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Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Santa Barbara
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.77 / 12.00 Katie Maynard
Sustainability Coordinator
Geography & Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
1,009

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
236

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
23.39

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
155

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
73

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
47.10

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Please see attached inventory.


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

For the purposes of reporting to STARS, UCSB’s definition of research that relates to or has research applications/implications related to sustainability includes research which:

1) Seeks to better explain the dynamic functionality of and history of earth’s systems as they may affect humans;
2) Seeks to better explain the relationship between humans and the environment;
3) Seeks to better explain human impacts on the natural environment;
4) Seeks to better explain the effect of environmental issues on humans or society more broadly;
5) Explores and responds to the relationship between humans and the natural environment through art and culture; and/or
6) Develops innovative solutions through practice, technology, or artistic expression regarding an issue affecting the environment and our relationship to it.

The majority of research at UC Santa Barbara is foundational in nature. Due to this, we often needed to look at the potential applications or implications of the research to discern the connection to sustainability.

We only included research that included an environmental component. Research that only addressed social justice and economic aspects of sustainability were not included.

We did not include research focused on understanding how ecosystems or organisms function if there was no explicit connection to an environmental issue. If the ecological research investigated issues of restoration, human impacts, remediation, etc. we did count it.

We included creative activities of fine arts and humanities faculty, as well as articles and publications. We sought “substantial” projects, including both grant-funded projects and non-funded projects. For publications and ongoing experiments, we included “in progress” work.

Research that addressed cultural relationships with the natural environment was included. For example, we included research that addressed how the environment has been represented in literature over time, especially if the faculty linked the research to how this change in perception might have affected the way society treats the environment.

In some of the cases we looked at, the researcher had not been conducting research with the primary objective of solving a sustainable challenge, but a sustainability innovation occurred as a “side effect.” For instance, the researcher might be developing a new technology with the goal of creating a faster computer chip. If the innovation was also significantly more energy efficient than the current technology on the market, we counted it.

Process for evaluating which research to include:
We developed an initial list of researchers that we thought might be conducting sustainability related research (see process for identifying researchers below.) That list was divided amongst a group of student interns and sustainability staff. Each person then reviewed material online about their researchers and contacted them for more information and eventual verification of the research description. In cases in which the answer appeared obvious and where the researcher did not object to the description, these cases were not further evaluated. For those cases where the judgment was unclear, however, the intern/staff member assigned to that researcher would bring the case to the group of evaluators working on this area of STARS to be debated. Any time a faculty member thought that their research was not related to sustainability, we did not include it, regardless of the intern's/staff member's opinion of its relation. This arose, for instance, with researchers that we believed worked on climate change, but who did not want to be listed as a “climate change” researcher for fear that this would make them appear biased in their research.

Who to include:
We included all researchers that are eligible to be a principal investigator on our campus. This includes professional research staff, lecturers with security of employment, faculty, and several other categories. We did not include graduate students who are not eligible to be a principal investigator because we did not feel that we could collect accurate data in a timely manner.

For a full description of who is included in the list of principal investigators, please see: http://www.research.ucsb.edu/spo/proposal-preparation/principal-investigator-eligibility/

For academic departments, we included all research units and centers, as well as traditional academic departments.

Process for identifying researchers:
Since we have reported to STARS before, we started our process for identifying researchers this year by looking at our list of researchers from our previous submission and contacting them to verify and update current research. We also did a campus-wide survey of faculty and researchers and asked them directly if they did research related to sustainability. In the survey, we collected descriptions of their research. Most of the descriptions from the survey were too brief for us to include in the final report; however, we collected leads to follow up on. The Office of Research's website was also helpful because it included news articles and announcements of grants, awards, and recognition of faculty accomplishments. Departmental and faculty websites were also reviewed. Lastly, we contacted research unit and center directors and department chairs in order to verify that the list we had for that department or research center/unit was accurate and complete. This step was particularly helpful for ensuring we were including the appropriate non-faculty researchers who are eligible to be principal investigators.


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The following departments were not included in the count of departments because they do limited amounts of or no research:
• English as a Second Language
• Military Science (ROTC)
• Interdisciplinary Courses
• Interdisciplinary Studies

We also did not include Global Peace and Security (PROGRAM) because there was so much overlap with the Global and International Studies Department.

