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

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

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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. 

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

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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. 
 

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

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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