News Highlights


May 16

Author of more than 200 publications, books, essays, articles, reviews and short stories, UC Santa Barbara professor Sara Poot-Herrera is known for “always working” — organizing conferences or speaking events on Mexican and Spanish American literature, as well as writing, editing and teaching.

She received a Special Award from Feria Internacional de la Lectura Estado de Yucatán (FILEY), an international book fair — featuring esteemed writers, poets and artists — that she helped coordinate in Mérida, Yucatán. The award recognizes her “cultural, literary and academic trajectory, both in the book fair and in the state of Yucatán.” It is her second award this academic year, adding to her long list of honors. 

May 11

Graduate student Leah Foltz successfully explained her research on curing blindness with skin cells to win the People’s Choice Award at the annual UC Grad Slam. 

Foltz, a graduate student in UCSB’s biomolecular science and engineering program, focused her Grad Slam presentation on her research about creating stem cells from patients’ skin cells and using those stem cells to create living eye tissue.

May 9

For his breadth of research and for his more recent advances in neuroscience, professor of psycholgy Gregory Ashby has been awarded the 2017 Howard Crosby Warren Medal by the Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP).

Ashby’s research takes a three-pronged approach: empirical data collection, cognitive neuroscience and mathematical modeling. Indeed, the award recognizes his “innovative and foundational theoretical and empirical work linking mind and brain in computational and mathematical models of learning and categorization.”

May 2
UC Santa Barbara applied psychologist Richard Mayer has devoted his career to formulating principals of instruction that teach people how to apply what they learned to new situations. His recent research shows that multimedia instruction is particularly effective, and in the 21st century, computers have made that easier to execute than ever before.
For his efforts, Mayer has been chosen by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) to receive the 2018 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. The highest honor conferred by the APS, the Cattell Award recognizes distinguished APS members for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.
Apr 25

UCSB's 5th Annual Grad Slam competition took place over the week of April 17th, featuring 71 graduate students giving three-minute talks about their research. Students from more then 30 disciplines participated, with the top prize going to Leah Foltz, who studies biomolecular science and engineering, and runners-up awards going to Max Mowak, a chemical enginnering student, and Eric Jorgensen, who is in the theater studies program.