• UCSB Linguistics Ph.D. Student Daniel Hieber Wins 2nd in UC Grad Slam

    by Patricia Marroquin | May 19, 2015
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    When UCSB Linguistics Ph.D. student Daniel Hieber heard his name called as the second-place finisher in the inaugural UC Grad Slam in Oakland, he was ecstatic. But “at the same time,” he said, “it felt a bit like icing on the cake" as he stepped onto the stage to accept a $3,000 check and shake the hand of UC President Janet Napolitano. “I was already so happy to have represented my department, my school, and my field of study in the competition and done as well as I had,” Danny told the GradPost. “So it was all just fun and celebration from there!”

    Danny was among the 10 champions, one from each of the University of California campuses, to present in the UC Grad Slam, a competition for the best three-minute research talk for a general audience by a graduate student from the UC system. In UCSB's competition, Danny had triumphed through a preliminary round, a semifinal round, and the Finals to become UC Santa Barbara's Champion. The UC-wide event was held in Oakland, and live-streamed at this website, which features a video recording.

    Danny’s talk, “Renaissance on the Bayou: Reviving the Chitimacha Language,” focused on his work in helping to revive a language in the Louisiana bayou, Chitimacha, whose last native speakers died in the 1930s. He has reconstructed the language, even creating a Rosetta Stone audiotape that tribal members now listen to in their cars. Danny was the only competitor in the UC Grad Slam not in a science, technology, or engineering field.

    We spoke with Danny about the experience of preparing and competing in the historic UC Grad Slam.

    Read the full article on the GradPost.

  • 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.

  • 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