News & Announcements


Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
April 19, 2016
  • Professor John Martinis

Aluminum on sapphire qubits provide proof of concept for surface codes and digitzed evolution.

April 5, 2016
  • Often pollen must compete with other pollen for access to eggs, as shown here on the stigma of Hibiscus moscheutos.  Photo Credit:  Jacob A. Edwards

Often pollen must compete with other pollen for access to eggs, as shown here on the stigma of Hibiscus moscheutos.
Photo Credit:  Jacob A. Edwards

March 28, 2016
  • Helmut Schwarz, president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, presents UCSB chemistry professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen with her Humboldt Research Award.

UCSB chemistry professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is recognized for her pioneering work on organic solar cells and their materials

March 24, 2016
  • Jiwon Jang and Kenneth S. Kosik Photo Credit:  SONIA FERNANDEZ

Ken Kosik & Team document some of the first steps in the process by which a stem cell transforms into different cell types.


Divisional announcements and opportunities

Funded through a generous $47,000 gift from international business leader and entrepreneur Harvey Karp, the Harvey L. Karp Discovery Award is intended to provide seed funding to the most exceptional young postdocs at UC Santa Barbara early in their careers and support their innovative research. Applications due: May 15, 2016

  • Gus Gurley

We are pleased to announce that Gus Gurley will be the 2016 Science Commencement Speaker.  Gus has a B.S. degree in Physics and a M.S., Physics, Scientific Instrumentation, both from UCSB.


The Otis Williams Fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation will provide two years of support for post-doctoral research training at the interface of biology and engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This fellowship is intended to support traditional biomedical fields such as biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology coupled with UCSB's unique strengths in materials, computing, and mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering. The highest priority applications would be interdisciplinary bioengineering projects, potentially in partnership with other members of the medical research, education and delivery fields in Santa Barbara. Application deadline is May 1, 2016.

  • Joe Incandela

Joe Incandela is the 61st recipient of the award since it was established in 1955. His lecture will take place later this year, with a date and time yet to be determined. It will be free and open to the public.