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Press Releases for 2012

Matthew Turk and Tobias Hollerer

UCSB Researchers Take Next-Generation Augmented Reality Apps 'Anywhere'

UC Santa Barbara computer scientists are changing the face of augmented reality by modeling user experience and adding dynamic crowdsourced data

Nanotech Device Mimics Dog's Nose to Detect Explosives

Inspired by the biology of canine scent receptors, UC Santa Barbara scientists develop a chip capable of quickly identifying trace amounts of vapor molecules

Michael Gordon, Deborah Fygenson, Sandra Seale, Julie Bianchini, and Susannah Scott. Credit: Paul Clay

NSF Grant Boosts CalTeach Program for STEM K-12 Teachers

UCSB faculty in education, engineering, and physics receive $1.19M grant to fund teacher credential candidates

DNA gel is composed of stiff DNA nanotubes connected to each other via long, flexible DNA linkers

Scientists Build 'Mechanically Active' DNA Material

Researchers at UCSB have designed a “smart” material made of DNA that responds with movement when stimulated

Dr. Alex Soffici, Professor Patrick Daugherty, and Serra Elliott

New Test May Uncover Deadly Hypertension in Pregnancy

Novel biomarker diagnostic test could revolutionize the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia, a complex condition that can be fatal if undiagnosed during pregnancy

Photo credit: George Foulsham

High Tech Recruiters Greet Crowd of Engineering Students at Career Fair

UCSB's Fall Career Fair draws 91 recruiters and a throng of job-seeking students

Bill Bowes

Envisioning Novel Approaches for Eye Disease: âThe New Medicine' at UC Santa Barbara

Amgen founder Bill Bowes gives $5 million to develop stem cell therapy for ocular disease; donation launches EMBODI, new biomedical initiative

New Center Applies Research to Biomass Reuse for Chemical Products

Multi-campus research center established with $1.75M NSF grant to develop chemical products and materials from renewable feedstocks

Umesh Mishra

Umesh Mishra Receives Welker Award for Achievements in Energy Efficient Semiconductor Research

Heinrich Welker award recognizes Professor Mishra for sustained leadership in the development of gallium nitride-based high-power electronics

Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura Named Inventor of the Year

UCSB Professor Nakamura honored by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association

Craig Hawker

Materials Professor Receives National Chemistry Award

Professor Craig Hawker, Director of the Materials Research Laboratory, Honored with 2013 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry.

Tresa Pollock

Materials Professor Tresa Pollock Awarded ASM Gold Medal

Shuji Nakamura and research group

UCSB Researchers Achieve World's First Violet Nonpolar Vertical-Cavity Laser Technology

UC Santa Barbara solid state lighting team develops the first m-plane nitride based nonpolar vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs)

Jacob Israelachvili

Professor Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature

Chemical Engineering professor Jacob Israelachvili to receive AIChE’s 2012 Walker Award for authoritative textbook on intermolecular forces

Hydrogen vacancy clustering in aluminum hydride from first principles. Light blue atoms represent Al atoms created by clustering of hydrogen vacancies as hydrogen leaves the material.

Calculations Reveal Fine Line for Hydrogen Release from Storage Materials

UC Santa Barbara scientists calculate microscopic reaction mechanisms in promising energy storage material aluminum hydride and challenge outdated reaction curve interpretations

Salmonella enterica: The Cell Hacker (Disease Cycle Illustrations)

MEDIA ALERT: Graphics available for high impact news content

James Speck

New $500,000 Endowed Chair to Advance Semiconductor Research at UCSB

UC Santa Barbara Professor James Speck has been named the Seoul Optodevice Chair in Solid State Lighting

Klaus Schauser (left) and John Greathouse

Tech Start-up Luminary Honored as Business Leader and Student Mentor

John Greathouse, advisor behind the success of Santa Barbara technology companies Citrix, Eucalyptus, and RightScale, receives UCSB Technology Management Program’s highest honor

Christopher Badger

Computer Science Senior Honored with Chancellorâs Award for Research in Network Security

Christopher Badger recognized for research on a secure peer-to-peer network that works by randomizing connections

Kene Akametalu

Electrical Engineering Senior Spotlight: Kene Akametalu Receives Hynes-Wood Award

