Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UCSB's College of Letters & Science offers courses in 29 different languages. In addition to French, Spanish and Latin, the college has classes in Persian, Arabic, Catalan, Sanskrit, and many more! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

UCSB Linguistics PhD Student Daniel Hieber receives check from UC President Janet Napolitano

UCSB Linguistics Ph.D. student Daniel Hieber is the second-place finisher in the inaugural UC Grad Slam in Oakland.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

headshot of K. Janowicz

The Plous Memorial Award is the highest honor granted by the College of Letters and Science to an assistant professor.

2014-15 Plous recipient Krzysztof Janowicz (Geography) delivered a public lecture on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm / McCune Conference Room (HSSB) / on Exploring the Data Universe with Semantic Signatures.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BioMentors - Making Learning Social

The BioMentors program is a new approach to science education that engages students and faculty in more interactive ways than traditional lectures and labs.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Helping Incarcerated Youth Re-Examine Their Own Odysseys

"To have a voice is to have a choice," says theater and dance’s Michael Morgan. He produces The Odyssey Project, an outreach program at UCSB where incarcerated youths and undergraduates collaborate to perform their own version of Homer's "Odyssey."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Beyond the Classroom

Under faculty mentorship and in many cases with the added bonus of an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) grant, 200 students participated in the most recent Undergraduate Research Colloquium.


Oct 6

UC Santa Barbara’s Craig Montell is the recipient of a 2015 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award worth $500,000 per annum over five years (for a total of $2.5 million). The Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity, who propose pioneering and transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical science. Montell, the Patricia and Robert Duggan Professor of Neuroscience in UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB), will use the funding for research that ultimately could greatly reduce the spread of insect-borne diseases, which affect hundreds of millions of people per year.

Oct 5

Feminist Studies Professor Mireille Miller-Young's  recent book "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography" (Duke University Press, 2015) has received two book prizes.

The book was recognized as a recipient of the Sara A. Whaley book prize on behalf of the National Women's Studies Association for groundbreaking scholarship in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship. It also recevied the John Hope Franklin Prize for the best-published book in American Studies on behalf of the American Studies Association. 150 books were considered for this prestitigious prize.


Sep 29

A clinical trial using stem cell-derived ocular cells for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been initiated in England. This was a major milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness, which aims to cure vision loss in people with wet AMD. The organization was founded 10 years ago by UC Santa Barbara’s Peter Coffey, a professor at the campus’s Neuroscience Research Institute. 

The surgery was performed on a patient last month and no complications have arisen to date. The team hopes to determine the patient’s outcome in terms of initial visual recovery by early December.


Sep 22

UC Santa Barbara placed number 3 in a ranking of how top colleges and universities nationwide measure up in their efforts toward economic diversity. The Upshot’s College Access Index published today in The New York Times.

The University of California dominated the list, taking six of the top seven slots. Only UC Irvine and UC Davis ranked higher than UCSB. UC San Diego came in at number 4, UCLA at number 5 and UC Berkeley at number 7, with the Times describing UC as "California’s upward-mobility machine.”


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