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Transforming Trash into a Teaching Experience
Alumna Laura Kutner has rallied the Quatamalan villagers of her host Peace Corps town to help her build more classrooms — out of their very own trash. Today Granados has cleaner streets and two big new schoolrooms whose walls are made from more than 6,000 soda bottles and other plastic garbage. The town has something else, too: community pride. Read more.
Transform Trash

Former Grad Student's Invention Aids Gulf Oil Spill Clean-up Efforts
Among the many tools being used to clean up the country's worst environmental disaster -- the Deepwater Horizon platform explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico –– is a new device called the Groovy Drum Skimmer. Designed to scoop oil from the surface of the ocean, the skimmer is the brainchild of former UC Santa Barbara graduate student Victoria Broje. Read more.

Oil Spill Invention

Program Mentors Elementary Students in the Environment
In the summer of 2009, second-year environmental science major Ryland King founded Environmental Education for the Next Generation as a nonprofit. EENG offers first- and second-grade teachers up to 12 45-minute Earth-friendly lesson plans, which volunteer students teach. Read more.
Environmental Educators

Bren Alumni Test Emission Reduction Strategy Software in China
Soon after graduating on June 11, five new Bren master’s alumni traveled to China, where they collaborated with graduate students at Nanjing University's School of the Environment to develop strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) at the community level. Read more.
Safeguard Software

Another Successful All Gaucho Reunion!
Check out photos from the 4th annual All Gaucho Reunion. We have images from the Gaucho Gallop, Alumni Awards Banquet, Golden Gaucho Reunion, and more!
All Gaucho Reunion photos


Around Storke Tower Briefs
Students at UC Santa Barbara had the rare opportunity in May to participate in a groundbreaking peace mission that brought them in direct conversation with their peers at the Islamic University in Baghdad via a live videoconference. The unscripted dialogue focused on how students viewed each other and each other’s countries. Read more.
Around Storke Tower

Sports Roundup
UC Santa Barbara has reclaimed the Big West Conference Commissioner's Cup for the eighth time in 10 years, the conference announced. The Commissioner's Cup is presented to the league institution with the best overall results in the conference's 18 sponsored sports championships. Read more.
Sports Roundup

Research Roundup
About 10 miles off the Santa Barbara coast, at the bottom of the Santa Barbara Channel, a series of asphalt volcanoes rise from the sea floor. The largest of these undersea Ice Age domes is at a depth of 700 feet (220 meters) –– much too deep for scuba diving –– which explains why the volcanoes have never been spotted by humans. Read more.
Research Roundup

Alumni Authors
From occupations to explorations, check out the latest in literature from these Gaucho authors:
* Richard Archer, '64
* Erline Dessie Goodell, '61, '85, M.A. '90
* Jason W. Womack, M.Ed. '96
* Ava F. Kahn, Ph.D. '91

Milestones from 1950-2009
Since graduating, environmental documentary filmmaker Douglas Varchol, MESM ’06, has served as managing editor for the fall 2007 “Wired Science” series on PBS, but he has spent most of his time making films for the BBC’s Earth Report documentary series. Varchol has just completed filming a new Earth Report about preserving biodiversity in Laos, which will be aired on BBC World News this spring. What else have your classmates been up to all these years? Check out Milestones and Class Notes for the latest updates.


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