News Highlights


Aug 8
In recognition of her conservation achievements both in California and around the world, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has awarded Susan Mazer the Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award. The award aims to inspire others to understand the importance of plant conservation.
Mazer, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB), has contributed to the scientific understanding of plant evolution and adaptation to change, and she's trained others in the research skills needed to investigate these fundamental and universal processes.
Aug 4

UC Santa Barbara was named the second best place in the county to study sociology according to new rankings in USA Today. "Sociological theories and methodologies are supplemented with liberal arts courses to provide students with a well-rounded education," said the publication. Congratulations to the sociology program on this achievement! 

Jul 25

A group from UCSB’s Earth Research Institute (ERI) and Department of Geography has recently been awarded a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to evaluate urban wildfire patterns and resilience strategies, 

“The project’s main goals are to improve existing fire-weather forecast methods, increase resilience and reduce the socioeconomic impact of wildfires,” explained principal investigator (PI) and ERI researcher Leila Carvalho, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Geography

Jul 18
Four UC Santa Barbara graduate students and one recent alumnus from the humanities and social sciences have received a professional vote of confidence by winning competitive fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). This is a record number of awardees for the university. The students represent a wide range of graduate work being done at UCSB, with the majority receiving support to help them complete their dissertations. 
Jul 7
Assistant professor of political science Neil Narang spent the last year advising senior officials in the Department of Defense while on an International Affairs Fellowship (IAF), focusing on national security strategy.
The prestigious fellowship, founded in 1967 by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) — of which Narang is an elected term member — serves as an important mechanism for U.S. foreign policymakers to recruit the expertise of prominent scholars. Past fellows include former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers.