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Featured News Archive 2008-2009

The 2008-2009 Featured News Archive contains summaries of press releases about prominent news developments at UCSB from July 2008 to June 2009. 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.

Longspur ColumbineStudy of Flower Color Shows Evolution in Action   Scientists at UCSB have zeroed in on the genes responsible for changing flower color. In an article published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, two researchers document their studies of the evolution of columbine flowers in North America. They studied red columbines pollinated by hummingbirds, and white or yellow columbines pollinated by hawkmoths. "What is important in this research is that hawkmoths mostly visit –– and pollinate –– white or pale flowers," said senior author Scott A. Hodges, professor of ecology, evolution and marine biology at UCSB. 6/29/09

UCSB's Department of Religious Studies to Offer Three New Languages   Expanding its already extensive course offerings in Middle Eastern and South Asian languages, the UCSB Department of Religious Studies will add classes this fall in Pashto, Persian, and Turkish. Combined with existing courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, and Punjabi, these new languages will "cover the entire region from Morocco to Kashmir," according to Dwight Reynolds, professor of religious studies and director of the UCSB Center for Middle East Studies. 6/25/09

IMAGE DESC HERENew Book by UCSB History Scholar Examines Wal-Mart as a Business Model   In a new book titled "The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business" (Metropolitan Books), Nelson Lichtenstein, professor of history at UC Santa Barbara, investigates the rise of the merchandising giant and the business model through which it achieved such immense financial success. "Deploying computer-age technology, Reagan-era politics, and Protestant evangelism, Sam Walton's firm became a byword for cheap goods and low-paid workers, famed for the ruthless efficiency of its global network of stores and factories," said Lichtenstein. "But the revolution has gone further. Sam's protégés have created a new economic order that puts thousands of manufacturers, indeed whole regions, in thrall to a retail royalty." 6/24/09

Local Residents Serve as Officers of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation   Several distinguished business and community leaders will serve as officers of the board of trustees of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation for the 2009-2010 academic year beginning July 1. The nonprofit foundation actively promotes and encourages private philanthropy for the advancement of UC Santa Barbara and manages donated gifts to the campus, including support for students, research, and instruction. 6/22/09

Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Scholar Receives Harold J. Plous Award  Bradley Cardinale, an assistant professor of ecology, evolution, and marine biology, has received the 2009-10 Harold J. Plous Award. One of the university's most prestigious faculty honors, the award is given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university. The award was established in 1957 to honor the memory of Harold J. Plous, an assistant professor of economics. 6/15/09

Gevirtz School Awarded $900,000 Grant to Support Education of Mathematics, Science Teachers   The National Science Foundation has awarded a $900,000 grant to UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to help support the education of mathematics and science teachers in the Cal Teach program. The funding, being made available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide $10,000 fellowships for 75 teacher candidates pursuing their master’s degree. 6/11/09

Hawaiian Bobtail SquidScientists Find That Squid’s Bioluminescence Comes From Eye-Related Genes   Scientists have found that a small Hawaiian squid can hide itself by using an organ with the same genes found in its eye. The squid, commonly called Hawaiian Bobtail squid, has a light organ that is totally separate from the eyes. Using a process called bioluminescence, the squid can light up its underside to match the surrounding light from the sun. The new finding is that this organ is light sensitive and uses some of the same genes as the squid’s eye. Todd Oakley, an evolutionary biologist at UCSB, performed the evolutionary analysis of the genes of the squid. 6/11/09

Religious Studies Scholar Publishes Volume on Islam   Juan E. Campo, associate professor of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, has published the "Encyclopedia of Islam" (Facts on File, 2009). It is part of a six-volume set titled "Encyclopedia of World Religions." The series explores the major religions of the world, emphasizing the living faiths and their historical and social backgrounds. 6/11/09

Graduating Seniors Win Top Awards
Six graduating women will receive cash awards totaling $51,000 from the now-defunct Santa Barbara City Club, whose members established the program 29 years ago to reward top female graduates at UC Santa Barbara for "a job well done." 6/3/2009
Three graduating seniors, two graduate students, and a faculty member have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate research at UC Santa Barbara. 6/4/2009
Three remarkable graduating seniors at UC Santa Barbara have been named winners of the university's top awards for their scholastic achievement, their extraordinary service to the university and the community, and their personal courage and persistence. 6/8/2009
Four graduating seniors in the College of Letters and Science at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive awards for outstanding academic achievement. 6/4/2009

Image of multifunctional micelle designed by research team. Researchers Test Nanoparticle to Treat Cardiovascular Disease in Mice   Scientists at UCSB and other researchers have developed a nanoparticle that can attack plaque –– a major cause of cardiovascular disease. The new development is described in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. The treatment is promising for the eventual development of therapies for humans with cardiovascular disease, which is blamed for one third of the deaths in the United States each year. 6/5/09

Number of UCSB Patents, Inventions Increases in 2008   From the atomic force microscope to light-emitting diodes, UC Santa Barbara has cemented its place as a world leader in scientific advancements and inventions. Now, thanks to UCSB’s growing research enterprise, the campus has seen the number of inventions and patents — and the income they generate — rise dramatically over the past three years. All told, UCSB had 611 active inventions in its 2008 portfolio, which also includes 316 active U.S. patents. In fiscal 2008, UCSB produced total utility patent income of $3.88 million. 6/3/09

Reginald GolledgeRenowned Geographer Reginald Golledge Dies in Santa Barbara   Reginald Golledge, 71, an internationally recognized scholar and professor of geography at UC Santa Barbara for more than three decades, died at home on May 29, according to an announcement by the Department of Geography. An informal memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the UCSB Faculty Club. Golledge, who began teaching at UCSB in 1977, was a pioneer in the study of behavioral human geography. He was the recipient of numerous national and international awards and accolades, and was named Faculty Research Lecturer for 2009, the highest honor the UCSB faculty bestows on one of its own 6/3/09

UCSB Student is First Confirmed Case of H1N1 Flu in Santa Barbara County   A UC Santa Barbara student has become the first confirmed case of H1N1 flu in Santa Barbara County, but his symptoms were mild and he has already fully recovered. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and UCSB health officials reported the first confirmed case of H1N1 flu in the county — a 20-year-old UCSB student who sought care at Student Health Services for mild flu-like symptoms on Wednesday, May 20. The student, a resident of Isla Vista, has two roommates, neither of whom became ill. 5/27/09

"Quantum state with zero, three and six photons simultaneously (theory on left, experiment on right)"UCSB Researchers Describe Breakthrough in the Quantum Control of Light  UCSB researchers have recently demonstrated a breakthrough in the quantum control of photons, the energy quanta of light. This is a significant result in quantum computation, and could eventually have implications in banking, drug design, and other applications. The results are published in the May 28 issue of the journal Nature. 5/29/09

Scientists Find Microfossils Challenge Prevailing Timeline of Early Life on Earth   New fossil findings discovered by scientists at UC Santa Barbara challenge prevailing theories of early life on Earth, according to an article in the June issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. By analyzing microfossils at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the authors have challenged the widely held timeline that has been generally assumed to be correct for the widespread die-off of early life on Earth. 5/26/09

