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The Master of Math: Linda Petzold wins the SIAM Prize

Date Posted: August 20th, 2016

UCSB's Linda Petzold is honored for a lifetime of work in computational science and applied mathematics. Read more here.

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The Brain Lady: Karen Szumlinski shows kids the secrets of the brain

Date Posted: July 28th, 2016

UCSB's Karen Szumlinksi, professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, has launched an outreach program to create the next generation of neuroscientists. Watch her in action here.

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Tasting Texture: Craig Montell solves the riddle of how the brain feels food

Date Posted: July 27th, 2016

UCSB's Craig Montell has determined how flies, and possibly humans, feel food. The texture of food is a critical component to our enjoyment of it: just ask anyone who thinks that oysters are too slimy. Watch him explain his discoveries here.

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Suicide & Science (Fiction): Carl Gutierrez-Jones discusses the genre's obsession with self-inflicted death

Date Posted: July 14th, 2016

The UCSB professor of English discusses his research and new book here.

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Master of Improv, Master of Science?: Alan Alda teaches UCSB scientists to share their thoughts

Date Posted: June 29th, 2016

Alan Alda uses improv to teach UCSB scientists how to be more effective and engaging communitors. Watch him work his magic here.

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Quantum mechanics & mental illness: Matthew Fisher's quest for answers

Date Posted: May 5th, 2016

Matthew Fisher is an award-winning physicist at UCSB's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Recognized internationally for his work in condensed matter research, he is now opening a new field of "quantum neuroscience." Read about his quest to unlock the quantum nature of consciousness here.

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The life of a laureate: Celebrating Walter Kohn

Date Posted: April 26th, 2016

Beloved physics professor and Nobel laureate, Walter Kohn, died on Tuesday, April 26th. Read the New York Times coverage of his life and remarkable achievements here.

 

 

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Like night & day: Linda Petzold decodes how the brain tells time

Date Posted: April 12th, 2016

As the earth revolves around the sun, alternating from dark to light, our bodies alternate from sleep to wake. Circadian rythms are so important to our health an entire area of the brain, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), is devoted to telling time. Now Linda Petzold and colleagues have determined how the SCN neurons keep time in the brain.

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Hitching a ride: Using red blood cells to deliver drugs

Date Posted: April 10th, 2016

Red blood cells (RBCs) spend their lives shuttling oxygen around the body. Now, UCSB researchers are using RBCs to deliver drugs where they are most needed.

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If there is no choice, then all is permitted: Free will & cooperativity

Date Posted: April 6th, 2016

Does free will exist? Maybe. Do we need to believe it does? Apparently.

Jonathan Schooler and colleagues in the department of Psychological & Brain Sciences have shown that people are inherently cooperative. However, when they are encouraged to doubt the existence of free will, things fall apart. People who don't believe in free will, even transiently, become less cooperative.

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