News & Media

February 27, 2020

Our Machines, Our Selves, A pair of public lectures kicked off the new Mellichamp Initiative in Mind & Machine Intelligence

By Sonia Fernandez

The Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Mind & Machine Intelligence is part of a special new cluster that will include four endowed chairs. These will have connections to a number of academic departments, including psychological and brain sciences, economics and computer science, as well as to geography, electrical and computer engineering, linguistics, English and neuroscience and data science initiatives.

November 20, 2019

The GPS in Our Brains

Neuroscientist Sung Soo Kim zeroes in on the mechanism that allows us to navigate new and different environments

By Sonia Fernandez

November 15, 2019

A Marvelous Molecular Machine

A finely tuned molecular process in the camouflage of certain squid may lead to the next generation of bio-inspired synthetic materials

By Harrison Tasoff and Sonia Fernandez

November 04, 2019

Escaping Alzheimer’s

A woman’s resistance to genetic, early-onset Alzheimer’s may hold the key to future therapies for the neurodegenerative disease

By Sonia Fernandez

There is, in Colombia, a family with the tragic legacy of forgetfulness. “People in this large family get Alzheimer’s like clockwork at age 45-50,” said UC Santa Barbara neuroscientist Kenneth S. Kosik, the campus’s Harriman professor of Neuroscience and co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute, and DYNS faculty member.

October 18, 2019

How Stem Cells Make Decisions, Pluripotency is a feature of stem cell populations in which individual cells must know a great deal about their surroundings

Neurosciencist Kenneth Kosik and his research group as they investigate how undifferentiated stem cells take their paths to becoming the specific tissues that comprise the human body, particularly those that become neural precursors.

By Sonia Fernandez