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UC Santa Barbara a leader in Scholarship Fundraising
Will it snow at Campus Point? That is up to students and alumni who can contribute to the Promise for California campaign to raise funds for UCSB scholarships. The alumni and Annual Fund student intern staffs have promised to rent a snowmaking machine and make it snow on campus if donors contribute $2014 to scholarships. The campaign ended Oct. 31.
Marching Into History
The U.S. Army announced in early October that it planned to end the ROTC program at UC Santa Barbara. While it would allow juniors and seniors in the program this year to complete their officer training, the army said that first and second year students would have to transfer to another college to complete their training.
Some Rankings Are Not Rank
While most prestigious research universities disdain rankings like those found in popular magazines, there are a few rankings that are points of pride.
Farm Fresh
A first-ever farmer’s market opened on the UC Santa Barbara campus Oct. 21 in the parking lot adjacent San Rafael Hall. The market brought farmers from throughout the region and customers from all over campus.
The Man Who Beat the French is Back
Olympic gold medalist and UC Santa Barbara alumnus Jason Lezak is coming back to campus Nov. 9 to accept the Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.
Two Students Awarded UCSB Alumni Legacy Scholarships
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association has awarded two students the UCSB Alumni Legacy Scholarship for 2013-2014. This year’s recipients are Kelsy De Schryver and Alina Werth.
Alumni Scholarship Fund Kicks Off Named Scholarship Program
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Named Scholarship Program has been officially launched with the first investment coming from Wendy Purcell ’84 and Ken Wilton.  The named scholarship fund program builds off of the highly successful general Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, which has attracted thousands of donors.
UCSB Alumni Association 2013 Annual Meeting
2013 meeting agenda and items for discussion open to Alumni Association Members.
Generous Gauchos Return to UCSB for Alumni Reunion
In April, more than 6,200 attendees celebrated the 7th annual All Gaucho Reunion, raising approximately $75,000 for student scholarships and breaking attendance records at several events. Sell-out crowds at the Alice Waters lecture and Taste of UCSB, above, reached nearly 900 people at each event.
Financial Aid Assistance Offered to UCSB Students Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will provide students from areas affected by Hurricane Sandy with assistance from the special financial emergencies scholarship fund established by the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association.


Mosher Alumni House Hosts Blood Drive
The Mosher Alumni House held a Halloween themed blood drive on Oct. 24 which drew up a donation of 111 units of blood from 95 people.
Onward California’s Tour Visits, Raises UC Awareness
The Onward California tour visits UCSB on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The tour handed out free gelato and brought awareness to the contributions UCs have given the world.
Alumni Association Annual Meeting 2012
2012 meeting agenda and Items for discussion open to Alumni Association Members.
UCSB First Recognition Dinner
On May 3, 2012, the Alumni Association hosted the UCSB First Recognition Dinner to engage student leaders on campus and to recognize their philanthropic endeavors for the 2011-2012 academic year. The event consisted of a complimentary dinner and yielded the maximum capacity of attendees: about 80 students total within 45 student groups.
Alumni Raise Funds for Student Foodbank
In the spirit of the holiday season, alumni were asked to support our students and contribute to the UCSB Associated Students Food Bank, a program directly addressing student needs such as food supplies, toiletries, and information on additional resources.
A message from Chancellor Henry Yang on Freedom of Expression
Dear Members of our Campus Community,
Over the weekend I have received many expressions of concern from faculty, staff, and students about the importance of preserving academic freedom. I have very much appreciated these sentiments.
Alumni Association Board Directs $25,000 to Students in Need

The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association voted this weekend to direct $25,000 from the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund (AASF) to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for immediate assistance to students.


