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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.
Jun 23
Terence Keel, an assistant professor of history and of Black studies at UC Santa Barbara has received this year’s Harold J. Plous Award.
 
One of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, the award is given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in research, teaching and service.
 
Keel will highlight his research when he delivers the Plous Lecture next spring.
Jun 21

Closing the book on another academic year, UCSB commencement exercises celebrate achievement and look ahead. VIDEO HERE

Jun 13
UC Santa Barbara microbiologist Alyson Santoro received a pair of grants from the the 2016 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference  to pursue work inspired by the year’s theme, “Discovering the Deep Blue Sea.”
 
Designed to manifest concrete projects that produce educational, cultural, social or scientific impacts, NAKFI grants provide seed funding for important new research and activities that are sparked by the NAKFIannual conference and that bring people together in fresh ways. Santoro’s work certainly fits the bill. In two projects, she’ll meld science with art to explore microbes and the notion that they may serve as the ocean’s “memory.”

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