Articles

NEMS and All That Jazz
Sumita Pennathur leads a very full life—besides being an up-and-coming faculty member, she’s a mom, a professional jazz musician, and a marathon runner.
Rethinking Early Mass Extinctions
UCSB scientists challenge past extinction theories.
Diamonds are a spin's best friend
Understanding and controlling single-electron spins is viewed as the future of information and communication technologies. UCSB’s spintronics center is figuring out how to work with this phenomenon at room temperature, making such devices practical for the real world.
Question and Answer: Pierre Wiltzius
UCSB's Dean of Science talks with us about what brought him (back) to Santa Barbara and what he sees in the future for the sciences here.
Rain Man and Einstein
50 years ago, autism was little understood, and its casualties were relegated to institutions. Today, UCSB is leading the way both in understanding the mechanisms of the disease and in developing effective treatments for it.
Second-hand Smoke
Second-hand smoke has long been known to be harmful, but the mechanism by which it inflicted its damage wasn’t clearly understood. Recent research here has gone a long way toward answering that question.
Taking the Guesswork out of vaccines
Picking the right strain of a pathogen against which to develop a seasonal vaccine has always been an educated guess, and not always successful. Now UCSB researchers have found the key to creating vaccines effective against multiple strains.
Tools for Tomorrow
Bioengineering research teams at UCSB are developing some of the world’s most advanced and sophisticated techniques and devices for the detection and diagnosis of pathogens and harmful substances.
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