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Professor Jeffrey Stewart, of the Department of Black Studies, has been recognized for his sustained commitment to developing and showcasing undergraduate research.

Lomelí, a professor of Chicano studies and of Spanish and Portuguese, accepted the award in Salamanca, Spain. Leal, one of the most celebrated scholars of Chicano and Latin American literature, taught at UCSB from 1976 to 2006.

Four undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive awards for outstanding academic achievement. They will be recognized at commencement exercises June 16 and 17.

In this year’s Harold J. Plous Lecture at UC Santa Barbara, Plous Award recipient Terence Keel, an associate professor of history and of Black studies, argues that the enduring belief that race comes from “Nature” reflects the haunting of influence of Christian intellectual history on the development of modern scientific thinking about human ancestry.

Kaitlin Brown and Mallory Melton, graduate students of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara, have published separate papers in the distinguished journal American Antiquity. 

Professors Leon Balents, Craig J. Hawker and Edward E. Telles have been elected members of the 238th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Their selection brings to 37 the number of UCSB faculty members who have been named fellows of the academy.

Associate professor of Asian American studies Lalaie Ameeriar has been named a member of the Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs for 2018.

Acclaimed anthropologist Charles R. Hale assumes role as the dean of social sciences at UCSB.

Fagan, distinguished professor emeritus of anthropology, received the international group’s Lifetime Achievement Award. VanDerwarker, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, and Wilson, associate professor of anthropology, were presented the Research Award.

Professor Noah Friedkin, of the Department of Sociology, has been elected fellow of AAAS for distinguished contributions to mathematical sociology, with special attention to network theory and its diverse sociological and social psychological implications.