News Highlights


Dec 8

UC Santa Barbara assistant physics professor Andrea Young has been named a winner of the Milner Foundation’s 2018 New Horizons Prize in Fundamental Physics. Young is one of three junior researchers to be honored for their important contributions to the field of physics early in their careers. 

Nov 20

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of numerous prestigious journals, including Science — has named six UC Santa Barbara professors among its new fellows for 2017.

The newly elected fellows from UCSB are:

Keith Clarke, a professor of geography, for distinguished contributions to the field of spatial analysis in geography..

Noah Friedkin, a professor of sociology, for distinguished contributions to mathematical sociology.

Kenneth S. Kosik, Harriman Professor of Neuroscience and co-director of UCSB’s Neuroscience Research Institute, for distinguished contributions to molecular and cellular neuroscience.

Diane Mackie, a professor of psychology, for distinguished contributions to the study of intergroup relations.

Brenda Major, a professor of psychology, for distinguished contributions to research on the effects of discrimination and stigma, the potential for psychological resilience and for her leadership within social psychology.

Denise Montell, Duggan Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, for pioneering contributions to understanding molecular mechanisms of collective cell migration and cell survival in normal development and cancer.

Nov 17
“Lab Girl,” by Hope Jahren is the UCSB Reads selection for the 2018 season. This coming-of-age memoir “traces her path from an early infatuation with the natural world to her hard-earned accomplishments as a scientist recognized for breakthrough contributions to her field.”
An annual event now in its 12th year, UCSB Reads engages the campus and the Santa Barbara community in conversations about a key topic while reading the same book.
Nov 6

Joseph Walther, who pioneered the study of computer-mediated communication and its implications for intrapersonal relationships, has been named the inaugural Bertelsen Presidential Chair in Information Technology and Society at UC Santa Barbara. He will also be the director of UCSB’s Center for Information Technology (CITS).

He assumes his new role at UCSB in November.

Oct 24

For publishing what has been described as the first comprehensive study of racial and ethnic minorities holding elective office in America at the beginning of the 21st century, UCSB professor of political scientists Pei-te Lien and co-authors have received the 2017 Distinguished Career Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Race, Ethnicity and Politics section.

Lien and team examined black, Latina/Latino, Native American and Asian American elected officials in state and local governments, and then documented the demographic shifts in governing in their resulting book, “Contested Transformation: Race, Gender and Political Leadership in 21st-Century America” (Cambridge University Press, 2016).