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  • A Milestone Moment at UCSB Bren School’s 2014 Commencement: 1,000th Degree Is Conferred

    by Patricia Marroquin | Jul 02, 2014

    Bren School 2014 Commencement rose petalsUC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management marked a milestone on Friday, June 20, at its 2014 Commencement ceremony when it conferred a degree on its 1,000th student. This “green” grad school celebrated by showering that student, Louisa Smythe, not with paper confetti but with multicolored rose petals.

    At the 10 a.m. ceremony in Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard, the 18-year-old Bren School graduated 79 students: 75 earning MESM (master of environmental science and management) degrees and four earning Ph.D.s. Chancellor Henry T. Yang pointed out that the Bren class represented 1.4 percent of this year’s total UCSB graduating class, calling the ceremony “small but very special.”

    Awards and recognition were given to both students and faculty.

    Read more about Bren School's milestone 2014 Commencement on the GradPost.

  • Academic Achievements and Excellence Are Celebrated at Graduate Division’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony

    by Patricia Marroquin | Jul 01, 2014
    Graduates at 2014 Grad Division Commencement

    There was a common message expressed to the 410 graduates at UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division’s 2014 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 15, and it was this: The academic excellence and expertise graduates achieved at UCSB will empower them to make significant contributions to the nation and the world.

    On this warm and sunny afternoon, Dr. Carol Genetti presided over her second Commencement ceremony as Dean of the Graduate Division.

    In greeting the graduates, faculty, friends, and family members, UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang  expressed his gratitude and appreciation.

    Read more about the 2014 Graduate Division Commencement 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
    Fulb right logo globe

    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

  • Winners Named in Exciting 2014 Grad Slam Finals Competition

    by Patricia Marroquin | May 09, 2014
    Grad Slam Finals winners

    There were 10 preliminary rounds, two semifinal rounds, and one exciting final round of the Grad Slam, Graduate Division's competition for the best three-minute talk about research or other big ideas by a graduate student.

    Nearly 70 graduate students competed in the 2nd annual Grad Slam, part of the two-week Graduate Student Showcase, which celebrates the accomplishments of our exceptional graduate students.

    The winners of the 2014 Grad Slam are: Marine Science doctoral student James Allen, the grand prize winner; and runners-up Deborah Barany of Dynamical Neuroscience and Damien Kudela of Chemistry.

    For recaps of all the Grad Slam rounds, visit the 2014 Grad Slam Recaps page on the GradPost.