Health & Wellness

COVID-19 Vaccines: How They Work and Why You Should Get One

Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines currently available and what they mean for you and the UC Santa Barbara community.
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UCSB STEM Disciplines Come Together To Study Cell Polarization

Banavar and her collaborators were interested in understanding how cells understand their own geometry and maintain polarity.
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Here Comes the Sun: UCSB Researchers Uncover Link Between UV Radiation and COVID-19 Transmission

However, the strength of the relationship was not quite as strong as others have proven to be, such as social distancing policies.
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Santa Barbara County Hopeful for Accelerated Vaccine Distribution in Coming Weeks

By mid-February, a new standardized vaccine distribution standard will be implemented statewide.
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Cancer and Chemo From a Wider Lens

Boddy began studying comparative oncology hoping to understand why some species are better equipped to weather cancer than others.
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New Mobile COVID-19 Testing Unit Set Up in Santa Barbara

Because the location of the testing site isn’t stationary, greater coverage is provided by the unit, as it can be moved based on the current distribution of COVID-19 cases at the time.
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UCSB Expands COVID-19 Testing With CLIA-Certified On-Campus Diagnostic Laboratory

The lab allows for coordination of patient sample acquisition of tests, testing logistics, case management and contact tracing efforts. 
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Dating To a Science: UCSB Researchers Study Patterns in Assortative Mating

While doing matrix models of mate choice, Conroy-Beam saw a correlation between specific traits, despite the traits being assorted randomly throughout individuals in the simulation. 
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With a Winter Wave Looming Large, UCSB Enters Into COVID-19 Smartphone Exposure Notification Pilot Program

To supplement traditional means to contain the spread, such as testing and contract tracing, UCSB has entered into the California COVID Notify pilot program.
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UCSB Professor Wins NIH Award to Study Navigational Neurons in Fruit Flies

Kim specifically intends to gain an understanding of the manner in which landmarks are selected by the brain in order to establish a sense of direction. 
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Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Carrier mosquitoes have the potential to pass the virus on to humans — but it isn’t a reason for panic.
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UCLA Professor Speaks on Research Into Synaptic Reorganization in BMSE/MCDB Seminar

Donlea discussed his experimental studies into the role which sleep plays in injury and synaptic reorganization in fruit flies.
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Who Decides — or Is Able — To Stay Home? Researchers Observe Mobility Drop Among the Wealthy and Increase Among the Poor During Quarantine

The foundational research is among the first of its kind to examine the role of income “as a predictor of social distancing behavior."
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UCSB Researchers Propose a Solution to Address “Bottlenecks” in COVID-19 Testing

The research team developed a method called Precipitation Enhanced Analyte RetrievaL, or PEARL for short.
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The Differences Between Us: Disparities in American Healthcare

Data shows persistent racial inequities in access to healthcare across the United States. However, there are also some promising positive trends.
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