UCSB Receives NSF Grant for Cloud Computing Research   UC Santa Barbara is one of 14 universities sharing nearly $5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation to participate in the IBM/Google Cloud Computing University Initiative. Cloud computing allows users to log into a Web-based service that hosts the applications they need rather than maintaining software on their own computers. The UCSB group will explore many of today’s data-intensive application domains, including searches on social networks such as Facebook, and protein matching in bioinformatics, all of which require answers to complex queries on highly connected data. 5/21/09

UCSB to Host 2010 Men’s Soccer Championship   The NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee has selected UC Santa Barbara to serve as host for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. The College Cup will take place Dec. 10 and 12, 2010, at Harder Stadium. It marks the first time UCSB will host the event. "This is tremendous news," said Mark Massari, UCSB’s director of athletics. "UCSB, Santa Barbara, and the central coast area is a great choice for celebrating the NCAA Men's College Cup. We are on the national stage." 5/14/09

UCSB Scientists Document Fate of Huge Oil Slicks From Seeps at Coal Oil Point  New research by scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed the massive amount of oil in sediments offshore from petroleum seeps near Coal Oil Point in the Santa Barbara Channel. Their research, reported in an article being published in the May 15 issue of Environmental Science & Technology, documents how the oil is released by the seeps, carried to the surface along a meandering plume, and then deposited on the ocean floor in sediments that stretch for miles northwest of Coal Oil Point. 5/13/09

Voters Give Obama High Marks, According to New Zogby Poll   In his inaugural address, Barack Obama called for "a new era of responsibility." Recently, he pointed to a "confidence gap, when it comes to the American people," and acknowledged the need to "earn their trust." In an interactive survey commissioned by UC Santa Barbara’s Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, likely voters across the country were asked to rate Obama on his integrity, honesty, fairness, and vision of the country. Over half of the 3,367 respondents gave him a positive job performance rating. The Zogby Poll, conducted from April 28-30, was authored by Capps Center Director Wade Clark Roof and ethics specialist James Lichtman. 5/13/09

UC Santa Barbara's San Clemente Villages UCSB'S San Clemente Housing Project Receives Gold Certification From Green Building Council   UC Santa Barbara's San Clemente Villages graduate student housing complex has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The San Clemente project becomes the largest LEED-certified housing facility on any college or university campus in the country, according to officials with the USGBC. San Clemente Villages features four separate apartment buildings with 973 beds in 325 one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments. 5/12/09

Scientists Map West Coast Areas Most Affected by Humans   Climate change, fishing, and commercial shipping top the list of threats to the ocean off the West Coast of the United States. "Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast is affected by 10 to 15 different human activities annually," said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). "The results are a wake-up call. We are significantly affecting the oceans." 5/11/09

Lorraine McDonnellUCSB Political Scientist Elected to National Academy of Education  Lorraine McDonnell, professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara, has been elected to the National Academy of Education. She is the only scholar from UCSB who is currently a member of the prestigious organization. Before joining the faculty at UCSB, she served as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation where she led research projects on the implementation of state and federal education policies, the political role of teacher unions, and the design of educational accountability systems. 5/11/09

Na Xu (left) and Thales PapagiannakopoulosScientists Shed Light on Inner Workings of Human Embryonic Stem Cells  Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a significant discovery in understanding the way human embryonic stem cells function. They explain nature's way of controlling whether these cells will renew, or will transform to become part of an ear, a liver, or any other part of the human body. The study is reported in the May 1 issue of the journal Cell. The scientists say the finding bodes well for cancer research, since tumor stem cells are the engines responsible for the growth of tumors. 4/30/09

Stanton J. PealeUCSB Professor Emeritus Elected to National Academy of Sciences   Stanton J. Peale, a professor emeritus renowned for his work in astrophysics at UC Santa Barbara, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Peale was among 72 new members elected to the prestigious academy today in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. 4/28/09

New UCSB Energy Research Center Slated to Receive $19 Million from Stimulus Act  UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency will be home to one of 46 new multimillion-dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) announced this week by the White House. The UCSB EFRC is one of 16 scheduled for funds from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Department of Energy plans to fund the EFRC at a level of $19 million over the five-year initial award period. 4/28/09

College of Engineering Continues to Climb in National Rankings  US News & World Report has just released its 2010 rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and the news is good for the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. The College as a whole moved up from 19th in the country to 18th (tie), and is the 12th-ranked public graduate engineering school. 4/28/09

Satellite image of smoke plumes from Southern California Fire Is Important Part of Global Climate Change, Report Scientists   Fire must be accounted for as an integral part of climate change, according to 22 authors of an article published in the April 24 issue of the journal Science. The authors determined that intentional deforestation fires alone contribute up to one-fifth of the human-caused increase in emissions of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that raises global temperature. Co-lead author Jennifer Balch, a postdoctoral fellow at UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, explains that there are bigger and more frequent fires from the western U.S. to the tropics. 4/23/09

Matthew TirrellTirrell Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences   Matthew Tirrell, dean of the College of Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His selection brings to 25 the number of UCSB faculty members who have been elected fellows of the prestigious academy. 4/20/09

UCSB Receives Unconditional NCAA Certification   The UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate Athletics Department has been unconditionally certified by the NCAA, completing a process that began more than a year ago. The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification reviewed all written materials related to UCSB's athletics self-study and determined that the program should be certified. The classification means that the school is considered to be operating its athletics program in "substantial conformity" with operating principles adopted by the Association's Division I membership. 4/17/09

UCSB’s Center for Film, Television, and New Media Awarded MacArthur Grant   The Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media at UC Santa Barbara is one of 14 institutions throughout the world to be awarded a prestigious Digital Media Innovation grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The winning projects are expected to make pioneering contributions to the emerging field of digital media education. 4/16/09

UCSB Researchers Urge International Cooperation on Issues Arising from Diminishing Arctic Sea Ice   Environmental researchers at UC Santa Barbara have issued a rallying cry to protect Arctic resources, in an article published in the April 17 issue of the journal Science. "The Arctic Ocean is crossing an environmental threshold expected to transform it from a perpetually ice-covered region to a seasonally ice-free sea within the next few decades," the authors write. "The Arctic could slide into a new era featuring jurisdictional conflicts, increasingly severe clashes over the extraction of natural resources, and the emergence of a new 'great game' among the global powers." 4/16/09

David AwschalomUCSB Projects Receive $6.1 Million for Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing   In the quest for quantum information processing, diamonds may be a physicist’s best friend. According to UCSB scientists, diamonds could revolutionize the field of quantum mechanics in computing by leading to ultra-secure communication, lightning-fast database searches, and code-cracking ability. Two government funding agencies are putting $6.1 million into a pair of research projects aimed at utilizing diamond for quantum communication processing. UCSB is leading the charge on both efforts, due to dramatic developments in quantum physics in the past decade at the university. 4/16/09

UCSB Library to House Author Lou Cannon's Reagan and Rodney King Papers   The University Library at UC Santa Barbara has acquired the papers of presidential biographer and former White House correspondent Lou Cannon, who wrote five books about the legacy of Ronald W. Reagan and four other books, including "Official Negligence," a comprehensive social history about the Rodney King beating and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. "The Ronald Reagan and the Rodney King archives that are now housed in Special Collections at UC Santa Barbara represent my life's work, and I'm pleased they've found such a good home," said Cannon. 4/7/09

UC Santa Barbara Offers Admission to 21,557 for Fall 2009  UC Santa Barbara has offered a place in its fall 2009 entering class to a total of 21,557 high school seniors. The prospective UCSB freshmen were selected from a total of 44,692 applicants — the second largest applicant pool in UCSB history. The campus expects its fall 2009 entering class to number about 4,100. 4/7/09

