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Around Storke Tower  Winter 2011

UC Regents Increase Student Fees

Faced with a $1 billion budget gap, UC Regents approved an 8 percent tuition and fee increase for 2011-12 and expanded financial aid for low- and middle-income California students. Regents voted 15-5 to raise tuition and fees by $822 for all UC students in the 2011-12 academic year, bringing undergraduate cost to $11,124 (a systemwide average of $12,150 when individual campus fees are included). At the same time, regents also expanded the UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan to cover all systemwide fees for financial-aid eligible California undergraduates with family incomes up to $80,000. This year the eligibility ceiling is $70,000. In addition, the university will provide financial aid-eligible California resident students with family incomes below $120,000 grants to cover the 2011 fee increase.

UCSB Reads

UCSB Reads Picks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by award-winning author Rebecca Skloot, is the selected book for UCSB Reads 2011. An annual winter quarter event, UCSB Reads engages the campus and the Santa Barbara community in conversations about a key topic while reading the same book. The theme for 2011 is “Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity.” Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer who, in 1951, became the unwitting donor of the first "immortal" human cell line when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital took a tissue sample without her knowledge. Even today, the HeLa line is the most widely used cell line in labs worldwide.

UCSB Among Top Universities in High Quality Research Citations

UC Santa Barbara ranks among the top universities in the country in how frequently the work of its researchers is cited by other top scholars, according to a new analysis of U.S. university research by Thomson Reuters. In a recent issue, the journal Science published the Thomson Reuters list of the top American universities and how they rank in scientific paper citations, which is based on the quality of the research. UC Santa Barbara is fourth in the nation in this category, behind only MIT, Caltech, and Princeton. Trailing UC Santa Barbara were, in order, Stanford, Harvard, and UC Berkeley

Richard Hutton

UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center Names Richard Hutton Executive Director

Richard Hutton, formerly the vice president of media development at Vulcan Productions and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, has been appointed executive director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at UC Santa Barbara. Named for Emmy Award-winning television producers Marcy Carsey and Dick Wolf in recognition of their generous support, the center brings together UC Santa Barbara faculty members and scholars from film and media studies and communication - as well as other departments in the arts, humanities, and sciences - to teach and conduct research on all forms of mass media from a variety of cultural, historical, and social perspectives

Richard Hutton

UCSB to Manage Santa Barbara Channel Dedicated to Higher Education

The Santa Barbara City Council has voted to officially request an additional education access channel from local cable television provider Cox Communications, and to enter into an agreement with UC Santa Barbara for the management and programming of it. The council's actions came in response to a request from UC Santa Barbara. The campus said that the additional channel would be used for UCTV and other higher education programming produced by UC Santa Barbara for the benefit of the people of Santa Barbara and the South Coast region. UCTV offers round-the-clock, noncommercial educational, informational, and cultural programs from the University of California system’s 10 campuses, three national laboratories, and other affiliated institutions. Programs include documentaries, lectures, symposia, artistic performances, and other events. They cover a broad range of general interest topics, such as science, health, the humanities, education issues, and public affairs.

MESA Program Named Among Nation's Top Academic Preparation Programs

For the second consecutive year, UC Santa Barbara's mentorship program for elementary, high school, and college students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has been recognized by the Bayer Foundation as one of the top academic development programs in the country. UC Santa Barbara's highly successful Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program serves more than 800 students from 15 schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, 80 percent of whom go to college. It is part of the University of California's statewide MESA program, which was recently included in the Bayer Foundation’s compendium of 21 "Best Practice K-12 Education Programs."

William Freudenburg

Environmental Scholar William Freudenburg Dies

William R. Freudenburg, 59, the Dehlsen Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, died Dec. 28 after a long battle with bile duct cancer, according to an announcement from the Environmental Studies Program. A specialist in natural resource development and its associated human and environmental risks, Freudenburg was also an expert on the impact of environmental disasters. He authored or co-authored three important books on oil exploration and production, including "Blowout in the Gulf - The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America" (The MIT Press, 2010). A Publisher’s Weekly Pick of the Week when it came out in October, the book examines the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, as well as the decisions and policies that made the disaster not only possible, but also inevitable. In addition to his position as a core faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program, Freudenburg also held affiliated positions at UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and in the Department of Sociology.

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