News Highlights


Mar 8

Swati Chattopadhyay, a professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and in the Comparative Literature Program, has been named a 2018 fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Chattopadhyay was recognized for a “lifetime of significant contributions to the field of architectural history,” including scholarship, service to the society or “stewardship of the built environment.” She will be inducted at the society’s 71st Annual International Conference awards ceremony on April 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mar 5

UC Santa Barbara ecologist Douglas McCauley has been selected a 2018 early career fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). An assistant professor in UCSB’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) and director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative, McCauley is one of seven ESA members to be so named.

McCauley was elected for his work to advance understanding of the complex mechanisms by which wildlife loss affects ecosystems, as well as for his efforts to use big data and emerging technology to promote conservation.
Feb 27

The College of Letters & Science welcomes Charles R. Hale as the new SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences, Hale oversees 12 academic departments and programs with more than 6,500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

Hale, who previously was a professor of African and African Diaspora studies and anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, comes to his new position primed to embrace UCSB’s interdisciplinary approach to academics.

Jan 18

Three UCSB Scholars--Brian Fagan, Amber VanDerwarker and Gregory D. Wilson--were honored by the prestigious Shanghai Archaeology Forum in the Chinese city recently.

Fagan, distinguished professor emeritus of anthropology, received the international group’s Lifetime Achievement Award. VanDerwarker, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, and Wilson, associate professor of anthropology, were presented the Research Award.