In Race Against New Wave, UCSB Researcher Develops Assay to ID Omicron

The omicron variant of COVID-19 is significantly more contagious than other previously prevalent variants (such as the delta variant), leading to a heightened necessity to distinguish the variant. Ari...
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Campus Point: New and Exciting Research at UCSB

A look at zwitterionic SPEs, plant population dynamics, and the prospect of interstellar space travel.
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How The Omicron Variant Impacts Our Path To COVID-19 Endemicity

Eventually, COVID-19 can be labeled as endemic, but until we increase vaccination rates to slow transmission, limit hospitalization and death to ease strain on the healthcare system, we aren’t quite...
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Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives $1.8 Million NSF Grant

“The grant will provide opportunities for training students in how to incorporate biological circuits and elements into designer materials and then the deployment of those materials in useful device...
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Mathematics Professor Xin Zhou Invited To Speak at International Congress of Mathematicians

The ICM is considered to be “the most influential meeting in pure and applied mathematics, as well as one of the world’s oldest scientific congresses.”
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The State of COVID-19 Boosters in the United States

Although the COVID-19 vaccine remains highly effective against COVID-19, this effectiveness decreases over time.
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Simply Stated: It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity

I find that being near a body of water does much for the mind and soul. But, my God, what it does to the hair.
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SB County Begins Rollout Of Pfizer Booster Shots To Vulnerable Populations

These guidelines do not apply to those who received the Moderna or Janssen (J&J) vaccine.
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Professor Mostofi Uses WiFi Signals for Crowd Counting

Since 2009, UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Yasamin Mostofi and her lab have pioneered groundbreaking sensing methods using everyday radio frequency ...
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Every Last Sun Drop: UCSB Researchers Increase Solar Cell Efficiency With Perovskite Crystals

“It may not be long before people are putting hybrid-perovskite-based solar cells on their roofs."
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The Physics Circus Travels To Cyberspace, a Detour Brought on by COVID-19

In response to the pandemic, the team had to rethink their methods of outreach to disseminate learning in a safer, yet still exciting and effective way. 
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As Santa Barbara and California Pursue Decarbonization, Electrification Presents New Opportunities

“It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset that Santa Barbara is so small when, actually, we can create a lasting impact on a global scale,” Parenteau said.
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Tracing the Spread of Early Humans Across East Asia

New knowledge supplied by better technology allowed Kennett and his research group to determine the timing of ancestry change and population movements. 
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UCSB Professor Who Invented Blue LEDs Wins Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Since 1995, Nakamura has received numerous accolades for his achievements in the field, namely his efforts to create cheap and efficient sources of light.
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Independence the “Right Way?”

“As social creatures and as cultural creatures, ultimately one feels good when one’s way of being fits in and is valued in one’s environment and context,” Lawrie said.
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