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A Brief Salvo of Science from 2014

Scientists recently discovered a sea slug that can survive for months on photosynthesis­­ – much like a plant­ – by incorporating genes from algae into its own chromosome. The V. litorea algae found on the E. chlorotica slug’s chromosome encodes for a protein necessary to carry out photosynthesis by chloroplasts, which are typically found in […]

Behind the Psychology of Trauma, Grief and Healing

Many in our Isla Vista and UCSB community experienced fear and grief in the days since the May 23rd tragedy. When fear sets in […]

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UCSB Alums Among Entrepreuners Taking On Santa Barbara Technology Startup Scene

From Campus Point to corner offices, these Gauchos came, saw and conquered the local job market

Physics Shout-Outs

Kavli Institute Connects The University of California, Santa Barbara’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) is celebrating its 35th anniversary by developing a research facility to serve as a haven for physicists to congregate and discuss questions in the broadest ranges of science. The facility will be an extension of the KITP Scholar Program started […]

Points of Pride for Gauchos in Lab Coats

A number 2-ranked university in research citations worldwide with many top-ranked science programs, UCSB has a reputation as a top-notch scientific institution.

Scientist Examines Hormones, Desire

Researchers at UCSB recently observed a link between peaking estrogen levels during young women’s monthly cycles with increased sexual desire and conversely higher progesterone levels with decreased sexual motivation. The study focused on undergraduate women around the age of 20, who were asked to spit into a test tube every morning and then take an […]

James Roney, Associate Professor, Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara
A concept illustration of the microfluidic channel. The nanoparticles are sensed by a laser beam, which then amplifies the spectral signature of the molecules it detects. This device is capable of detecting explosives, as well as narcotics and even spoiled food.

UCSB Scientists Create Device Capable of Detecting Narcotics and Explosives

Researchers at UCSB recently created a device that can detect and differentiate between explosives, pollutants and various airborne chemicals via a microfluidic nanotechnology that mimics the mechanism behind canine chemo sensation. The portable vapor-distinguishing “Trace Chemical Vapor Detection Cartridge” is patented by SpectraFluidics, a Santa Barbara-based company that aims to use the device to improve […]

Gender Selection Process of Seven-Sexed Organism Uncovered By UCSB Researchers

UCSB researchers recently discovered the mechanism behind sex-selection in the unicellular freshwater organism Tetrahymena thermophila, a free-living ciliate species that has seven sexes. Their results, published in the paper “Selecting One of Several Mating Types through Gene Segment Joining and Deletion in Tetrahymena thermophila,” explains how the Tetrahymena develops into one of seven possible mating types, […]

Eileen Hamilton, Michael Lawson and Eduardo Orias worked on the team that discovered the sex-selection process of the freshwater organism Tetrahymena thermophila. The unicellular organism develops into one of seven potential mating types, which are expressed by the proteins on the cells’ surface. This discovery could lead to advancements in tissue transplants, cancer therapies and treating infections.

Behavioral Therapy Impacts Brain Function In Austistic Children

Brigitte Naughton Staff Writer   A team of UCSB and Yale researchers recently used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to view increased brain function in autistic children who received the behavioral therapy Pivotal Response Treatment. Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is a play-based, child-initiated treatment for autism that aims to improve communication and social behavior in […]

Researchers Examine Connection Between Sleep Deprivation and Memory Loss

A recent study conducted by scientists at UC Berkeley linked poor sleep habits and brain degeneration in the elderly with memory loss. The study focused on how older adults between the ages of 60 and 80 store memory during slow-wave nonrapid eye movement sleep. During non-REM sleep, considered the deepest stage of sleep in which […]

UCSB Physicists Examine Quantum Entanglement

Physicists at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics recently designed a computer system that details characteristics of quantum entanglement, a state in which a pair of electron spins are entangled with one another. Entanglement occurs when particles, such as photons or electrons, interact with one another and then separate. Even if separated over a large […]

County Health Reveals Storm Runoff Caused Sands Beach Closure

In light of last week’s warning at Sands Beach — which required beachgoers to avoid going within 50 feet of storm drains and creek mouths at the location — representatives from Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services have identified the cause of high bacteria levels to be runoff resulting from recent precipitation. Environmental Health Services […]

Census Study Sees Steady Increase of Santa Barbara County Bike Commuters

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau found that Santa Barbara County exceeded the national and Californian average for 2011 in percentage of commuters who bike to work. The annual study asked one out of every 35 households how each worker in the house of at least 16 years of age traveled to […]

Pollock Theater To Host Series of Movie Screenings

The Pollock Theater will launch its “Script to Screen” series through screenings of the movies Dead Poets Society and 10 Things I Hate About You, which will be followed by Q&A sessions with the respective screenwriters. Both events will be held at 7 p.m. and will be split between two dates, with a showing of […]

Local Deli Promotes Sustainable Living for Environmental Cause

Santa Barbara County’s Back Door Deli is hosting a free Food Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today on 315 Camino Del Remedio. The event is part of a national campaign on healthy eating and sustainable agriculture funded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The effort seeks to combat obesity […]