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Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
January 9, 2017
  • Left to right: Jacob Israelachvili, Michael Rapp, Greg Maier, Herb Waite and Alison Butler. Photo Credit: SONIA FERNANDEZ

A team of researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) last month developed a type of super adhesive that can be used under water. The need for adhesives that stick under water drove the scientists to focus on natural adhesives that work in an aqueous environment.

January 5, 2017
  • Minuscule six-legged Asian shot hole borers drill into trees and plant a fungus beneath the bark. Photo Credit: SONIA FERNANDEZ

There’s a new pest in town and it’s threatening one of the area’s top crops: avocados. First discovered in Los Angeles County in 2003, six-legged Asian shot hole borers have been found by UC Santa Barbara researchers in their own backyard.

December 19, 2016
  • This remotely operated submersible vehicle was used at night to collect the seafloor samples used in this study. Photo Credit: DAVID VALENTINE

The oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig in 2010 contaminated more than 1,000 square miles of seafloor. Researchers from UC Santa Barbara, with colleagues from three other institutions, are making progress to determine the long-term fate of oil in this ocean environment.

December 13, 2016
  • Giant Kelp and FIsh

Using long-term ecological data, marine scientists evaluate the sentinel status of giant kelp during a recent marine heat wave.


Divisional announcements and opportunities
  • Joe Polchinski

Awarded for his transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory and quantum gravity, distinguished UC Santa Barbara physicist Joseph Polchinski has won the prestigious 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

  • David Gross

In the 12 years since David Gross won his Nobel Prize, the UC Santa Barbara theoretical physicist has been celebrated myriad times. His latest accolades come from China and Russia.

  • Kathleen Foltz

Three UC Santa Barbara faculty members have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2016. Biologist Kathleen Foltz, engineer Kaustav Banerjee and computer scientist Divyakant Agrawal have each been named fellows of the prestigious organization.

  • Yitang Zhang

Yitang Zhang may not be a household name, but in the world of mathematics, the UC Santa Barbara professor is somewhat of a celebrity. His seminal work on the Twin Prime Conjecture made him famous in the field, earning him a host of prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship.