News Highlights


Apr 25

UCSB's 5th Annual Grad Slam competition took place over the week of April 17th, featuring 71 graduate students giving three-minute talks about their research. Students from more then 30 disciplines participated, with the top prize going to Leah Foltz, who studies biomolecular science and engineering, and runners-up awards going to Max Mowak, a chemical enginnering student, and Eric Jorgensen, who is in the theater studies program. 

Apr 19

Political science professor Hahrie Han discusses the March for Science and why it may or may not be effective in the Atlantic

Han studies the ways in which civic organizations get people involved in activism and build power for political change. 

Apr 13
Victor Rios, a celebrated professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, studies the lives of Latino and African American youths to understand how they, too, can succeed despite the pressures of a society that often treats them like criminals. His research led him to author “Human Targets: Schools, Police and the Criminalization of Latino Youth” (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
The groundbreaking book, the product of five years of on-the-street research, examines the way schools and the police focus on the control and punishment of Latino youths rather than treat them as complex individuals worthy of respect. Rios argues that positive interactions with these youths offer the best chance to reach and help them.
Apr 7

There are many exciting upcoming arts events happening on campus. Highlights include multiple events with award winnings makeup artist Michael Westmore, a plethora of dance and music concerts, and a Trans Media series of film screenings that deal with issues of gender identity. More info here.

Mar 28
It is estimated that more than 5 million people worldwide participated in marches on Jan. 21, gathering together to show support for women’s rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality and many other interconnected causes.
But how did a march that started as a simple Facebook post, created by a group of women who planned to protest the outcome of the recent presidential election, garner so much attention? What are the implications of the historic gathering, and in what ways is it a continuation of the suffrage movement — which sought to give women the right to vote in the first place — and the women’s movement of the 1970s?
UCSB scholars weigh in here