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.
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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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5:21 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

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

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

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

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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.

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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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6:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

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

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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. 

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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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Science & Technology
5:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

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

The Bay Lights art project has strings of LEDs on each vertical cable, sequenced to a fanciful display. It is world’s largest LED sculpture.
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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.

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5:53 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Back to school this week for UC Santa Barbara students

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.

Santa Barbara County
7:10 am
Tue September 23, 2014

UCSB Chancellor Yang gets 20 percent pay raise

UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry Yang
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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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5:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

New rankings: Central Coast universities among the nation's best

The UCSB campus including Storke Tower.
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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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Water Issues and Drought
6:34 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

UC Santa Barbara athletic fields to remain green thanks to recycled water

Beginning September 2, 2014, the Upper East Field at UC Santa Cruz was closed and is planned to remain closed until at least June 1, 2015.
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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.

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Science & Technology
5:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Scientists uncover why we all make the same 'anger face'

The 'anger face' is universal because we evolved to use it, according to scientists at UCSB and Australia's Griffith University.
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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.

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Science & Technology
3:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

UCSB Plastic research

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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