News Highlights


Jan 11

UC Santa Barbara ecohydrologist Kelly Caylor has been awarded an AI for Earth Innovation grant sponsored by National Geographic and Microsoft. He and colleagues will use artificial intelligence to monitor climate conditions, water availability, and other potential effects of climate change. 


Jan 8

UC Santa Barbara geographer Chris Funk and colleagues have launched the UCSB Climate Hazards Center (CHC), which sits within the geography department. The center, primarily funded by the USGS/USAID and NASA, connects a team of top notch scientists and programmers at UC Santa Barbara with an international team of field scientists in Africa and Central America.

The center will bring more permanence to their work to get ahead of famine, while also expanding their efforts to include other climate-related monitoring and disaster-mitigating activities. Currently, the center team combines advanced researchers, scientific programmers and editors, fields scientists and graduate students.

Jan 3

Marianne Mithun, one of the country’s foremost scholars in indigenous languages and a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Linguistics, has been elected to serve as the 95th president of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA).

Anne Charity Hudley, the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America at UC Santa Barbara, has received the society's Linguistics, Language and the Public Award for 2019.

Dec 20

To foster joint research, among its 10 campuses the University of California established the Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (UC MRPI). The program awards competitive grants to multicampus projects that seek to develop tangible solutions to problems facing our state and world. Six of these projects involve UC Santa Barbara researchers, and two will be lead by UCSB professors.

Kim Yasuda, an artist and professor of public practice in the Department of Art, will lead a team studying place-making artistic projects and scholarship. Physics professor Mark Sherwin will lead a cohort enhancing the sensitivity of magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Dec 6

Sixteen UC Santa Barbara researchers have been named among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List released by Clarivative Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). See the full list here