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Feb 16
Intrigued by recent findings that neuron firing rates in the regions of mouse and fly brains associated with visual processing increase during physical activity, UC Santa Barbara psychologists Barry Giesbrecht and Tom Bullock wanted to know if the same might be true for the human brain.
 
To find out, they designed an experiment using behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques to explore the ways in which brief bouts of physical exercise impact human performance and underlying neural activity. The researchers found that low-intensity exercise boosted activation in the visual cortex, the part of the cerebral cortex that plays an important role in processing visual information. 
Feb 9
Professor Jorge Luis Castillo has received the PEN Club of Puerto Rico National Award for his latest book, “La Virgen de los Boleros” (Isla Negra).
 
For the collection of eight short stories, the professor of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Santa Barbara used a variety of voices to tell his tales.
Feb 7

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has awarded UCSB a gold rating in the latest iteration of its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance, STARS assessments are valid for three years. UCSB also scored a gold in 2014.

Jan 31
Swati Rana, an assistant professor of English at UCSB, has won an outright grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that will allow her to work on her first book.
 
The $50,400 award will support Rana as she writes “Retrograde Minorities: Problem Characters in U.S. Ethnic Literature, 1900-1960."
Jan 27
As a scholar, Aída Hurtado has marked multiple firsts in her study and teaching of Chicana/o studies and feminist theory. And now she’s made history of another kind, as a featured speaker at the recent Women’s March in Washington D.C., said to be the largest such civic event ever in the U.S.
 
With an academic background in psychology and sociology, Hurtado has focused her research on social and ethnic identity, feminist theory, media portrayals of ethnic and racial groups and equity in education. 

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