Coral ReefFragility of World’s Coral is Revealed Through Study of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands   A new study by researchers from UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) sheds light on how threats to the world’s endangered coral reef ecosystems can be more effectively managed. In a recent issue of the journal Coral Reefs, lead authors Kimberly A. Selkoe and Benjamin S. Halpern, both of NCEAS, explain how their maps of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands can be used to make informed decisions about protecting the world’s fragile reefs. Coral reef ecosystems worldwide are at risk due to the direct and indirect effects of human activities. 4/6/09

Pekka HämäläinenUCSB Historian Wins Bancroft Book Prize  Pekka Hämäläinen, associate professor of history at UC Santa Barbara, has won the Bancroft Prize for his book “The Comanche Empire” (Yale University Press, 2008). He is one of three scholars to receive 2009 awards. One of the most coveted honors in the field of history, the Bancroft Prize is presented annually by
Columbia University. 4/1/09

Ocean Science Education BuildingFuturistic Marine Science Teaching Facility to be Built on UCSB Campus  Soon, students from Santa Barbara County and all over the state will have access to a new high-tech, hands-on teaching facility for marine science at UCSB. Ground will be broken in August for the new Ocean Science Education Building, which will house the Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS). "OCTOS will open a unique window on the sea," said Steve Gaines, director of UCSB's Marine Science Institute. Half of the structure will be home to the administrative offices of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. 3/25/09

Reginald GolledgeGeographer Reginald Golledge Receives UCSB Faculty’s Top Honor  The faculty of UC Santa Barbara has bestowed its highest honor on Reginald Golledge, professor of geography at UCSB and director of the campus’s Research Unit on Spatial Cognition and Choice. Golledge has been named Faculty Research Lecturer for 2009. Golledge, an internationally recognized scholar who lost his eyesight in the early 1980’s, is a pioneer in the field of behavioral geography and, more recently, the field of disabilities geography. 3/17/09

Ralph J. ArchuletaUCSB Scientist Wins Top Honor in Seismology  Ralph J. Archuleta, professor and chair of the Department of Earth Science at UCSB, has won the top honor of the Seismological Society of America, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal, for his outstanding contributions in seismology and earthquake engineering. The award will be presented at the society's annual meeting on April 8, in Monterey, California. "I am deeply honored that my colleagues have felt that I deserved the Harry Fielding Reid Medal," said Archuleta. 3/13/09

Three Leading Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs in Global Studies   As part of a major new initiative to build on its strengths in global studies, the College of Letters and Science at UC Santa Barbara has appointed three leading interdisciplinary scholars to a cluster of new endowed professorships focused on the study of global society, history, and culture. 3/10/09

MarineMapMarine Protected Areas Get a Boost from New UCSB Web-Based Program   William McClintock, a project scientist at UC Santa Barbara, and other researchers from UCSB's Marine Science Institute, have created MarineMap, an internet mapping and decision-support system for designing marine protected areas (MPAs). For now, stakeholders in the new system will have to be content with using it to study the California coast. But McClintock and his team hope that soon this powerful tool, which allows users to draw lines on maps to sort out potential MPAs, will help scientists provide guidance to policymakers who will map protected areas for marine life around the world. 3/5/09

Denise SeguraUCSB Sociologist Named Outstanding Latina Faculty in Higher Education, Elected President of Scholarly Association  Denise Segura, professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, has received the Outstanding Latina Faculty in Higher Education award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). The award recognizes her pioneering research in social inequality, stratification, and mobility among Chicano and Latino populations in the United States. In addition, Segura is the new president-elect of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), the largest organization of sociologists dedicated to feminist studies. 3/3/09

Two UCSB Scientists Awarded Leopold Leadership Fellowships  Two UCSB scientists have been awarded Leopold Leadership Fellowships, a prestigious North American program that focuses on communicating scientific research to a wide audience. They are Gretchen Hofmann, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, and David Lea, professor in the Department of Earth Science. The fellows will receive two weeks of intensive communication and leadership training in how to deliver information about their research to journalists, policymakers, business leaders, and the public. 3/2/09

Michael BowersUCSB Professor Receives Humboldt Research Prize  Michael T. Bowers, UCSB professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a pioneer in mapping the three-dimensional shape of biological molecules, has received the Humboldt Research Prize in recognition of lifetime achievements in science. The award was given by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. In addition to recognizing his research, the foundation has invited Bowers to carry out a research project of his choice in cooperation with colleagues in Germany. The foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually to scientists and scholars whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their discipline. 2/26/09

UCSB’s American Presidency Project Compares Obama With Other Commanders in Chief  UC Santa Barbara’s American Presidency Project, a Web site that contains over 85,000 written documents and more than 700 recordings, has a new feature that compares the activity level of the Obama administration with that of other commanders in chief who took office following a president from the opposite party. The study group includes Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Developed by John Woolley, professor and chair of political science, and Gerhard Peters, a political science graduate student who now teaches at Citrus College, the site has become the definitive online source for presidential documents. 2/25/09

Tobias MansuripurUCSB Physics Major Receives Prestigious Winston Churchill Scholarship  UC Santa Barbara senior Tobias Mansuripur, a physics major in the College of Creative Studies, is one of 14 science and engineering students in the nation to receive a prestigious Winston Churchill Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. Churchill Scholarships are awarded annually to American students with exceptional ability and outstanding achievement in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences. 2/24/09

Olympic Champion Todd Rogers to Speak at UCSB's Recreation Center   Todd Rogers, who won the gold medal in the two-man volleyball competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will speak at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, February 27. Rogers, a UCSB graduate, will speak at 1 p.m. in the university's Recreation Center Main Gymnasium. The event is free and open to the public. Rogers will speak about his road to the Olympic gold medal and his passion for sport. His appearance is part of the Department of Recreation's Natural High Lecture Series. 2/23/09

Thuc-Quyen NguyenUCSB Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awarded Sloan Fellowship  Thuc Quyen Nguyen, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has won a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Nguyen is one of 118 outstanding early career scientists, mathematicians, and economists to be named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows. Nguyen won the award for her research in chemistry, focusing on organic semiconductor materials. 2/23/09

UCSB Recognized for Community Service, Student Volunteering  UC Santa Barbara has been named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This marks the second consecutive year that UCSB has been recognized with this distinction for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the U.S. Departments of Education and of Housing and Urban Development. 2/19/09

UCSB Historians Receive Book Awards From College Art Association and American Historical Association  Anthony Barbieri-Low, an assistant professor of history at UC Santa Barbara, has received the prestigious Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association (CAA), and the James Henry Breasted Prize from the American Historical Association (AHA) for his book "Artisans in Imperial China." In addition, Carol Lansing, a professor of history at UCSB, has received the AHA’s Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian History for her book, "Passion and Order: Restraint of Grief in the Medieval Italian Communes." 2/19/09

Sylvester OgbechieUCSB Art Historian Publishes Monograph on African Artist Ben Enwonwu   From 1950 to 1965, Ben Enwonwu was the most famous artist of African ancestry anywhere in the world. He produced a sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II, traveled to the United States as a guest of the Harmon Foundation and the State Department, and exhibited his work alongside those of Pablo Picasso. Over time, however, Enwonwu has fallen into relative obscurity. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, an associate professor of art history at UC Santa Barbara, has written a monograph on the life and work of Enwonwu. Titled "Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist," it is the first significant biography published about this modern African artist. 2/18/09

