On July 1, 2012, David Marshall, Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, stepped down as Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Marshall, who held the position for seven years, was the inaugural Executive Dean during a period characterized by increasing academic excellence and budgetary challenges. The new Executive Dean, Melvin L. Oliver, SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences, recently paid tribute to Dean Marshall.
Photo: Melvin Oliver, right, thanks David Marshall for his leadership as the College's inaugural Executive Dean.
Faculty members who have been recognized recently for their outstanding achievements or received important research grants include Linda Putnam and Howard Giles (Communication), literary scholar and translator Suzanne Jill Levine (Spanish and Portuguese); marine biologist Gretchen Hoffman (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology); Peter Ford and Craig Hawker (Chemistry and Biochemistry); Cenke Xu and Ania Bleszynski Jayich (Physics); and G. Reginald Daniel (Sociology). In addition, the College of Letters and Science has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures that will be led by Peter Alagona (History and Environmental Studies), David Lopez-Carr (Geography), and Teresa Shewry (English).
Read more for details of their awards.
UC Santa Barbara takes pride in its inter-disciplinary culture, with many faculty members collaborating across disciplines on research projects, or holding joint appointments in different departments. Some courses are cross-listed between departments or can be taught by two or more professors, reflecting the range of their subject matter. During winter quarter 2012, however, the concept took on a new meaning when three professors – a sociologist, a photographer, and a writer/journalist – collaborated with...
As visitors to the newly-reopened Art, Design & Architecture Museum enter the building to view two new exhibitions, “Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House” and “Catherine Opie Photographs Cliff May,” they pass a series of original art installations that were inspired by and complement the shows inside. These works, based on elements taken from Cliff May’s ranch house designs, were conceived and designed by art students. Their work, and that of student interns who curated small exhibitions that are running in tandem with the May and Opie shows, are the result of a renewed focus by the museum on student participation and learning.
During the museum’s 18-month closure for seismic retrofitting, Bruce Robertson, Acting Director and...
UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program was born out of activism – a response by a group of 21 faculty members to the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill – and today’s environmental studies majors continue to combine activism and academics in ways that are having a real impact on the campus and the community.
Says Bob Wilkinson, a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program and at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, “as I reflect on the role of ES students who are engaging in real-world problem-solving, I'm reminded of David Brower's comment: ‘to make a difference, one needs to do three things - care, do your homework, and communicate.’ Our students care.
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