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Fall 2015

Around Storke Tower


A Preview of the Reinvented UCSB Library

From the UCSB Library Staff. Photo credit: Jonathan Rissmeyer

New UCSB Library

Perhaps you were on campus when we broke ground on the current UCSB Library Addition and Renovation Project in 2013. Or maybe you remember previous Library expansion projects, like the four-story wing addition completed in 1978, or the unveiling of the eight-story tower in 1967. Whatever your graduation year, expect big improvements when the UCSB Library opens its doors to reveal 150,000 square feet of reinvented space in January 2016. Keep an eye on your inbox for updates on the grand opening – you are all invited.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek inside the hard-hat zone:

Summit Café, left: The sit-down Summit Café, located on the 1st Floor of the 24-hour Learning Commons and run by UCEN Dining Services, will sell hot and cold foods -- and of course, coffee. “Summit” is appropriate because 1) It’s on the mountain side of the Library; 2) It will be in the Learning Commons, where people gather; and 3) Knowledge reaches its summit in the Library.

Paseo (exterior), right: The Paseo, the new grand entrance to the UCSB Library, has doors on both the east and west (pictured here) sides, providing a thoroughfare through the heart of campus.

For more information: www.library.ucsb.edu/ building. To sign up for Crossroads, the Library’s free monthly e-newsletter, visit www.library.ucsb.edu/general-news/subscribe.

Rankings round up eight is great

UCSB is No. 8 on U.S. News & World Report’s Top 30 Public Universities List for 2016.

UC Santa Barbara climbed to its highest ever placement on U.S. News & World Report’s annual higher education rankings, making the number 8 spot on the magazine’s “Top 30 Public Universities” list for 2016.

Within the University of California system, only UC Berkley and UCLA placed higher than UCSB on the list this year. Other UC campuses mentioned in the Top 30 were UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Davis. UCSB also moved up three places to number 37 in the magazine’s “Best National Universities” ranking of both public and private universities. Among colleges and universities that offer students the best education value, UCSB placed sixth. The UCSB College of Engineering ranked number 18 in the “Best Programs at Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Doctorate” category. The magazine’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, with a complete list of all the rankings, is now available at USNews.com.

UC System recognized for innovation and diversity

The University of California System received the 13th spot on the Reuters list of the top 100 most innovative universities in the world. The media firm’s list noted the UC system’s achievements in research, tech transfer and start-up generation.

UC system campuses and programs also received awards for commitment to diversity. The 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award went to UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UC San Francisco and UC Santa Cruz, recognizing their commitment to diversity and inclusion. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics also named UC Riverside, the UC Undocumented Student Legal Services Center at UC Davis and a UC Santa Cruz teacher-training project as Bright Spots in Hispanic education. SOURCE: University of California Newsroom

UC Santa Barbara Police Department leads the nation in campus safety

The UCSB Police Department took first place on the National Campus Safety Summit’s “Top 25 University Departments” for 2016. The UCSB police force also received special recognition for the 2016 National Department of the Year Award. The National Campus Safety Summit is the premiere national conference on university safety attended by government agencies and campus law enforcement from Division 1 universities and liberal arts colleges. SOURCE: The National Campus Safety Summit

Celebrated mathematician Yitang Zhang joins UCSB faculty

Yiting Zhang at UCSB

Award-winning mathematician Yitang Zhang joined the UC Santa Barbara mathematics faculty this fall. In 2013, Zhang submitted a proof to the Annals of Mathematics establishing the first finite bound on gaps between twin prime numbers. His major breakthrough earned him the 2013 Ostrowski Prize and the 2014 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory. Zhang was also elected to the Academica Sinica Fellowship and received tenure at the University of New Hampshire last year. SOURCE: The Daily Nexus

Banner year for fundraising at UCSB

UC Santa Barbara had a landmark fundraising season this fiscal year with $134 million raised in private donations. This year’s donation surge was topped by the largest single gift in the campus’ history from prominent philanthropist and businessman Charlie Munger, who gave $65.4 million. Over the past four fiscal years, UCSB now averages $95 million in private support annually from the private sector. SOURCE: The Current