Public Review Reopens for UCSB Long Range Plan  The public has another opportunity to comment on portions of the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for UC Santa Barbara's Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). University officials have announced that, as a result of public comments on the DEIR released last spring, several chapters have been revised and are being circulated for public review. The public can learn more about the new and revised material at a community workshop scheduled for Thursday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 2/12/09

Phillip WalkerNoted Anthropologist Phillip Walker Dies  Phillip L. Walker, 61, a leading scholar in the field of physical anthropology and bio-archaeology and a UCSB professor for more than three decades, died suddenly at home on February 6, according to an announcement by the Department of Anthropology. A memorial gathering is planned for Sunday, February 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Fleischmann Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara. 2/11/09

Financial Aid Office Creates Online Tutorial for Federal Student Aid Form  The Office of Financial Aid at UC Santa Barbara has created an online tutorial to assist current and prospective students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). "8 Easy Steps to the FAFSA: Student’s Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid," is designed to help prospective students complete the 2009-10 FAFSA in eight clear and easy-to-understand steps. It can be found at www.finaid.sa.ucsb.edu/Media/FAFSASimplification/index.html. 2/3/09

UCSB Researchers Share $2.1 Million Science Bridges Grant  Five UC Santa Barbara professors will share a $2.1 million grant with scientists from University of Cambridge as part of Science Bridges, a project announced by Research Councils UK. The UCSB-Cambridge project will focus on harnessing new materials for energy efficiency by building on existing collaborations to bring low-energy lighting technology to the prototype production stage. 2/2/09

Ocean in Google Earth Features California’s Marine Protected Areas  Ocean in Google Earth, featuring information, imagery, and stories on more than 3,400 Marine Protected Areas around the world, is now available. Scientists at UC Santa Barbara played a key role in the project, which enables computer users to dive beneath the surface of the sea and explore the world’s oceans. 2/2/09

UCSB Receives Grant for Training Program in Stem Cell Biology and Engineering  UC Santa Barbara has received a $1.2 million training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to continue an interdisciplinary training program in stem cell biology and engineering. The three-year grant will make it possible for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students to participate in groundbreaking research in two broad but interrelated areas: the fundamental molecular biology of stem cell proliferation and differentiation, and bioengineering approaches to develop novel biotechnologies for stem cell research. 1/30/09

UCSB Launches Pilot Composting Project   UCSB is taking a significant step toward making its zero-waste dream a reality. Working in partnership with Santa Barbara-based MarBorg Industries, the campus on Tuesday will launch a 120-day pilot composting project. All food waste from the De La Guerra dining commons will be placed in a compactor and then taken to MarBorg to be composted into a rich soil treatment. 1/27/09

54,758 Apply for Fall 2009 Admission   UC Santa Barbara has received 54,758 applications for undergraduate admission to the campus for fall 2009. The overall total is 1,113 fewer than last year. UCSB was one of four campuses in the UC system to see application numbers from prospective first-year students decline this year, although transfer applications have increased at all UC campuses — 14 percent at UCSB. Admissions officials say the slight dip in applications for the freshman class appears, at least in part, to be a reflection of the challenging economic climate. 1/23/09

Foundation to Support UCSB's Research on Disease of the Retina   Scientists at UCSB have received a $240,000 grant from the Macula Vision Research Foundation of Pennsylvania to study a debilitating disease of the retina. Lead scientist Steven Fisher has studied the retina for most of his career. He explained that this particular disease can be a relatively benign, self-limiting disease, or it can take on forms that are recurrent or chronic. 1/20/09

Luis LealUCSB Films Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Festival   Two films with connections to UC Santa Barbara will premiere later this month at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy" by UCSB graduates Renée Bergan and Mark Schuller will screen on January 23, at 6:30 p.m., and on January 26, at 3:30 p.m., in Victoria Hall, 33 W. Victoria St. "Luis Leal: A Journey of 100 Years/Luis Leal: Un Camino De 100 Años," a film by Janette Garcia that traces the life of the professor emeritus of Chicana and Chicano studies at UCSB (in photo), will screen at 7 p.m. on January 30, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and at 1:30 p.m. on February 1, in Victoria Hall. 1/16/09

UCSB Goes for the Green in RecycleMania Contest   For the first time ever, UCSB will be competing in RecycleMania, a 10-week contest in which universities and colleges around the country will get down and dirty to compare their trash and recycling rates. The university's Office of Sustainability and Ryan Kintz, the acting Associated Students recycling program coordinator, are guiding the campus's strategy for the contest, which starts Jan. 18 and ends March 28. 1/12/09

UCSB Awarded Federal Grant to Expand Successful Alcohol-Education Effort  UC Santa Barbara has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Education in support of its program to prevent high-risk drinking among college students. The grant, which covers a two-year period, will enable the campus's Alcohol and Drug Program and its Gevirtz Graduate School of Education to expand and enhance the College Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE) program developed at UCSB. 1/8/09

NASA Scientists Discover Loud Cosmic Radio Noise  A team of NASA scientists, including a UCSB physicist and his former graduate student, have discovered cosmic radio noise that they find completely unexpected and exciting. The finding came from data collected from a large helium-filled NASA balloon, big enough to fit a football field inside. The scientists discovered cosmic radio noise that is blasting six times louder than expected. 1/7/09

'UCSB Reads' Chooses Dalai Lama Book'UCSB Reads' Picks 'Ethics for the New Millennium'  The UC Santa Barbara Library has chosen "Ethics for the New Millennium" by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as this year's book selection for the UCSB Reads program. In his book, the revered spiritual leader and best-selling author presents a moral framework based on universal, rather than religious, principles. 1/7/09

UCSB Conference Examines Conflicts Between Conservatives and Organized Labor  In anticipation of upcoming debates in Congress over the Employee Free Choice Act, a group of historians, economists, sociologists, and legal scholars from around the world will gather at UC Santa Barbara for a conference titled "The American Right and U.S. Labor: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination." The conference, which is open to the public, will take place January 16-17 in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building. 1/6/09

Mark JuergensmeyerLuce Foundation Grant to UCSB Will Advance Understanding of Religion's Impact on Human Rights  The Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UC Santa Barbara has been awarded a $400,000 grant by the Henry Luce Foundation to launch a new research and educational initiative that will advance understanding of the impact of religion on international humanitarian efforts and human rights organizations around the world. 1/5/09

Denise D. BielbyUCSB Scholar Examines Television and the World Market   In a book titled "Global TV: Exporting Television and Culture in the World Market" (New York University Press, 2008), Denise Bielby, a professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, takes a look at the workings of the industry, including its origins, history, and product management. The book is co-written with C. Lee Harrington, a professor of sociology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 12/23/08

UCSB Scientists Show How Certain Vegetables Combat Cancer   While it has been known for some time that eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, can help prevent breast cancer, the mechanism by which the active substances in these vegetables inhibit cell proliferation was unknown — until now. A new study by UC Santa Barbara scientists shows how the healing power of these vegetables works at the cellular level. 12/23/08

