News Highlights


Sep 18

Alison Butler, a professor of chemistry at UC Santa Barbara, is the newest recipient of the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry. She will receive $5,000 and a certificate, plus a paid trip to the 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, where she will give a keynote address about her research. A symposium will be held in her honor.

The award recognizes significant accomplishments at the interface between biology and organic or inorganic chemistry.

Sep 12
In its 2018 listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities” in the country, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara No. 8.  Within the University of California system, only UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked above UCSB. 
Among the “Best National Universities” ranking, which includes both public and private institutions, UCSB placed No. 37. Complete U.S. News & World Report rankings are available at
Aug 31

Christopher Newfield, a professor of literature and American studies in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of English, and a team of collaborators have been awarded a $175,000 research grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will the development of a historical and cultural theory of metrics in higher education that can account for the continuing spread of rankings in universities.

Aug 23
Ross Melnick is being honored by the organization that bestows Oscars. An associate professor of film and media studies at UC Santa Barbara, he has been named a 2017 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The honor, one of two for scholars bestowed by the academy, will support Melnick as he writes a book on the history of Hollywood’s foreign ownership and operation of hundreds of theaters around the world.
Aug 15
Mona Damluji, an assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Film & Media Studies, is a producer of the short web series “The Secret Life of Muslims,” which received an Emmy nomination for outstanding short documentary. The series features a diverse group of people talking about what it's like to be Muslim in America.
Directed by Hollywood veteran Joshua Seftel, the series was also a finalist for a Peabody Award. Originally hosted by, all 14 videos are available on the Secret Life of Muslims Facebook and YouTube pages.