UCSB Projects receive multi-campus UC research awards

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Six research programs based at UC Santa Barbara have received awards in the 2009 University of California Multi-Campus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) competition.

There were a total of 28 MRPI award grants, with UCSB receiving the most of any UC campus. The leadership for the six programs will be based at UCSB, though the research will also be conducted at many of the UC campuses.

According to Michael Witherell, UCSB’s vice chancellor for research, UC received a total of 139 proposals for MRPI grants.

“We’re very pleased that UCSB faculty members led so many successful proposals in this intensely competitive environment, and that those proposals cover such a wide range of disciplines,” Witherell said. “It really shows the influence of our researchers, both in the University of California and around the world.”

The UCSB proposals were in six areas: arts and humanities, biological and health sciences, critical California issues, emerging science and technology, international and area studies, and social and behavioral sciences.

The following UCSB programs received grants:

  • Ocean Acidification, directed by Gretchen Hofmann, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology. The goal of this group is to form a multidisciplinary collaboration to study ocean acidification and its impacts on the coastal marine ecosystems of California.

University of California, Santa Barbara, 5 August 2009. Press release.

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