National Communication Association Recognizes Five UCSB Faculty Members  The National Communication Association recognized the scholarly achievements of five faculty members in the Department of Communication at UC Santa Barbara. The recipients include Assistant Professor Tamara Afifi; Professor Howard Giles; Professor Linda Putnam; Ronald Rice, the Arthur N. Rupe Professor of the Social Effects of Mass Communication; and Professor David Seibold, who also received the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award. Other award recipients include several UCSB graduate students and alumni. The awards were presented at the organization's annual meeting in San Diego in November. 12/18/08

Six UCSB Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows  Six faculty members at UCSB have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are Oliver A. Chadwick, chair of the Department of Geography and professor in the Department of Environmental Studies; Mattanjah S. de Vries, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Stanley M. Parsons, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Susannah L. Scott, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering; David A. Siegel, professor in the Department of Geography and the director of The Institute for Computational Earth System Science; and Herbert J. Waite, professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 12/18/08

Kathleen BruhnUCSB Political Scientist Examines Urban Protest in Mexico and Brazil   In her new book "Urban Protest in Mexico and Brazil" (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Kathleen Bruhn, a professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara and director of the campus's Latin American and Iberian studies program, examines how protest behavior changes among social organizations when their political allies are voted into office. 12/16/08

UCSB Receives Grant for Stem Cell Research Tools  More than half a million dollars will be granted to UC Santa Barbara for tools and technologies to develop new treatments for diseases that can be helped by stem cell research. The granting agency is the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the largest source of funding for human embryonic stem cell research in the world. World-renowned biologist James A. Thomson, who was the first to grow human embryonic stem cells, is a consultant on the project. 12/15/08

Zogby/Capps Center Poll: Obama's Success Depends on Honesty, Integrity   A new poll by Zogby International and UC Santa Barbara's Capps Center shows that the American public is looking for its next president to be an honest man of integrity and intelligence who will lead the nation by example through tumultuous times. Nearly one if five likely voters — 18 percent — said they most wanted Barack Obama to be an honest president, while 12 percent said they most wanted a president with integrity. 12/11/08

Benjamin CohenUCSB Scholar Traces the History of International Political Economy   In his new book "International Political Economy: An Intellectual History" (Princeton University Press, 2008), Benjamin Cohen, the Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at UC Santa Barbara, examines how the field of international political economy developed since its inception in the 1970's and describes the efforts of scholars to meet the challenges posed by an ever more complex and interdependent world economy. 12/11/08

New Study: People in U.S., U.K. Have Similar Attitudes Toward Nanotechnologies  The results of a new U.S.-U.K. study, published in this week's journal Nature Nanotechnology, show that people in both countries hold very positive views of nanotechnologies and what the future of these technologies might bring. The study, led by UCSB, showed that participants indicated a higher comfort level with energy applications of nanotechnologies than with applications used in health treatments. 12/9/08

Michael BerryChinese Cultural Scholar Publishes New Book, Receives NEA Grant to Translate Another   Michael Berry, an associate professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at UC Santa Barbara, has published "A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film" (Columbia University Press, 2008). In addition, he has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete a translation of the novel "Remains of Life" by Taiwanese writer Wu He. 12/9/08

Fisheries Stock Assessment Software Now Publicly Accessible   The most widely used software package for the development of state-of-the-art fisheries stock assessment methods, AD Model Builder, or ADMB, can now be downloaded without charge from a public Web site, http://admb-project.org. The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara is a partner in the project. 12/8/08

Larry CarverLibrary of Congress Names UCSB Visionary a 'Pioneer of Digital Preservation'   Larry Carver, who recently retired as director of library technologies and digital initiatives at UC Santa Barbara, has been named a "Pioneer of Digital Preservation" by the Library of Congress for his visionary role in collecting and preserving our digital heritage. 12/4/08

Kavli Institute Makes Pioneering Physics Available to High School Educators   Award-winning classroom science presentations produced by outstanding teachers and selected by one of the country's pre-eminent physics research centers are now available for use by educators everywhere. The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at UCSB has awarded $7,000 in cash prizes to six science teachers for their exceptional multimedia classroom presentations on particle physics in the age of the Large Hadron Collider. 12/1/08

IMAGE DESC HEREUCSB Black Studies Scholar Receives Award From Haitian Studies Association  Claudine Michel, chair and professor of black studies at UC Santa Barbara and director of the campus's Center for Black Studies Research, has received the Haitian Studies Association Service Award. The award recognizes Michel's commitment to the advancement of Haitian studies, particularly as editor of the association's Journal of Haitian Studies.11/26/08

UCSB Anthropologists Publish New Books    Three UC Santa Barbara anthropologists have published new books, each of which examines some aspect of how political and economic changes impact identity and culture. The books include "The Politics of Heritage from Madras to Chennai," "Building the Borderlands: A Transnational History of Irrigated Cotton Along the Mexico-Texas Border," and "The Archaeology of Everyday Life at Early Moundville." 11/24/08

Art Museum to Make Architectural Plans Available to Victims of Tea Fire   In the aftermath of the Tea Fire, which destroyed over 200 homes in Montecito and Santa Barbara, UCSB's University Art Museum will open the archives of its renowned Architecture and Design Collection to homeowners whose houses were destroyed or damaged by the blaze. 11/20/08

Dr. Kenneth S. Kosik with new genetic sequencing instrument.Gene Sequencing Instrument Facilitates New Research at UCSB  Thanks to a new piece of equipment valued at over a half million dollars, UC Santa Barbara has moved into the forefront of cutting-edge genetic research. For the first time, genetic sequencing is being performed in the Santa Barbara area. The study of human embryonic stem cells is among the most important ways the sequencer will be applied. 11/19/08

Researchers Make Significant Advance in Cell Sorting   Researchers at UC Santa Barbara's College of Engineering have developed a cell sorting device that separates multiple target cell types. 11/18/08

Capps Center Announces New Internship and Public Service Program   The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Public Life at UC Santa Barbara has joined with Santa Barbara's Nonprofit Support Center to create a new internship and public service program that will allow 10 UCSB juniors and seniors to combine academic study with involvement in one of the 900 or so nonprofit organizations. To introduce the program, the Capps Center is presenting a panel discussion, "The Future of Nonprofits in Santa Barbara," on Monday, November 24, at Victoria Hall, 33 W. Victoria St., in Santa Barbara. 11/18/08

One Class, Two Universities:
Internet Video Links Students at UCSB, Jackson State
   Guillermo Bazan teaches a graduate course in a high-tech classroom on the second floor of the Engineering Science Building at UCSB. More than half a continent away, assistant professor of chemistry Ruomei Gao supervises students taking the same class at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. They're all connected via an Internet-based webcast that, thus far, has proved to be very effective. 11/17/08

Video Produced for UCSB Psychology Class to Air on UCTV   "Scott Norris: Coping With Illness," a video produced by UC Santa Barbara psychology professor David Sherman and alumnus Scott Norris, will air on UCTV over six consecutive days, beginning on November 17. The video, in which Norris offers a firsthand account of living with brain cancer, was recently shown to students in Sherman's Health Psychology course. 11/17/08

Erkki RuoslahtiCancer Researcher Receives $3.8 Million Award from Department of Defense   A $3.8 million Innovator Award, from the Department of Defense, is being granted over five years to an internationally renowned cancer researcher at UCSB. Erkki Ruoslahti is known for his innovative, interdisciplinary research. "This is a special award because there are only four of them," said Ruoslahti. "I am very happy at being chosen." The award is designed to further his current research. He is working with UCSB materials scientists in designing "smart" nanoparticles that seek out and zero in on cancer tumors. 11/13/08

