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Featured News Archive 2004-2005

The 2004-2005 Featured News Archive contains summaries of press releases about prominent news developments at UCSB from July 2004 to June 2005. 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.

Cells treated with griseofulvinAnti-fungal Drug Could Be a Cancer Treatment  A drug that has been used for 40 years for the treatment of skin fungus has been found to be a possible cancer treatment, according to Leslie Wilson, professor of biochemistry and pharmacology at UCSB. The accompanying image shows cells that were treated with the drug, griseofulvin. 6/28/2005

International Scholars Here to Study Religion  American studies scholars from 18 countries around the world are at UC Santa Barbara this summer studying the religious diversity of the United States and finding out first hand how people with widely differing beliefs can coexist. The program that brought them here, now in its fourth year, was developed by the Department of Religious Studies and is sponsored by the State Department. 6/22/2005

Evelyn Hu Receives NSF Director's Award  Evelyn Hu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials and co-director of the California NanoSystems Institute, has received the National Science Foundation's Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. She is one of seven national winners of the award, through which the NSF is seeking to promote improvement and innovation in the teaching of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The award includes approximately $300,000 in project support over four years. 6/21/2005

101 Seniors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa  Faculty members have inducted 101 high-achieving seniors into the UCSB chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honorary academic society. 6/20/2005

SPOT image of UCSB Lagoon New Partnership to Focus on Satellite Imagery  UCSB scientists say that a new collaboration between the campus and a private company, Terra Image USA, headquartered in Santa Barbara, will have a major impact on research that utilizes satellite imagery. The partnership will allow UCSB researchers virtually unlimited access to high spatial resolution commercial satellite imagery, a research asset that has previously been available to universities in very limited quantities. 6/20/2005

Frank Brown.U.S. Presidential Science Award Presented to UCSB's Frank Brown  Frank L. H. Brown, a young assistant professor in UCSB's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded the highest honor that a scientist at the beginning of his or her career can receive in this country. He was among 58 individuals from across the nation who were presented with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). 6/13/2005

UCSB on Team Awarded $13 Million for Nano-Attack on Plaque  A partnership of 25 scientists from the College of Engineering at UCSB and The Burnham Institute and The Scripps Research Institute, both of La Jolla, has been awarded $13 million to use nanotechnologies in the design of new ways to detect, monitor, treat, and eliminate "vulnerable" plaque, the probable cause of death from sudden cardiac arrest. The organizations were selected as a collaborative "Program of Excellence in Nanotechnology" by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 6/13/2005

Graduating Seniors Win Top Awards
Three outstanding graduating seniors  will receive the university's top three awards for their scholastic achievements, their extraordinary service to the university and the community, and their personal courage and persistence. 6/2/2005
Six graduating women will receive cash awards  totaling $49,000 from the now-defunct Santa Barbara City Club, whose members sought to reward top female graduates at UCSB for a "job well done." 6/2/2005
Two graduating seniors and two doctoral candidates  have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate research. 6/6/2005
Four College of Letters and Science graduates  are being recognized with awards for their academic achievements. 6/7/2005

Playwright Naomi Iizuka.Marine Sponge Yields Nanoscale Secrets, UCSB Scientists Report  The simple marine sponge is proving to be an inspiration to UCSB scientists. In a cover story in the journal "Advanced Materials," they explain how the sponge is helping their cutting-edge research on the design of new materials. The publication's cover shows a version of the illustration here, featuring gold nanoparticles coated with a layer of molecules. 5/23/2005

Discovery May Lead to Cancer, Fertility Drugs  A recent discovery in cell fusion at UCSB may allow scientists to enhance organ regeneration by stem cells, prevent the progression of cancer, and control fertility. The discovery by a team of researchers was made in the laboratory directed by Joel H. Rothman, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology. 5/19/2005

Scholar Says Atomic Bombs Not Main Cause of Japan's Surrender
In his new book, "Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan," UCSB history professor Tsuyoshi Hasegawa argues that the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 had little effect on a Japanese leadership squabbling over how to end the war with their monarchy, honor, and privileged positions intact. It was only when the Soviets, jockeying with the United States for post-war influence in Asia, declared war and invaded Japanese-held Manchuria that Japan's leaders capitulated to prevent falling under Soviet dominance. 5/18/2005

