Around Storke Tower  Fall 2011

Materials Professor Shuji Nakamura to Receive Emmy Award

Nakamura The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has named Shuji Nakamura, professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara, among the winners of the 63rd annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. The award will be presented during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

The awards honor outstanding achievement in technical or engineering development, and recognize individuals, companies, and scientific or technical organizations for developments in engineering technology that have significantly impacted broadcast television. Nakamura is being recognized for his pioneering development of large-venue, large-screen direct view color displays.

UC Regents to Investigate Long-Term Funding Strategies

The University of California Board of Regents, in a far-ranging discussion about how to best create the long-term financial stability that the university needs to preserve quality, agreed to explore a variety of options for raising new revenue and elevating public awareness about the importance of higher education.

The University’s top budget officers proposed a framework in which UC would seek state funding guarantees through 2015-16 for its core educational costs. Student tuition also would be set at pre-determined levels, and would increase up to 16 percent a year if state support fell short of the agreed upon levels. Regents, while agreeing with the concept of a multiyear funding plan, asked UC administrators to come back with a variety of options that could help minimize the prospect of additional student tuition increases.


Laura Romo Appointed Director of the Chicano Studies Institute

Laura Romo, associate professor of education at UC Santa Barbara, is the new director of the campus’s Chicano Studies Institute. She replaces Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, who held the position for the past six years. Romo received her Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA, and joined the UC Santa Barbara faculty in 2003.

A leading researcher in the areas of adolescent development, parent-adolescent communication, and informal health education, she has been working with community agencies in Santa Barbara, including Girls, Inc., and La Casa de la Raza, to develop and implement family-based sex education programs for low-income, mostly immigrant, Mexican-origin mothers and daughters

University Partnership School Achieves High Growth in Test Scores

The Harding University Partnership School (HUPS) – the partner school of the UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz Graduate School of Education – achieved the second highest growth in 2011 API scores in Santa Barbara County. HUPS’ API score improved 57 points – in the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s history, only one other school has ever improved so impressively in one year (in 2009, Santa Barbara Charter made 66-point growth on the API). The Academic Performance Index (API) is the cornerstone of California’s Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 and measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic metrics. Schools are expected to show a 5-point growth from year-to-year.

New Grant Will Help Cheadle Center Complete Its Vertebrate Collection Catalog

cheadle Thanks to an $80,655 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), UC Santa Barbara’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) will complete the curation, documentation, cataloging, and database processing of its 24,875 herpetological, ornithological, and mammalian specimens. The two-year Vertebrate Collections Management Project will allow the Cheadle Center to hire a curatorial assistant, create a new museum internship program, and curate its collections of reptiles, birds, and mammals according to national standards. When completed, UC Santa Barbara faculty, students, environmental consultants, the general public, and the global scientific community will have access to CCBER’s collections and associated data. The project also will provide educational opportunities for students interested in biological fieldwork and museum careers

UCSB Welcomes the Class of 2015

More than 4,000 entering students attended New Student Convocation on Sept. 19 as Chancellor Henry T. Yang and administrators and faculty, in academic regalia welcomed them to UC Santa Barbara. Executive Dean of Letters and Science David Marshall offered opening remarks. Associate Professor of Asian American Studies John S.W. Park delivered the keynote address. A concert on the 61-bell carillon of Storke Tower preceded the ceremony. UC generates $46.3B in economic activity for state

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