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Historic photos for Great SocietyIn his June 1964 commencement address at the University of Michigan, President Lyndon B. Johnson challenged students to join in what he called “the Great Society,” one committed to ending poverty, racial injustice and making it possible for “every young mind” to meet the full potential of its imagination.

Johnson’s speech gave a name to a sweeping array of legislation and policies that expanded political, economic, social and citizenship rights. A half-century later, the major components of the Great Society legislation — once again at the center of political controversy and debate — are the focus of UC Santa Barbara’s 2013-14 Critical Issues in America Series...

Robin FlemingRobin Fleming is one of 24 Americans to receive the prestigious 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. More commonly known as the “Genius Award,” the grant will foster the scholar's collaboration across disciplines. Fleming's research recreates the lives of everyday people, whom little has been written about, using archeological evidence like objects from smelting and burial site excavations. She is developing a new framework for writing history.

Fleming earned a BA and a Ph.D. in history from UC Santa Barbara. Read on to learn more about her inspiration and work…

Michelle Dickinson at computerA new summer course has drawn graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and science faculty members from around the world to explore new approaches to how animals take shape and form. Presented by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the California NanoSystems Institute, the interdisciplinary course challenges biologists, engineers, mathematicians, and physicists to create a synergy that guides collaborative research in new directions.

"It's a great place to meet world leaders and experts, and live and eat and breathe the science that we're trying to solve," says one researcher...

 

 

Students cheering at commencementAmong the more than 5,800 graduates in the class of 2013, three remarkable undergraduates from the College of Letters & Science were named winners of the university’s top awards for their scholastic achievement, their extraordinary service to the university and the community, and their personal courage and persistence.

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Egyptian hieroglyphicsAnthony Barbieri-Low was one of 14 recipients of the 2013 New Directions Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the first UC Santa Barbara scholar to be selected for the award. The highly competitive fellowship is awarded to mid-career scholars, enabling them to pursue interests outside of their specializations.

The expert in early imperial China will immerse himself in Egyptian language and archaeology to make comparative studies between the two civilizations on the societal role of scribes and the development of bureaucracy…