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On this episode of Issues & Ideas, emergency relief for undocumented immigrants recently became available in California, but demand outweighs the supply of cash. We’ll learn how the California NanoSystems Institute at UCSB is repurposing 3D printers to make face shields for healthcare workers. And hear about the challenges facing small farmers in California due to COVID-19. We get an update on First 5 SLO County from director Wendy Wendt; the independent public agency, created by California’s Proposition 10, uses a tax on tobacco products to fund programs for children through age five and their families. The city manager of Morro Bay, Scott Collins, talks about having to discourage vacationers due to the pandemic. And finally, we’ll learn about an award-winning book by UCSB professor emeritus Tonia Shimin featuring the art of her late father, Symeon Shimin.

The California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a place where engineers, scientists and students make prototypes for their projects —often using 3D printers. Dave Bothman, the lab manager, has lately been using the printers to make face shields for healthcare workers.

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While there are still no confirmed coronavirus cases in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, the spreading COVID-19 outbreak is now interrupting daily life on the Central Coast.

Courtesy Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission

Trying to improve mental health services for California students, a group of young people from around the state recently met up in Santa Barbara to come up with new ideas. And it included students and mental health advocates from across the Central Coast.

On this week’s Issues & Ideas, we get a tour of a former military facility off the coastal highway in Big Sur. It's been off-limits to the public until now, and it’s full of Cold War secrets. Also, we get to know JooWan Kim, the composer and pianist behind an avant-garde hip-hop orchestra from Oakland called Mik Nawooj.

"Quantum supremacy" achieved on the Central Coast

Oct 24, 2019
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Google announced this week it has achieved a historic technology breakthrough on the Central Coast, by creating “quantum supremacy.” Working with a team from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the company says it has solved a next-to-impossible mathematical problem in record time, and it could change human understanding of what computers can do.

CDC

Following a measles quarantine of hundreds of students at Los Angeles universities, Central Coast health officials are on high alert, they say. Since January, over 700 cases of measles have been reported in 22 states.

Issues & Ideas: SLO growth, economic vitality and wildflowers

Mar 20, 2019

On this week's Issues & Ideas, we hear about the Hourglass Project, a new economic vitality venture aimed at bringing future jobs and industries to San Luis Obispo County. We'll also hear two sides of the ongoing conversation about downtown San Luis Obispo, and what should be done to encourage a wide-range of businesses while nurturing the city's unique characteristics. UCSB neuroscientist Kenneth Kosik talks about studying a genetic mutation that causes early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and our colleagues at KCRW explore what's behind California's current wildflower super bloom, and where you can see carpets of spring flowers. 

Issues & Ideas: Planes, pedicabs, and Alaine Locke

Feb 6, 2019
KCBX News

On this week's Issues & Ideas, we meet a Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor who has designed aircraft that hold nine world speed records. He's part of a team traveling the world for the 2019 Red Bull Air Race Championship. We speak to the newest member of the Grover Beach City Council, appointed to the city's governing body during the first city council meeting she ever attended. January 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, and we have a report from commemorative event. Later, we talk with a San Luis Obispo woman who launched a pedicab business, and says a fleet of the human-powered vehicles could help solve some of San Luis Obispo's traffic and parking issues. And we'll get to know the UCSB professor who recently won the National Book Award for his biography of Alain Locke, the famous "Dean" of the Harlem Renaissance.

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UC Santa Barbara has broken ground on a new student farm, in an effort to address on-campus food insecurity.

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It’s been just about nine months since the Montecito Debris Flow killed 23 people and destroyed homes, bridges and roadways. Now that the immediate pain of the disaster has abated a bit, but before too much time passes that people start forgetting, a group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara are studying the disaster in a coordinated effort.

Join host Brian Reynolds as he discusses neuroscience and neuroengineering with Dr. Bridget Queenan, Neuroscientist and Associate Director of UCSB’s Brain Initiative and Research Director of the UCSB Nanolab. Dr. Q discusses the highly creative work in the STEM professions and how public tax dollars investing in science and technology provide cures, solutions, and discoveries that make us safe, strong, and happy.

UCSB gets new BIFROST laser facility

Jul 3, 2018
David Weld/UCSB

In Norse mythology, the Bifrost is the rainbow bridge connecting the realm of the gods to Earth. At the University of California at Santa Barbara, it is also the name of a new laser facility.

UCSB symposium marks 50 years of Black studies department

Apr 20, 2018
Mahader Tesfai

As a scholarly discipline, Black studies emerged out of protest. In 1968, responding to student activism rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, UC Santa Barbara was among the first universities in the nation to establish a Black studies department. Students and scholars advocated for African Americans to be included in the academic record. 

Andrew Epperson

There’s currently $1.4 trillion dollars owed in student debt. And that number is only growing. On July 1, student loan interest rates increased by three-quarters of a percentage point. 

Cal Poly, UCSB students organize walkouts to protest Trump

Jan 20, 2017
Dylan Ring

Students at Cal Poly and University of California, Santa Barbara marched out of classes and through their campus in the rain today in response to Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. 

Donald J. Trump Facebook Page

A new study out of UC Santa Barbara suggests a possible reason why many white Americans are throwing their support behind Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump this year. 

KCBX News, Randol White

Rattlesnakes throughout California will soon become far less visible, in some cases hiding from sight entirely as we enter the cooler late fall and winter months. But some populations of snakes will remain active right through this period.

Code Press Kit

Central Coast universities are looking for ways to get more women interested in pursuing degrees in computer science. 

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. 

Skatebiker at English Wikipedia

There is a plan in the works to visit Alpha Centauri, the nearest star beyond our own Sun. It's a journey of some 25 trillion miles. 

Lisa Stratton, CCBER

UCSB is embarking on a major project to turn 63 acres of a former golf course back into publicly-accessible wetlands. 

Twitter user: California Lottery

Three winning tickets match all the numbers in the record-high powerball jackpot drawing Wednesday night, one in California, Florida and Tennessee. 


Following the announcement, thousands took to Twitter using the hashtag "#IfIWonPowerball," to share what they'd do with the $1.6 billion jackpot. 
 

Flickr user Ricardo Diaz

A federal lawsuit is being filed against the University of California System this week on behalf of a former UC Santa Barbara student. 

Flickr member Dave Nakayama

An initiative to help the UC System reduce its carbon footprint begins this week. The "Cool Campus Challenge" is in response to UC President Janet Napolitano's call for the system to reach carbon neutrality by 2025. 

Jim Logan

Continuing research out of UC Santa Barbara shows our coastal oaks are starting to show signs of stress related to the ongoing drought and record heat.

UCSB reports record-breaking donations approaching academic year

Sep 23, 2015
Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

UC Santa Barbara begins the academic year Thursday on the heels of an historic fiscal year. 

Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

A gene variant that could delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease by as much as ten years has been discovered by scientists at UC Santa Barbara. 

NCEAS

A study published Monday out of UC Santa Barbara shows the vast majority of seabirds have eaten plastic at some point in their lives and currently have plastic particles in their bellies. 

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Scientists at UC Santa Barbara will spend the next year studying the effects of last May's big oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel. 

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