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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.

UCSB Chancellor Yang gets 20 percent pay raise

Sep 23, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry Yang will make 20 percent more this academic year following compensation approvals by the University of California Board of Regents.

Yang, three other chancellors, and a number of top level managers in the UC system saw their annual base salaries rise to what are called ”competitive levels” according to official documents.

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The Central Coast is home to two of the most highly ranked public universities in the nation according to this year's college survey from U.S. News and World Report.

Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo ranked No. 10 in the magazine's overall list of the West's best universities, while UCSB came in No. 10 on a separate national list.

Cal Poly also ranked No. 1 nationally for its Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering program. UCSB's College of Engineering—which is ranked on a different list of schools that offer doctorates—came in 20th nationally.

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One of the athletic fields on the UC Santa Cruz campus is now shut down for the fall after a summer of reduced irrigation in an effort to conserve water. 

The Upper East Field is used for a variety of sports and events, but management feels light watering has put the field in a state that it can no longer be used.

At UC Santa Barbara however, the fields are in much better shape because there was no need to hold back on irrigation this year.

The next time you make an angry face, you may be comforted to know that the elements of that face are built into our genetic makeup.

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara in collaboration with Australia's Griffith University have identified the functional advantages behind the face. The findings are in the current edition of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

The scientists say every aspect of the angry face—from your mouth up to your eyebrows—is aimed at intimidating your subject. The look has evolved to make you look stronger.

UCSB Plastic research

Aug 15, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/13/14

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are on the verge of creating a plastic that repairs itself when exposed to wet conditions.  Researchers have dreamed of this self-healing technology for decades -- but it could soon become reality. KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with one of the scientists behind the technology about how it might work, and the multitude of uses it could potentially have.

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UC Santa Barbara researchers are asking recreational divers to participate in a giant sea bass census this week. According to researchers these fish can grow to more than 600 pounds and are making a comeback from the brink of extinction.

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The college ranking season has begun with Money Magazine's look at the best universities nationwide.

Cal Poly is within the top five percent of schools considered to be a good investment for your money. UCSB is within the top seven percent.

Among California schools, Cal Poly comes in at number eleven.

President Jeff Armstrong says in order to crack that top ten, Cal Poly needs to better its graduation rate.

This week's topics:

  • Fourth annual TechPitch event for the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Softec, and the Economic Vitality Corporation.
  • Clean Business Investment Summit showcasing socially responsible entrepreneurs at UCSB.
  • Central Coast Restaurateur Ian McPhee negotiating to take over Sebastian's General Store across from Hearst Castle.

Richard Martinez, the father of San Luis Obispo High School graduate and Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Martinez is hoping to influence the upcoming November mid-term elections. His goal is to shift the make-up of congress toward sensible gun reform. 

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The sales numbers for last weekend's Give Sale in Isla Vista show the event raised a record $43,000—$6,000 more than last year.

That money will be dispersed at an event this Friday to the local participating organizations that provided volunteers for the event.

The items sold each year come from students who are moving out of the area, and include clothing, furniture, and books.

Organizers estimate more than 30 tons of merchandise was sold this year, keeping those items out of the local landfill.

The Give Sale has been a part of the community since 1990.

Interview: Richard Martinez

Jun 19, 2014
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It's been nearly a month since the mass shooting in Isla Vista that left seven dead, including the killer. Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Martinez was killed, has been speaking out since the incident, to put a stop to mass shootings. 

  "He was very active in sports and academics. His life touched a lot of people. He's really going to be missed. He was a great kid," Richard Martinez said.

Vice President Joe Biden has issued a special video statement for UC Santa Barbara's graduating class of 2014, which was sent to all students and some 21,000 alumni.

The message is in response to a MoveOn.org petition created by outgoing senior Kyley Scarlet, the Internal Vice President for the Associated Students, who was pulling for a commencement address by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Isla Vista resident and UC Santa Barbara student Kevin Tym is facing a negligent discharge of a firearm charge after deputies say he shoot a bullet into his neighbor's apartment, just days after gun violence took the lives of three IV residents and injured several others.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says the incident happened Tuesday afternoon on the 6500 block of Pardall Road. 

'Not one more' rings loud at UCSB memorial

May 28, 2014
Jordan Bell

The memorial service on the UC Santa Barbara campus Tuesday was a somber occasion, except for the moments when the estimated 20,000 attendees filling Harder Stadium—mostly students—chanted a phrase coined by Richard Martinez, father of slain 20-year-old Christopher Michaels-Martinez.

“One more time, are you with me?" said Martinez. "Yea, not one more!” the masses responded three different times.

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All classes are canceled Tuesday on the UCSB campus in an effort to give the campus community time to grieve for the six students who were killed Friday in Isla Vista by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger.  

While classes will not be held, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang is asking faculty members to make themselves available to students on campus. Counselors are also available at the Student Resource Building.

There will be a memorial service at Harder Stadium on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. organized jointly by students, staff, and faculty. 

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The first woman appointed to the U-S Supreme Court will speak on the UCSB campus this Saturday at a free event that is open to the public.

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will give a talk titled "Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age."

Wade Clark Roof is the director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life and says O'Connor's focus this weekend should be engaging.

Body of UCSB student found on beach in Isla Vista

May 4, 2014
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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) student whose body was found Sunday morning on the beach in Isla Vista.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Sierra Markee-Winkler of Eureka, who was attending UCSB and lived in Isla Vista.

Around 7:00 a.m., a bicyclist discovered Markee-Winkler on the shore below the 6800 block of Del Playa Drive and called 9-1-1, the sheriff's department said.

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An estimated  15,000 people descended on Isla Vista's Del Playa Drive Saturday for the annual party known as Deltopia. The non-sanctioned UC Santa Barbara spring break party turned into a riot with hundreds of law enforcement officers from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties responding.

The incident became national news on Sunday, and is tarnishing the image of students at the UCSB campus. 

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Deltopia, the annual spring break party in Isla Vista, turned violent Saturday night as a crowd gathered to heckle officers making an arrest on the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says a UC Santa Barbara Police officer received a serious injury when a backpack full of liquor bottles hit the officer's head. During an arrest following that incident, the crowd began to throw rocks, bricks and bottles at law enforcement.

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The 19-year-old UCSB student found at the bottom of the Santa Barbara High School pool Monday morning died of an accidental drowning, according to a preliminary autopsy report.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Butch Arnoldi says the finding is pending toxicological results which usually take two weeks, and is a normal part of the investigation "when a young healthy person dies."

UCSB Police release sketch of rape suspects

Feb 28, 2014
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Police sketches are being circulated in the Santa Barbara area following the rape and beating of a 19-year-old UCSB student. Campus police connect these two men in their early 20s to last weekend's crime.

In a message sent to the campus community, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang addressed the sexual assault and vowed to strengthen security.

Yang authorized an increase of five campus officers, as well as the frequency of their patrols. Additionally, there will be increased security measures with installation of new lighting and cameras on campus.

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Updated: Tuesday, 2/25 at 4:59 p.m. PST

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team is now part of the effort to look for evidence related to the rape and beating of a 19-year-old UCSB student.

After being treated Sunday at a Santa Barbara area hospital, the student went to recover with her family.