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Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

Science, technology, engineering and math are all school subjects typically geared toward boys, and represent careers fields dominated by men. But, there’s an effort taking place on the Central Coast to tutor adolescent girls in this so-called ‘STEM’ curriculum. 

UC system increases minimum wage to $15 an hour

Jul 22, 2015
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The University of California system is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour over the course of three years. 

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College students looking to land a job in Silicon Valley are off to a good start if they attend either Cal Poly or UC Santa Barbara.

UCSB issues acceptance letters after receiving record number of applications

Jul 2, 2015
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UC Santa Barbara has sent out its acceptance letters for this coming fall quarter to more than 29,000 potential students.

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Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are beginning work on a project that could reduce the amount of groundwater and power that is used by farmers in the state, after receiving a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) of $2.3 million.

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Samples are being taken from tar balls showing up on beaches in Southern California to see if the oil could be coming from the pipeline spill in Santa Barbara County.

The LA County Public Health Department closed beaches Wednesday in the South Bay, including Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches, because of the oil. The beaches could open as soon as Friday.

NOAA says its working to track the Refugio spill's movement with help from scientists at UC Santa Barbara. David Valentine is a Professor of Earth Science at UCSB and says tracking this oil presents a unique challenge.

UCSB study links drought severity to record heat

May 26, 2015
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A new study shows how record-high temperatures are adding to the severity of the ongoing drought. 

A group of scientists led by UC Santa Barbara's Shraddhanand Shukla, were trying to determine whether record-high temperatures had a measurable effect on the drought in 2014.

In order to determine the severity, they substituted nearly 100 years of temperatures in a hydrologic modeling exercise.

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The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, located beneath the border of France and Switzerland, was restarted this spring with a goal of making scientific history—once again.

The facility achieved that goal a few years ago when researchers found evidence that the Higgs boson, or “god particle", exists.

The Isla Vista community was on alert Monday night as Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies and UCSB Police searched for a person thought to be connected to a shooting earlier in the evening.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m., less than a block from the UCSB campus. Deputies say they were called to a residence on the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde after a report of shots fired during a domestic dispute.

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The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in late April is unifying a small group of UC Santa Barbara students.  

These students are doing what they can to help family and friends who are half-a-world away.

Pawana Shrestha is working towards her Ph.D in electrical engineering at UCSB.

She said that before the quake hit, she only knew one other Nepalese student at the university. Now she and three others are working to raise money for infrastructure, food and water.

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California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla will be at UC Santa Barbara Thursday to speak with students about the importance of voting. 

Padilla said that he and a lot of others in the political world were dismayed by 2014's record low voter turnout in California.

He said that getting more people involved in the political process is important. With a school like UCSB, where there are thousands registered to vote, he said their participation, could really shape an election.

He said that getting people to participate is the tough part.

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The international awards are piling up for the UC Santa Barbara professor who helped create energy-saving LED lighting.

UCSB's Shuji Nakamura was named this year's Global Energy Prize Laureate, announced Thursday in Moscow. Nakamura is being recognized for his lighting invention that's helping to save billions of dollars in energy costs worldwide.

LEDs had been around for decades, but not the white light versions that are currently replacing incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.

UCSB ranked No. 1 public 'Green College' in the US

Apr 16, 2015
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In honor of Earth Day next week, the Princeton Review is out with its national list of the Top 50 Green Colleges—and UCSB comes in at No. 1 for public schools.

UC Santa Barbara ranks No. 3 overall, with private schools Lewis and Clark (Oregon) and Green Mountain (Vermont) making the No. 1 and 2 spots respectively.

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Anthropologists at UC Santa Barbara say they've found evidence that the old expression, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," is actually true.

The scientists studied the hormonal reactions hunters in the Bolivian Amazon encountered when leaving home for a day of hunting, during conditions while hunting, and then returning to their families.

The research showed elevated levels of oxytocin—known as the "love hormone"—when the Tsimane men were reunited with their loved ones.

The oxytocin levels also increased the longer the men were away.

Why out-of-state student cap won't affect UCSB

Mar 4, 2015
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The University of California is putting a cap on the number of out-of-state students that can attend certain campuses next year. 

This new rule will not apply locally to UCSB. The number of non-resident students attending both Berkeley and UCLA will be capped at current levels  and UC San Diego will be held to 20 percent according to the new rule.

UCSB's non-resident percentage has more than doubled in the past five years at 9.2 percent last fall. The average for the UC system not counting those campuses under the cap program is six percent.

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Isla Vista residents will likely see permanent fencing this year along the bluffs that have long been a danger for those living in the area.

Plans for this fencing have been in the works for more than a year. As a temporary measure, orange mesh fencing was put up along the cliffs in Isla Vista in June of last year.

