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Science & Technology
6:29 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

UCSB study shows levels of 'love hormone' increase when reunited with family

A Tsimane family
Credit Adrian Jaeggi, PhD

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.

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Education
5:57 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

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

Credit Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

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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Santa Barbara County
6:19 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

UCSB to help pay for permanent safety fences along Isla Vista cliffs

Approved fencing for the Isla Vista bluffs
Credit Santa Barbara County Planning Department

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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Community
6:17 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

UCSB student leader reacts to report released on Isla Vista killings

An ambulance on the scene of last may's mass killings in Isla Vista, Calif.
Credit Oscar Flores - Twitter @oflores

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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Environment
6:13 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

UCSB Study: The world's oceans are filling up with plastic

Plastics mixed in with debris washed ashore at San Francisco's Ocean Beach following a storm in 2010, the same statistical year used for the NCEAS study.
Credit Flickr member Kevin Krejci

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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Education
5:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Free income tax help being provided by students at UCSB and Cal Poly

Credit Flickr member Chris Potter

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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Environment
5:23 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Sea creature that prefers warm water found moving farther up California's coast

Hopkins' Rose Nudibranch - Pink sea slug
Credit Jeff Goddard, UCSB

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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Crime
5:26 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Man suspected of making anonymous threats against UCSB community could see charges by next week

Anonymous violent threats against the UCSB community last weekend instigated a beefing up of staffing by university police.
Credit Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

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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Politics
5:21 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

UCSB students want 'action' from Gov. Brown on educational finances

Credit Flickr user Ricardo Diaz

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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Science & Technology
5:51 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

UCSB brain scientists to study public's reaction to the Ebola threat

Credit Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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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Education
6:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UPDATE: UC Board of Regents vote to adopt tuition increase option

Students rally in San Francisco against the UC Board of Regents proposal for a 5 percent possible tuition hike.
Credit Reid E. Milburn Twitter: @ReidMilburn

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.

Original Story:

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Crime
6:38 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Sexual assault roundtable discussion focuses on the UCSB Campus

Santa Barbara County politicians, UCSB leaders, and local law enforcement representatives came together Wednesday to discuss sexual assaults.
Credit Anett Hurtado

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.

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Largest gift in UCSB history to be used on a housing project for visiting scholars

Artist rendering of the visitor housing project for the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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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Community
6:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Isla Vista residents ask California college students to 'stay away' this Halloween

Credit KCBX News - Jordan Bell

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. 

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Health
1:45 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Counseling Services for a recovering community

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.

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