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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.