Playwright Naomi Iizuka.Busy UCSB Playwright Honored With Alpert Award in the Arts  Naomi Iizuka, a professor of dramatic arts and director of the Playwriting Program at UCSB, has been named one of five winners of the prestigious 2005 Alpert Award in the Arts. The award, which includes $50,000 and a residency at the California Institute for the Arts, recognizes artists who have demonstrated exceptional talent and who are particularly responsive to the complex, challenging, and fertile role of the artist in society. 5/16/2005

James Weaver's winning image of the skeletal system of a marine sponge.Graduate Student Wins International 'Science as Art' Competition  Scientific research into the world of the very small led one UCSB student to develop an artistic and award-winning image of the natural world using the "eyes" of the scanning electron microscope. For his image of the complex skeletal system of a marine sponge (above), James Weaver won first place in the "Science as Art" competition at the Materials Research Society's recent international conference. 5/12/2005

Paul and Natalie Orfalea Orfalea Foundation Backs New Global Studies M.A. and Center  UCSB is establishing a novel graduate program and center in global and international studies that will focus on the academic preparation of professionals to work in the global non-profit sector as well as in international government and multinational business. Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea (above, with his wife, Natalie) and the Orfalea Family Foundation of Santa Barbara are providing critical seed money for the new effort in the form of a major financial pledge. 5/3/2005

Two Faculty Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Two members of the UCSB faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The election of Anthony G. Evans, a professor of materials in the College of Engineering, and Joseph G. Polchinski, a professor of physics and a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, brings to 25 the number of current UCSB faculty members who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. 5/3/2005

Blinding Diseases Found to Have Genetic Link  Alterations in a gene involved in the body's immune system dramatically increase the likelihood of developing a blinding disease—age- related macular degeneration—late in life according to new findings by UCSB's Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration and an international team of scientists. The researchers believe that the new genetic findings will lead to the development of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments. 4/30/2005

Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Three From UCSB  UCSB professors Joseph H. Connell, Reginald G. Golledge, and Galen Stucky have been elected fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Their election brings the number of UCSB faculty elected AAAS fellows to 21. 4/27/2005

Campus Offers Admission to 19,753 for Fall  UCSB has offered a place in its fall 2005 entering class to a total of 19,753 high school students. The prospective freshmen were selected from a pool of 37,498 applicants. Of those admitted, 93 percent are enrolled in California high schools. Both the academic quality and diversity of the class of students accepted appear to be the strongest ever for UC Santa Barbara. 4/19/2005

QAD mural Art Department Students Create Mural for QAD Corporate Offices  The global corporate headquarters of QAD in Summerland now features a dynamic, large-scale abstract mural created by students in UCSB's Art Department. Commissioned by the company, the 70 x 30 foot acrylic painting (a working drawing appears above) is called "Collide-A-Scope." The mural will become part of QAD's permanent art collection, "Innovations on Light and Color," which showcases contemporary artwork from around the world. 4/18/2005

Professor Thomas C. BruiceNational Award Crowns Lifetime of Achievement for Chemist
Thomas C. Bruice, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is this year's winner of what is considered to be the country's highest honor in chemistry from the National Academy of Sciences. The pioneering biochemist, nearly 80 years old, is still prolific, writing as many scientific articles as he did when he was 40—about one per month. Of his 560 scientific articles, only five were written with co-authors. He came to UCSB in 1964 in part because, as he put it, "I liked to surf." 4/18/2005

Professor Sharon Ann FarmerUCSB Historian Wins Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship
Sharon Ann Farmer, a professor of history at UC Santa Barbara and a member of the faculty since 1986, has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for 2005. She is among just 186 artists, scholars, and scientists from the United States and Canada to receive the honor this year. 4/13/2005

David Awschalom.DavidAwschalom Awarded the 2005 Agilent Europhysics Prize
The European Physical Society has awarded the 2005 Agilent Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Condensed Matter Physics to Professor David Awschalom of UC Santa Barbara. He and two others are being honored for their investigations of magnetic semiconductors and spin coherence in the solid state, which has paved the way for the emergence of spin electronics, or "spintronics." The Europhysics Prize is one of the most prestigious physics awards in Europe. 4/7/2005

Dick Hebdige and Kim Yasuda.UCSB Selected as New Home of UC Arts Research Institute
The campus has been selected as the new home of the UC Institute for Research in the Arts. The two UCSB faculty members pictured above will serve as campus co-directors of the institute: Kim Yasuda, professor and former chair of art, and Dick Hebdige, professor of art and film studies and current director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, where the institute will be located, beginning July 1. 4/5/2005

