News in Briefs: May 25 to May 31



The University of California, Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education collaborated with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara to found the Curie-osity Project, a program which engages female elementary school students in scientific research and activities. During the winter and spring quarters, the fourth- through sixth-grade girls participated in enrichment programs that allowed them to meet and work with female scientists and engineers at UCSB, the Current reports. The students conduct scientific research experiments and write about their findings and experiences, their final project culminating with a presentation at UCSB on May 31. Through encouraging the girls to pursue STEM majors and careers, the program directors and contributors hope to prepare the participants for higher education and beyond.

Third-year College of Creative Studies physics major Mayer Feldman, coxswain for UCSB’s nationally ranked rowing team, was recently invited to the USRowing Under 23 national team tryouts, the Current reports. Feldman is one of three coxswains — the position at the back of the boat that steers and directs rowers during practice and races — invited to the tryouts. If selected, he will compete in the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships this July in Bulgaria. “I really enjoy being the brains behind the brawn, getting all these guys doing the same thing at one time,” Feldman said to the Current. “That’s what I love about the sport.”


Santa Barbara police arrested four men from Lompoc in connection with a robbery and a stabbing in Isla Vista early Sunday morning, according to KEYT. A 28-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and robbed near the intersection of Pardall Road and Camino Pescadero by 22-year-old Ignacio Sanchez Reyes, who was soon arrested at gunpoint near the 900 block of Camino Pescadero at 12:50 a.m. Approximately one hour later, at 2:20 a.m., deputies and UCPD officers responded to the alleged stabbing of a 21-year-old man on the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive. UCPD later arrested three suspects at gunpoint near Camino Pescadero and Picasso Road. Police allege that the suspects — who were later identified as 21-year-old Javier Rodriguez-Anguiano, 21-year-old Francisco Guzman and 20-year-old Juan Raul Garibay Arredondo — may be involved in the stabbing and may also be involved in the aforementioned robbery.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 10 undocumented men in Santa Barbara County last week as part of a five-day Southern California raid, the Independent reports. Authorities stated that nine of the ten arrested had prior criminal convictions, and eight of the ten were previously deported. Only one of the ten arrested did not have a criminal record, although he had illegally re-entered the U.S. after being previously removed. Nine of the ten arrested are from Mexico. A total of 188 persons were arrested in the five-day Southern California ICE raid.

County fire departments declared last Monday the beginning of high fire season. Within the past few weeks, several locations throughout Santa Barbara county have erupted in flames, with the largest being a 190-acre fire near New Cuyama, approximately 70 miles inland of UCSB. Due to the influx of fires and the approach of the hot season, fire departments are increasing personnel and equipment. More information can be found at