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Spring 2017
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“Remarkable Women of UC” honors UC Santa Barbara Graduate Carol Greider ’83

A Nobel Prize winner and UC Santa Barbara alumna was one of 13 UC women chosen for the inaugural “Remarkable Women of UC” annual series.

Carol Greider ’83, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 with two other scientists for their discovery of an enzyme in the human body that plays a critical role in normal cell function. Greider, who earned her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 1987, is now professor and department director at John Hopkins University. Greider directs scientists in researching the role of short telomeres—the ends of chromosomes—in age-related disease and cancer, as well as the mechanism that maintains their length.

The Remarkable Women project was launched this year by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in honor of International Women’s Day held annually on March 8. The alumni associations from each of the 10 UC campuses were asked to provide nominations. Those chosen represented a broad spectrum of disciplines, ages and ethnicities and were featured in a “Remarkable Women of UC” poster exhibit. An additional 18 women were recognized in an honorable mentions poster.

“Remarkable Women” will run annually in March in celebration and recognition of women and their accomplishments, contributions and perseverance.

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Longtime Basketball Coach Out

Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Bob Williams, will not return to the UC Santa Barbara courts. The university announced in March that Williams’ contract would not be renewed. Williams led the team for 19 years and to three NCAA tournaments in 2002, 2010 and 2011. While Williams is the program’s most successful coach with 313 total wins, UC Santa Barbara finished last season with a 6-22 record. The university also missed the Big West Tournament for the first time since 1998.

UCSB’s Stellar Stellar Astrophysicist

Lars Bildsten, director of the UC Santa Barbara Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, received the 2017 Dannie Heineman Prize this past January for his work in astrophysics.

“The Heineman Prize is a major recognition in the field of astrophysics, so it was very satisfying to be acknowledged by peers for my work,” said Bildsten. “I draw inspiration both from observational data, where rich, unexplored treasures exist, and from an excellent group of graduate students and long-term collaborators who push me in new directions.”

Bildsten’s work as a stellar astrophysicist has led to fundamental insights into the physics of stellar structure and evolution, compact objects and stellar explosions. Currently, he is exploring the life span of binary stars, a pair of stars of greatly different mass orbiting each other. Mass transfer between the two stars can lead to many different and exciting astrophysical outcomes.