UC Regents approve new San Joaquin residence hall

A third tower in the Santa Catalina residential hall complex (formerly Francisco Torres) has been approved by the UC regents. The new tower will house 1,003 undergraduate students, cost $175 million and be completed by 2017. It would have a Gold LEED environmental rating and meet the campus’ commitment to house all of the 5,000 new students expected to be enrolled at UCSB over the next 20 years.

Alum in Egypt Released From Military Custody
Jeremy Hodge, a 26-year-old UC Santa Barbara alumnus, has been released by the military government after his arrest on unspecified charges. Hodge who works as a freelance translator in Egypt was arrested Jan. 22 along with his Egyptian roommate in west Cairo. The government never disclosed the reasons for his detention. Hodge has been part of the UC Santa Barbara Education Abroad Program in Egypt during his enrollment at UCSB but was evacuated with other EAP students in 2010. He returned to Egypt last year.

UC Santa Barbara Researcher Wins NFL Concussion Grant

UC Santa Barbara psychologist Scott Grafton has won a first-round grant from the National Football League and General Electric to study the effects on the brain of concussions. The $300,000 award to Grafton will be used for research to improve the brain safety of both athletes and members of the military. Specifically Grafton is looking at brain image markers that show injury.

UCSB ranked number 18 in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 2014 list of the top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges”

UCSB ranked number 18 in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 2014 list of the top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” after a combined analysis of the university’s education and economic value.

When educational quality was factored out and the 100 best-value public colleges were re-ranked for lowest average student debt, UCSB ranked number 16. In both versions of the list, seven other UC campuses were also included, with UC Los Angeles ranking number 5 on the overall best-value colleges and UC Berkeley number 9 on the lowest student debt best-value colleges.


New Cal State Long Beach president named

An educational psychologist who has been a dean at the University of California, Santa Barbara has become the first woman to be appointed as president of California State University, Long Beach. Cal State's governing board named Jane Close Conoley on Tuesday as the new leader of Cal State Long Beach. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of over 30,000 and is the most-applied to campus in the Cal State system.




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