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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AROUND STORKE TOWER

Stem Cell Researchers Applaud Obama's Action
UCSB Receives Grant for Stem Cell Training Program
Partnership Launches Pilot Composting Program on Campus
UCSB Recognized for Community Service, Student Volunteering
Peace Corps Ranking at 18 for UCSB Volunteers
Supervisor Candidate Fails in Bid to Have I.V. Votes Thrown Out
Economic Forecast Project to Lose 3 to CLU
Noted Anthropologist Phillip L. Walker, UCSB Professor, Dies at 61
UCSB Awarded Grant to Expand Alcohol-Education Effort
Faculty Awards
Publications

Stem Cell Researchers Applaud Obama's Action

Stem cell researchers at UC Santa Barbara were pleased after President Obama lifted the ban on federal funds for embryonic stem cell research in March.

“Lifting the federal ban on new stem cell lines and increasing the level of federal funding will boost stem cell research in the USA,” said Dennis Clegg, chair of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. “Finally, science is not a dirty word in the White House.”

The UC Santa Barbara Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering was established free of federal funding to allow research on all stem cell lines. UC Santa Barbara approaches are distinct from those at California medical schools, with an emphasis on basic biological questions and engineering challenges related to stem cell research.
“Federal funding remains a critical need if we are to advance the work being done to alleviate the suffering of individuals with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetes,” Clegg said.
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UCSB Receives Grant for Stem Cell Training Program

UC Santa Barbara has received a $1.2 million training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to continue an interdisciplinary training program of pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students in stem cell biology and stem cell ethics.
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Partnership Launches Pilot Composting Program on Campus

If UC Santa Barbara has its way, one day soon everything organic -- food, paper, grass clippings, plastic, you name it -- will wind up being recycled or composted here and used for some other purpose that will benefit the campus and the environment.

Working in partnership with MarBorg Industries, the campus launched a 120-day pilot composting project in January. The four-month project will let campus officials assess the possibility of a much more comprehensive program.

All food waste -- both pre- and post-consumer -- produced at the De la Guerra dining commons will be placed in a giant compactor. The MarBorg waste facility in Santa Barbara will use new equipment fabricated just for this project to grind and shred the waste, combine it with other green waste (yard clippings, branches, wood chips), and begin the compost process.

The end product will be a rich soil additive used by gardeners, landscapers, and farmers.
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UCSB Recognized for Community Service, Student Volunteering

UC Santa Barbara has been named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and the U.S. Departments of Education and of Housing and Urban Development.

At UC Santa Barbara, more than 6,000 students annually serve as volunteers through UC Santa Barbara's Community Affairs Board, a student-run volunteer placement organization.

The organizations through which UCSB students performed outstanding national and community service last year included campus groups, local chapters of national organizations, and special programs and projects. Among them: the Armenian Student Association, Black Student Union, El Congreso, Environmental Affairs Board, Isla Vista Tenants Union, Family Literacy Program, Peace Corps, Project Eye to Eye, and the Student Initiated Outreach Project.
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Peace Corps Ranking at 18 for UCSB Volunteers

UC Santa Barbara has received the No. 18 ranking in the annual list of colleges and universities that produced the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2008. UC Santa Barbara is tied with UC San Diego at No. 18 in the Peace Corps’s Top 25 list of large colleges and universities, with 49 volunteers from each campus. There is also one graduate student from UC Santa Barbara serving as a volunteer. The UC Santa Barbara representatives are working in 76 countries.
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Supervisor Candidate Fails in Bid to Have I.V. Votes Thrown Out

A Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge has ruled against a candidate’s claims of voter registration fraud in Isla Vista and UC Santa Barbara areas last fall.

Judge William McLafferty said no evidence was produced that the elections office made any mistakes that would warrant votes being overturned.

Steve Pappas, a supervisor candidate for Santa Barbara County’s 3rd District, which includes Isla Vista, went to court alleging voter fraud during registration drives conducted by campus organizations.

Pappas lost the November election for the supervisor seat to Doreen Farr by 806 votes. He requested a formal recount, and was awarded one more vote.

During the suit, Pappas subpoenaed UC Santa Barbara for records of enrollment and voter registration drives in order to compare student files with voter registration cards.
The university informed students and provided information on how they could block the release of their information. The Daily Nexus reported that, within the first day, more than 1,800 students sent a written objection to the university and Pappas’ legal teams.
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Economic Forecast Project to Lose 3 to CLU

Economists Bill Watkins, Dan Hamilton, and Kirk Lesh will leave the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project to join California Lutheran University School of Business. They plan to expand their regional forecast project and help develop a proposed new graduate program in economic analysis and forecasting.