'CAREER'Grants From National Science Foundation Given to 4 at UCSB
Four young UCSB faculty members have received the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in support of early career development activities. The award is designed to support those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century to help them build a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to both research and education. 3/21/2005

Director of CNSI, Professor Evelyn HuNanoSystems Institute Chief Evelyn Hu Chosen 2005 Faculty Research Lecturer  The UCSB faculty has selected Evelyn Hu to receive its most prestigious honor, the Faculty Research Lectureship. Hu, director of the California NanoSystems Institute, is an internationally recognized researcher and a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials. Hu's lecture on her research, titled "Michelangelo's Laser: Sculpting Form into Function," will take place Tuesday, May 24, at 4 p.m. in Room 1001 of the Engineering Science Building. 3/10/2005

New Sloan Fellows at UCSB. Four Young Faculty Members Win Prestigious Sloan Fellowships  The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected four young members of the UCSB faculty to receive prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships this year. The four (from left in photo above: Frank L.H. Brown, chemistry; Everett A. Lipman, physics; Milen T. Yakimov, mathematics; and Jeffrey M. Moehlis, mathematics) were among 116 scholars nationally to win Sloan Research Fellowships this year. 3/8/2005

Marine Science, Channel Islands Sanctuary Win U.S. Funds for Educational Outreach  The campus's Marine Science Institute will expand its partnership with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in a new center to be built at UCSB and financed, in large part, with federal funds. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Lois Capps were instrumental in helping secure funds for the new building. 3/1/2005

Professor Rachel Haymon.Sea-Floor Venting Yields Clues to Early Life on Earth
New keys to understanding the evolution of life on Earth may be found in the microbes and minerals vented from below the ocean floor, say scientists at UCSB. Newly discovered geological and biological manifestations of hydrothermal activity at two sites on the sea floor to the west of Central America are reported in the journal Geology by Rachel Haymon (pictured), a professor of geology, and three other UCSB geologists. 2/28/2005

The Bertelsens$1 M. Gift Supports Entrepreneurship Program and Research on Impact of Technology  UCSB Foundation Trustee Mark Bertelsen and his wife, Susan, have made a $1 million gift to the campus that will foster entrepreneurial education through the College of Engineering's Technology Management Program and support research at the Center for Information Technology and Society. 2/28/2005

Scientists Entice Superconducting Devices to Act Like Pairs of Atoms
UCSB physicist John Martinis and collaborators at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have coaxed "artificial atoms" to mimic real atoms, an advance with possible applications for an ultra-powerful quantum computer of the future. 2/24/2005

National Academy Elects Two UCSB Engineers  Two more College of Engineering faculty members have been elected members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. The election of John E. Bowers, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Robert M. McMeeking, a professor of mechanical and environmental engineering and of materials, brings to a total of 26 the number of UCSB professors who are members of the academy. 2/11/2005

Global chlorophyll concentrations.New Ways Found to Assess Phytoplankton   A team of researchers from UCSB, NASA, and other institutions has announced the discovery of a method to determine from outer space the productivity of marine phytoplankton—a breakthrough that may provide a new understanding of life in the world's oceans. Phytoplankton are the abundant microscopic plant forms that provide the basis for most of the marine food chain and half the oxygen in our atmosphere. 2/10/2005

Christmas tree coralResearchers Discover New Coral Species  A new species of black coral—dubbed the Christmas tree coral—has been discovered off southern California by Milton Love, UCSB marine researcher, and Mary Yoklavich of NOAA Fisheries. The discovery came during dives by the researchers in "Delta," the submersible. 2/9/2005

Shankar AswaniUCSB Anthropologist Wins Top Marine Conservation Fellowship  Shankar Aswani has been named one of five scholars across the globe and the only American to receive the world's most prestigious award in marine conservation this year. The Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation includes $150,000 to support a three-year project. Aswani, the first anthropologist to be so honored, will use the fellowship to continue and expand his work with communities in the western Pacific's Solomon Islands. 2/7/2005

Professor Ambruster-Sandoval and his new book.Professor's Book Examines Globalization and the Anti-Sweatshop Movement  Each day, thousands of people around the world report to factories where they toil in arduous conditions for very low pay to produce clothing for the global market. Efforts to organize these sweatshop workers into effective unions that can effectively fight for better pay and working conditions have yielded little change. In his new book, "Globalization and Cross-Border Labor Solidarity in the Americas: The Anti-Sweatshop Movement and the Struggle for Social Justice," Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval looks at four cases of labor organization in Central America and why those efforts ultimately did not succeed. 2/7/2005

