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UCSB and The Trust for Public Land Partner to Restore Wetlands

UC Santa Barbara and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) are aiming to restore and preserve the wetlands on the upper Devereux Slough, which had been filled with topsoil to make way for a golf course. The project will open to the public a three-mile expanse of land.



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Sustainability Efforts Soar, Score at UC Santa Barbara

The UC Santa Barbara Water Action Plan won the Best Practices Award from the 2013 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The UC Santa Barbara Water Action Plan beat its cross-UC competition for water efficiency and site water quality practices.



Biomedical Diagnostic Device Takes Top Spot at UCSB’s New Venture Competition

A diagnostic device that could detect fetal bleeding took the top prize of $10,000 at UC Santa Barbara Technology Management Program’s New Venture Competition. In second place was a customizable robotic children’s toy, and the third place was a cloud-based productivity software. The New Venture Competition is the culmination of more than six months of entrepreneurial bootcamp offered by the TMP.


Artist Favianna Rodriguez Donates Personal Papers to the UCSB Library

Favianna Rodriguez, an Oakland-based activist artist, is best known for bold posters and digital art that explores issues of social justice. Her archive consists of 31 art prints and will grow over time. The artist is internationally renowned for work that reflects the impact ordinary people can have on the conditions around them.

UCSB Kicks Off Culture and Nature Series at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Events in the series are designed to highlight the interrelation between nature and the environment and religion, art, literature, and other fields within the humanities and fine arts. The series will continue in the fall with additional events co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and also by the Wine Cask restaurant. Events at the Wine Cask will feature UCSB humanities scholars exploring the cultural significance of specific foods, such as the history of beer in American culture, the cultural and environmental impact of sustainable fishing, and the role tea played in consolidating the British Empire. Each presentation will be followed by a themed dinner that highlights the cultural dimensions of that specific food, from a culinary perspective.




UCSB’s Economic Forecast Project Summit Analyzes World, Santa Barbara County Economies


Peter Rupert, professor and chair of economics at UC Santa Barbara said he is optimistic about the future economy. The economic forecast revealed that the economy is undergoing a “slow and steady recovery.” Santa Barbara’s gross domestic product is doing well; while household income is showing a slightly negative trend, consumer spending and retail sales have increased. Nationwide unemployment is also improving at a very slow rate.




UCSB Ranked No. 2 in the World in Leiden Ranking of Top 500 Universities

In the latest rankings by the Center for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, UC Santa Barbara placed second on the annual list of the scientific impact of the top 500 major universities in the world. The ranking is based on data from the Web of Science bibliographic database.


Department of Communication Receives 2013 William J. Villa Service to Students Award

The Department of Communication was awarded the William J. Villa Service to Students Award, co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Housing & Residential Services. The award recognizes university departments, staff and faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary service to students.



Communication Professor Jansma Receives 2013 Lois Phillips Founder's Award

Anna Laura Jansma received the 2013 Lois Phillips Founders Award from the Association for Women in Communications in recognition for her contributions to the founding of the AWC Santa Barbara Chapter during its critical first three years.






— From UC Santa Barbara Office of Public Affairs and staff reports

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