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Telomerase discovery is fundamental to study of aging and cancer
Alumna Carol Greider, '83, was honored with the Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery of telomerase during a prolific career of research. Telomarase is a key enzyme in maintaining the integrity of DNA, and the discovery still plays a critical role in aging, cell death and cancer research. Read more.

Researcher developed more efficient way to split water molecules
Alumna Angela Belcher, '91, Ph.D. '93, and a team of MIT researchers have discovered a way to mimic the process by which plants use sunlight to split water and make chemical fuel to power their growth. This technology could improve the storage capabilities from solar energy. Read more.

Edith Widder goes to all kinds of depths for marine conservation
A network of inexpensive water quality monitors developed by Edie Widder, Ph.D '82, have been evaluating the vitality of different areas of the ocean. This invention, nicknamed "Kilroy," is the latest in Widder's efforts to illuminate the continuing degradation of the world's oceans. Read more.

A UC Commission looks at the university's formula for the future
After studying every aspect of UC operations and structure, the UC Commission on the Future has recommended proposals that will significantly affect the shape of UC Santa Barbara, including in areas of enrollment, graduation curriculum, and funding. Read more.

Governor's budget slashes $500 million from UC
In answer to California's deep budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a budget that includes a $500 million reduction in support for the University of California. For the first time, student tuition revenue will surpass what the state contributes to the university's core operating budget. Read more.

Scholar Examines Dysfunctional Feedback in Organizations
Ronald E. Rice describes in his new book, Organizations and Unusual Routines: A Systems Analysis of Dysfunctional Feedback Processes, the prevalence and characteristics of "unusual routines" that arise when normal activities in an organization are complicated by atypical problems. Read more.

LED Lamps Lighting up Worlds of Schoolchildren
With assistance from the Institute of Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara, Osei Darkwa hopes to develop a high-efficiency LED light to replace kerosene-fueled lights in developing nations, addressing a lack of safe, adequate home lighting that is  linked to illiteracy, poverty, and health issues. Read more.

UC Ramps Up Services for Veteran at its Universities
UC campuses are expanding services for returning veterans, who are aided by post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, with access to special resources, priority registration, student groups and counseling, and financial assistance when GI benefits don't arrive on time. Read more.


Around Storke Tower: News and Notes from the Campus
The UC Regents approved an 8 percent tuition and fee increase for 2011-2012, while expanding financial aid for low and middle-income California students. In other campus news, environmental scholar William Freudenburg passed away after a long battle with bile duct cancer. Freudenburg was a celebrated author, researcher, and core faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program.
Around Storke Tower

Sports Roundup
In Men's Soccer, the Gauchos ended their postseason in a double-overtime game against No. 6 seeded Cal. The Gauchos played all but 25 minutes of the match a man-down after a questionable red card resulting from a player-on-player collision. They won the Big West Championship earlier this season.

Research Roundup
UC Santa Barbara physicists, who created a complicated quantum device, have been honored with Science's 2010 Breakthrough of the Year. In other fields, UCSB scientists have participated in important research concerning stem cells, development biology, and age-related macular degeneration.

Milestones: '50s to the Present
Alum Dave Kaplan's, '81, Surfdog Records Company has developed into an entertainment empire operating a myriad of associated businesses. Alumna Kirsten Deshler, '87, is now the director of governmental relations at UCSB. Click the link to view many more alumni milestones.


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