Geologist¹s Work Recognized With Two National Awards  Tanya Atwater, a professor of geology and a pioneering researcher in plate tectonics, has recently won two national awards for her contributions to the field. Atwater's interest in plate movements includes the particular kind earthquake that causes tsunamis. She is currently creating animations to show why the December 26th tsunami occurred where it did. 2/3/2005

Record Number of Applicants Seek Fall 2005 Admission  UCSB received a record 45,997 undergraduate admission applications for fall 2005. Applications from both prospective freshmen and from those looking to transfer were up over the previous year. The average GPA of all freshmen applicants is 3.71, and 30.8 percent of all applicants have a high-school Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher—641 more than last year. 2/2/2005

Chemist Wins National Academy of Sciences Medal  Thomas C. Bruice, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. The medal and prize of $15,000 is awarded annually for innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to the better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity. 2/1/2005

Campus and Canada Sponsor Visiting Fulbright Research Chair  The campus will host a visiting scholar from Canada for four months each year under a new program developed by the College of Letters and Science, Canada's Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. 2/1/2005

Oiled Birds Prompt Studies by UCSB Experts of Oil Seeps in Santa Barbara Channel  Oil-coated birds turning up on southern California beaches in recent weeks have raised concern about potential oil sources. Scientists at UCSB are studying a possible relationship between the storms that pummeled the region in January and these increased oil emissions. 1/31/2005

Writing Instruction Is Topic of National Conference  More than 250 writing educators from all over the country and other nations are expected to participate in a conference at UCSB February 5-6 that will address questions about how best to teach writing to today's students at all levels of their education. The conference, "Writing Research in the Making," will offer more than 100 panel discussions and workshops. 1/20/2005

Ford Foundation Supporting New Project in Racial Studies  A group of faculty from many disciplines at UCSB has established a racial studies project aimed at developing and supporting new research on race and racism. Supported by an $110,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, the project will also look at new ways of studying racial issues. Participants include social scientists and humanists who study race from different vantage points: global, national, local, and experiential. 1/19/2005

Retired UCSB Police Chief John MacPherson Dies of Cancer  Former UCSB Police Chief John L. "Mac" MacPherson, Jr., passed away on Friday, January 14. He was 57 and had been fighting cancer since November of 2003. "Our entire campus community is deeply saddened" by his death, said Chancellor Yang. "Mac was a dedicated, important, and valued member of our UCSB family." 1/19/2005

The nine different RNA fabrics that were generated by tectosquares self-assemblyScientists Build Nanoscale 'Jigsaw' Puzzles Made of RNA
Working at the leading edge of bionanotechnology, scientists at UCSB are using assembly and folding principles of natural RNA, or ribonucleic acid, to build beautiful and potentially useful artificial structures at the nano-scale. Possible applications include the development of nanocircuits, medical implants, and improved medical testing. 12/17/2004

Scholars Report Gains in Retina Research  Scientists at UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute are reporting significant advances in their studies of retinal detachment, including the fact that cellular changes that occur in the retinas of animals with retinal detachments also occur in humans. The research has broad implications since the cell types involved are the same as those in the brain and spinal cord. 12/14/2004

Communication Department Graduate Programs Ranked Best in Nation
A recent survey of communication scholars by the National Communication Association shows the graduate programs in UCSB's Department of Communication to be the most highly regarded in the country. Conducted in the 2003-2004 academic year, the study asked NCA members to judge the reputations of 132 doctoral programs in nine specialty areas of communication. 12/8/2004

External Research Support Reaches Record Level in 2003-04  For the eighth consecutive year, research support from external sources reached a record high at UCSB last year when a total of $161.4 million was received from federal and state agencies, corporations, and foundations. Such funds have nearly doubled over the past decade. The campus was awarded more than 1,081 research contracts and grants last year. 11/22/2004

Annenberg Foundation Donates $1 Million to Center  The Annenberg Foundation has made a $1 million grant to support the Center for Film, Television and New Media. The Annenberg grant brings to $6.75 million the total raised thus far toward a goal of $10 million for the privately funded center. 11/22/2004

Professor Michael GurvenAnthropologist Michael Gurven Wins Prestigious Plous Award  Michael Gurven of the Department of Anthropology has won the Harold J. Plous Award for 2004. The honor is given annually by UCSB's Academic Senate, on behalf of the faculty, to an assistant professor who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching and service to the university. Gurven's research involves extensive fieldwork with the Tsimane people of Bolivia. 11/16/2004

