News Highlights


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.
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.