SPRING 2009
Vol. 39, No. 4
FEATURES
Table of Contents
 
  Filmmakers Turn Focus on Haiti at Santa Barbara Film Festival By Emily Einolander ’09
  Marine Science Teaching Facility to be Built on UCSB Campus By Gail Gallesich, UCSB Public Affairs
  To the Point: Q and A with the Fantom of the Thunderdome
  Alumni Perspective: Playing at Predictors By Maya Rupert ’03
  UCSB Alumni Association 2009 Annual Meeting Notice
 
DEPARTMENTS
  Sports Roundup:
Women’s Basketball Wins Big West
  Research Roundup:
Program Maps Out Marine Protected Areas
  Around Storke Tower:
News & Notes From the Campus
  Alumni Authors:
Music, Evolution and Tragedy
  Milestones:
’40s to the Present
   
COVER
  David Potter ‘01, and Blair Fox, both winemakers at Fess Parker Winery, walk through Rodney’s Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Potter draws on his experiences with winemaking in California, Australia, and France when producing wine under his own label, Municipal Winemakers.

Cover photo by Rob Brown / Winescapes Photography
 
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RESEARCH ROUNDUP

New Program Helps Map Out Marine Protected Areas
UCSB's American Presidency Project Compares Obama With Other Commanders in Chief
New Version of Google Earth Features California's Marine Protected Areas
Astronomers Discover New Radio Signal Using Large Balloon

New Program Helps Map Out Marine Protected Areas

This is what can happen when marine life and geospatial scientists collide: You get a smart, easy-to-use Web-based program that one day soon might help protect the world's fragile marine ecosystems.

William McClintock, a project scientist at UC Santa Barbara and director of the MarineMap Consortium, and other researchers from UCSB's Marine Science Institute, have created MarineMap, an Internet mapping and decision-support system for designing marine protected areas (MPAs).

The system creates maps and provides instant feedback on the marine life and environment in an area specified by a user. The data on which MarineMap is based include fisheries’ maps, substrate maps, mammal rookeries, roosting sites and surfer reports. For now, the new system provides information on the California coast, but McClintock and his team hope to extend it to oceans around the world.

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UCSB's American Presidency Project Compares Obama With Other Commanders in Chief

With 16 executive orders and 11 memoranda issued to the executive branch in his first 30 days in office, President Barack Obama leads all of his predecessors in volumes of unilateral action. However, among presidents who took office following administrations of the opposite party, he is the only one not to have given any formal messages to Congress in the first four weeks after inauguration.

These facts — and many others — are being tracked through a new feature on the American Presidency Project, a Web site developed by John Woolley, UC Santa Barbara professor and chair of political science, and Gerhard Peters, a political science graduate student who now teaches at Citrus College. Go to http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ for more information.

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New Version of Google Earth Features California's Marine Protected Areas

Ocean in Google Earth is part of effort to inform a broad audience about important scientific research on Marine Protected Areas, according to Steven Gaines, director of UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute (MSI). He is one of the scientists at UC Santa Barbara who are involved in the project.

Information, imagery, and stories on more than 4,500 Marine Protected Areas around the world are available through the newest version of Ocean in Google Earth, which enables users to dive beneath the surface of the sea and explore the world's oceans.

The Marine Protected Area layer of Ocean in Google Earth includes an animation showing the effect of reserve protection on fish populations in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Protect Planet Ocean, the Web portal, features case studies on the Marine Life Protection Act process that established a statewide network of Marine Protected Areas in California waters. Results can be found featuring the scientific monitoring conducted in the marine reserve at Anacapa Island.

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Astronomers Discover New Radio Signal Using Large Balloon

A team of NASA-funded scientists, including two from UC Santa Barbara, has discovered cosmic radio noise that is blasting six times louder than expected.

The mission, named ARCADE, was to search the sky for heat from the first generation of stars. A mysterious screen of extra-loud radio noise prevented astronomers from making these observations. The balloon-borne instrument discovered this cosmic static on its July 2006 flight.

The radio static ARCADE detected is much brighter than the combined radio emission of all of the galaxies in the universe. This suggests that something new and interesting must have occurred as galaxies first formed, when the universe was less than half its current age.

— UC Santa Barbara Public Affairs