David Awschalom Wins American Physical Society's Buckley Prize  David D. Awschalom, a professor of physics and of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the American Physical Society's 2005 Oliver E. Buckley Prize for fundamental contributions to experimental studies of quantum spin dynamics and spin coherence in condensed matter systems. 11/10/2004 See also a report on the latest discovery by Awschalom's research group. 11/11/2004

Alan Liu.English Professor Alan Liu Lays Down 'The Laws of Cool'
Society considers many things to be 'cool.' But according to Alan Liu, a professor of English, right now the coolest things of all have to do with technology and information. In his latest book, "The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information," published by the University of Chicago Press, Liu examines the influence of cool on popular culture, education, and the knowledge-work corporate world where what's cool is at times at odds with what is required or necessary. 11/10/2004

NSF Picks UCSB for New International Materials Center  UCSB has been selected by the National Science Foundation to host a new International Center for Materials Research. The project has received initial funding of $3.5 million over five years. The center's mission will be to promote global excellence in materials science and engineering through a series of research and educational programs. 11/3/2004

Jonathan LevineYoung Scholar Receives Packard Fellowship  Jonathan Levine, assistant professor of biology in UCSB's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, has been awarded a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The fellowship of $625,000, paid over five years, is designed to provide support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers. Levine studies the invasion of species into new biogeographic regions. 10/19/2004

Finn E. KydlandEconomist Kydland Wins Nobel Prize  Finn E. Kydland, the Henley Professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics. He shares the prize with Edward C. Prescott of Arizona State University. Kydland joined the UC Santa Barbara faculty on July 1, 2004. He previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his Ph.D. Prescott is the W.P. Carey Chair of Economics at Arizona State's W.P. Carey School of Business and a senior monetary adviser at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He was a visiting professor at UCSB in winter quarter 2004, when he held the Maxwell and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics. 10/11/2004

Nobel Laureate David Gross and Chancellor Henry Yang. Physicist David Gross, Director of the KITP, Wins Nobel PrizeThe 2004 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to David Gross, professor of physics and director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC, Santa Barbara, and two others. The prize is for the "discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction" and is shared with H. David Politzer of the California Institute of Technology and Frank Wilczek of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Wilczek also served on the faculty at UCSB from 1981 to 1989.) Gross, above left, is joined by Chancellor Henry Yang at the campus press conference. 10/5/2004

UCSB Picked for Library of Congress Effort to Preserve Endangered Digital Information  Concerned that millions of nationally important digital information resources are in danger of being lost or corrupted, the Library of Congress has partnered with eight institutions—including the University of California, Santa Barbara—to begin a $15 million effort to build a nationwide digital collection and preservation system. 9/30/2004

3 Professors Win Fulbright Fellowships  Three UCSB faculty members are among the 800 academics nationwide who have been awarded grants through the Fulbright Scholar Program for the 2004-2005 academic year to study or lecture abroad. 9/30/2004 In addition, UCSB will host four foreign scholars who are among those selected to be Fulbright Visiting Scholars for the year. 9/30/2004

Photo of the Oregon Coastline by Karl Cottenie NCEAS Will Help Develop Tools for Sustainable Coastal Management  The National Center for Ecological Analyses and Synthesis (NCEAS) has been awarded a $2 million grant by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to design a pioneering program to synthesize and evaluate existing ecosystem-based management data, and develop new tools to address gaps in knowledge that are critical for sustainable coastal management. 9/16/2004

Annual Philanthropic Support for UCSB Reaches a Record $80 Million
Alumni and friends of UC Santa Barbara contributed a record $80 million to the campus in private philanthropic support during 2003-2004 for teaching, research, and programmatic support. The year was the most successful ever for UCSB, surpassing the fund-raising achievement of the previous year by more than $30 million. 9/14/2004

Scientists'Discovery Increases Understanding of MS  Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made an important discovery that will increase the understanding of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease of the central nervous system in which the myelin sheath, an insulating membrane surrounding the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, starts to unravel for reasons as yet unknown. 9/14/2004

National Science Foundation Picks UCSB for New Chemical Bonding Center  UCSB is one of three sites selected by the National Science Foundation for one of its new Chemical Bonding Centers. The Chemical Design of Materials Center will be headed by Nicola A. Spaldin, an associate professor of materials. 8/30/2004

