On Campus

Short takes, lively stories and snapshot looks at the UC Santa Barbara campus and community open a window into our dynamic environment and diverse culture.


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Fall / Winter 2023

Accolades for faculty members Charmaine Chua and Kyle Meng
The literary legacy of M. Garren Tinney ’01
From inner city to ‘Wild Kingdom’ with Bren School ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant
Ian Walker and Cherie Briggs are lighting the way, with new grant funding from the UC
Blending artistic and analytic approaches yields a unique course on data visualization
From concerts in the 80s to concerts lately

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Spring / Summer 2023

A look at your alumni numbers
Book recommendations from Professor of Asian American studies Sameer Pandya
Kelly Barsky followed her passions for education, sports and community to the top job in Athletics
Joanne Onstine-Dill ’71 ’73 supports graduate students at the Koegel Autism Center
Sociologist France Winddance Twine finds solace in hot wax painting
Taking cues from the pandemic, a professor of Italian teaches multidisciplinary compassion
A new fellowship opens for Iranian women at UC Santa Barbara
From concerts in the 80s to concerts lately
Do you remember that concert? From the Grateful Dead to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, some of the world's top artists have played the stage at UCSB.

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Fall / Winter 2022

A sampling of recent honors and accolades received by UC Santa Barbara faculty
New gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff propels work to heal our oceans
Religious studies course brings LGBT figures front and center
Professor emeritus Gene Lucas ’73 supports first-gen undergraduate researchers
'Parallel interests' keep Glenn Beltz looking up
Take a spin through the library — by the numbers
Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, Daina Ramey Berry always has time for a good book. Here are her recommendations.
Racial Justice Fellows receive funding to pursue research and earn graduate degrees
Researchers raise funds for humanitarian aid
There are more women working in STEM today than ever before. The lasting impact of the steady increase of female scientists? Immeasurable.
Students take the soundstage on NBC’s 'College Bowl'
Undergraduate earns national notice for her water scarcity solution
Test your knowledge of the UCSB lab scene.

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Spring / Summer 2022

The Campus Point bluffs will be restored in a collaboration with the Barbareño Band of Chumash Indians.
A snapshot look at a few of the many UC Santa Barbara faculty to receive awards and other honors in 2022.
Tania Israel shares some of her favorite titles, and reasons why they resonate.
How green is UCSB? Test your knowledge.
Seeking Zen, friends and good food? Get your hands dirty by starting a home garden. Seth Peterson has tips!
Providing scholarships and services, donor-supported initiative PROPEL helps high-achieving, first-gen students excel.
Get to know the UCSB Natural Reserve System through these interesting statistics.
Climate researcher and triple alum Greg Husak is also a Hall of Fame Ultimate Frisbee player.
The Early Recordings Initiative promotes the preservation, digitization and accessibility of pre-1903 sound recordings.
Aiming to help build the pipeline of trained ethnic studies teachers, ÉXITO one year in is a bona fide success.
On staff for 27 years and counting, Jill Horst nourishes mind, body and soul as executive director of campus dining.
The first course of its kind, Geography of Surfing has been among campus’s most popular classes for nearly 20 years.
Surrounded by homes, Valentine Camp Reserve — a pocket of forest in Mammoth Lakes — is protected for research and teaching.
Any time of day, any time of year, surfing never goes out of style. These two photos, taken 40 years apart, are proof.
Multiple UC Santa Barbara graduate programs land top rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
Inclusion transforms academic programs, as the AfroLatinidades Institute launches a summer research partnership with HBCUs.
The Arnhold Tennis Center, made possible by a $5.2 million gift from John ’75 and Jody Arnhold, opens its gates.
Reenvisioned as an interactive community hub, the A.S. Bike Shop is getting a new location — and a new look.

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Fall / Winter 2021

UC Santa Barbara earns No. 5 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 listing.
The wheels keep on turning at our beautiful bicycle-friendly campus.
Professors Sumita Pennathur, Aahish Mehta and Tevfik Bultan pour their creative passions into the jazz ensemble Previously Committed.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Stewart, professor of Black Studies, shares an eclectic list of book recommendations.
Recognizing members of the UC Santa Barbara faculty for scholarly achievements.
The Rinker Undergraduate Teaching Lab exemplifies the power of alumni engineers’ enthusiasm for giving back.
DJ Darla Bea ’03 makes a career out of evoking our musical memories.