $2.8 million over five years. 1/16/2003

Reversible surface switch.Reversible Switch Presages New Paradigm for Surface Design A team of researchers, including UCSB chemical engineer Samir Mitragotri and colleagues from MIT and UC Berkeley, have designed and demonstrated a reversible surface switch. Their findings, published in the Jan. 17 issue of Science, represent a new paradigm for surface design that incorporates for the first time a temporal control without altering surface chemistry. This broad, enabling technology will likely spawn a variety of new applications. 1/16/2003

6 Profs Listed Among Top Earth Scientists  Six UC Santa Barbara faculty members and one former graduate student are listed among the top Earth scientists in the world in a new reference book entitled "A to Z of Earth Scientists," part of a notable scientists series published by Facts On File, Inc. A comprehensive biographical digest of more than 150 scientists from the 18th century to the present, the book is designed for high school students, researchers, teachers, and general readers. 12/22/2002

Capps Center Wins NEH Challenge Grant  The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the center's mission. The center is dedicated to promoting the study and civil discussion of issues related to religion, values and public life through a variety of ways, including conferences, guest speakers, curricula, student internships, and fellowships. 12/17/2002

Research Fund Totals Reach Record Level  Research support from external sources reached a record high at UCSB last year, when a total of $130.4 million was received from federal and state agencies, corporations, and foundations – a 5 percent increase over the previous year. Over the past 10 years, the campus has seen an 80 percent increase in research contracts and grants from external sources. 12/11/2002

3 UC Campuses Form New Nanoscience Unit  The Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense (CNID) has been established by three UC campuses – Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Riverside – to facilitate the transformation of research innovation in the nanosciences into applications for the defense sector. Federal funding for the project, which is being shared equally by the campuses, is expected to total $20 million over three years. The center is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Defense MicroElectronics Activity (DMEA). UCSB's David Awschalom, a professor of physics and of electrical and computer engineering, spearheaded efforts to establish the center. 12/10/2002

Global Studies Chief Wins Religion Prize  Mark Juergensmeyer, professor of sociology and director of Global and International Studies at UC Santa Barbara, has won the 2003 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, "Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence" (University of California Press, 2000). 12/6/2002

Keck Foundation Gives $1.2 Million for Study of Ecological Problems  The University of California, Santa Barbara has been awarded $1.2 million by the W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles to develop new techniques and technologies for the conservation of natural resources and environmental restoration. The grant will support the creation of an interdisciplinary research program in ecotechnology, a conceptually new, proactive approach to critical conservation issues such as the restoration of degraded habitats, the maintenance of biodiversity, and the enhancement of exploited populations. 12/4/2002

Professor Debunks Urban Legends of Medieval Theater  In her new book, Jody Enders, a professor of French at UCSB, debunks myths associated with medieval theater that have been repeated as fact for centuries. One well known example was the story of a dramatic performance in Tournai, Belgium, around 1549, in which a convicted criminal was said to have been beheaded on stage in a scripted execution scene. Professor Enders's research, though, places the tale squarely alongside more recent urban legends, such as tales of alligators living in the New York City sewer system. 12/2/2002

Endowed Chair Set for KITP Director  An endowed chair for the director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics has been established with a $1 million donation from Fred Gluck. A former head of McKinsey & Company, the international management consulting firm, Gluck is a member of the Board of Trustees of the UCSB Foundation. David Gross, who came to UCSB from Princeton in 1997 to head the institute, is the first Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics. 11/21/2002

5 UCSB Researchers Win $3.5-M. Grant  A team of five UCSB researchers has been awarded a four-year, $3.5 million grant by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to investigate how to pipe digital and analog information through a photonic circuit on a single compound semiconductor chip. 11/5/2002

UCSB Names Chief of Campus Design and Facilities  UCSB has announced the appointment of Marc Fisher as Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Design and Facilities, a new position. Fisher, who currently serves as campus architect at UCLA, will take up his new duties on the Santa Barbara campus on December 1. 11/1/2002

