News & Announcements


Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
March 24, 2017
  • First place: “Neuronas o árboles?” Inspired by Santiago Ramón y Cajal,  the father of modern neuroscience, this works shows immunohistochemistry performed on labella dissected from adult fruit flies. Photo Credit: NICOLE LEUNG AND TYLER OGUNMOWO

Seeking to encourage researchers to express the joy of scientific discovery through aesthetics, UC Santa Barbara again held its Art of Science competition. About 1,400 members of the campus community voted in the fourth annual contest sponsored by the Schuller Lab, the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California NanoSystems Institute, the College of Creative Studies and the UCSB Library.

March 22, 2017
  • Ice in the Beaufort Sea taken during the 2014 Seasonal Ice Zone Reconnaissance Survey.

Arctic sea ice in recent decades has declined even faster than predicted by most models of climate change. Many scientists have suspected that the trend now underway is a combination of global warming and natural climate variability. A new study finds that a substantial chunk of summer sea ice loss in recent decades was due to natural variability in the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean.


March 22, 2017

New research by UC Santa Barbara biologists examines how a particular pathogenic strain of E. coli — EC869, which causes diarrhea or hemorrhagic colitis in humans — destroys its neighbors by transferring toxins that inhibit their cell growth.

March 22, 2017

As it turns out, some relatively small diet tweaks could add up to significant inroads in addressing climate change. That’s the finding of a new study led by UC Santa Barbara researchers, who analyzed the potential effects of healthier model diets for the United States. 


Divisional announcements and opportunities

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.

Two UC Santa Barbara faculty members — cryptographer Stefano Tessaro and condensed matter physicist Andrea Young — have been selected to receive research fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for 2017.

  • Douglas McCauley Photo Credit: COURTESY WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Boosting ocean health is exactly what UC Santa Barbara aims to do through a new partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), a community of business, political and societal leaders working to improve the state of the world. 

  • 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.