Dalai LamaDalai Lama to Make Fourth Visit to UCSB   His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will make a historic fourth visit to the University of California, Santa Barbara, in April 2009 for two public lectures. The Dalai Lama will speak on Friday, April 24, at the UCSB Events Center. From 9:30-11:30 a.m., he will lecture on "The Nature of Mind," and from 2-4 p.m. he will speak on "Ethics for Our Time." Both events are open to the public. 11/13/08

Jeffrey StewartUCSB Conferences to Focus on Student-Driven Change in 1968   In 1968, North Hall was taken over by a group of black students who barricaded themselves in the building and demanded, among other things, the development of a black studies program. Their actions led to the founding of UCSB's Department of Black Studies and Center for Black Studies, and paved the way for the Chicano studies program that would follow a year later. To mark the 40th anniversary of the North Hall takeover, two conferences — "1968: A Global Year of Student Driven Change" and "El Plan De Santa Barbara" — will take place at UCSB from November 20-22. 11/12/08

Gevirtz School Awarded $500,000 Challenge Grant by Kresge Foundation   The Kresge Foundation has awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) at UC Santa Barbara to help complete the construction and assist in fund raising for a new facility that will house the school and its clinical outreach programs. The challenge requires that the GGSE raise an additional $1.7 million in private support by Sept. 1, 2009, toward the $7 million capital project. 11/10/08

UCSB Completes $22 Million Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade   When David McHale arrived at UC Santa Barbara in 2001, he was faced with an electrical engineer's ultimate challenge. How do you provide reliable electricity for a campus using a creaky 40-year-old distribution system, while the university is embarking on massive construction projects? McHale designed and built a new, high-tech electrical system that should serve the campus's needs for decades. After eight years of hard work, the $22 million electrical infrastructure upgrade is now complete. 11/10/08

Lorraine LisieckiStudy: Sunlight Has More Powerful Influence Than Ice Sheets on Ocean Circulation and Climate   A study reported in the current issue of Nature disputes a longstanding picture of how ice sheets influence ocean circulation during glacial periods. The distribution of sunlight, rather than the size of North American ice sheets, is the key variable in changes in the North Atlantic deep-water formation during the last four glacial cycles. 11/6/08

UCSB Custodians Win Green Cleaning Award   Custodians at UC Santa Barbara will receive the prestigious Grand Award for their green cleaning practices as part of a contest sponsored by American School & University magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and the Healthy Schools Campaign. UCSB was chosen to receive the Grand Award among all universities competing in the green cleaning category. 11/5/08

Studies of Small Water Fleas Help Ecologists Understand Population Dynamics   A study of populations of tiny water fleas is helping ecologists to understand population dynamics, which may lead to predictions about the ecological consequences of environmental change. The research is published in the journal Nature, and relies on studies of the insects as well as mathematical modeling developed by co-author Roger Nisbet, professor and vice chair of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology at UCSB. 10/30/08

University Art Museum Receives Getty Foundation Grant for Special Exhibition   The University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara has received a $140,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to support the research and planning of a scholarly exhibition titled "The Ranch House: Cliff May's Designs for Modern Living." The exhibition, which will be on view at UCSB in fall 2011, is part of "Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980," a special initiative to document and preserve the history of postwar art in the Los Angeles area. 10/28/08

Thomas C. Bruice, professor in the UCSB's Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryLinus Pauling Medal Goes to UCSB Chemistry Professor   Thomas C. Bruice, professor in the UCSB's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded the 2008 Linus Pauling Medal. The Linus Pauling Medal recognizes outstanding accomplishments in chemistry in honor of Linus Pauling, a native of the Pacific Northwest. 10/27/08

Physicist James Hartle Wins Einstein PrizePhysicist James Hartle Wins Einstein Prize   James Hartle, research professor of physics, has been named 2009 recipient of the American Physical Society's Einstein Prize. The $10,000 prize recognizes "outstanding accomplishments in the field of gravitational physics." From 1995 to 1997, Hartle served as director of what was then known as the Institute for Theoretical Physics, now the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. 10/23/08

UCSB Study Finds Physical Strength and Fighting Ability Revealed in Human Faces   A study conducted by a team of scientists at UC Santa Barbara has found that a mechanism exists within the human brain that hones in on upper body strength and enables people to determine with uncanny accuracy the fighting ability of men around them. A paper highlighting the researchers' findings appears in the current issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society. 10/22/08

Scientists Douglas Heithoff, left, and Michael Mahan with their new vaccine in a UCSB laboratory.UCSB Researchers Develop Cross-Protective Vaccine   UCSB scientists Douglas Heithoff and Michael Mahan believe their recent research suggests that it might be possible in the not-too-distant future to create a vaccine that might protect against 2,500 strains of salmonella. In a paper to be published in the November edition of the journal Infection and Immunity, the researchers detail the path to creating a vaccine that confers protection against multiple strains of bacteria. 10/21/08

Current Mass Extinction Spurs Major Study of Which Plants to Save   The Earth is in the midst of the sixth mass extinction of both plants and animals, with nearly 50 percent of all species disappearing, scientists say. In this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a study by UCSB researchers details the most genetically unique species and why they should be listed as top priority for conservation. 10/20/08

UCSB Fulbright Scholars to Study in Spain and Germany   History professors Mario T. García and Paul Russell Spickard have received Fulbright fellowships to study in Europe during the 2008-09 academic year. In addition, the Fulbright Scholar Program has awarded grants to nine university professors from around the world who will conduct research at UCSB during the same time period. 10/20/08

Songi HanPackard Fellowship Awarded to UCSB Chemist  Songi Han, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering for the year 2008. The funding of $875,000 over five years will help with Han's research in the development of state-of-the-art biophysical instrumentation. 10/16/08

Scientist Susan Mazer in a UCSB greenhouse.Scientists Propose the Creation of a New Type of Seed Bank   Scientists have just published an article outlining a new kind of seed bank, one that proposes the gathering of wild species — at intervals in the future — effectively capturing evolution in action. This project would form an important resource that can be used for many types of research, helping to provide information that existing agricultural collections cannot. 10/15/08

Agreement Paves the Way for Archaeological Peace Park   A memorandum of understanding to be signed by UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang and three dignitaries from Guatemala on October 22 will establish a collaborative research program at the ancient Mayan city of El Pilar and launch the "El Pilar Peace Park Initiative." Straddling the borders of Guatemala and Belize, El Pilar was mapped for the first time in 1983 by UCSB archaeologist Anabel Ford, who has been working in the Maya forest area for more than 35 years. 10/9/08

Four UCSB Historians Publish New Books  Four UC Santa Barbara historians have published new books on topics ranging from the titillating newspapers of the 1840's to how memories of the past continue to influence Japan's relationships with its neighbors. The books include "The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York" by Patricia Cline Cohen; "The Comanche Empire" by Pekka Hämäläinen; "Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, and Culture" by Mario T. García; and "East Asia's Haunted Present: Historical Memories and the Resurgence of Nationalism" by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa. 10/6/08

David ValentineAn Oily Diet for Subsurface Life  Thousands of feet below the bottom of the sea, off the shores of Santa Barbara, single-celled organisms are busy feasting on oil. Until now, nobody knew how many oily compounds were being devoured by the microscopic creatures, but new research led by David Valentine of UC Santa Barbara and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts has shed new light on just how extensive their diet can be. 9/30/08