UCSB Ranked No. 35 in World University Rankings
UC Santa Barbara has been ranked number 35 in a list of the world's top 200 universities released today by Times Higher Education, a British periodical. Among U.S. universities, UCSB is ranked number 24.
UCSB Scientists Reveal Dynamics Behind Bacterial Response to Oil Spill
In a new study, UC Santa Barbara scientists explain how they used DNA to identify microbes present in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and how they identified the microbes responsible for consuming the large amount of natural gas present immediately after the spill. They also explain how water temperature played a key role in the way bacteria reacted to the spill.
UCSB to Host First-Ever South Coast Sustainability Summit
Sustainability decision makers, officials, and representatives from organizations throughout the Santa Barbara area will gather for the inaugural South Coast Sustainability Summit at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Prominent Stem Cell Scientist to Relocate to UCSB from Britain
Pete Coffey, an internationally prominent researcher working on stem cell biology and the prevention of blindness, will begin work as a full-time researcher at UC Santa Barbara in November.
Professors Receive NSF Grant to Bring Wireless Technology to Rural Africa
The city of Macha, located in the southern province of Zambia in sub-Saharan Africa, has a population of roughly 130,000. It also has Internet connectivity, but for only a small group of users –– perhaps 300 in all
Two UCSB Faculty Members Will Receive U.S. Presidential Science Awards
President Obama today named two UC Santa Barbara faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor the nation can bestow on a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career.
UCSB Researcher Receives Grant to Study Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Uta Passow, a researcher in UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute, spent most of the past year in the Gulf of Mexico analyzing the environmental impact of oil spilled as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010
UCSB Associate Professor to Receive Prestigious NIH New Innovator Award
 Songi Han, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has been selected to receive a coveted 2011 New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is one of 49 researchers in the nation to be so honored.
Threat of Stereotyping Contributes to Mind-Wandering
Mind-wandering –– or task-unrelated thought –– and the effects of negative stereotyping have long been areas of study for social and cognitive psychologists. Now, a team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia has established a relationship between the two. 
UCSB Develops Breakthrough in Identification of Prostate Cancer Cells
A team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has developed a breakthrough technology that can be used to discriminate cancerous prostate cells in bodily fluids from those that are healthy. The findings are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Four Students Awarded the UCSB Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association has awarded four students the UCSB Alumni Legacy Scholarship for 2011-2012. This year’s recipients are Daniel Dunham, Sheila Ganjian, Ryan Simmons, and Dani Ziff.
Karen Ann Stahlheber Awarded Vernon I. Cheadle Award for Biology
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association has selected Karen Ann Stahlheber, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, for the Vernon I. Cheadle Award – a prize of $300.
UCSB Alumni Association Honors Two Students with Buchanan Award
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association has offered two students – Jonathan Brons and Matt Fibiger – the Buchanan Award, which is presented to a graduating senior majoring in History or History of Public Policy, for superior scholarship, undergraduate achievement, and potential for graduate research and continued success in the field.
UCSB Black Studies Scholar Examines Racism in ‘Race-Neutral' Urban Sites
White and non-white identities are place-bound, asserts George Lipsitz, professor of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara. But for people of color, those places are often considered undesirable, and the opportunities they present tend to be much more limited.
UCSB Sociologist Examines Realism and Emotion in Love Songs
Love songs –– the pouring out of one's heart in words and melody –– are as ubiquitous and timeless as the emotion itself. Whatever their focus, however –– requited, unrequited, or infatuation –– they tend to present a perception of love that is, at best, unrealistic.
Chemical Engineers at UCSB Design Molecular Probe to Study Disease
Chemical engineers at UC Santa Barbara expect that their new process to create molecular probes may eventually result in the development of new drugs to treat cancer and other illnesses.