Analysis of Biological Clock May Lead to Greater Understanding of Disease
Our biological clock, or circadian rhythm, is upset by traveling across time zones, but soon the body adjusts to the new day/night cycle. New studies of the computational models of the circadian rhythm of fruit flies show that the internal clock is robust—that is, not easily perturbed. These studies by researchers at UCSB's new Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies may eventually lead to greater understanding of human jet lag as well as human disease. 8/30/2004

UCSB Given Archives of the Late Mexican-American Music Legend, Don Tosti  The late Don Tosti, known as "the Godfather of Latin Rhythm and Blues," had an illustrious career as a composer, musician, bandleader and television personality. Before his death August 2 at age 81, he donated his personal papers, music, and other memorabilia from his long career to the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, housed in Davidson Library. 8/27/2004

Cover of Newsweek "America's Hottest Colleges"UCSB Again Named One of 'Hottest Colleges'  For the second time in the past three years, UC Santa Barbara has been named one of the country's "hottest colleges" by the popular and widely read Newsweek/Kaplan "How to Get Into College" guide. Only 25 institutions were featured in the "America's Hottest Colleges" section of the 2005 edition of the guidebook, and just 10 of them, including UCSB, were also featured in a Newsweek article headlined "Hot Schools" that appeared in the issue dated August 23. 8/25/2004

Mesopotamian MarshlandsResearch Could Help Efforts to Restore Iraqi Wetlands  A UCSB geographer has developed a new technique for monitoring changes in wetland size that could be helpful in documenting the restoration of the depleted Mesopotamian Marshlands in Iraq. Leal Mertes, a professor in the Department of Geography, has come up with a system that uses data collected by NASA satellites to map both open water and inundated vegetation. 8/24/2004

Song-I HanNew Faculty Member Receives Dreyfus Research Award
Song-I Han, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry who joined the UCSB faculty in July, has been named a recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award for 2004. Han was one of only nine recipients nationwide. 8/10/2004

KITP Director Receives France's Highest Scientific Honor  David J. Gross, director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, has been selected the 2004 recipient of France's highest scientific honor—the Grande Médaille D'Or (the Grand Gold Medal)—for his contributions to the understanding of fundamental physical reality. Gross will receive the award, conferred by the French Academy of Sciences, at ceremonies in Paris on November 23.

Bruce BimberFoundation Supports Study of Technology and Learning Although instructional technology is widely used in higher education, research on how students learn with technology has not kept pace. Now a team of UCSB researchers led by Bruce Bimber, director of the Center for Information Technology and Society, is conducting a major study to determine if the use of instructionally relevant technology in college classrooms affects the quality of learning. The project is supported by a $340,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 8/4/2004

Campus Center Now a Key Source of Wildfire Information  Fire season is an extremely busy time for the Southern California Wildfire Hazard Center at UCSB. The U.S. Forest Service is now using the computer model based at UCSB, which was designed in cooperation with a consortium of universities, research organizations and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The center's focus is the management of fire hazards at the urban-wildland interface. 7/21/2004

New Research Expected to Improve Cancer Treatments   Researchers at UCSB have determined that a new drug combination containing two natural products—the yew tree derivative Taxol and a chemical from an ocean-growing sponge—might eventually help patients with breast, lung, and ovarian cancer as well as Kaposi's sarcoma. The researchers found that the synergistic effect of the two drugs together is greater than either one alone. 7/15/2004

Dr. Michael S. WitherellFermilab's Witherell Appointed Vice Chancellor for Research The head of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Dr. Michael S. Witherell, has been named vice chancellor for research at UCSB. A former member of the UCSB faculty, he also will hold an appointment in the Department of Physics. Witherell is a leading physicist who has received numerous honors for his achievements in and contributions to science. His appointment as vice chancellor is effective July 1, 2005, pending approval by UC President Robert Dynes and the Board of Regents. 7/7/2004

Richard A. Auhll Graduate Student Pavilion. Gift Supports Expansion of Engineering Pavilion for Graduate Students   Engineering graduate students will have a centralized gathering place with office space and meeting facilities as a result of a $500,000 contribution from UCSB Foundation Trustee Richard A. Auhll. The gift will support the expansion and renovation of an existing pavilion located in the courtyard of Engineering II (see illustration). It will be named the Richard A. Auhll Engineering Graduate Student Pavilion in honor of the donor. 7/1/2004