November 2014|@UCSB Monthly News


UCSB Garners Seventh Nobel

Shuji Nakamura. Photo: Paul Wellman.

Shuji Nakamura, a UC Santa Barbara materials professor, has received the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics. He becomes the sixth UCSB professor to win the award since 1998, along with one alumna, Carol Greider. Nakamura received the award for his work on the blue laser, which allows the creation of white LED light. Nakamura also received Japan’s prestigious Order of Culture Award.

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Longtime Vice Chancellor To Retire

Michael Young, who has served as the vice chancellor for student affairs for more than 25 years, announced he will retire at the end of 2014. A search committee has been formed to find his replacement.

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Largest Gift In UCSB History

Rendering of the East entrance to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Visiting Scholar’s Residence.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Murray Duncan Architects

Charles Munger, the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and a Santa Barbara resident, has made a gift to the campus of $65 million for the construction of a living center for the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics. Construction on the 60-bed facility is planned to begin immediately with completion in 2016.

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Association Honors Distinguished Alumni

Photo: Terry Wimmer.

The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association honored five alumni in two ceremonies held in October. Longtime UCSB volleyball coach Kenny Preston, former faculty senate chair Joel Michaelsen and Senior Dean of Student Affairs Debbie Fleming all received Graver University Service Awards. Oceanographer and deep sea explorer Edith Widder received the Distinguished Alumni Award. In a separate ceremony that inaugurated the Association’s Women in Leadership luncheon, Scripps President Lori Bettison-Varga received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

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