UCSB Scholar Named Fellow of International Mathematics Society
Jean-Pierre Fouque, professor of statistics and applied probability, and director of the Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics at UC Santa Barbara, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He is one of 34 academics and professionals so honored for their outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and computational science through research or service.
Top 40 Science Questions for U.S. Conservation Policy Makers
A wide-ranging group of experts has published a set of 40 key environmental questions to help align scientific research agendas with the needs of natural resource decision makers.
Chemists' Discovery May Lead to Treatment for Alzheimers and Diabetes
UC Santa Barbara scientists have made a discovery that has the potential for use in the early diagnosis and eventual treatment of plaque-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes. Their work is published in a recent issue of Nature Chemistry.
UCSB Scholar Examines Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice
In March 1968, thousands of Chicano students walked out of their East Los Angeles high schools to protest decades of inferior or discriminatory education in their so-called "Mexican Schools." During these historic walkouts –– or "blowouts," as they were known –– the students were led by Sal Castro, a Mexican-American teacher who encouraged them to make their grievances public after school administrators and school board members failed to listen to them.
UCSB Offers Free Online Tutorial for Federal Student Aid Form
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UC Santa Barbara is once again offering its online tutorial to assist current and prospective students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine a student's eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.
National Engineering Academy Elects Two From Santa Barbara
A prominent UC Santa Barbara faculty member and a distinguished alumnus of its College of Engineering are among the 68 new members elected today by the National Academy of Engineering.
UCSB Music Department Receives $550,000 Endowment Gift for Student Support
The Department of Music at UC Santa Barbara has received a $550,000 endowment gift to establish a graduate fellowship in ethnomusicology and a scholarship in Scandinavian music.
Genome of Water Flea Discovered to Contain Largest Number of Genes Recorded
The water flea –– Daphnia pulex –– has the largest inventory of genes ever recorded for a sequenced animal, according to a new study in the journal Science by 69 co-authors. An international team effort to sequence the genome of the water flea included work by UC Santa Barbara biologists.
NASA Finds Earth-Size Planet Candidates
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. UC Santa Barbara scientists are involved in the mission.
UCSB Among Top Campuses in Producing Peace Corps Volunteers
In the latest ranking of colleges and universities that send the largest number of volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps, UC Santa Barbara is again in the Top 25, with 55 of its graduates serving around the world in 2010.
More Frequent Drought Likely in Eastern Africa
The increased frequency of drought observed in Eastern Africa over the last 20 years is likely to continue as long as global temperatures continue to rise, according to UC Santa Barbara scientist Park Williams.
Study of Dispersant in Gulf Spill Suggests a Prolonged Deepwater Fate
To combat last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nearly 800,000 gallons of chemical dispersant were injected directly into the oil and gas flow coming out of the wellhead nearly one mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
UCSB Engineering Professor Mark Rodwell Appointed to Doluca Chair
 UC Santa Barbara Professor Mark Rodwell, whose research has extended the limits of high-frequency radio, high-speed optical communications, and powerful imaging applications, has been awarded the Doluca Family Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering in recognition of his exceptional achievements.
UCSB Scientists Demonstrate Biomagnification of Nanomaterials in Food Chain
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has produced a groundbreaking study of how nanoparticles are able to biomagnify in a simple microbial food chain.
Alumni to honor Gene Lucas, Robert and Lynn Koegel and Michael Towbes
The 2011 UCSB Alumni Association Awards Banquet, scheduled for Friday night, April 29, 2011, will honor Gene Lucas, Executive Vice Chancellor for UCSB, Robert and Lynn Koegel of the Koegel Autism Research Center, and Michael Towbes, founder and chair of Montecito Bank & Trust.
New Contract with MarBorg Industries Seen as Boost for UCSB Sustainability
A new four-year waste management contract with MarBorg Industries is being hailed by UC Santa Barbara officials as a significant step toward UCSB's goal of becoming one of the most sustainable campuses in the country.
UCSB Scholar Examines Dysfunctional Feedback in Organizations
Although most organizations –– business or otherwise –– operate with the noblest of intentions, at some point the people associated with them will experience some degree of systemic dysfunction. Unexpected difficulties will arise that require workers, clients, and/or customers to find alternate methods for completing their respective tasks, or to suffer negative consequences. These difficulties –– and the responses to them –– comprise what UC Santa Barbara communication professor Ronald E. Rice refers to as "unusual routines."
UCSB Geographer Michael Goodchild Awarded Dangermond Professorship
UC Santa Barbara Professor Michael Goodchild, a global pioneer in geographic information science, is the first scholar appointed to the Jack and Laura Dangermond Professorship in geography.
Ravenous Foreign Pests Threaten National Treasures
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Foreign pests are eating their way through our national forests, destroying majestic scenery and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
UCSB Sociology Professor Had Front Row Seat at Guantánamo Trial
When Canadian-born Omar Khadr pleaded guilty last month as part of an agreement with prosecutors at the U.S. military commission at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Lisa Hajjar, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, was among the observers who witnessed the proceedings.
Technology Developed by UCSB Computer Scientist Advances Internet Security
Christopher Kruegel, associate professor of computer science at UC Santa Barbara and a member of the campus's Computer Security Group, has developed a new security software that can identify and neutralize viruses after they've infected a user's machine, even if that virus has no known signatures.
Book by UCSB Scholar Examines the Gulf Oil Spill and U.S. Energy Policies
 On April 22, 2010 –– Earth Day –– the gigantic drilling rig Deepwater Horizon sank in the Gulf of Mexico, some 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The rig went down two days after an explosion took the lives of 11 crewmembers, starting the worst offshore oil disaster in history.
UCSB Scientists Document How Fishing on Coral Reefs Can Alter Ecosystems
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered that fishing for predators on coral reefs not only reduces the number of predators on the reef, but also affects the behavior of their prey –– and can have a significant impact on the ecosystem.
Frontal Lobe is Key to Automatic Responses to Stimuli, Say Scientists
Some people may excel at riding a bike, tying a tie, or playing the piano, but those same people may find it difficult to explain or teach those skills to someone else.
UCSB Alumni Association Names Dr. Joseph H. Pollock Honorary Alumnus
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association will honor philanthropist Dr. Joseph H. Pollock as an Honorary Alumnus in recognition of his vision and service as a patron of film and media studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Engineering Professor Awarded Prestigious Packard Fellowship
Michael Gordon, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has received a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering
UCSB Alumnus Amir Abo-Shaeer Garners MacArthur Fellowship
UC Santa Barbara alumnus Amir Abo-Shaeer has won a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his work with the Dos Pueblos High School Engineering Academy in Goleta, Calif. Academy Director Abo-Shaeer is the first public high school teacher to receive a MacArthur “genius grant.”
UCSB Ranked Among Top U.S. Universities by Washington Monthly
UC Santa Barbara has been ranked number 11 in a list of the Top 30 National Universities released today by Washington Monthly magazine in its September/October issue.
UCSB Ranked Among Country's Best Universities
U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 9 in its annual listing of the "Top 50 Public National Universities" in the country, and number 39 on its list of the "Best National Universities." These are the highest rankings ever for UCSB in the U.S. News listings.
Join the Gauchos at Mercado del Norte for Old Spanish Days
Join the Gauchos at El Mercado del Norte for Santa Barbara's annual Old Spanish Day's Celebration known as "Fiesta". UCSB Athletics will have a booth at El Mercado del Norte, located at Mackenzie Park.
UCSB Writing Program Welcomes New Director
 Linda Adler-Kassner, a professor of writing, has joined the Writing Program at UC Santa Barbara as its new director. She replaces acting co-directors Michael Petracca and Madeleine Sorapure, who served in that capacity since the retirement of former director Susan McLeod in 2008.
UCSB Professor Sees Medical Breakthrough in New Bone Measurement Tool
Paul Hansma's face lights up when he talks about what his latest research might mean for people who suffer after breaking their hips or other bones that become more and more brittle as they age. Statistics show that a woman is more likely to die in the next year after a hip fracture than if she's had a heart attack.
UCSB Ticket Office to Offer Saturday Hours Beginning August 7
UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce that its Ticket Office will be open on Saturdays beginning Aug. 7, and to add even more convenience to buying tickets to Gaucho events, the department still holds two parking spaces just adjacent to the Intercollegiate Athletics Building.
Gaucho Fund Donors Make The Difference
Following the conclusion of the 2009-10 fiscal year earlier this month, the UCSB Athletics Department is excited to announce that UCSB Athletics donors committed $1.13 million in gifts and pledges to support scholarships and administrative services for student-athlete from all 20 of the Gauchos' intercollegiate athletics programs.
UCSB's External Research Funding for 2009-10 Breaks Record
Research support from external sources broke all previous records at UC Santa Barbara during the 2009-10 fiscal year. A total of $222 million was received from federal and state agencies, corporations, and nonprofits in fiscal 2010 –– a 28 percent increase over the previous fiscal year

