University of California, Santa Barbara
552 University Road
Santa Barbara, California 93106-0001

On a beautiful coastal bluff, in a setting removed from urban pressures and distractions but vibrant with cultural and academic activity, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) provides a stunning backdrop for DRC 2018.  A world-renowned educational institution, UCSB boasts a faculty of six Nobel Laureates, is one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, and is considered the birthplace of practical scanning microscopes, especially atomic force microscopes, which today are ubiquitous in laboratories all over the world.

Santa Barbara is less than 100 miles from hyper-metropolitan Los Angeles, but differs vastly from its huge neighbor to its south.  A mild climate, lush natural beaches, highly rated food and wine, and a wide variety of shopping makes the "American Riviera” a perfect vacation and Conference destination.

Sites of Interest

Santa Barbara Zoo
Open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (except for holidays), the Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. Arranged in stunning sectional displays and interpreted through signage and docent-led tours, the Garden's 78 acres, with more than 1,000 taxa of California native plants, illustrates the remarkable diversity of California's flora and vegetation.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History offers visitors of all ages a wealth of things to see and do. Walk right up to a life size, 74-foot Blue Whale skeleton. Enjoy informative exhibit halls about birds, insects, mammals, marine life, fossils, and Native Americans. Contemplate the beauty of nature and the confluences of nature, history, science, and the arts in the Maximus Art Gallery. Browse and read in the beautiful Museum Library, including its excellent children’s collection. Wander and explore the Nature Trail along Mission Creek. Or experience the wonder and excitement of space exploration in the Space Lab and Gladwin Planetarium. Definitely something for everyone!

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
As one of the leading art museums on the West Coast, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) serves a diverse audience of approximately 150,000 people annually. The Museum is comprised of 27,000 works of art from Asia, Europe and the Americas—paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jades, bronzed, ladquer and textiles—and spans more than 5000 years of human creativity.

Discover more about Santa Barbara
Take advantage of suggested travel itineraries, packed with inspiration, local insight, and must-see and do experiences. Explore Santa Barbara neighborhoodsthere are many and each nook has something fresh and fun to offer. Or, find out what’s going on during the Conference week with the help of the events calendar.

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