SUMMER 2009
Vol. 40, No. 1
FEATURES
Table of Contents
 
  Arts & Lectures: Celebrating 50 Years of Culture By Elizabeth Werhane
  Sticky K: Recent Alum Launches Career as Music Producer By Elisabeth Best ’09
  Tiny Diamonds on Santa Rosa Island Suggest Cosmic Impact By Gail Gallessich, Public Affairs
 
DEPARTMENTS
  Research Roundup:
Study Targets Alzheimer’s Disease
  Around Storke Tower:
News & Notes From the Campus
  Sports Roundup:
UCSB Athletics Gets NCAA Certification
  Alumni Authors:
Surfing, Self-Help, and Culture
  Milestones:
’50s to the Present
  UCSB Alumni Association Annual Meeting Minutes
   
COVER
  Astronaut Joseph Acaba ’90, STS-119 mission specialist, work with the robotic arm during the March 23, 2009, spacewalk, which was the mission's third scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station.

Credit: NASA
 
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RESEARCH ROUNDUP
Alzheimer’s Research Yields Potential Drug Target
New Study Ranks ‘Hotspots’ of Human Impact on Coastal Areas

Alzheimer’s Research Yields Potential Drug Target

Michael BowersScientists may have identified the toxic agent in Alzheimer’s disease, opening doors for new drugs for treatment. The research, from the laboratory of UC Santa Barbara professor Michael Bowers, suggests that a cluster of peptides known as AB42 may be responsible for the disease. By using ion mobility-based mass spectroscopy, Bowers and his research group were able to examine the structure, aggregation, and energetics of protein and peptide systems. Now, the group is searching for drug candidates that can prevent AB42 from aggregating to form the toxic cause of memory loss. Caption: Michael T. Bowers with data on the Italian familial mutant of AB42, a strain of Alzheimer’s disease originally found in certain families of Italian descent.
— UC Santa Barbara Public Affairs

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New Study Ranks ‘Hotspots’ of Human Impact on Coastal Areas

HotspotsUC Santa Barbara scientists performed the first integrated analysis of all coastal areas of the world and identified the “hotspots” that are most affected by human impact. The study considered factors such as organic pollutants from pesticides and inorganic pollutants from urban runoff. According to the study, the hottest hotspot is at the mouth of the Mississippi River, where nutrient runoff has led to an overgrowth of algae that depletes the oxygen supply and creates a dead zone. The other top 10 hotspots are found in Asia and the Mediterranean. The rankings from this study can be used to help scientists decide where and how to allocate resources to tackle pollution-related problems.
— UC Santa Barbara Public Affairs