University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB is one of only 61 institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. And the Newsweek guide to America’s best colleges has named UCSB one of the country’s “hottest colleges” twice in the past decade.

In addition to five Nobel Laureates, UCSB’s faculty includes many elected members or fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (25), the National Academy of Sciences (32), the National Academy of Engineering (25), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (60). Three UCSB professors also have been named MacArthur Fellows by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


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Justin Trudeau displaced Stephen Harper, an avowed friend of the fossil fuel industry, as Canada’s prime minister. Chris Wattie/Reuters

Is lagging on climate change a political liability?

Two politicians known to oppose action on climate change – Canada's Stephen Harper and Australia's Tony Abbott – have been displaced. What does this say about climate as a voter issue?
Members of the Chitimacha language team (from left to right) Sam Boutte, Kim Walden and Rachel Vilcan use the new language software for the first time.

Renaissance on the bayou: the revival of a lost language

In the face of war, disease and outside cultural pressures, the Chitimacha language has survived -- and now thrives.
Historic: weather patterns similar to what’s causing the drought in California are happening in Brazil. Hudsӧn/flickr

Megacity drought: Sao Paulo withers after dry ‘wet season’

The same persistent weather pattern bringing hot, dry conditions to California is likely connected to a punishing drought in the Sao Paulo area in Brazil.
STEM disciplines have come to have a large percentage of international students. Girl image via

STEMming reverse brain drain: what would make foreign students stay in the US?

STEM disciplines have come to rely heavily on international students, raising questions about the direction of US immigration policy. Should international STEM graduates be encouraged to stay?
The samurai may have been an independent contractor but hardly a model of the modern entrepreneur. Shutterstock

How the myth of ‘lone warrior’ entrepreneurs penalizes women

New research shows women entrepreneurs face an unconscious cognitive bias that they don't have the skills and traits necessary to run successful startups.
Lack of rain and poor management of land and water caused the most severe drought in Syria in 100 years and led to a mass migration to cities that contributed to country’s civil war. Khaled Al Hariri/Reuters

Climate change and drought: a spark in igniting Syria’s civil war

A drought in Syria that was exacerbated by climate change helped fuel the unrest that led to the country's civil war.
Russian President Putin blamed the West for his country’s economic troubles and collapsing ruble in a news conference. Reuters

Vladimir Putin and Russia’s incredible shrinking ruble

Russia’s currency is in free fall. Since mid-year, the incredible shrinking ruble has lost close to half its value, and it is anyone’s guess how much further it might go. Whatever happens, the geopolitical…

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