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A message from Vice President Joe Biden to the UC Santa Barbara community.

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Henley Gate with black memorial ribbonThe College of Letters & Science Deans express our deepest sorrow and grief for the loss of the lives of our students in the violent and tragic events of May 23, in Isla Vista. The deaths of Katherine Cooper (senior), James Hong (senior), Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez (junior), George Chen (junior), David Wang (junior), and Veronika Weiss (sophomore) are devastating for everyone in our community, and on behalf of the staff and faculty of the College of Letters & Science, we express our most solemn condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

To our students, parents of our students, and alumni: we join you in mourning their tragic loss.

Read on for more information about academic advising for students in light of this tragedy...

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...