UCSB part of $122-million "Artificial Photosynthesis" project
UCSB is participating in an ambitious project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal is to develop a cost-effective method of generating energy from sunlight by mimicking the process plants use to produce energy: photosynthesis.
$1.45 Million Presented to UCSB's SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind
SAGE Publications, Inc., of Thousand Oaks, has made an additional $1.45 million gift to renew and expand its support for the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at UC Santa Barbara.
Peter Rupert Named Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project
UC Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of economics professor Peter Rupert as director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, a research unit that provides economic data, analysis, and forecasts to the community. Rupert, who joined the UCSB faculty in 2007, came to Santa Barbara from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where he had been a senior economic adviser for 13 years.
Haiti Initiative Selects UCSB Black Studies Center As Headquarters
The Center for Black Studies Research at UC Santa Barbara is honored to have been selected as the headquarters for the UC Haiti Initiative(UCHI), a system-wide collaboration of students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni contributing their skills and experience towards Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction.
UCSB Researcher Co-Authors Study of Magnon Hall Effect in Insulators
It's called the Hall effect and, for the first time, physicists have shown that it can be created in magnets without the benefit of a charge current.
Summer Program Combines Mesoamerican Cultural Studies and Computer Science
A two-week summer camp at UC Santa Barbara is combining two seemingly disparate areas of study: Mesoamerican culture and computer science. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, "Animal Tlatoque Summer Day Camp" is aimed at middle school students in the Santa Barbara area.
UCSB Is a Leader Among Graduates Selected by Teach for America
Thirty-one UC Santa Barbara graduates have been selected by Teach for America to work as beginning teachers in public schools in low-income communities across the country. The campus is among the top 20 large universities with the greatest number of students admitted to the highly competitive, nonprofit public service program.
UCSB Chemistry Professor Receives Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
Song-I Han, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has received a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. She is one of 14 recipients from universities across the United States. The award, which supports the teaching and research of talented young faculty members in the chemical sciences, is presented by The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
Two UCSB Buildings Receive LEED Certifications From Green Building Council
UC Santa Barbara's Life Sciences and Engineering II buildings have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC's rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high-performing buildings.
Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Resurfacing Underway
 In preparation for the 2010 men's and women's soccer seasons, as well as UCSB's hosting of the Men's College Cup, resurfacing of Meredith Field at Harder Stadium has begun.