Lily Li

Mechanical Engineering Senior Spotlight: Lily Li Receives Tirrell Research Award

Credit: Peter Allen

Bioengineering Group Develops Synthetic Platelets for Drug Delivery

Synthetic platelets are a critical advancement for imaging and highly targeted drug delivery to treat blood clots or cancer

Student working in Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB

$3.3M NSF Award Creates UCSB and UTEP Partnership for Materials Research

New partnership will boost under-represented student participation in renewable energy technology research and attaining advanced degrees

Craig Hawker

Professor Craig Hawker Wins Centenary Prize for Chemistry

Craig Hawker, Director of the Materials Research Laboratory, honored by Royal Society of Chemistry for polymer synthesis research

Oracle Chairman Jeff Henley's $50 Million Gift Advances Technology Research at UCSB

Gift from alumni Jeff and Judy Henley will fund collaboration and scientific research at UCSB's College of Engineering and Institute for Energy Efficiency

Printable electronic device

X-Rays Reveal Molecular Arrangements for Better Printable Electronics

Research could lead to cheaper and more efficient printable electronic devices

Matt Helgeson

Matt Helgeson Named 2012 Distinguished Young Rheologist

Chemical Engineering professor is the first recipient of the award from TA Instruments

Justin Weber and Chris Van de Walle

Former UCSB Doctoral Student Justin Weber Wins 2012 Nicholas Metropolis Award

Awarded for "Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics"

Polymer Model

Emerging Theoretical Framework May Guide Researchers Through the Complex World of Multiblock Polymers

Researchers suggest combining predictive computer simulation methods with advanced synthetic and structural characterization tools

Edward Kramer

UCSB Professor of Materials Science Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Proposed T-FET based biosensor device

Ultra-Sensitive Electrical Biosensor Unlocks Potential for Instant Diagnostic Devices

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara propose Tunnel-FET based biosensor 10,000 times more sensitive than conventional FET-based sensors

Paul Weitekamp

UCSB Student a Top Competitor in DOE National Clean Energy Challenge

Physics student competes among best young innovators in the nation with 'Spinnergy' energy storage technology

US graduate program rankings

UCSB Engineering Programs Top the 2013 U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News ranks UCSB graduate programs in Materials #1 and Chemical Engineering #5 in the nation among public universities

Professor Kaustav Banerjee

Nanoelectronics Professor Kaustav Banerjee Wins Bessel Research Award

Banerjee is first UCSB engineering professor to receive a prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany

2012 UCSB ESTEEM Scholars

First-Generation UCSB Engineering Students Honored as ESTEEM Scholars

Student scholars find support in new program that recognizes academic merit and encourages college completion for first-generation engineering students

UCSB researcher Arijit Khan

Computer Science Researcher Awarded IBM PhD Fellowship

PhD candidate Arijit Khan honored for his innovative research in data mining

Professor's Research Among 20 Years of Best Papers in Computing

Two of professor Rick Wolski's papers made the "20 best papers in the last 20 years" list from the International ACM Symposium on High Performance and Distributed Computing

Professor M. Scott Shell

Chemical Engineering Professor Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Professor Steven DenBaars Elected to National Academy of Engineering

DenBaars, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials, was recognized for his contributions to gallium nitride-based materials and devices for solid state lighting and displays.

Divyakant Agrawal

Three UCSB Professors Elected as IEEE Fellows

Three faculty members with the UCSB College of Engineering are recognized by the world’s largest technology professional association for their research contributions

UCSB Engineering Professor Mark Rodwell Appointed to Doluca Chair

Hartwin Peelaers (left) and Chris Van de Walle

UCSB Researchers Uncover Transparency Limits on Transparent Conducting Oxides

Computational Materials researchers at UC Santa Barbara use cutting-edge calculations to determine fundamental optical transparency limits in conducting oxide material tin oxide

Professor Frank Doyle

UCSB Bioengineering Leader Frank Doyle Named Innovator of the Year

Professor Frank Doyle to be honored as Innovator of the Year by the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce

New Venture Competition winners 2011

UCSB Entrepreneur Contest Aims for Next Big Technology Venture

Technology Management Program kicks off the 2012 New Venture Competition for UCSB students and Central Coast business mentors

UCSB Ranks No. 17 Among Nation's Top 100 Best-Value Public Universities

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