To finance a permanent solution, the university and the county agreed that UCSB would pay for building the permanent fencing and the County would take on the long-term maintenance.

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Nearly nine months after the mass killings in Isla Vista the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is releasing its entire completed report on the incident.

The report details may be hard to take for some as it explains events that transpired during the Isla Vista massacre in May.

Ali Guthy is the President of Associated Students at UCSB she says their office is trying to remind students that they have services available.

Guthy said that some students are aware the report was released but that it doesn't affect everyone the same way. 

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A study published Thursday in the journal Science takes at look a just how much plastic waste is collecting in the world's oceans.

An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste are added each year according to the numbers crunched by UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). That's more than scientists had thought, and enough to cover the entire City of Los Angles in ankle deep trash more than twice over—each year.

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Volunteers at both Cal Poly and UCSB are set to begin helping Central Coast residents prepare their tax returns—for free. The program is called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

Levi Satterthwaite is part of the program at Cal Poly and says he's excited to be involved.

"As college seniors at Cal Poly we're trained and we're IRS certified to prepare tax returns and to help them out," said Satterthwaite. "It's a wonderful opportunity and we love to give back to the community."

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Central Coast scientists are seeing a number of species show up along the California coast, far north of their usual range. One of these animals is the Hopkins' Rose nudibranch, a pink sea slug.

Jeff Goddard, a project scientist at the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Intstitute says the Rose nudibranchs are normally found in Southern California, but last year's warmer ocean conditions may have pushed them north. 

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Charges could be filed as early as next week against the man accused of making violent threats last weekend toward the Isla Vista community.  

The suspect is a Cal Poly student who made the threats were made on a social media app called Yik Yak. It allows users to post anonymously with messages showing up for other users within a ten mile radius.

San Luis Obispo Police Lieutenant John Bledsoe says they were able to track down 22-year-old Stefan Hall by tracing his computer's IP address.

Bledsoe says Hall identified himself as UCSB Psycho.

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UC Santa Barbara students are supportive of Governor Brown's statement Monday on California higher education costs.

Brown said that he will not make California students the 'default financiers of colleges and universities.' 

Ali Guthy is the President of Associated Students at UCSB. She says that the sentiment represents 'everything' that students want from the governor, but that students intend to hold him accountable.

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Scientists at UCSB will soon begin studying how people around the world have responded to the Ebola threat, psychologically. The University's Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is getting more $128,202 from the National Science Foundation for the project.

Professor David Sherman is working with lead researcher Dr. Heejung Kim on the project and says the goal is to help us understand how and why we respond the way we do.

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UPDATE: Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:33 p.m.

The University of California Board of Regents voted 14 to 7 Thursday to adopt a resolution allowing for up to a 5 percent spike in tuition for each of the next five school years, unless the state gives the system more money.

During the vote, UC students tried to block the vote by drowning out the roll call with chants.

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Several Santa Barbara County political leaders are working to address the issue of sexual assaults at UC Santa Barbara. A roundtable discussion on the topic took place there Wednesday. 

Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) is the chair of California Assembly Higher Education Committee. He and State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) organized the discussion.

A massive donation to UC Santa Barbara—in fact, the largest in school history—is helping the University move forward with a major construction project.

Wall Street investor and billionaire Charles Munger is giving $65 million to the help with the effort. The money will be spent on a new visitor housing facility for the campus-based Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The Institute's director, Astrophysicist Lars Bildsten, says the addition will help visiting scholars make better use of their program time when on the UCSB campus.

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Students at more than a hundred colleges and universities in California are being encouraged to avoid Isla Vista this Halloween. Letters went out Thursday to the various schools  from the Associated Students at UC Santa Barbara and students Santa Barbara City College.

October marks the new academic school year for UC Santa Barbara. Students have moved back Isla Vista this month, after a tragic close to their last academic year. 

UCSB started school earlier this month. KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, met with members of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services program to discuss what it has been like to return to school since May’s mass killing in Isla Vista.

UCSB Professor shares Nobel Prize in Physics for work on LED lights

Oct 7, 2014
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The Nobel Prize for Physics was announced Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden, and the among the winners is a professor at UCSB.

"This year's prize is about light," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said as they revealed the three winners, including Professor Shuji Nakamura of UC Santa Barbara.

Classes at UC Santa Barbara get underway Thursday morning, later than usual for a fall quarter start. In fact... this will be the latests start for the UC system since a new policy was instituted back in 2007.

The policy was put in place to make sure the period of Jewish High Holy Days between Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah didn't overlap with move-in weekend or the first day of classes.

The lunar-based Jewish calendar shifts quite a bit making this the first time the conflicting dates forced a UC start date change since the policy was instituted.

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