News Highlights


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.
Aug 8
In recognition of her conservation achievements both in California and around the world, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has awarded Susan Mazer the Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award. The award aims to inspire others to understand the importance of plant conservation.
Mazer, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB), has contributed to the scientific understanding of plant evolution and adaptation to change, and she's trained others in the research skills needed to investigate these fundamental and universal processes.
Aug 4

UC Santa Barbara was named the second best place in the county to study sociology according to new rankings in USA Today. "Sociological theories and methodologies are supplemented with liberal arts courses to provide students with a well-rounded education," said the publication. Congratulations to the sociology program on this achievement! 

Jul 25

A group from UCSB’s Earth Research Institute (ERI) and Department of Geography has recently been awarded a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to evaluate urban wildfire patterns and resilience strategies, 

“The project’s main goals are to improve existing fire-weather forecast methods, increase resilience and reduce the socioeconomic impact of wildfires,” explained principal investigator (PI) and ERI researcher Leila Carvalho, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Geography

Jul 18
Four UC Santa Barbara graduate students and one recent alumnus from the humanities and social sciences have received a professional vote of confidence by winning competitive fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). This is a record number of awardees for the university. The students represent a wide range of graduate work being done at UCSB, with the majority receiving support to help them complete their dissertations.