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Amir Abo-Shaeer Reinvents School Cool
UC Santa Barbara alum and high school teacher Amir Abo-Shaeer was awarded the prestigious $500,000 "genius grant" for his innovative program at Dos Pueblos High School. Abo-Shaeer's Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy is a progressive four-year program where students study science and engineering, participate in projects, and ultimately enter a robotics contest.
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Reinvent School Cool

Scientists' Innovative Use of Videos Aids Study of Songbirds
  The communication between birds parallels language development in humans in many ways, and some scientists believe that birdsong may be the best animal model for the study of cultural evolution that occurs in people.
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Songbird research

Semiconductor Could Turn Heat into Computing Power
Computers might one day recycle part of their own waste heat into additional computing energy, using a material being studied by researchers at UCSB and Ohio State University. Technology currently in early development would be able to convert heat to electricity, solving two problems for the computing industry: how to remove waste heat, and how to boost computing power.
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semiconductor research

UCSB Alumni Association 45th Anniversary: A Timeline
Check out a timeline of the UCSB Alumni Association's history in celebration of its 45th anniversary. The visual representation follows the evolution of the Alumni Association, from its simple roots as a volunteer group in the '60s to the impressive organization that serves thousands of alums all over the world today.
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Around Storke Tower
Research funding for 2009-2010 from external sources has broken all previous records at UC Santa Barbara. The funding increase, mostly attributed to federal research agencies, strengthens many departments and makes UCSB a leading research campus. The University continues to rise in the ranks according to many prominent University ranking reports. Read more.
Around Storke Tower

Sports Roundup
In Gaucho athletics news, men's swimming, with 26 Big West titles over the last 34 years, will be the first UCSB squad to join the prestigious Pacific-10 Conference for the 2010-2011 season. Also, men's volleyball won the NORCECA Junior (under-21) Continental Championship for the first time, defeating Canada and finishing the tournament with a 5-0 record. Read more.
Pacific-10 Conference

Research Roundup
UC Santa Barbara engineers and scientists have begun to work in collaboration with the Department of Energy on an ambitious artificial photosynthesis project. By mimicking the process plants use to produce energy, lead developers hope to produce a technology that provides energy at a competitive price. Read more.
photosynthesis project

Alumni Authors
Challenging traditional histories in "Hearts Beating for Liberty," Stacey M. Robertson M.A. '89, Ph.D. '94 shifts the focus from the East to show how women of the Old Northwest built an antislavery movement. Check out other books from Robert M. Geraci Ph.D. '05, Matt Terzian '92, and Jill Zabkar Martin '90. Read more.
image of book cover

Milestones from 1950-2010
Hyonjeong Kim Han, M.A. '99, ABD, has been named curator of Korean art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. A specialist in Korean and Chinese paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, Kim will serve as head of the museum's Korean art department. She served as Associate Curator of Chinese and Korean Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2006. Read more.
image of Hyonjeong Kim Han

Thank you to our Alumni Scholarship Fund donors
The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association would like to thank those who donated to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. More than $200,000 has already been raised for the AASF from the donors who want to help this and future generations of UC Santa Barbara students. UC Santa Barbara cannot be a great university without great students. Read more.


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