Book Edited by UCSB English Scholar Examines Enlightenment and Mediation
Debates about the nature of the Enlightenment date to the 18th century, when philosopher Imanual Kant himself addressed the question, "What is Enlightenment?" A new book edited by William Warner and Clifford Siskin offers a paradigm-shifting answer to that now-famous query: Enlightenment is an event in the history of mediation
Machael David: A Great Soccer Example
To become a Division I student-athlete, it takes copious amounts of hard work, drive, persistence and also the ability to succeed in the face of adversity. Many of UC Santa Barbara's athletes have had to overcome significant obstacles on their journeys to becoming a Gaucho, but few have overcome as many as men's soccer standout Machael David.
Mahoney Receives CoSIDA 25-year Award
Bill Mahoney, UCSB's long-time sports information director, received the College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA) 25-year Award Tuesday.
NCEAS Study Analyzes Worldwide Catch, Economic Data of Fisheries
UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) supports a graduate student working group in fisheries that produced an article in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article presents the first-ever analysis of worldwide catch and economic data for the past 55 years.
Former UCSB Grad Student's Invention Helping to Clean Up Gulf Oil Spill
Among the many tools being used to clean up the country's worst environmental disaster –– the Deepwater Horizon platform explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico –– is a new device called the Groovy Drum Skimmer. Designed to scoop oil from the surface of the ocean, the skimmer is the brainchild of former UC Santa Barbara graduate student Victoria Broje.
31 Gauchos Earn Big West Academic All-Conference Recognition
A total of 31 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes were named to the Big West Academic All-Conference Teams for the spring season, the third most of any team in the league. The women's track and field team led the way with 13 honorees.
Curtice Gate Groundbreaking Set for July 30
UC Santa Barbara Athletics is pleased to announce that the groundbreaking for the new Curtice Gate at Harder Stadium will take place on Friday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m., and the public is invited.
GIVE's Sale of Items Donated by UCSB Students Breaks Record
Representatives of Isla Vista nonprofits and community organizations will receive their shares of a record-breaking $27,000 at a ceremony on Friday. The total reflects 100 percent of the proceeds from the two-day GIVE sale held June 19-20. The announcements will take place Friday at 12:15 p.m. in UCSB's Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte, in Isla Vista.
Physicists Help Biologists Understand Protein Folding
Physicists at UC Santa Barbara have created a microscopic device to assist biologists in making very fast molecular measurements that aid the understanding of protein folding. This development may help elucidate biological processes associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Since proteins in the body perform different functions according to their shape, the folding process is considered a key area of study.
UCSB Programs to Receive Awards at Statewide Sustainability Conference

Representatives from UC Santa Barbara will be in Los Angeles next week to accept three awards at the 2010 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The conference, scheduled for June 20-23 at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in downtown Los Angeles, will bring together 850 representatives of sustainability programs in the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges systems.



Grants Awarded for Pacific Rim Research
The University of California Pacific Rim Research Program (PRRP) has awarded grants totaling more than $60,000 to UC Santa Barbara anthropologist Shankar Aswani, political scientist Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit, and film and media studies scholar Nicole Staroseilski. Located at UC Santa Cruz and funded by the UC Office of the President, the PRRP promotes the study of the Pacific Rim as a distinctive region.
Program Wraps-up Successful First Year with Student-Athlete Thank-a-thon
At the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year, as a part of the Gaucho Fund, UCSB Athletics launched its Living Scholar program as a way to provide essential scholarship and operational support to all 20 of its intercollegiate athletic programs while strengthening the relationships that exist between the donors and the programs they support.
UC Santa Barbara Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships
The UC Education Abroad Program has awarded prestigious scholarships to 11 UC Santa Barbara undergraduates to study abroad during the 2010-11 academic year.
UCSB Researcher Awarded Fellowship by the National Academy of Education
Andrew Stull, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, is one of 20 scholars nationwide to be awarded a prestigious Spencer Fellowship by the National Academy of Education.
Open-Space Agreement for UCSB's South Parcel Announced by University

UC Santa Barbara and The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County have announced that the 68-acre tract of coastal university property known as the South Parcel has been permanently set aside as open space under a conservation easement agreement. Final documents related to the action were recorded this week.


On The Mark: The AD Report
Director of Athletics Mark Massari salutes UCSB's graduating student-athletes.
UCSB Claims Eighth Big West Commissioner's Cup Title in 10 Years
UC Santa Barbara has reclaimed the Big West Conference Commissioner's Cup for the eighth time in 10 years, the conference announced Tuesday. The Commissioner's Cup is presented to the league institution with the best overall results in the conference's 18 sponsored sports championships.

UCSB Installs First of Five Emergency Communication Speakers

The first of what UC Santa Barbara officials hope will be a network of five mass notification warning system speakers has been installed on the roof of Kerr Hall in the heart of the UCSB campus.


UCSB Scientist Has Key Role in Gulf Oil Spill Studies

When the Obama administration announced this morning that the amount of oil leaking from the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico is far greater than previously disclosed, that statement was based on research conducted by a panel of government-appointed scientists that included Ira Leifer, a researcher in the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara.


