News Highlights


Mar 4
In this year’s Harold J. Plous Lecture at UC Santa Barbara, Plous Award recipient Douglas McCauley, associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, will provide a brief history of the ways humans have changed ocean ecosystems and examine how marine science can be used to predict future impacts.
McCauley’s talk, “The Past and Future of Wildlife Loss in Our Oceans,” will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the auditorium of the campus’s Marine Science Institute (MSI). It is free and open to the public.
Feb 21
Trevor Hayton, a professor in the UC Santa Barbara Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been recognized with a prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The Hayton Group has pioneered the use of nuclear magnetic resonance — familiar to most as the technology behind medical magnetic resonance imaging scans — to measure orbital interactions in uranium. 
Feb 15

El Plan, a 155-page manifesto and detailed blueprint for the formation of university-level Chicano Studies programs, was drafted by students, faculty and other delegates from across the UC system during a special conference at UC Santa Barbara in April 1969.  The conference became a higher-education catalyst for the movement at UC Santa Barbara, across California and beyond, and El Plan came to be seen as a seminal document resulting in the establishment of many Chicano/Chicana studies programs.

UC Santa Barbara will mark these milestones with a 50th anniversary conference examining the significance and enduring impact of El Plan. Event details can be found here.

Feb 13
In recognition of her dedication to countless students over 30 years, UC Santa Barbara physics professor Elisabeth Gwinn has been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) 2019 Lifetime Mentor Award.
The award honors “individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers.”
Jan 17
A multi-campus symposium at UC Santa Barbara seeks to make visible some of the most vibrant community organizing occurring in California and beyond. Participants will look at the kind of activism taking place, what creates successful campaigns and how organizations overcome obstacles, how short-term success lead to longer-term problems and, inversely, how short-run losses lead to greater capacities for social movement organizing; and what shifts when Asian American activism becomes visible.
A collaboration among the Asian American studies departments at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis and the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, the symposium is slated for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24 and 25, in the campus’s MultiCultural Center. It is open to the public, and will be live-streamed to a national audience.