NanotechnologyUCSB Scientists Use Nanotechnology to Make Computers Faster  UCSB scientists have made a major contribution to the field of nanotechnology by designing a process that will help make computers smaller, faster, and more efficient. Several industry leaders including Intel and IBM contributed funding to this research and the university will hold the patents. The new process may be used in the manufacture of integrated circuit chips (sample left) as early as 2011. 9/25/08

ConvEne Program to Help UCSB Students Address Energy Challenges  A new program funded by the National Science Foundation means UC Santa Barbara is now able to offer graduate students deep and broad experience in solving the energy challenges facing the country. The Conversion of Energy through Molecular Platforms program, or ConvEne, will train a new generation of chemical and materials scientists and engineers to address a broad range of questions in energy conversion. 9/24/08

Heather EvansUCSB Grad Lands Prestigious National Fellowship  A UC Santa Barbara graduate will contribute to national science policy as part of a prestigious fellowship program. Heather Evans, who completed her Ph.D. in materials science at UCSB in 2005, has been named to a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has just begun working at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office of the National Science Foundation. 9/24/08

UCSB Researchers to Study Environmental Risks of Nanoparticles  UC Santa Barbara faculty will join colleagues from other universities within the UC system in playing key roles in a five-year, $24 million nanotechnology risk-assessment project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) will be the nation's first such large-scale study of the potential ecological effects of nanomaterial forms. 9/23/08

Eileen BorisUCSB Study Will Examine Changing Role of Religion in Public Life Wade Clark Roof, the J. F. Rowny professor of religion and society at UCSB, has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Ford Foundation to reassess the changing role of religion in public life as it relates to social justice and a new agenda for social change. Focusing on the Los Angeles area and the Central Coast, the three-year study will examine the priorities and shifting alliances of the region's growing progressive religious presence, and evaluate the impact of the 2008 presidential rhetoric on the social and ethical concerns of these diverse communities. 9/23/08

Eileen BorisUCSB Establishes Graduate Program in Feminist Studies UC Santa Barbara has established a graduate program in feminist studies that offers Master of Arts and doctoral degrees, and the women's studies program now has become the Department of Feminist Studies. The feminist studies graduate program is one of only two within the UC system and one of only 15 or so at public universities across the country. 9/22/08

Fresh AnchoviesNew Study by UCSB, Hawaii Scientists Offers Solution to Global Fisheries Collapse   A study published in the September 19 issue of Science shows that an innovative yet contentious fisheries management strategy called "catch shares" can reverse fisheries collapse. Where traditional "open access" fisheries have converted to catch shares, both fishermen and the oceans have benefited. UC Santa Barbara scientists Christopher Costello and Steven Gaines are two of the co-authors of the study. 9/18/08

UCSB's LabRATS Honored at Go Beyond Awards  UCSB's Laboratory Research and Technical Staff (LabRATS) will receive the Organization Award at the first-ever Go Beyond Awards Sept. 18 in San Jose, Calif. The award will be presented at the Labs21 2008 Annual Conference by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and R&D Magazine. 9/17/08

Philanthropic Support Reaches $81.4 Million in 2007-08  Alumni and friends of UC Santa Barbara have once again demonstrated their strong commitment to the future excellence of the campus by contributing a record $81.4 million in philanthropic gifts and pledges to The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara during 2007-08. In terms of private giving, the fiscal year that ended June 30 was the campus's most successful ever, exceeding the fund-raising achievement of the previous year by more than $10.5 million. With this extraordinary show of support, the campus has surpassed the $500 million milestone in The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara. 9/17/08

A Sustainability Blitz at UCSB  UC Santa Barbara's commitment to sustainability is getting a boost of energy as the 2008-09 academic year begins. The sustainability movement has a new motto, "Leave No Footprint Behind"; a special keynote speaker at New Student Convocation in environmentalist Celine Cousteau; and new delivery methods for the green themes on campus this year – from tabletop displays in residence halls to video displays at the University Center. 9/16/08

Large Hadron Collider (LHC)UC Santa Barbara Has Key Role in Large Hadron Collider Project  A contingent of more than 40 faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, engineers, technicians, and undergraduates from UC Santa Barbara have worked for eight years to help construct the massive Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The UCSB group is part of an international effort that is now embarking on a 15-year quest to try to answer fundamental questions about the universe. 9/10/08

UCSB's External Research Funding Shatters Record  Research support from external sources broke all previous records at UC Santa Barbara during the last fiscal year. A total of $194 million was received from federal and state agencies, corporations, and foundations in fiscal 2008 - an increase of $18 million over the previous fiscal year. Over the past two years, UCSB has reported a remarkable 22 percent increase in extramural funding. 9/9/08

Pat Mora Author and Poet Pat Mora to Receive Luis Leal Literature Award  Poet and author Pat Mora will receive the 2008 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature at the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival on Saturday, September 27. Sponsored by UC Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Book Council, the annual award is named for Luis Leal, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCSB, who is internationally recognized as one of the leading scholars of Chicano and Latino literature. 9/4/08

Researchers Show Fear of Predators Impacts the Health of Prey Populations  Research conducted by a group of scientists at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) indicates that the defensive strategies organisms employ to avoid being eaten by predators have as great an impact on the health of prey populations as does consumption itself. The researchers findings are published in a series of three articles in the September issue of Ecology, the journal of the Ecological Society of America. 9/2/08

U.S. News Ranks UCSB Among Country's Best Universities  U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 12 in its annual listing of the "Top 50 Public National Universities" in the country and number 44 on its list of the "Best National Universities." 8/22/08

Fred & Linda WudlUCSB Chemist and Spouse Endow a Professorship in Materials with $1 M Gift  UC Santa Barbara has received a $1 million gift from UCSB organic chemist Fred Wudl and his wife, Linda, to endow a professorship in materials science in the College of Engineering. The Wudl Chair will support the teaching and research of an outstanding materials scholar with interdisciplinary research interests that would merit a joint appointment in the life or physical sciences. 9/1/08

Collision of clusters from the Hubble Telescope and Chandra Observatory.UCSB Astronomers Make Important Discovery  Two UC Santa Barbara astronomers, Marusa Bradac and Tommaso Treu, are part of a team that has made a stunning discovery using the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. 8/27/08

Steven D. Gaines Study of Islands Reveals Surprising Extinction Results   It's no secret that humans are having a huge impact on the life cycles of plants and animals. UC Santa Barbara's Steven D. Gaines and fellow researcher Dov Sax decided to test that theory by studying the world's far-flung islands. Their research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sheds surprising light on the subject of extinction rates of species on islands. 8/26/08

T. Jonathan DaviesResearchers Assess Extinction Risks Among Mammal Species  By studying the origins and evolutionary histories of existing mammal species, an international team of scientists, including T. Jonathan Davies of UC Santa Barbara, has found a way to predict each one's evolutionary future as well as the potential impact of current human activity on the world's overall biodiversity. Their research, which could affect how conservation networks protect species that are most at risk, is published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 8/20/08

New Athletic Director, Mark MassariMassari Named New Director of Athletics at UCSB  UC Santa Barbara has announced its new Director of Athletics, naming Mark Massari, formerly of Oregon State, to succeed Gary Cunningham. Massari has been at Oregon State since 2002, most recently serving as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. Cunningham has served as UCSB's Athletics Director since 1995 and announced in January that he would be stepping down from the position. Massari was introduced by Chancellor Henry Yang, who called Massari someone who "can bring us to the next new height." 8/18/08

