News Highlights


Jun 22
HispaUSA, an association of Chicano literature scholars in the United States and Spain, where it is based, has presented Francisco Lomelí with the Luis Leal Award “for his inestimable contribution to the recognition of Hispanic culture in the United States.”
Lomelí, a professor of Chicano studies and of Spanish and Portuguese, accepted the award in Salamanca, Spain. Leal, one of the most celebrated scholars of Chicano and Latin American literature, taught at UCSB from 1976 to 2006.
Jun 14
Professor Jeffrey Stewart, of the Department of Black Studies, is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. He has been recognized for his sustained commitment to developing and showcasing undergraduate research. 
Additionally, two College of Letters & Science students, Victoria Melgarejo and Joseph Heide, have also been recognized for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate research at UC Santa Barbara. 
Jun 8
Four undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive awards for outstanding academic achievement. They will be recognized at commencement exercises June 16 and 17. They are:
Ana Guerrero Gallegos - Luis Leal Social Sciences Undergraduate Award
Brenna Giacchino - Francis Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award
Francisco Olvera - William R. Reardon Undergraduate Award
Stephen Chih - Deans’ Outstanding Senior Award


May 31
UC Santa Barbara biochemist and biophysicist Irene Chen has been named a recipient of the 2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.
Chen is one of 13 recipients of the award this year, all young faculty who, according to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, have created an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
May 29
Hydrologist Hugo Loáiciga, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Geography, has been named a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Recognized for his “groundbreaking and eminent contributions to the understanding of the effects of climate processes on the recharge and the safe yield of aquifers and the improvement of groundwater management,” Loáiciga is also known for his early work on global warming and the hydrologic cycle.