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October 14, 2010

Physicists at UC Santa Barbara have succeeded in combining laser light with trapped electrons to detect and control the electrons’ fragile quantum state without erasing it. This is an important step toward using quantum physics to expand computing power and to communicate over long distances without the possibility of eavesdropping. The work appears online today at Science Express.

September 24, 2010

A new research consortium led by UC Santa Barbara has been launched to develop photonic technology for communications and sensing applications. The multi-university-industry consortium is one of four chosen for funding by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) out of contenders from around the country. It will focus on innovative basic research in the field of photonics, in which light, rather than radio waves or electrical currents, is used to transmit information.

September 09, 2010

UC Santa Barbara’s “School for Scientific Thought” will begin its second year soon, with 100 local high school students learning about “hot topics” in science and engineering. The series of free Saturday mini-courses, which begins Sept. 25, is offered by the California NanoSystems Institute and supported by the National Science Foundation.

August 31, 2010

Two new groundbreaking scientific papers by researchers at UC Santa Barbara demonstrate the synthesis of nanosize biological particles with the potential to fight cancer and other illnesses. The studies introduce new approaches that are considered “green” nanobiotechnology because they use no artificial compounds.

August 20, 2010

Craig Hawker, director of UC Santa Barbara’s Materials Research Laboratory, has been made a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

August 09, 2010

Professor David Awschalom of the Department of Physics at the University of California is to be awarded the Turnbull Lecturer Award. The Turnbull Lecturer Award recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by David Turnbull.

August 04, 2010

Four scientists from UC Santa Barbara contributed to the sequencing of the genome of a Great Barrier Reef marine sponge, from a 650 million-year-old group of organisms –– a project that indicates there were astonishingly rich genetic resources available at the dawn of the animal kingdom. The sequencing also reveals some basic information about cancer.

August 03, 2010

UCSB is participating in an ambitious project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal is to develop a cost-effective method of generating energy from sunlight by mimicking the process plants use to produce energy: photosynthesis.

July 27, 2010

Intel has announced the development of an integrated, end-to-end, silicon-based optical system that it says may drive down the cost of high-speed, error-free interconnects to under a dollar per port — and it leaves Chipzilla’s Light Peak interconnect in the dust.

July 13, 2010

This year’s recipient from the sciences is Duc Trong Duong. Duc is graduating with honors in chemistry. A Regents Scholar, he has a GPA of 3.96 and has been on the Dean’s Honor’s List for four years. He worked in the research lab of CNSI/CPOS Professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen and will be attending Stanford this fall on a full scholarship to work on his PhD. in Materials Science and Engineering. Duc is also the recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

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