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
Milestones:
’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.
Credit: Trevor Povah
AROUND STORKE TOWER
Two Series to Focus on 1969 Oil Spill

“Forty Years After the Big Spill,” presented by the College of Letters and Science Critical Issues in America endowment, commemorates the Jan. 28, 1969, oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast. The “spill heard ’round the world” galvanized the environmental movement, and led to landmark legislation such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the first Earth Day in April 1970. The series also marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program.
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“Oil + Water,” a companion series organized by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, will examine the cultural and environmental importance of oil and water to the history and culture of California and the world.
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Teach-In Explores Solutions to UC Budget Crisis

With UC’s budget crisis generating fee increases, layoffs, furloughs, and frustration, a group of faculty and staff members and students at UC Santa Barbara organized a daylong teach-in to debate the issues and to provide a public forum for discussion on Oct. 14. “Defending the University: A ‘Teach-In’ on the Current Crisis” included faculty, lecturer, and student organization speakers.


UCSB to Close Off-Campus Studies Center in Ventura

UC Santa Barbara has announced plans to close its Ventura Center for Off- Campus Studies. The decision was made for financial reasons because UC Santa Barbara is faced with cutting $45 million from its budget this year as a result of reductions in state support for the UC system. The program in Ventura currently enrolls 65 students. UC Santa Barbara officials say they will be assisting those interested in completing their degree program. Since the Ventura Center opened 25 years ago, approximately 4,000 students have taken classes there.

The Off Campus Studies Program is looking for all alumni who have received their degrees through the program -- a program that has been in operation since 1972. All alumni of the OCS program are asked to contact Acting Dean Michael T. Brown at michael.brown@els.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-2944.


Fulbright Scholars From Canada, Europe, and the Middle East to Study on Campus

The Fulbright Scholar Program has awarded grants to seven researchers from Korea, Spain, Canada, and the Middle East to study at UC Santa Barbara during the 2009-10 academic year. The scholars will be affiliated with a range of UC Santa Barbara academic departments, including Mathematics, Political Science, Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Religious Studies, Linguistics, and Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.

Energy and Economics Are Focus of New UC Partnership

The University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics will draw on the strengths of two world-class research centers: the UC Energy Institute and UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. UCE3 will function as a research hub in energy and environmental economics. The research agenda will encompass four general areas: Energy and Climate Policy, Energy Efficiency, Market-Based Environmental Regulations, and Behavioral Economics and the Environment. UCE3 will also host intensive collaborative research events in the pursuit of more comprehensive approaches to energy and environmental issues. Severin Borenstein, professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and director of the UC Energy Institute, and Charles Kolstad, professor at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, will serve as co-directors of the new center.

Campus Unveils Education, Social Sciences and Media Studies Complex

The newest addition to UC Santa Barbara is a three-building complex that adds high-tech classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, and much more to the west side of the campus. The long-planned complex includes a building that houses various departments of the College of Letters and Science, and is known as the Social Sciences & Media Studies Building. Next door is the Education Building, home of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, the Koegel Autism Center, and the Hosford Counseling Clinic. The third structure is the Pollock Theater, part of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media. The project architects used features of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse as inspiration for the complex.

UCSB Reads Goes Beyond Borders to Look at the Human Experience

The UCSB Reads 2010 book is “Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario. The novel offers a glimpse of life beyond the political and cultural border between the United States and its southern neighbors. Nazario will give a free lecture at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 2010, in UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall.

Gaines named Dean of Bren School

Steven Gaines, director of the Marine Science Institute, has been appointed dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Gaines has served as a faculty member in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology since 1994. From 2002 to 2005, he served as acting vice chancellor for research, and in 2007 he was named acting dean of the Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences, a post he held until October 2008.

UC’s Project You Can Launched to Increase Student Support

Seeking to help keep the University of California accessible and affordable for California students, UC President Mark G. Yudof launched an ambitious fundraising effort that aims to raise $1 billion for student support over the next four years. Through the fundraising effort, Project You Can, all 10 UC campuses have committed to raise $1 billion in the aggregate over the next four years — doubling the amount of private support the system has raised for scholarships, fellowships and other gift aid in the previous five years.
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Library Awarded Grant to Continue Online Sound Recordings Encyclopedia

The University Library at UC Santa Barbara has been awarded a second National Endowment for the Humanities grant to further develop an online encyclopedia of all the recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company (which later became RCA Victor) between 1900-1950. The discography of Victor records is making the history of recorded sound in the United States broadly accessible to scholars and the public for the first time.
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Dropouts Cost State $1 billion Each Year in Juvenile Crime

Dropouts cost California $1.1 billion annually in juvenile crime costs alone, according to a study released today from the UC Santa Barbara’s California Dropout Research Project. The study, “High School Dropouts and the Economic Losses from Juvenile Crime in California,” is the first to show the immediate public safety and economic impact of California’s high dropout rates. http://www.cdrp.ucsb.edu/ Additional findings from the study include:
  • High school dropouts are twice as likely to commit crimes as high school graduates.
  • Dropouts from a single cohort of California 12-year-olds will generate $1.1 billion in economic losses from juvenile crime and $10.5 billion in economic losses from adult crime over their lifetimes.
  • Cutting the dropout rate in half would reduce the number of juvenile crimes in California by 30,000 and save the state $550 million per year.

Entrepreneur Endows Susan F. Gurley Chair in Theoretical Physics and Biology

Gus Gurley, ’78, M.A. ’83, co-founder of Santa Barbara-based Digital Instruments, has endowed a chair at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara. The Susan F. Gurley Chair in Theoretical Physics and Biology honors the entrepreneur’s mother. The first holder of the endowed chair is KITP permanent member Boris Shraiman.

Compiled from UCSB Public Affairs and staff reports.
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