News Highlights


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.
May 22
Scholar Holly Gore, a doctoral candidate in the history of art and architecture at UC Santa Barbara,  has been awarded a 2018-2019 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art from the American Council of Learned Societies for her project “Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1940-1970.”
Of the 10 advanced graduate students selected for their promising research in object- and image-based U.S. art history, she is the only from the UC — and in fact one of only two from any California institution — to be so recognized this year.
May 8
In this year’s Harold J. Plous Lecture at UC Santa Barbara, Plous Award recipient Terence Keel, an associate professor of history and of Black studies, argues that the enduring belief that race comes from “Nature” reflects the haunting of influence of Christian intellectual history on the development of modern scientific thinking about human ancestry.
Keel’s talk, “Ghosts in the Machine: How Christianity Haunts the Biological Sciences” will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the campus’s Corwin Pavilion. It is free and open to the public.
May 4
Kaitlin Brown and Mallory Melton, graduate students of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara, have published separate papers in the distinguished journal American Antiquity. Brown and Melton are members of the Social Archaeology Research Group headed by Gregory H. Wilson, a UCSB associate professor of anthropology. Melton is also a member of the Integrative Subsistence Laboratory, directed by Amber VanDerwarker, a UCSB professor of anthropology.
Apr 30

Chemistry undergraduate Shay Nguyen received an honorable mention from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation. Cassidy Pyle, an undergraduate double majoring in film and media studies and communications with a minor in feminist studies, was awarded the Donald A. Strauss scholarship. Peri Propper, who is completing her double major in global studies and Middle East studies with a minor in translation studies, received the Boren scholarship.