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May 26, 2010

Two assistant professors at UC Santa Barbara have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards.

The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of the early career development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. The awards provide a financial stipend to support research activity for a period of five years.

May 25, 2010

With the aging of nearly 80 million baby boomers, Alzheimer’s disease is an impending epidemic that requires a new approach to prevention as well as management of the disease, according to a UC Santa Barbara professor who has co-authored a new book on the topic.

May 25, 2010

Diamonds are renowned for their clarity, sparkle and hardness. Now their unique crystal structure could make them a vital cog in the next generation of high technology.

May 21, 2010

Two UC Santa Barbara faculty members have been elected to Britain’s prestigious Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy. They are among only seven scholars at U.S. universities elected by the society this year.

The Royal Society was founded in 1660 and is celebrating its 350th anniversary. It is made up of 1,300 of the most distinguished scientists from the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland. Fellows of the Royal Society are elected for life.

May 21, 2010

It was the realization of semiconductor lasers that led to the commercial success of lasers. Herbert Kroemer explains to Nature Materials his contributions to the design principle of these lasers, for which he shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics.

May 12, 2010

Seven University of California scientists each will receive $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore innovative research that could improve global health.

April 30, 2010

A team of scientists at UC Santa Barbara that helped pioneer research into the quantum properties of a small defect found in diamonds has now used cutting-edge computational techniques to produce a road map for studying defects in alternative materials.

April 23, 2010

Hyongsok "Tom" Soh, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Materials in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering, is one of only two recipients nationwide of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in engineering. From a field of 3,000 applicants, a total 180 Fellowships were awarded this year in the United States and Canada to artists, scientists, and scholars "on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise." 23 of those Fellowships were in the natural sciences category, which includes engineering.

April 22, 2010

From summer blockbusters to sensational science headlines, modern culture is constantly inundated with tales of time travel. But when you boil down the physics involved, is it possible to travel through time?

April 15, 2010

U.S. News & World Report magazine has rated UC Santa Barbara’s physics program among the top 10 in the nation in its 2010 ranking of leading graduate and professional programs at American universities. Overall, seven of UCSB’s graduate programs were ranked among the top 50, with three in the top 25.

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