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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AROUND STORKE TOWER
Regents Close Funding Gap with Fee Increases and Furloughs
Wiemann Retiring as Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement
UCSB Takes in Evacuees During Wildfire
Mosher Wins Architecture/Building Award
U.S. News & World Report Ranks UCSB Graduate Schools in Top 20
UC President Speaks on Accountability at Policy Day
Number of UCSB Patents, Inventions Increases in 2008
Skateboarders Have Own Lane on Campus
Regents Close Funding Gap with Fee Increases and Furloughs

UC Regents approved a fiscal emergency plan to close the $813 million state funding gap. The plan includes student fees increases, faculty and staff furloughs/salary reductions, and additional cuts of at least $300 million. Student fees were increased 9.3 percent, or $662, for the 2009-2010 academic year in May. In July, Regents approved UC faculty and staff furloughs of 7 to 26 days that will save about $184.1 million in payroll costs, amounting to about a quarter of the state funding gap. Each chancellor at UC’s 10 campuses will determine how additional program cuts will be made to close the remaining $300 million funding gap.

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Wiemann Retiring as Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement

John M. Wiemann will retire after 14 years as vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. During his tenure, Wiemann led the Office of Institutional Advancement in providing services and leadership to all departments on campus, as well as coordinating fund-raising efforts such as the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara. Wiemann joined the faculty of the Department of Communication in 1977 and has been honored as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and a Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Scholar, among many other distinctions.

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UCSB Takes in Evacuees During Wildfire

Arnold SchwartzeneggerWith more than 30,000 residents under evacuation during May’s Jesusita Fire, UC Santa Barbara opened the MAC at the RecCen and the Events Center as American Red Cross emergency shelters. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the roughly 600 people at the MAC to express state support for victims of the wildfire. The Jesusita was Santa Barbara’s third major wildfire within several months, and destroyed nearly 80 homes, damaging many more. Investigators believe the fire originated from the spark of a power tool that was being used to clear brush in the area near the Jesusita Trail.
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Mosher Wins Architecture/Building Award

The Mosher Alumni House recently received a Merit Award in the 2009 Gold Nugget Awards (GNA) under the category of Outstanding Special Use Facility. The GNA competition features a variety of categories open to 14 Western states as well as all international countries. Mosher was recognized for its contemporary form and the sustainable principles and materials used throughout the building. For example, roughly 75 percent of the interior spaces are designed to receive sufficient daylight in order to reduce dependency on artificial lighting. Barry Berkus ’55 was the architect, Seltek Pacific was the contractor and UC Santa Barbara Design and Construction Services was the developer.

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks UCSB Graduate Schools in Top 20

U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, placed UC Santa Barbara as a whole from 19th in the country to 18th (tie), and the College of Engineering as the 12th-ranked public graduate engineering school. The Materials department moved up from fifth to fourth. Also in the top 10 for its specialty, the Chemical Engineering department was steady at ninth. Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is tied for 20th in the Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering category, and Mechanical Engineering is tied for 27th.
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UC President Speaks on Accountability at Policy Day
UC President Mark Yudof presented the plenary address at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education’s Policy Goes to School event, "Accountability and Quality in Higher Education: Are They Compatible?,” on May 28. In his speech at Mosher Alumni House, he addressed accountability in higher education, saying, “I view accountability as here to stay. It is becoming a permanent feature of American life.” He emphasized the need to identify causal factors in accountability reports, learn more about what our students do after graduation, and balance desired outcomes with a variety of educational opportunities.
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Number of UCSB Patents, Inventions Increases in 2008

From the atomic force microscope to light-emitting diodes, UC Santa Barbara has seen the number of inventions and patents — and the income they generate — rise dramatically over the past three years. All told, UC Santa Barbara had 611 active inventions in its 2008 portfolio, which also includes 316 active U.S. patents. That compares to 480 inventions and 280 patents in 2006. The UC Santa Barbara portfolio also included 38 new licensing agreements in 2008, entered into with companies interested in developing products based on UC Santa Barbara research.
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Skateboarders Have Own Lane on Campus

Skateboarders on campus are now restricted to a 5-foot wide lane designed to reduce skate-related accidents and prevent collisions with pedestrians. The new bright yellow skateboard lane runs from the Humanities and Social Science Building to Davidson Library and cost $12,500 to install. An informal survey suggests UC Santa Barbara is the only campus with a lane specifically for skateboarders, although many schools have restrictions or bans on skating. The Associated Students and the “Be Smart About Safety” fund matched the $7,500 that two students from the Skateboard Committee raised in order to create the lane.
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