Science & Tech

UCSB Researchers Investigate the “Untapped Gold Mine” of Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

Sewage surveillance has been employed to track the presence of opiates in wastewater previously. Now, scientists are using it to track COVID-19 in the population.
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Understanding the Social Implications of COVID-19

The May 12 session of “Issues, Approaches, and Consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis” featured Professors Heejung Kim, David Sherman and Robin Nabi. 
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Having Vivid or Bad Dreams During the Pandemic? You’re Not Alone

The phenomenon of unusual sleep experiences during the pandemic may be due to “emotional overloading,” according to Professor Steve Smith.
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Partisanship, Racial Politics, Public Health and the Planet

Ian Carrillo seeks to add another dimension to a debate in environmental sociology.
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The Economics of the COVID-19 Crisis with Peter Rupert

Rupert introduced the Mortensen-Pissarides model for unemployment to the S.I.R. model for infectious diseases to estimate the effects of COVID-19 on the labor force.
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Goleta Beach Water Quality Deteriorated After 2018 Montecito Mudslide Cleanup Efforts

UC Santa Barbara researchers examined the possible impacts of sediment disposal on the water quality at Goleta Beach.
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A Touchy Subject: UCSB Researchers Model Signals of Touch in the Human Hand

The researchers used a dimensionality reduction model to simplify the tactile signals of the hands. These were detected by sensors on an apparatus.
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UCSB Professors Discuss Uncertainty in COVID-19 Datasets

The seminar is the third of the UC Santa Barbara’s interdisciplinary COVID-19 Webinar series.
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Experiments With Drosophila Flies Raise Questions About Function of Opsins

For over a century, opsins have historically been observed operating in rhodopsin, a light receptor.
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Red Tide, Blue Waves: Bioluminescence in Southern California Beaches

With water that is a murky brown by day and a brilliant electric blue by night, many beaches in Southern California have been reporting bioluminescent waves crashing against the coastline. 
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Gender Diversity and the New Discoveries It Brings to Neuroscience

Jacobs spotlights the issue that is common in science — the underrepresentation of both female researchers and scientific studies about women. 
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Assessing Sand Demand for a Low-Carbon Transition in Infrastructure

With ecological sustainability in mind, researchers aimed to highlight the limitations of a future that implements a low-carbon transition in infrastructure when utilizing natural sand as “relief”
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UCSB Natural Science Departments Conduct Spring Quarter Lab Classes Remotely

With the transition from in-person to online lab classes, lab instructors, TAs and students are learning to adapt to the new format.
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27-Year Monitoring Project Reveals Regional Effects of ENSO on Sea Urchin Settlement

Inspired by similar sites in Japan and the East Coast, Schroeter’s team initially conceived the project as a means to monitor enhancement strategies for red sea urchins as a commercial fishery.
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Clear As Mud: Planktonic Remains in Millenia-Old Mud Reveal Climate History of Pacific

The scientists' findings and modeling are part of ongoing research that hopes to understand the effect changes in climate may have on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
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