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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, February 12, 2013

UCSB Researcher Theodore Kim Thanks Academy Awards ‘For This Great Honor’

Palm trees and serene settings aside, UC Santa Barbara and the Beverly Hills Hotel are two very different places.


The tech-heavy research labs and humming lecture halls of the former are a far cry from the pristine white appointments and luxury of the latter — not to mention the ever-present red carpet leading into its lobby.

But the two paired well Saturday night, when Theodore Kim, an assistant professor of computer science at UCSB’s Media Arts and Technology program, walked that very carpet and picked up his Academy Award in Technical Achievement during a lavish ceremony at the iconic Hollywood hotel.

Honored, with three collaborators, for the development of an advanced, now industry standard technique for smoke and fire effects, Kim is the first sitting UCSB faculty to win an Academy Award. His acceptance speech marked another milestone for the campus: getting a shout-out from the Oscar stage.

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