Science & Tech

Molecular Engineering of Materials for Chemical Sensing and Metal-Organic Frameworks

Currently, Mirica heads a research group whose main focus is “working with different realms of materials to try and find overarching emerging common properties.”
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UCSB Researchers Develop Controlled Phage Therapy Techniques, Potential Alternative to Antibiotics

"Our work is geared toward bringing phage therapy under control so that it can be used safely and more widely,” Irene Chen said.
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“Three Billion Birds Lost”: A Seven-Action Plan to Help

Rosenberg and his team found that bird populations in North America have decreased by almost 2.9 billion since 1970. 
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New English Course at UCSB Offers Students a More Personal Understanding of Climate Change

Ken Hiltner developed and teaches English 23, or “The Climate Crisis: What It Is and What Each of Us Can Do About It,” known colloquially as Climate Crisis 101.
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Former UCSB Professor Faces Paper Retractions, Suspicions Regarding Anomalous Data

The investigations into Pruitt’s data will no doubt have an enormous impact on Pruitt, his collaborators and the broader field of animal personality research.
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Neuroscientists Find Categorization Influences May Begin in Earliest Stages of Visual System

The results appeared to indicate that the effects of categorization were “basically immediate," Sprague said.
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“Two Years After Fire and Flood”: Santa Barbara Community Evaluates Impacts and Responses

On Sunday, Santa Barbara community members attended a public conversation regarding the aftermath of the Thomas Fire in December 2017 and January 2018 and the Montecito mudflows.
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UCSB Researchers Use Shark Denticles To Better Understand Pre-Human Era Population Baselines

Dillon is looking at the dermal denticles of sharks, the tooth-like scales which cover shark skin, to better understand their population baselines and abundance in a number of contexts. 
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The Strange Case of Parasitic Castrators Amongst Hermaphroditic Barnacles

The study made the prediction that infection would be mainly in female-functioning barnacles due to the parasite’s feeding habits.
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Womxn/Hacks Organizes Second Annual Hackathon Over Weekend

Over 250 students spent 36 hours coding nonstop at the second annual Womxn/Hacks, a hackathon dedicated to promoting an inclusive environment for female-identifying people interested in S.T.E.M.
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Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Predicting Forest Responses to Contrasting Climate Change Influences

The study published in PNAS investigated how forests are responding to global warming and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide.
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The Code Less Traveled: SB Hacks 2020 Focuses on Hacker Experience

For 36 hours from 5 p.m. on Friday to 9 a.m. on Sunday, over 340 coders worked tirelessly in Corwin Pavilion during SB Hacks VI, UC Santa Barbara’s largest annual hackathon.
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One Limb, Two Limb, Left Limb, Right Limb: The Ground Rules of Planar Cell Polarity

The way in which structural symmetry is broken and complexity forms in an organism depends on the directional instructions given to cells, provided by pathways known as planar polarity pathways.
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Researchers Study Hawaiian Volcano Kilauea’s Destructive 2018 Eruption

Scientists’ understanding of collapsing volcanic calderas had been severely limited by poorly-documented caldera-forming eruptions up until this 2018 outburst.
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Researchers Compare Computational Models of Mate Preference Integration Across 45 Counties

In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the researchers investigated eight different human mating models to determine which can most accurately predict our realized mate choices.
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