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Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
September 15, 2016
  • Garibaldi swimming in kelp

$10 Million gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff establishes the Benioff Ocean Initiative to study and solve ocean issues.

August 15, 2016
  •   Sting looks at his brain scans at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute. Photo Credit: OWEN EGAN

Brain scans of the musician Sting give UCSB neurologist Scott Grafton insight into how the rock star forges musical connections in his mind.

August 9, 2016
  • Indian parents with baby.

If you want your baby to love broccoli, you better love it, too, because that tiny human is watching you to learn which foods are good and bad.

August 4, 2016
  • Evolution of Parasitism. Credit: Weinstein & Kuris, Biol Lett, 2016.

Sponging off other people can be a successful life strategy. The same is true for many members of the Animal Kingdom.


Divisional announcements and opportunities
  • Andrea Young

In recognition of his accomplishments and to allow him to continue his work in this area, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has awarded Andrea Young a 2016 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. 

  • UC Santa Barbara's Actuarial Science program has received a number of awards and accolades.  Photo Credit:  iStock/AndreyPopov

Some of the best actuaries in the country are coming out of UC Santa Barbara, where the actuarial science program is the first on the West Coast to be designated a Center of Actuarial Excellence (CAE).

  • Dar Roberts. Photo Credit: Spencer Bruttig

He is among 60 new fellows acknowledged for “their remarkable contributions to their research fields, exceptional knowledge and visionary leadership.”

  • Venn diagram portraying relationships, including infection, bacteremia, sepsis and the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. Photo Credit: Steven Burdette

UCSB scientists collaborate with multiple institutions to conduct biomedical research on infectious disease and sepsis, thanks to a $12.8 million grant.