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Researchers Create First Regional Ocean Health Index
2014-04-04 14:31:12

Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara Results can help Brazilian officials identify opportunities for strategic management of ocean resources With one of the world’s longest coastlines, spanning 17 states, and very high marine and coastal biodiversity, Brazil owes much of its prosperity to the ocean. For that reason, Brazil was the site of the first Ocean Health Index regional assessment designed to evaluate the economic, social and ecological uses and benefits that people derive from the...

Unhealthy Attachments
2014-02-27 13:15:13

University of California - Santa Barbara Using the surface forces apparatus and an atomic force microscope, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have taken a molecular approach to myelin membrane interactions, leading to insights into demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. Their research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences. For a healthy nervous system, axons — the long projections of our nerve cells that run throughout our bodies — must...

2014-02-24 23:28:22

Kelsey Stowe, a college freshman who recently learned how to ride a bike, is excited to build Spinlister brand awareness and "make a positive impact on the UCSB campus." Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2014 Spinlister, the peer-to-peer bicycle, ski, and snowboard rental platform, announced today that they have hired Kelsey Stowe as their Student Brand Manager at University of California, Santa Barbara. Stowe, a freshman who only recently learned how to ride a bike, is...

Maps Reveal Expected Redistribution Of Global Species Due To Climate Change
2014-02-11 17:06:51

University of California, Santa Barbara An international team of scientists tracks how fast and in which direction local climates — and species — have shifted As climate change unfolds over the next century, plants and animals will need to adapt or shift locations to follow their ideal climate. A new study provides an innovative global map of where species are likely to succeed or fail in keeping up with a changing climate. The findings appear in the science journal Nature. As...

Researchers Discover How To Change Cell Types By Flipping A Single Switch
2013-12-04 13:05:09

University of California - Santa Barbara With few exceptions, cells don't change type once they have become specialized — a heart cell, for example, won't suddenly become a brain cell. However, new findings by researchers at UC Santa Barbara have identified a method for changing one cell type into another in a process called forced transdifferentiation. Their work appears today in the journal Development. With C. elegans as the animal model, lead author Misty Riddle, a Ph.D. student...

Meningitis Outbreak At UCSB Results In Double Foot Amputation
2013-12-04 07:15:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A bacterial meningitis outbreak that has been sweeping its way across Princeton University, infecting at least eight students since earlier this year, is now on the loose at University of California Santa Barbara. UCSB authorities say a fourth student has come down with a strain of meningitis similar to the one that has been ongoing at Princeton in New Jersey. While students on the east coast have all received care and have made...

Decoding An Individual's Immune System
2013-11-21 15:12:21

University of California - Santa Barbara You may be sensitive to gluten, but you're not sure. Perhaps you can't put your finger on a recurring malaise, and your doctor is at a loss to figure it out. A diagnostic method recently developed by UC Santa Barbara professor Patrick Daugherty can reveal — on a molecular level — the factors behind conditions thought to have environmental triggers. By decoding an individual's immune system, this elegant and accurate method can demystify,...

Study Shows Invasive Plants More Likely To Be Replaced By Other 'Invasives'
2013-11-20 14:16:55

University of California - Santa Barbara Among the most impressive ecological findings of the past 25 years is the ability of invasive plants to radically change ecosystem function. Yet few if any studies have examined whether ecosystem impacts of invasions persist over time, and what that means for plant communities and ecosystem restoration. UC Santa Barbara's Carla D'Antonio, Schuyler Professor of Environmental Studies, has conducted one of the only long-term studies of plant invader...

2013-11-05 12:29:09

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The AVS has selected its major award winners for 2013. The AVS established an annual awards program to encourage excellence in research and innovation in technical areas of interest to the AVS. Listed below are the major award winners: Medard W. Welch Award-- Dr. Chris G. Van de Walle, University of California, Santa Barbara, "For seminal contributions to the theory of heterojunctions and its application to semiconductor technology, and for...