News Highlights


Feb 15

El Plan, a 155-page manifesto and detailed blueprint for the formation of university-level Chicano Studies programs, was drafted by students, faculty and other delegates from across the UC system during a special conference at UC Santa Barbara in April 1969.  The conference became a higher-education catalyst for the movement at UC Santa Barbara, across California and beyond, and El Plan came to be seen as a seminal document resulting in the establishment of many Chicano/Chicana studies programs.

UC Santa Barbara will mark these milestones with a 50th anniversary conference examining the significance and enduring impact of El Plan. Event details can be found here.

Feb 13
In recognition of her dedication to countless students over 30 years, UC Santa Barbara physics professor Elisabeth Gwinn has been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) 2019 Lifetime Mentor Award.
The award honors “individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers.”
Jan 17
A multi-campus symposium at UC Santa Barbara seeks to make visible some of the most vibrant community organizing occurring in California and beyond. Participants will look at the kind of activism taking place, what creates successful campaigns and how organizations overcome obstacles, how short-term success lead to longer-term problems and, inversely, how short-run losses lead to greater capacities for social movement organizing; and what shifts when Asian American activism becomes visible.
A collaboration among the Asian American studies departments at UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis and the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, the symposium is slated for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24 and 25, in the campus’s MultiCultural Center. It is open to the public, and will be live-streamed to a national audience.
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.