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Photo Credit: Gail Arnold
September 15, 2017

On Sunday, September 10, more than 100 supporters of the Santa Barbara Braille Institute gathered on its lovely campus for the 3rd annual Festival of Flavors. The Santa Barbara Braille Institute Auxiliary hosts this fundraiser to support the multitude of free classes, programs and services at the institute for the blind and visually impaired.

August 29, 2017

Friend and benefactor of the University of California, Santa Barbara community, William K. Bowes, has passed away at the age of 90. Visionary, philanthropist, pioneer of Silicon Valley venture capitalism, trailblazer of venture philanthropy; through it all he was “Bill”, husband to his wife Ute of 51 years, ally to our country’s education system, and a genuine and decent human being whose life has enriched countless others through his astounding contributions and care.

Endothelial cell markers. Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO
July 10, 2017

Stem cell biologists have tried unsuccessfully for years to produce cells that will give rise to functional arteries and offer physicians new options for combating cardiovascular disease, the world’s leading cause of death.

But new techniques developed by scientists from UC Santa Barbara, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research have produced, for the first time, functional arterial cells at both the quality and scale to be relevant for disease modeling and clinical application.

Near-infrared light is used to precisely engineer stem cells into tissue. Photo Credit: PETER ALLEN ILLUSTRATION
May 15, 2017

UCSB researchers develop a more precise and controlled method of engineering tissues from stem cells.

Researchers in UC Santa Barbara’s departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biologyhave gotten a step closer to unlocking the secrets of tissue morphology with a method of three-dimensional culturing of embryonic stem cells using light.

April 24, 2017

Leah Foltz, a graduate student in the lab of MCDB professor Dennis Clegg, delivered an engaging summary of recent strides in stem cell research and how her lab uses this biological material to study blinding diseases. Her research explores whether scientists will one day be able to use someone’s own cells to cure their blindness. Foltz’s lively delivery earned her a first-place finish in the campuswide competition. Now she’s headed to San Francisco to test her mettle Thursday, May 4, against participants from the nine other University of California campuses.