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February 22, 2016

The quickest way to the heart may be through the stomach, but researchers found that the quickest way to achieve clean energy is through the stomach too! Specifically, by making use of enzymes that goats use to digest anything that passes through its stomach.

Titled "Early-Branching Gut Fungi Possess A Large, Comprehensive Array Of Biomass-Degrading Enzymes," the study showed that a natural enzyme found in a goat's guts might give the biofuel industry a much needed boost.

February 19, 2016

UC Santa Barbara chemical engineer Michelle O’Malley has been chosen to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor the nation can bestow on a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career.

December 22, 2015

When that middle-of-the-night call finally came, it was Alan Heeger’s wife who answered the phone. She turned to him, he recalled, and no sooner had she sleepily announced, “Someone from Sweden is on the line,” than Heeger himself came awake and shouted, “Don’t hang up!”

It had been years since his name was first bandied about as a contender for the Nobel Prize. As he reached for the receiver, a seed of doubt crept into his hope: Was it a hoax? A prank call?

No hoax. No joke. The prize was his.

December 18, 2015

Santa Barbara City and County Hazmat resources conducted a training exercise in Elings Hall today.  The response team was a coordinated effort of Fire Department units from Carpinteria to Lompoc, and included specially trained teams with hazardous materials expertise.  This type of drill helps to train personnel and streamline the process so in the event of a real incident, they can respond in a fast and efficient manner to get the situation under control.   Being able to conduct the drill at an actual scientific research facility helps to make the training more realistic and CNSI was happy

December 16, 2015

In a move that is estimated to cut total greenhouse gas emissions from campus energy use by 6 percent — and potentially save the institution millions of dollars in energy costs over time — UC Santa Barbara is partnering on an expansive new solar project.

December 15, 2015

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 168 leaders of invention and innovation to Fellow status.

Those named today bring the total number of NAI Fellows to 582, representing over 190 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The 2015 Fellows account for 5,368 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 20,000. 

December 02, 2015

The U.S. Navy and UC Santa Barbara have formally agreed to collaborate on an innovative program that will expose veterans and underrepresented community college students to civilian science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers in the Navy.

November 23, 2015

Craig Hawker, a UC Santa Barbara professor of materials, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of 43 new members elected to the organization’s Chemistry section, and is recognized “for revolutionizing materials research through the development of powerful synthetic methods and strategies for molecularly engineering functional macromolecules, inspiring scientists across multiple disciplines.”

November 18, 2015

An insulin pill being developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara may in the near future give another blood sugar management option to those who suffer from diabetes. The novel drug delivery technology may also apply to a wide spectrum of other therapies.

“With diabetes, there’s a tremendous need for oral delivery,” said Samir Mitragotri, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering who specializes in targeted drug delivery. “People take insulin several times a day and delivery by needles is a big challenge.”

 

November 17, 2015

Blood may be thicker than water, but for UC Santa Barbara chemist Abby Knight the two liquids share an uncommon common bond.

Knight, a postdoctoral scholar in UCSB’s Hawker Group, would like to take what she learned from her doctoral research about removing a metal from water and extracting a different metal from human blood and apply similar concepts to develop metal-coordinating polymeric materials — a diverse group of organic components used in engineering.

 

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