FALL 2009
Vol. 40, No. 2
An Education in the Present and the Past
By Kathleen Foley
The School of Education Celebrates 100 Years
By George Yatchisin
Archaeologist Disputes Beliefs About Maya Civilization Collapse
By Andrea Estrada
Around Storke Tower:
News & Notes From the Campus
Research Roundup:
DigitalOcean Immerses Youth in Marine Ecosystems
Sports Roundup:
Multiple Gaucho Teams Make It to NCAA
Alumni Authors: From Pilots to Politics
’50s to the Present
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Cover: Tina McEnroe M.A. '89 refurbished an old-fashioned, one-room, wooden schoolhouse and shares its history with today's elementary school students.
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UCSB Joins with Leading Asian Institute to Develop Green Electronics

UC Santa Barbara and the Institute of Microelectronics of Singapore have entered into a "green electronics" research collaboration agreement focused on developing ultra-efficient nanoscale transistors and exploring their circuit-level functionality. The collaboration will be led by Kaustav Banerjee, professor of electrical and computer engineering and an affiliated faculty member of the Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara, and by Navab Singh at IME.

Youth Dive into Sustainability with DigitalOcean Program

The DigitalOcean project at UC Santa Barbara went on the road in November -- going all the way to San Francisco’s Pier 39 -- for a special event titled “DigitalOcean: Connecting for Ocean Sustainability.” Sponsored by Oracle, the program was designed to bring attention to DigitalOcean, a virtual commons being developed by the Environmental Media Initiative to create global communities using new media to advance ocean sustainability and protect ocean ecosystems. The event focused on showing how young people can get involved in ocean conservation efforts. The program included the fi lm “Students Saving the Ocean,” a documentary of students in the Bay Area who are finding ways to improve the health of our seas based on the book, “50 Ways to Save the Ocean.”
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Large-Scale Camera Network Part of New Study at UCSB

Thanks to a federal grant, a comprehensive camera network on the UC Santa Barbara campus will help a team of researchers, led by Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering B.S. Manjunath, study the patterns of movement within buildings and on bicycle paths. The array of cameras will include ethernet-linked cameras inside Harold Frank Hall; battery-powered cameras mounted above campus bicycle paths, Kirby Crossing, and Steck Circle near the east entrance to campus; and solar-powered cameras at Coal Oil Point Reserve. The video network will not be used for surveillance.

UCSB Researchers Develop Drug Delivery System Using Nanoparticles and Lasers

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a new way to deliver drugs into cancer cells by exposing them briefly to a non-harmful laser. Their results are published in a recent article in ACS NANO, a journal of the American Chemical Society. Nanoparticles are taken up by cells and then release the drug in specific cells with use of the laser. The technique can be expanded to deliver numerous drug molecules against diverse biological targets.

Compiled from UCSB Public Affairs reports