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Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
November 29, 2016
  • Black Hole

Thanks to a major new gift to its Department of Physics, UC Santa Barbara aims to unleash promising young scientific minds on that problem and on related questions about the fundamental laws of nature that govern the universe. A $1 million gift from an anonymous Japanese donor will create a new high-level postdoctoral program called Fundamental Physics Fellows.

November 27, 2016
  • Ken Kosik

UCSB neuroscientist and physician Kenneth S. Kosik worked with neurologist Francisco Lopera in the 1990s to research a Colombian family’s history of Alzheimer’s resulting in the identification of genetic mutation responsible for the disease. Now their work is resulting in a trial therapy aimed at halting the effects of the condition.

October 31, 2016
  • Members of the John Martinis quantum computing group (l to r) : Charles Neill, Pedram Roushan, Anthony Megrant and John Martinis

If you’re building a quantum computer with the intention of making calculations not even imaginable with today’s conventional technology, you’re in for an arduous effort. Such is life for the scientists of the Martinis Group at UC Santa Barbara and Google, Inc., as they explore the exciting but also still somewhat counter-intuitive world of quantum computing.

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.


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.