News Highlights


Oct 12
Two UC Santa Barbara research projects have been awarded separate prestigious grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will allow them to bring new insights and technologies to their perspective fields.
The foundation awarded the UCSB-based WhatEvery1Says (WE1S) project $1.1 million over three years to study the representation of the humanities in public discourse. Alan Liu, a professor English at UCSB, is the principal investigator (PI). Jeremy Douglass, an assistant professor of English, is co-PI.
UCSB was also awarded a $225,000 grant to support a yearlong Sawyer Seminar on “Energy Justice in Global Perspective.” The seminars allow universities to conduct intensive study on a topic, one that’s difficult to pursue under normal circumstances. The UCSB seminar will run through the 2018-19 academic year. The co-PIs, all from UCSB, are Javiera Barandiaran, associate professor of global studies; Mona Damluji, assistant professor of film and media studies; Stephan Miescher, associate professor of history; David Pellow, Dehlsen Endowed Chair in environmental studies; and Janet Walker, professor and chair of film and media studies.
Oct 3

Recognized as a linguistics trailblazer, UC Santa Barbara professor Bernard Comrie is being honored by the British Academy for demonstrating the highest standards of achievement and scholarship. 

Selected for the Neil & Saras Smith Medal, Comrie was formally decorated at a ceremony in London. 

Sep 26

Unveiling a treasure trove of entertainment this fall, UC Santa Barbara is showcasing a stellar selection of musicians, artists, singers, exhibits, film screenings and plays. The lineup features UCSB faculty, students, alumni and an array of special guests.

More info here.

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