UCSB Author Offers a Formula for Alzheimer's Management and Prevention

With the aging of nearly 80 million baby boomers, Alzheimer's disease is an impending epidemic that requires a new approach to prevention as well as management of the disease, according to a UC Santa Barbara professor who has co-authored a new book on the topic.


UCSB Running Series Donates $10,000 to Scholarship Fund
The 2010 UCSB Running Series presented by Citrix Online presented a check for $10,000 to the UCSB Alumni Association Student Scholarship Fund at an Awards Reception held at the Mosher Alumni House on May 13. The UCSB Running Series had a combined total of nearly 800 runners in the three-race series. Thanks to this great participation, as well as support from sponsors, the series was able to raise $10,000 for students in need of financial aid.
UCSB Scientist Proposes Novel Method to Quantify Gulf Oil Spill
While the world has reacted with shock and anger to the massive amounts of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon platform blowout, a UC Santa Barbara scientist has proposed that methane gas dissolved into the waters of the Gulf holds the key to calculating the magnitude of the spill.
Brain Mechanism Evolved to Identify Cheaters, According to UCSB Scientists
New research by scholars at UC Santa Barbara indicates that the uncanny human ability to detect cheaters reflects the operation of a reasoning system that evolved for that narrow purpose, and cannot be explained by more general abilities to reason about conditional rules, moral violations, or social interactions. Their findings appear in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
UCSB Researcher Receives $100,000 NOAA Grant for Archaeological Research
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UC Santa Barbara graduate student Amy Gusick is searching underwater landscapes in Mexico this week, hoping to find evidence of ancient habitations.
UCSB Graduate Students Receive U.S. State Department Language Scholarships
Three graduate students at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive U.S. Department of State 2010 Critical Language Scholarships. They are among 575 graduate and undergraduate students who were selected from a pool of 5,300 applicants.
UCSB Survey Shows How Wildfires Affected Mental Health of Area Residents
In a little less than a year, from July 2008 to May 2009, the Santa Barbara area was hit by three terrifying wildfires. All took a physical and mental toll on the citizens of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Montecito. A number of factors –– mandatory evacuations, homes in flames, concern for loved ones –– created stress for those who live in the Santa Barbara area.
Studies Advance Understanding of How Amphibian Disease Spreads and Kills
Scientists have unraveled the dynamics of a deadly disease that is wiping out amphibian populations across the globe. This disease, Chytridiomycosis was discovered in 1998 and has already caused the decline or extinction of hundreds of amphibian species across the globe. This impact was recently described by scientists as "the most spectacular loss of vertebrate biodiversity due to disease in recorded history."
UC Santa Barbara Undergraduate Researchers Will Present Their Discoveries
Undergraduate researchers at UC Santa Barbara will present their discoveries and creative accomplishments at the annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium on Thursday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Corwin Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public. The student researchers will be available to discuss their work.
UCSB Students Participate in Videoconference With Iraqi Students
Students at UC Santa Barbara will have the rare opportunity on Sunday, May 9, to participate in a groundbreaking peace mission that will bring them in direct conversation with their peers at the Islamic University in Baghdad via a live videoconference.
UCSB Biologist to Give Plous Lecture on Biodiversity and Species Extinction
The world is currently in the midst of one of the greatest waves of species extinction that has ever occurred. But, even as rates of species extinction are approaching those of prior mass extinctions, scientists know little about the different roles that species play in natural environments. They know even less about how the well-being of our own species might be linked to the great variety of life that is the most striking feature of our planet.
UCSB Scientists Research Materials Useful for Quantum Computing
A team of scientists at UC Santa Barbara that helped pioneer research into the quantum properties of a small defect found in diamonds has now used cutting-edge computational techniques to produce a road map for studying defects in alternative materials.
UCSB Announces ‘Green Initiative' Grant Recipients
UC Santa Barbara's The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Grant Making Committee has announced its grant recipients for the 2009-10 funding cycle.
U.S. News Ranks UCSB Graduate Programs Among Best
U.S. News & World Report magazine has rated UC Santa Barbara's physics program among the top 10 in the nation in its 2010 ranking of leading graduate and professional programs at American universities. Overall, seven of UCSB's graduate programs were ranked among the top 50, with three in the top 25.
UCSB Economics Programs Ranked Third and Sixth in Nation
Two programs within the Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara have been ranked among the top 10 in the nation by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), a volunteer-driven initiative to create a public-access database that promotes scholarly communication in economics and related disciplines.
Underwater Asphalt Volcanoes Discovered by UCSB Scientists
About 10 miles off the Santa Barbara coast, at the bottom of the Santa Barbara Channel, a series of impressive landmarks rise from the sea floor. They've been there for about 40,000 years, but they've remained hidden in the murky depths of the Pacific Ocean –– until now
