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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.

July 12, 2010

Song-I Han, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has received a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. She is one of 14 recipients from universities across the United States. The award, which supports the teaching and research of talented young faculty members in the chemical sciences, is presented by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

July 08, 2010

US chemists have designed and built self-assembling 3D nanostructures using transfer RNA (tRNA) as a building block. They hope their structures could find uses in areas such as drug delivery.

Luc Jaeger from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his team used the core structure of tRNA to build distorted cube-shaped nanocages. ‘We chose tRNA because it’s a branched structure, shaped like a corner,’ says fellow researcher Cody Geary.

June 01, 2010

What is the sound of one molecule clapping? Researchers have demonstrated a device that can pick up single quanta of mechanical vibration similar to those that shake molecules during chemical reactions and have shown that the device itself, which is the width of a hair, acts as if it exists in two places at once. This type of “quantum weirdness” feat so far had only been observed at the scale of molecules.

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