News Highlights


Jul 19
Professor of physics Andrea Young has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). 
The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
Jul 16
In its Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019 global ranking by academic subjects, the prestigious ShanghaiRanking places UC Santa Barbara at No. 5 in the field of communication
UC Santa Barbara — the only California institution in the top 20 for communication — rises from No. 8 in the same ranking in 2018 and No. 13 in the subject ranking in 2017.
Jul 10
Alenda Chang, an assistant professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, has received this year’s Harold J. Plous Award.
One of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, the award is given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in research, teaching and service.
Presented by the college, the award was established in 1957 to honor the memory of Harold J. Plous, an assistant professor of economics.
Jul 8

In honor of her decades of work on how people adapt to adversity, Brenda Major has been awarded the International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI)'s Distinguished Lifetime Career Award. The award “recognizes a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to our understanding of self and identity throughout their career,” according to the organization.

Major, who describes herself as an experimental social psychologist, will be honored at the ISSI’s Society for Personality and Social Psychology preconference in New Orleans in February 2020.

Jun 11
Four graduating seniors have been honored for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate research at UC Santa Barbara.
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for 2019 has been awarded to Maya Chatterjee, who will earn a bachelor of art degree in sociology; Maya Garabedian, who will receive her bachelor of art degree in interdisciplinary studies; Kevin Ruan, who has completed a bachelor of science degree in biological science; and Zizhuang Wang, who will receive a bachelor of science degree in computing from the College of Creative Studies.