Asian American Studies Scholar Explores Social Hierarchies
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 has changed the demographiccomposition of the Chinese American community in significant ways.Under provisions for family unification and for certain skilled laborand professionals, more than one million Chinese gained entry to theUnited States in the last three decades of the 20th century. The ethniccommunity grew at an unprecedented rate, and as the Chinese populationincreased, a new social hierarchy among Chinese Americans emerged.
Two UCSB Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Two UC Santa Barbara faculty members –– Douglas Burbank, director of UCSB's Institute for Crustal Studies and professor of earth science, and Gary Horowitz, professor of physics –– have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Burbank and Horowitz were among 72 new members elected to the academy today in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
New Monitor Lizard Discovered in Indonesia
A newly discovered species of monitor lizard, a close relative of the Komodo dragon, was reported in the journal Zootaxa this week by a professor at UC Santa Barbara and a researcher from Finland.
Brains, Worms, and Computer Chips Have Striking Similarities
An international team of scientists has discovered striking similarities between the human brain, the nervous system of a worm, and a computer chip. The finding is reported in the journal PloS Computational Biology today.
UCSB Middle East Ensemble to Perform in Egypt
The Middle East Ensemble at UC Santa Barbara has been invited by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to perform a series of concerts in Cairo, Alexandria, and Luxor in July.
Political Scientist Appointed Fellow of National Asia Research Program
Amit Ahuja, assistant professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara, has been named to the first class of Research Associates and Fellows of the National Asia Research Program (NARP). He is one of 39 scholars recognized for their research into issues of importance to U.S. interests in Asia.
UC Santa Barbara Offers Admission to 19,721 for Fall 2010
The University of California, Santa Barbara has offered a place in its fall 2010 entering class to a total of 19,721 high school seniors. The prospective UCSB freshmen were selected from a total of 46,700 applicants –– the second-largest applicant pool in UCSB history. The campus expects its fall 2010 entering class to number about 3,900.
Astronomers Find Nine New Planets
The discovery of nine new planets challenges the reigning theory of the formation of planets, according to new observations by astronomers. Two of the astronomers involved in the discoveries are based at the UC Santa Barbara-affiliated Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT), based in Goleta, Calif., near UCSB.
Astronomy Lecture to be Held at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr., a prominent astronomer with the University of Cambridge, will give a lecture on the hidden universe that can only be studied fully from space-borne telescopes. The lecture is part of an annual series on astrophysics –– the Las Cumbres Observatory Lectures –– presented jointly by the Department of Physics at UC Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH), and the UCSB-affiliated Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT).
UCSB Black Studies Scholar Examines the Life of Music Legend Johnny Otis
By any measure, music legend Johnny Otis has lived a remarkable life. Considered by many to be the godfather of rhythm and blues, he has been a musician, music producer, disc jockey, artist, writer, entrepreneur, pastor, and a tireless fighter in the battle for racial equality.
UCSB Reaches Out to Santa Barbara, Isla Vista for Earth Day Festivities
UC Santa Barbara will be spreading the word about its model sustainability programs and nanotechnology research at events being held in Santa Barbara and Isla Vista for Earth Day 2010.
UCSB's Environmental Studies Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Earth Day and UC Santa Barbara's Environmental Studies program have a common thread: They share the same parent. Both were born out of the frustration and anger that followed the infamous Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969.
Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne to Discuss America's Religious Wars
After three decades during which conflicts over religion played a tremendous role in American politics, the country seems to be approaching a truce and, perhaps, even something akin to peace
UCSB Geologist Discovers Pattern in Earth's Long-Term Climate Record
In an analysis of the past 1.2 million years, UC Santa Barbara geologist Lorraine Lisiecki discovered a pattern that connects the regular changes of the Earth's orbital cycle to changes in the Earth's climate. The finding is reported in this week's issue of the scientific journal Nature Geoscience.
UCSB Scientists Obtain Unique Recordings of Easter Earthquake in Mexico
The major earthquake that occurred in Baja California on Easter Sunday, April 4th, at 3:40 p.m. Pacific Time, is of great interest to UC Santa Barbara seismologists, who are busy collecting information from a nearby research station. The earthquake was the largest in the Southern California region since 1992.
UC Santa Barbara to Host "Spring Insight" Open House on April 10
UC Santa Barbara will host its annual "Spring Insight" open house for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The daylong program of lectures, demonstrations, and tours is designed to showcase what UC Santa Barbara has to offer undergraduate students. It is also a fun way to get to know the campus and learn about the opportunities it offers for academic and personal growth.
UCSB Receives $750,000 Endowment for Student Scholarships
UC Santa Barbara has received a $750,000 gift to establish an endowment that will provide ongoing support for student scholarships in memory of UCSB alumnus Kevin Christensen.