Watkins and Hamilton will move to CLU this spring. Lesh, who is currently a senior lecturer at CLU, will also become a full-time faculty member. The three economists will split their time between teaching and research.

Watkins, Hamilton, and Lesh have been providing information on economic, demographic and regional business trends in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Los Angeles counties through the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project.

Watkins, who has a doctorate in economics, has been the executive director of the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project since 2000. Hamilton, who also has a doctorate in economics, has served as the director of economics for the UC Santa Barbara project since 2000. Lesh, who plans to complete his doctorate in economics this year, has served as the project’s real estate economist since 2007.
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Noted Anthropologist Phillip L. Walker, UCSB Professor, Dies at 61

Phillip L. Walker, 61, a leading scholar in the field of physical anthropology and bio-archaeology and a UC Santa Barbara professor of anthropology for more than three decades, died unexpectedly at home on Feb. 6.

Walker was the author of more than 200 scholarly articles and reports. As a researcher he was strategically positioned between the biological and social sciences. Walker was working on a number of bio-archaeological projects involving collections of human skeletal remains from various parts of the world, including Africa, Central Asia, and Europe.

A Web site has been created to host memories and photographs at http://phil-walker.net/.
He was a particularly effective mentor of students, both graduate and undergraduate, and his former doctoral students are now established scholars at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Walker was remembered by students and colleagues for his seemingly limitless energy, his infectious enthusiasm, and his curiosity about subjects that ran far beyond his academic interests.

Walker was born July 22, 1947, in Elkhart, Ind., where he attended school. He graduated from Indiana University in 1970 with a bachelor of arts in anthropology, and a minor in zoology. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1973, and joined the faculty of UC Santa Barbara in 1974, after teaching briefly at UC Davis.
Walker is survived by his wife, Cynthia Brock, a former mayor and city council member of the City of Goleta; by a stepdaughter, Melissa, and six grandchildren; and by his brother, Robert. He was predeceased by his brother, Ernest Paul.
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UCSB Awarded Grant to Expand Alcohol-Education Effort

UC Santa Barbara has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Education in support of its program to prevent high-risk drinking among college students. The grant, which covers a two-year period, will enable the campus's Alcohol and Drug Program and its Gevirtz Graduate School of Education to expand and enhance the College Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE) program developed at UC Santa Barbara.

Combining alcohol education and counseling, the CASE program targets underage drinking and aims to help students develop the skills needed to reduce drinking and make safer choices. Participation in the CASE program is mandated for UCSB students who violate the residence halls' "no use" alcohol policy and those who are cited or arrested in Isla Vista for public intoxication, minor in possession of alcohol, or possession of fake identification.

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Faculty Awards

Reginald Golledge, a professor of geography -- Faculty Research Lecturer for 2009

Ralph J. Archuleta, a professor of Earth science -- Harry Fielding Reid Medal from the Seismological Society of America

Gretchen Hofmann, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology -- Leopold Leadership Fellowship

David Lea, professor in the Department of Earth Science -- Leopold Leadership Fellowship

Denise Segura, a professor of sociology -- Outstanding Latina Faculty in Higher Education award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

Anthony Barbieri-Low, an assistant professor of history -- Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association (CAA), and the James Henry Breasted Prize from the American Historical Association (AHA) for his book “Artisans in Imperial China” (University of Washington Press, 2007)

Carol Lansing, a professor of history -- Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian History from the American Historical Association for her book, “Passion and Order: Restraint of Grief in the Medieval Italian Communes” (Cornell University Press, 2007)

Michael T. Bowers, professor of chemistry and biochemistry -- Humboldt Research Prize

Thuc Quyen Nguyen, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry -- Sloan Research Fellowship

Patricia Fumerton, professor of English and director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) -- 2009 Digital 18th Century Prize from the British Society for 18th Century Studies

David Siegel, a professor of geography and director of the Institute for Computational Earth System Science -- 2009 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Cedric Robinson, professor of black studies -- 2008 Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research for his book “Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film Before World War II” (University of North Carolina Press, 2007)

Subhash Suri, professor of computer science -- Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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Publications

Thomas A. Carlson, professor of religious studies, has published “Indiscrete Image: Infinitude and Creation of the Human” (The University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Mario T. García, a professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and of history -- “A Dolores Huerta Reader” (University of New Mexico Press, 2008).