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Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
March 24, 2017
  • First place: “Neuronas o árboles?” Inspired by Santiago Ramón y Cajal,  the father of modern neuroscience, this works shows immunohistochemistry performed on labella dissected from adult fruit flies. Photo Credit: NICOLE LEUNG AND TYLER OGUNMOWO

Seeking to encourage researchers to express the joy of scientific discovery through aesthetics, UC Santa Barbara again held its Art of Science competition. About 1,400 members of the campus community voted in the fourth annual contest sponsored by the Schuller Lab, the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California NanoSystems Institute, the College of Creative Studies and the UCSB Library.

March 22, 2017
  • Ice in the Beaufort Sea taken during the 2014 Seasonal Ice Zone Reconnaissance Survey.

Arctic sea ice in recent decades has declined even faster than predicted by most models of climate change. Many scientists have suspected that the trend now underway is a combination of global warming and natural climate variability. A new study finds that a substantial chunk of summer sea ice loss in recent decades was due to natural variability in the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean.


March 22, 2017

New research by UC Santa Barbara biologists examines how a particular pathogenic strain of E. coli — EC869, which causes diarrhea or hemorrhagic colitis in humans — destroys its neighbors by transferring toxins that inhibit their cell growth.

March 22, 2017

As it turns out, some relatively small diet tweaks could add up to significant inroads in addressing climate change. That’s the finding of a new study led by UC Santa Barbara researchers, who analyzed the potential effects of healthier model diets for the United States. 


Divisional announcements and opportunities
  • Joe Polchinski

Awarded for his transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory and quantum gravity, distinguished UC Santa Barbara physicist Joseph Polchinski has won the prestigious 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

  • David Gross

In the 12 years since David Gross won his Nobel Prize, the UC Santa Barbara theoretical physicist has been celebrated myriad times. His latest accolades come from China and Russia.

  • Kathleen Foltz

Three UC Santa Barbara faculty members have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2016. Biologist Kathleen Foltz, engineer Kaustav Banerjee and computer scientist Divyakant Agrawal have each been named fellows of the prestigious organization.

  • Yitang Zhang

Yitang Zhang may not be a household name, but in the world of mathematics, the UC Santa Barbara professor is somewhat of a celebrity. His seminal work on the Twin Prime Conjecture made him famous in the field, earning him a host of prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship.