Hofmann shows an organism significantly affected by acidifying oceans: the sea urchin.

UC Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2025

University of California president Janet Napolitano announced the goal of carbon neutrality at all nine universities by 2025. The Carbon Neutrality Initiative aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted from buildings and enhance energy efficiency. If this goal is reached, the UC system will be the first university system in the world to […]

UCSB Saves Half A Billion Gallons of Water Through Recycled Water Efforts

Many students wonder: as one of the “Top 50 Green Schools” with a commitment to environmental sustainability and conservation, how is UCSB still able to maintain lush green lawns amidst the grueling California drought? The answer is the continued use of recycled water along with a proactive Water Action Plan to conserve water for human […]


Got Health? Awareness Week Comes to Campus

For many of us, college means eating a bag of Doritos between classes because you don’t have enough time for a real meal, and drowning in coffee during late night study sessions. Many students struggle with eating healthy and do not get their recommended doses of daily nutrition. This month, though, students have the opportunity […]

MCDB Professor Receives Grant to Study Polycystic Kidney Disease

UCSB Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Thomas Weimbs, was recently awarded a three-year grant for $600,000 by the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust of New York to support his lab’s investigation on polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is a slow-progressing autosomal dominant disorder, which causes the growth of cysts within the kidney. These cysts […]

A Look Into the Physics Behind Shuji Nakamura’s Nobel Prize

Shuji Nakamura, Professor of Materials and Research Director of the Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC) at UCSB, recently received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for the invention of efficient blue light emitting diodes (LED). He shares this prize with Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University […]

American Doctors Respond Successfully to Ebola Treatment

Two Americans doctors infected by the recent outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Liberia were released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Aug. 21 following a successful treatment with the experimental drug ZMapp. The doctors, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were exposed to the fever spreading through Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria while […]


There’s a Latte Ways Caffeine Can Affect You

One-third of the world’s population consumes coffee on a regular basis. The average American drinks three cups of coffee a day. Many people — especially college students — indulge in the revitalizing magic of coffee. So, what effects does this favorite drug of choice have on the body? Coffee contains caffeine, which has a nearly […]

Yoga: More Than a Trend

You are in your biweekly evening yoga class. Your mind is cleared from the clutter of your busy day; you’re calm and there is an equal boost of energy with every pose and breathing exercise. Finally, you lie down into savasana and the weight of the world you thought you had on your shoulders is gone. You come out of that class feeling mentally and physically healthy, peaceful and strong enough to take on the world — or at least a long night of studying.

UCSB College of Engineering Researchers Design Innovative PTSD Diagnosis Technique

The end of war brings home soldiers, and accompanying many of these veterans is post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. This disorder occurs after experiencing a stressful or frightening event and often makes veterans feel and act as though they are reliving combat.

Meningitis Bacterial Defense Mechanism Finds Applications in Future of Regenerative Medicine

Researchers from UC Santa Barbara, the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Northwestern University recently created a technique to target and correct genetic mutations in the genome more efficiently.

UCSF Research Team Develops Epilepsy Cell Therapy In Mice

UCSF researchers have found a way to cure epilepsy in mice using cell transplantation and hope to implement this technique to cure forms of human epilepsy. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and is centered on epilepsy. Tumors, infection, genetics or injury can […]

Study Examines Vascular Health, Cognitive Decline

UCLA researchers have been studying the specifics of a broader concept that vascular health and stroke risk affect cognition independent of dementia processes. The published study, titled “Vascular Risk and FDDNP-PET Influence Cognitive Performance,” outlines early detection of cognitive decline by use of stroke test to measure vascular health and brain imaging tools to assess plaques […]


Researchers Consider Solar-Powered Asteroid Vaporization Method

On February 15, Asteroid 2012 DA14, an asteroid about half of the size of a football field, flew extremely close to Earth. Recently, a meteor about 55 feet in diameter and weighing 10,000 tons crashed into Earth, landing in Russia. Scientists are now thinking of a way to start the vaporization of these asteroids from […]

Scientists Study Arthritis Friction

The research of UC Santa Barbara scientists from the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and the Materials Dept. is making way for new, low-cost methods of early arthritis detection. Jacob Israelachvili, UCSB professor of chemical engineering and material science, and a team of researchers have been studying friction patterns in osteoarthritis cases. Their findings have been […]

UCSB Recieves National Science Foundation Funding For Research

Two UCSB research teams have received multimillion dollar long-term research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund their studies of kelp forests and coral reefs along the Santa Barbara coast. The Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (SBC LTER) and the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research (MCR LTER) will now […]