• The Doctor Is In Column

    by Shawn Warner-Garcia | Feb 06, 2015
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    Welcome to the February 2015 edition of The Doctor Is In, a recurring column on The GradPost where UCSB faculty answer graduate students' questions about life in academia. In this installment, three members of our faculty panel answer your questions about the academic publishing process, including how much you should publish as a grad student and how to deal with the rigors of peer review.

    The Faculty Panel for this column are: Dr. Richard Church, Professor of Geography; Dr. John Majewski, Interim Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and a Professor of History; and Dr. Leila Rupp, Associate Dean of Social Sciences and a Professor of Feminist Studies.

    Read the full column on the GradPost.

  • Ph.D. and Towbes Alum Véronique LaCapra: Public Radio Journalist Is a Science Storyteller

    by Patricia Marroquin | May 09, 2014

    Veronique LaCapra in Galapagos IslandsVéronique LaCapra has gone to great lengths for her career, both literally and figuratively. The UCSB Ph.D. alum traveled for days – catching three flights, hopping on a ferry, and riding in a pickup – to reach the Galapagos Islands, where she followed two field scientists who captured birds and trapped mosquitoes for their research into avian malaria. She toured a "honeymoon resort" for slimy salamanders built at the St. Louis Zoo to help them breed. And she donned hospital scrubs to witness kidney-pancreas transplant surgery on a Type 1 diabetic.

    Whether she’s in a field, a zoo, or an operating room, LaCapra – a 1992 Towbes fellow recipient who earned her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology from UCSB in 2000 – gets to tell compelling stories in her “never boring” career as a science, environment, and health reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, a local NPR affiliate station.

    Read more about Dr. Véronique LaCapra on the GradPost.

  • Graduate Student in the Spotlight: Dynamical Neuroscience Ph.D. Student Deborah Barany

    by Torrey Trust | May 09, 2014

    Deborah Barany, grad studentDeborah Barany, a third-year student in the new interdepartmental graduate program in Dynamical Neuroscience, is conducting research on how the brain integrates and organizes relevant information to produce successful action. Deborah recently participated in the Grad Slam - a campuswide competition for the best three-minute research talk. Her presentation wowed the audience and judges and she took home one of the top prizes.

    Deborah has an M.A. in Psychology from UCSB and a B.A. in Neuroscience and Mathematics from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York..

    Read more about Deborah Barany on the GradPost.

  • 2 Grad Students Awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2014-15

    by Patricia Marroquin | May 09, 2014
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    Two UC Santa Barbara graduate students have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2014-15, it was announced recently. The recipients of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program study/research grants are Elijah Bender, a Ph.D. student in History; and William Dewey, a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies.

    Winners of these grants, which are available in about 140 countries, design their own projects and typically work with advisors at foreign universities and other institutes of higher education.

    Elijah was awarded a research grant to Japan. The title of his project is “Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain: The Evolution of Resource Disputes and Local Society in a Japanese Province, 1450-1650.” William will use his research grant in India. The title of his project is “Tibet’s Forgotten Regents.” 

    Read more about Fulbright winners Elijah Bender and William Dewey on the GradPost