We did include these departments in the denominator:
Anthropology
Art
History of Art and Architecture
Asian American Studies
Biomolecular Science and Engineering
Black Studies
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chicano Studies
Classics
Communication
Computer Science
Earth Science (formerly Geological Sciences)
East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Economics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
English
Environmental Studies Program
Feminist Studies
Film and Media Studies
French and Italian
Geography
Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education; Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education; Department of Education
Global & International Studies
History
Islamic and Near Eastern Studies Program
Jewish Studies Program
Latin American and Iberian Studies Program
Linguistics
Materials
Mathematics
Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
Media Arts and Technology
Medieval Studies Program
Middle East Studies
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Religious Studies
Renaissance Studies Program
Sociology
Spanish and Portuguese
Speech and Hearing Sciences Department
Statistics and Applied Probability
Theater and Dance

For the denominator, these research units counted:
AlloSphere Research Facility, The
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
American Culture and Global Contexts
Brain Imaging Center
California NanoSystems Institute
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve
Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media
Center for Advanced Nitride Electronics
Center for Bio-Image Informatics
Center for Black Studies Research
Center for Cold War Studies
Center for Complex and Nonlinear Science
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation
Center for Education Research on Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC)
Center for Educational Change in Mathematics and Science
Center for Energy Efficient Materials
Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP)
Center for Evolutionary Psychology
Center for Information Technology and Society
Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Music
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Fluids
Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP)
Center for Middle East Studies
Center for Multifunctional Materials & Structures (CeMMaS)
Center for Nanomedicine
Center for Nanotechnology in Society (NSF)
Center on Police Practices and Community
Center for Polymers and Organic Solids
Center for Portuguese Studies
Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology
Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics
Center for Research on Women & Social Justice
Center for Risk Studies and Safety
Center for School-based Youth Development
Center for Scientific Computing
Center for Spatially Integrated Social Sciences
Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation
Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering (CSCBE)
Center for Taiwan Studies
Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration
Center for the Study of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy
Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration
Chicano Studies Institute (CSI)
Coal Oil Point Reserve
Coastal Research Center
Consortium for Literature, Theory and Culture
Digital Games Research Center
Early Modern Center
Earth Research Institute
East Asia Center
Ecoinformatics Center
Gevirtz Research Center
Health Data Research Facility
Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
Institute for Energy Efficiency
Institute for Multi-scale Materials Studies
Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research
Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology
Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
International Center for Materials Research
Italian Studies
Japanese Arts & Globalization
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
Kenneth S. Norris Rancho Marino Reserve
Koegel Autism Research Center
Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance
Marine Biotechnology Center
Marine Science Institute
Materials Research Laboratory
MesoAmerican Research Center
Michael D. Palm Center
Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials
Nanotech, a part of National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Neuroscience Research Institute
New Racial Studies
Center for the Study of Ocean Acidification and Ocean Change
Ocean and Coastal Policy Center
Ocean Physics Laboratory
Optoelectronics Technology Center
Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies
Pacific-Southwest Regional Center for Excellence (RCE) for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research (NIH)
Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior
Research Unit on Spatial Cognition and Choice
Sage Center for the Study of the Mind
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
Sedgwick Reserve
Social Science Survey Center/Benton Survey Research Laboratory
Solid State Lighting and Energy Center
Southern California Earthquake Center
Subaltern-Popular Workshop
Transcriptions Project
Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading
UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
UC Educational Evaluation Center
UC Institute for Research in the Arts (MRU)
UCSB Natural Reserve System
Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (includes Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Camp)
Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life

For the numerator, these departments were counted:
Anthropology
Art
History of Art and Architecture
Black Studies
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Communication
Computer Science
Earth Science (formerly Geological Sciences)
East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Economics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
English
Environmental Studies Program
Feminist Studies
Film and Media Studies
French and Italian
Geography
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education; Department of Education
Global & International Studies
History
Latin American and Iberian Studies Program
Materials
Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Physics
Political Science
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Religious Studies
Sociology

For the numerator, these research units were counted:
California NanoSystems Institute
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve
Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation
Center for Energy Efficient Materials
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Fluids
Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP)
Center for Multifunctional Materials & Structures (CeMMaS)
Center for Nanomedicine
Center for Nanotechnology in Society (NSF)
Center for Polymers and Organic Solids
Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration
Coal Oil Point Reserve
Coastal Research Center
Earth Research Institute
Ecoinformatics Center
Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
Institute for Energy Efficiency
Institute for Multi-scale Materials Studies
Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research
Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology
Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
International Center for Materials Research
Marine Biotechnology Center
Marine Science Institute
Materials Research Laboratory
MesoAmerican Research Center
Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials
National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Center for the Study of Ocean Acidification and Ocean Change
Ocean and Coastal Policy Center
Optoelectronics Technology Center
Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
Sedgwick Reserve
Solid State Lighting and Energy Center
UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
UCSB Natural Reserve System
Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (includes Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Camp)

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.