Joseph PolchinskiUC Santa Barbara Professor Awarded Prestigious 2008 Dirac Medal  Joseph Polchinski, a professor of physics and a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded the 2008 Dirac Medal, one of the world's most prestigious prizes in physics. Polchinski is one of three scientists to share the 2008 award, which was announced by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. 8/15/08

NASA Astronaut to Answer Live Questions Aboard International Space Station  NASA astronaut Gregory Chamitoff, the flight engineer and science officer currently aboard the International Space Station, will participate in a long-distance question and answer session with Boy Scouts Troop 105 at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, August 19. The public is invited to attend. The conversation will begin precisely at 8:35 a.m. on the observation deck located on the roof of Broida Hall. 8/14/08

Melvyn SemmelSemmel Awarded Dickson Emeriti Professorship  Melvyn Semmel of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education has been awarded the prestigious Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship for 2008-09. Semmel and his wife, Dorothy Semmel, also an emeritus faculty member, founded the school¹s special education program in 1978. The Dickson professorship provides $10,000 in funding for research-related activities. During the award period, Semmel plans to conduct special doctoral research seminars for Gevirtz School students and continue his collaborative international research at Tel Aviv University and in Jerusalem. 8/13/08

UCSB Police Arrest Four for Hunting at Sedgwick  UC Santa Barbara police officers arrested four men at the Sedgwick Reserve for violating hunting laws last weekend. The 5,900-acre Sedgwick Reserve in the Santa Ynez Valley is managed by UCSB for the University of California. The reserve is used year-round by university researchers, students, schoolchildren, and others. Hunting is banned all year at the reserve. 8/12/08

Book Cover: The Great WarmingUCSB Professor Emeritus Examines the Effects of Climate Change on Civilizations  While global warming is currently one the world's most pressing issues, the phenomenon of climate change is not specific to the 21st century. In his new book, "The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations" (Bloomsbury Press, 2008), Brian Fagan, UC Santa Barbara professor emeritus of anthropology, takes a look at the global effects of climate change that occurred during the Medieval Warm Period. 8/12/08

Galen StuckyUCSB Chemistry Professor Receives Military Award  UC Santa Barbara Chemistry Professor Galen Stucky has been honored for his role in the development of a blood-clotting gauze that is helping save soldiers who suffer severe, life-threatening injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense's Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care Award was presented to Stucky during the group's annual meeting in Florida. 8/11/08

World Trade Center, 2001.UCSB Receives Collection of Aerial Photography Valued at $14.3 Million  More than 370,000 aerial images — a pictorial odyssey spanning 65 major metropolitan areas in the United States at the turn of the 21st Century — has been donated to UC Santa Barbara by Pacific Western Aerial Surveys, of Santa Barbara. Valued at more than $14.3 million, the Citipix Collection is unparalleled in its size, focus, and resolution, said Larry Carver, director of the Map and Imagery Laboratory in UCSB's Davidson Library where the collection will be housed. No other comparable collection of aerial photography exists for this time period. 8/7/08

Study Links Warming of Indian Ocean to Decreased Rainfall in Africa  A team of geographers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has linked warming of the Indian Ocean — a direct result of climate change — to a steep decline in rainfall over the eastern seaboard of Africa. The decline, as much as 15 percent per year over the past 20 years, has serious implications for the region's food security. The study is published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 8/6/08

Tommy Dickey Oceanographer Dickey Named to Naval Chair  UC Santa Barbara oceanographer Tommy Dickey is one of two leading scientists nationwide to be awarded a prestigious Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Chair in Oceanographic Sciences. The Office of Naval Research Program recognizes pioneering academic leaders in oceanography with collaborations across scientific disciplines. 8/6/08

superconducting microwave resonator.Milestone Discovery in Quantum Mechanics  Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have recently demonstrated what they are calling a milestone in experimental quantum mechanics. In a paper published in the July 17 issue of the journal Nature, UCSB physicists Max Hofheinz, John Martinis, and Andrew Cleland documented how they used a superconducting electronic circuit to controllably pump microwave photons into a superconducting microwave resonator. The photon number states, known as Fock states, have never before been controllably created, said Cleland. 8/5/08

Professor Guenter Ahlers UCSB Physicist and Wife Establish Endowed Professorship in Physics  UC Santa Barbara has received a $500,000 gift from UCSB Physics Professor Guenter Ahlers and his wife, June, to establish an endowed chair in experimental physics, his area of academic expertise. The couple said they made the gift to express their appreciation to the university and the department, where he has been a faculty member since 1979. Initially, the Ahlers Chair will support the teaching and research of an outstanding scholar specializing in the subfield of soft condensed matter or biological physics. 8/4/08

Editor Awarded Thoreau Society Medal  Elizabeth Witherell, editor-in-chief of The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, has been awarded the Thoreau Society Medal in recognition of "significant and sustained contributions that exemplify the ideals and values represented by Henry David Thoreau." Located in the Davidson Library at UC Santa Barbara, the Thoreau Edition is a projected 30-volume series that when completed will include the contents of all 47 volumes of Thoreau's handwritten journal, his writings for publication, his correspondence, and other uncollected papers. 7/28/08

UCSB Chemist Goes Nano with CoQ10 UCSB Chemist Goes Nano with CoQ10  If Bruce Lipshutz has his way, you may soon be buying bottles of water brimming with the life-sustaining coenzyme CoQ10 at your local Costco. Lipshutz, a professor of chemistry at UC Santa Barbara, is the principal author of an upcoming review, "Transition Metal Catalyzed Cross-Couplings Going Green: in Water at Room Temperature," which will be published in Aldrichimica Acta in September. In it, Lipshutz and post-doctoral researcher Subir Ghorai discuss how recent advances in chemistry can be used to solubilize otherwise naturally insoluble compounds like CoQ10 into water. 7/24/08

Polarizing filter reveals spectra of a quasar.Polarizing Filter Allows Astronomers to See Disks Surrounding Black Holes  For the first time, a team of international researchers has found a way to view the accretion disks surrounding black holes and verify that their true electromagnetic spectra match what astronomers have long predicted they would be. 7/15/08

Study Shows Parasites Outweigh Predators  In a study of free-living and parasitic species in three estuaries on the Pacific coast of California and Baja California, a team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara, the United States Geological Survey, and Princeton University has determined that parasite biomass in those habitats exceeds that of top predators. 7/15/08

Research Challenges Earlier Studies on Marine Fossils  A report by John Alroy, a researcher with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), disputes much of the conventional wisdom about the diversity of marine fossils and extinction rates. Alroy's report, published in the July 3 edition of Science, shows a new curve in the diversity of ancient marine invertebrate species such as clams, sand dollars and lobsters, while also revealing that most of the early propagation of invertebrates took place before the Late Cretaceous period. 7/11/08

UCSB Former First Lady Mary Low Cheadle Dies at 92  Mary Low Cheadle, first lady of UC Santa Barbara when her late husband, Vernon I. Cheadle, was chancellor, died on June 30 in Louisville, Kentucky, after a lengthy illness.  For more than 40 years, she devoted her life to UCSB as a volunteer leader and generous campus benefactor. 7/2/08