News & Announcements


Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
October 18, 2016
  • An artist's concept of a zwitterionic molecule of the type secreted by mussels to prime surfaces for adhesion

In a development beneficial for both industry and environment, UC Santa Barbara researchers have created a high-quality coating for organic electronics that promises to decrease processing time as well as energy requirements.

October 17, 2016
  • Frog on the handle of pot on burner

The science behind a frog jumping from a pot of boiling water and conversely being boiled slowly over time is the focus of a new study at UCSB. Professor Craig Montell along with graduate students, Wei Shen and Junjie Luo, have published a study examining the response of fruit fly larvae to temperature change. 

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.


Divisional announcements and opportunities
  • Samir Mitragotri

UC Santa Barbara chemical engineering professor Samir Mitragotri has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Mitragotri joins 79 new members chosen by the organization in recognition of their professional achievement and commitment to service.

  • 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. 

  • Irene Chen

Chemist Irene Chen has been award a $2.1 million New Innovator Award from the NIH to explore bacteriophages as an alternative to antibiotics in fighting against bacteria. 

  • Bruce Lipshutz

Organice Chemistry Professor Bruce Lipshutz  been selected to receive the 2017 H. C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods. But, if you ask Lipshutz what he really wants to discuss, it is the need for better, greener chemistry that minimizes the ongoing growth in the global stockpiling of organic solvent-containing waste.