Inspiration from the Ocean
Inspiration from the Ocean

In a development beneficial for both industry and environment, UC Santa Barbara researchers have created a high-quality coating for organic electronics that promises to decrease processing time as well as energy requirements.

Advance Warning
Advance Warning

Geographers with the UC Santa Barbara/U.S. Geological Survey’s Climate Hazards Group (CHG) will help African scientists to use remote sensing and climate data to predict poor harvests and prevent severe hunger.

The Cost of Efficiency
The Cost of Efficiency

A group of researchers, including UC Santa Barbara neurologist Scott Grafton, developed a theory of compound movement that highlights a tradeoff between efficiency and computational cost.

Earth’s Formative Years
Earth’s Formative Years

UCSB geologist Matthew Jackson and colleagues have identified a geochemical signature of material dating from early melting events that were part of the Earth’s formation. Their findings appear in the journal Science.

At the Apex
At the Apex

Selected for his proposed book project to examine the study of African art history, UC Santa Barbara scholar Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie has been awarded a 2016-17 Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellowship. He will begin his research residence July 1 at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Maternal Instincts
Maternal Instincts

A research collaboration between UC Santa Barbara and L’École Normale Supérieure in Paris has proven that deterministic maternal effects can give offspring a better start on life.

Identity Unearthed
Identity Unearthed

In a paper published in American Anthropologist, Stuart Tyson Smith, professor and chair of Anthropology, and Michele Buzon of Purdue University, explore cultural identity and transformation in the ancient village of Tombos in what is now northern Sudan. “Entanglement and the Formation of Ancient Nubian Napatan State” details the findings from Smith and Buzon’s excavations of cemeteries in Tombos, which became an important colonial hub after the Egyptians conquered Nubia around 1500 BCE.

Computer Science for All
Computer Science for All

The Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara is responding to the president’s call by studying how elementary school students learn computer science, in an effort led by Danielle Harlow, an associate professor of education at Gevirtz, and Diana Franklin, a former UCSB computer science faculty member now at the University of Chicago.

African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe
African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe

In “African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe” (Indiana University Press, 2015) Mhoze Chikowero, an associate professor of history at UCSB, reveals how British colonists suppressed and co-opted African music and dance, and the role of music as Africans rose up to reclaim their independence in the Second Chimurenga (war of self-liberation) in the 1960 and ’70s. – See more at: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/016408/songs-key-colonialism#sthash.UuiR39gy.dpuf

Bioinspired Technology
Bioinspired Technology

The next great technological advance in smartphone screens and solar cells could come from an unexpected source — giant clams. New research from UC Santa Barbara shows some species of these large bivalves produce their white coloration via color-mixing techniques akin to those used in reflective displays.