‘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The newly completed work on the UC Santa Barbara Library is more than just a renovation of its outdated buildings.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.


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


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.


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


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.


Graduate Student in the Spotlight: Funding Peer Noreen Balos


Meet the Graduate Division's new Funding Peer, Noreen Balos! Noreen has strong ties to California and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at UCSB with a research focus in STEM education. We chatted with Noreen about her research, her passion for students, and the importance of family.