‘Reinvented’ UCSB Library opens

Patrons enter the new library . Credit: Sonia Fernandez, Office of Public Affairs and Communications

The newly completed work on the UC Santa Barbara Library is more than just a renovation of its outdated buildings. The project is a reinvention. That’s how university officials are describing the state-of-the-art project. Two years of construction have culminated with a festive “Reinventing the Library” grand opening ceremony, featuring speakers, dancers, musicians, a ribbon-cutting, a photo booth, and an open house.

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California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education a big success at UCSB

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On November 7, thousands descended upon the UCSB campus as the university hosted the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. About 220 universities across the U.S. joined more than 1,000 undergrad and master's students in an event designed to recruit students from underrepresented backgrounds to doctoral-level study.

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Grad Alum in Spotlight: Museum curator Michael Darling is Chicago ‘rock star’

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Michael Darling believes that graduate students should take control of their destinies and “make things happen rather than waiting for an opportunity to fall into their lap.” Throughout his life, this UCSB Art and Architectural History M.A. and Ph.D. alum has adhered to this philosophy, doing what he could to make himself stand out. And stand out he has. Dr. Darling, 47, is the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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Spotlight on Rick Bacon: CEO and non-traditional Ph.D. student

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"Non-traditional" doesn’t begin to describe Ph.D. Education student Rick Bacon. While most of us are getting a Ph.D. to get a better job, Rick Bacon already has a job he loves as CEO of Aqua Metrology Systems, a start-up with Goleta as a client. Instead, he’s earning his Ph.D. to help understand how to widen access of underserved populations to learning and employment opportunities.

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The Top 15 GradPost Stories of 2015

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Each year, the GradPost reports on various lists and rankings for UC Santa Barbara. We examined the analytics for the GradPost from January 1 to December 15, 2015, to find out what clicked with our readers. Once again, such articles as graduate student profiles; student awards and achievements; the Grad Slam; and prestigious annual rankings reports, topped our list.

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