News

  • Apr 29
    2021
    Joseph Incandela, professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara and the campus’s vice chancellor for research, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joins more than 250 other new fellows and international members of the prestigious organization. His selection brings to 42 the number of UC Santa Barbara faculty members who have been named fellows of... read more »
  • Apr 29
    2021
    California is a leader when it comes to environmental stewardship, with a history of being the first to implement ambitious air quality measures that stretches back to the 1940s. That still holds true in the 2020s, with what is perhaps the state’s most forward-looking effort to date: the goal of reaching statewide carbon neutrality by 2045. Through the 2019 Budget Act,... read more »
  • Apr 22
    2021
    President Joe Biden is pledging to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030, in the latest push by the administration to aggressively combat climate change. The target, announced Thursday, more than doubles the country’s prior commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, when the Obama administration set out to cut emissions 26% to 28% below 2005... read more »
  • Mar 30
    2021
    A year ago scientists everywhere were scrambling to get their minds around the SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus that caused the pandemic from which we are only now beginning to emerge. The world clung to every new development, every bit of science that could provide clues to managing life in the presence of this mysterious killer. Many science-backed COVID-19 management... read more »
  • Mar 25
    2021
    While conducting the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau took a new approach to ensure that data collected from individuals and households remained confidential. They implemented a powerful new disclosure avoidance tool based on differential privacy (DP) to withstand modern privacy threats and protect data. DP is a mathematical definition of privacy that provides provable... read more »
  • Mar 15
    2021
    Mark Abel has recently been recognized as the inaugural Distinguished Computer Science Affiliate. This is an honorary title that was created to recognize individuals who make significant contributions to the Department of Computer Science. Mark is a very valuable partner for our department, and we hope that this title not only recognizes his ongoing efforts on behalf of... read more »
  • Mar 9
    2021
    For his pioneering development of a mathematical theory that has enabled solutions for previously intractable problems, UC Santa Barbara’s Igor Mezić has received the biennial J. D. Crawford Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Dynamical Systems (SIAG/DS). Established in 2000, the Crawford Prize recognizes contributions... read more »
  • Mar 4
    2021
    Steven DenBaars and Shuji Nakamura, UC Santa Barbara professors of materials and of electrical and computer engineering, have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Spirit of Innovation award, a business community celebration of local inventors, their accomplishments and entrepreneurship. “It really is an honor to recognize Shuji Nakamura and Steve DenBaars,” said... read more »
  • Mar 2
    2021
    For his pioneering development of a mathematical theory that has enabled solutions for previously intractable problems, UC Santa Barbara’s Igor Mezić has received the biennial J. D. Crawford Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Dynamical Systems (SIAG/DS). Established in 2000, the Crawford Prize recognizes contributions... read more »
  • Feb 3
    2021
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) and Facebook are announcing a new partnership that will accelerate research into energy-efficient data centers and artificial intelligence (AI). Facebook, a leader in developing, building, and operating highly reliable and efficient data centers, will provide a three-year, $1.5 million... read more »
  • Feb 1
    2021
    It’s the late 1980s and Shuji Nakamura is on to something. Working in a corporate lab, the Japanese engineer is convinced that if the conditions were just right in his metal organic chemical vapor deposition machine, he might be able to grow the high-quality gallium nitride (GaN) crystals that could make possible the highly sought blue LED. His days are a succession of... read more »
  • Jan 26
    2021
    While computer technology continues to progress rapidly, the growing power demands of data centers have created a bottleneck by pushing electrical input-output systems to their physical limits. Maintaining progress will require a significant shift in how computers are built. In recent years, photonics — which refers to revolutionary systems in which light waves are used... read more »
  • Jan 26
    2021
    The key to the incredible speed of a quantum computer lies in its ability to fabricate and manipulate quantum bits, or qubits, typically artificial particles such as ions, superconducting oscillators or protons. Quantum properties allow qubits to form entanglement, a phenomenon that provides far more processing power than the binary bits that drive today’s classical... read more »
  • Jan 14
    2021
    US carbon pollution dropped by 10.3% in 2020 to the lowest level in three decades, according to an estimate from Rhodium Group this week. That will significantly help the country hit targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. 
  • Jan 13
    2021
    COVID-19 can be transmitted when an infected person talks, coughs, sneezes or sings, expelling virus-containing respiratory droplets that can reach the mouth, nose or eyes of previously uninfected people. These aqueous droplets tend to fall rapidly out of the air and evaporate on the floor or the ground, but some smaller droplets can evaporate before reaching the ground,... read more »
  • Jan 13
    2021
    Joining such notables as Nelson Mandela, Marie Curie and Adam Smith, industrial ecologist Sangwon Suh has become an invited member of the Royal Society of Arts. The organization, which traces its roots back to 1754 and the cusp of the industrial revolution, was founded to encourage the arts, manufacturing and commerce. In its invitation to Suh, the society cites his... read more »