Global Warming Has Uneven Effect On Coastal Animals  Although it is expected that populations of many organisms will move away from the equator and toward the poles to stay cool during global warming, researchers have found that the intertidal zone does not exactly fit this pattern. A study published in this week's Science Magazine indicates that there may be "hot spots" at northern shoreline sites within the next three to five years. Carol Blanchette, Patricia M. Halpin and Gretchen E. Hofmann, all from UCSB, were coauthors on this article. 10/31/2002

Psychoanalysis Book Probes Nazi Influence  Laurence Rickels, a professor of German at UCSB, says there is little about modern life that wasn't affected by Adolph Hitler's fascist regime. In his new three-volume work, Nazi Psychoanalysis, Rickels tells the history of the odd conjuncture of Nazism and psychoanalysis with frequent digressions to discuss Nazi influence in other spheres. 10/31/2002

Groundwater Pumping Model Developed By UCSB Professor  Underground water or aquifers are continuous, but the land above them is usually carved up among different owners. Hugo A. Loaiciga, a professor  of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara has designed a tool for landowners to determine how much water they can pump without depleting the aquifer they share. Professor Loaiciga said two individuals influenced his thinking on this problem. They are emeriti professors John Nash of Princeton University and Garrett Hardin of UC Santa Barbara. Nash, whose story was told in the movie "A Beautiful Mind," did mathematical studies of how businesses compete for a share of the market. 10/25/2002

Astrophysicist Wins Packard Fellowship  Crystal Martin, an astro-physicist and assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has recently been awarded a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering for the year 2002. 10/21/2002

Copper-producing bloodworm.Bloodworm's Way With Copper Likely Provides Paradigm for New Materials   Researchers, including UCSB's HerbertWaite and Galen Stuckey, report in the October 11th Science the first detection of a living organism that makes a copper–containing mineral structure as part of its skeleton. The finding is remarkable because the amount of copper detected in the jaw tip of the marine bloodworm would normally be toxic to an organism. 10/10/2002

Professors to Study Abroad Under Fulbright Grants  Two UC Santa Barbara faculty members, Patricia Ann Hall and Eduardo Paiva Raposo, are among the 800 U.S. academics and professionals chosen to receive Fulbright Scholar Awards to conduct research at foreign universities during the 2002-2003 academic year. UCSB also has been selected to host three foreign scholars. 10/9/2002

Shuji Nakamura.Nakamura Wins 2 Major International Awards  Shuji Nakamura, a professor of engineering and director of the Center for Solid State Lighting and Displays, has won two major international awards for his invention of the blue laser and blue, green, and white LEDs. 9/18/2002

Tipton Foundation Donates $1.4 Million  Tipton Foundation of Santa Ynez donates $1.4 million for a community learning center at UC's Sedgwick Reserve. 9/18/2002

U.S. News and World Report Ranks UCSB Among Best  U.S. News and World Report ranks UCSB among the best universities. 9/13/2002

Private Giving to UC Santa Barbara Reaches a Record $51.3 Million in 2001-02  In a climate of economic uncertainty, alumni and friends of the University of California, Santa Barbara demonstrated their strong support for the campus by contributing a record $51.3 million in philanthropic gifts and pledges during 2001-02. In terms of philanthropic support, the fiscal year that ended June 30 was the campus's most successful ever, surpassing the banner fund-raising achievement of the previous year by more than $3 million. 9/10/2002

Kaplan-Newsweek College Guide. College Guide Names UC Santa Barbara One of This Year's Hottest Colleges  The University of California, Santa Barbara has been named one of the 12 "hottest" colleges in the nation, according to the Kaplan College Guide, which is published by Newsweek magazine and appeared on newsstands on August 26th. Cited for its strengths in many academic disciplines, Santa Barbara was praised for its "increasingly impressive academic reputation and glamorous location." 8/23/2002