UCSB Historian Examines Mexican Role in Development of Oral Contraceptives
When chemists in Mexico in the 1940's began studying barbasco, a wild yam indigenous to the region, they made a startling discovery: The tuber contains chemical components that actually mimic human steroids and could be used to mass-produce synthetic hormones for new drugs, such as cortisone and the first viable oral contraceptive.
UCSB Religious Studies Scholar to Discuss Religion
Religion in the United States –– and California in particular –– is an ever-changing entity. Currently, two important aspects of religious change are the focus of much attention and discussion. They include "religion à la carte," or the combining of beliefs, symbols, and practices; and the progressive religious movement, or commitment to social justices and other concerns.
UCSB and Museum of Natural History Present ‘NanoDay'
The science of very small things is the focus of "NanoDay," sponsored by UCSB and hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Three UCSB Faculty Members Named Fellows of National Education Association
Three faculty members at UC Santa Barbara have been named Fellows of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). They are among 67 scholars from around the world to be so recognized, and will be inducted on Saturday, May 1, at the organization's annual meeting in Denver.
Researchers Examine Development of Cooperation in Human Societies
A study conducted by an international team of social scientists that includes Michael Gurven, professor of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara, suggests that cooperative behavior among strangers has been influenced more by norms and institutions –– such as socioeconomics and world religions –– than by misplaced preferences favoring kin or friends. The group's findings appear in an article published in the March 19 issue of the journal Science.
International Team of Scientists Reports Discovery of a New Planet
An international team of scientists, including several who are affiliated with UC Santa Barbara, has discovered a new planet the size of Jupiter. The finding is published in the March 18 issue of the journal Nature.
UCSB Physicists Applies Theory of Quantum Mechanics to Large Objects
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have provided the first clear demonstration that the theory of quantum mechanics applies to the mechanical motion of an object large enough to be seen by the naked eye. Their work satisfies a longstanding goal among physicists.
McCauley is New Director of UCSB's NCEAS
Edward McCauley, who was recently named the new director of UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, understands why NCEAS has been recognized as a pioneering research institution since it started in 1995.
UCSB Italian Studies Professor Co-Edits New Online Scholarly Journa
California Italian Studies, a new peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal, has been published exclusively online by University of California's e-Scholarship and the California Digital Library. The journal, which debuted on March 1, was co-edited by Claudio Fogu, associate professor of Italian Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and Lucia Re, professor of Italian and women's studies at UCLA
Scientists at UCSB Discover 600 Million-Year-Old Origins of Vision
By studying the hydra, a member of an ancient group of sea creatures that is still flourishing, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a discovery in understanding the origins of human vision. The finding is published in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a British journal of biology.
UCSB Receives Bicycle Friendly Business Gold Award
The League of American Bicyclists has named UC Santa Barbara a Bicycle Friendly Business Gold Award winner. UCSB will be among 51 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses announced at the 10th National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 10.
Effects of Tsunami Caused by Chile Earthquake Detected in Santa Barbara
Waves from the tsunami produced by the massive earthquake that struck Chile last week reached the Santa Barbara harbor roughly 14 hours after the event, according to geographers and marine scientists at UC Santa Barbara. The first tsunami waves appeared in the harbor at about 12:45 p.m. on February 27, and continued for several hours.
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa Receives UCSB Faculty's Top Honor
The faculty of UC Santa Barbara has bestowed its highest honor on Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, a professor of history at UCSB. Hasegawa, an internationally recognized authority on Japanese-Russian relations and co-founder and former director of the campus's Center for Cold War Studies, has been named Faculty Research Lecturer for 2010.
Lecture to Explore a Fossil Fuel-Free World
Amory Lovins will demonstrate how “Reinventing Fire” can change minds and clarify choices by showing what exists, what works, what makes sense and makes money, what can change the world during his free lecture at 2 p.m. March 5 in UCSB's Corwin Pavilion.

Coach Sam "The Rock" Adams passes away
Sam Adams, retired UCSB head coach and former assistant at Westmont College, died on Monday evening January 11.

UCSB Climbs National Rankings
UCSB was recently ranked number 11 in the list of “Top 50 Public National Universities” and number 42 in “Best National Universities,” according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual assessment of America's top universities.
UCSB Receives Energy Research Grants
The Department of Energy awarded UCSB $19M for an Energy Frontier Research Center to facilitate research on solar energy conversion.
UCSB Ranked in Top 30
UCSB has been ranked number 21 in a list of the Top 30 National Universities by Washington Monthly magazine.
Judy Chu Becomes 1st Chinese American Woman in Congress
Judy Chu recently became the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress.

  
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