Alum Véronique LaCapra: Public radio journalist is a science storyteller

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Whether she’s in a field, a zoo, or an operating room, Dr. Véronique LaCapra – a 1992 Towbes fellow 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 a local NPR affiliate station in St. Louis.

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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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Ph.D. student Mario Galicia reflects on beloved tragedy-stricken San Bernardino

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A week ago tragedy struck my hometown of San Bernardino. I wish to first send out my condolences to the families, loved ones, and all affected by the disaster out of San Bernardino. Losing someone we know and love is never easy. Having lost several family members and friends to gun violence, I am sensitive to what those who are grieving are going through.

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Tanya Das finds success by starting small

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It’s probably no coincidence that Tanya Das, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is studying nano-optics. She’s been finding success by starting small for a long time. This strategy has allowed her to attempt new things as diverse as hip-hop dancing and science writing, while working her way toward her degree.

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Graduate Student in the Spotlight: Jessica Perkins wields a ballpoint pen for the environment

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What is the secret to second-year Ph.D. student Jessica Perkins’ success? At first, you might think it comes from her growing up in a large, extended family in Rhode Island and learning to appreciate the value of active involvement in a community. Later, you might think it’s her time management skills. She earned a combined B.S./M.S. in Environmental Engineering at Tufts University while playing field hockey. Finally, you might consider her secret is that she only needs six hours of sleep a night.

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Spotlight: Karly Miller, Fulbright Scholar, shows the power of listening

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Third-year marine science doctoral candidate Karly Miller has wanted to study the ocean for as long as she can remember. Her desire to learn more about the ocean led her across the globe to places as far flung as New Zealand, Ecuador, and Peru. She went on to be selected to represent the United States as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2015-2016 academic year, studying the interactions between tourism and artesenal fisheries in Bahia Malaga on the Pacific Coast of Colombia

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Grad Slam 2015 Final Round for UCSB: the right to represent

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At last we've arrived at the Final Round for UCSB 2015 Grad Slam. It's been a long, weary road to the Finals and lots of tears were shed on the way, mostly mine. If you weren't one of the hundreds in attendance at Corwin Pavilion on Friday afternoon to bear witness, this is what went down.

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Graduate Student in the Spotlight: Melissa Barthelemy pays it forward to UCSB

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When the childhood home of Melissa Barthelemy, a sixth-year graduate student of Public History, burned down in Ojai when she was eight years old, she and her family may have initially thought they only escaped with a few photo albums. But, what they eventually learned was they had gained life lessons in community, compassion, and the generosity of others.

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4 UCSB Ph.D. students to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

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Four UC Santa Barbara Ph.D. students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer to meet and mingle with 70 Nobel Laureates on a picturesque island in Germany. The four – Stacy Copp of Physics, Matthew Gebbie and Gregory Su of Materials, and Nikki Marinsek of Dynamical Neuroscience – are among 672 young scientists from 88 countries selected to participate in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting June 28 to July 3.

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