News Highlights


May 14
Two UC Santa Barbara physics professors — Cristina Marchetti and Leon Balents — are among the newest members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). They join 98 others so honored, and 25 foreign associates, recognized for their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”
Marchetti and Balents bring to 42 the number of UCSB faculty elected to NAS, 16 of whom are or have been affiliated with the Department of Physics.
May 9
The UC Santa Barbara Academic Senate has awarded Distinguished Professor Nelson Lichtenstein the Faculty Research Lecture Award for 2019. Established in 1955, the award is the highest honor the faculty bestows on one of its members.
In announcing the award, the Faculty Research Lecture Committee recognized Lichtenstein, a professor of history and director of the campus’s Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, as one of the most important 20th-century U.S. historians working in any field. Of specific note were his contributions to American labor history, global capitalism, and political economy.
Apr 26
Two experts on immigration, national security and refugee movements will take part in UC Santa Barbara’s  2019 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate, addressing the topic “Immigration: A Boon or Burden to U.S. Society.”
The event, set for Thursday, May 2, will feature Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian and UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of Sociology Rubén G. Rumbaut. The debate will be moderated by Donald Kerwin, director of the Center for Migration Studies of New York.
The debate will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Apr 24

Two UC Santa Barbara scholars have been named 2019 ACLS Fellows by the American Council of Learned Societies. Kevin B. Anderson, a professor of sociology, and Anthony Barbieri-Low, a professor of history, are among the distinguished scholars who will receive funding to support as much as 12 months of full-time research and writing. 

The ACLS, founded in 1919, is a nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations dedicated to promoting the study of the humanities.

Apr 22

UC Santa Barbara professors Alison Butler, José Cabezón and Brenda Major have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They join 210 other new fellows and international members of the prestigious organization. Their selection brings to 41 the number of UC Santa Barbara faculty members who have been named fellows of the academy.