Find out more about 2016 Grad Slam

Grad Slam is back and it's bigger than ever! This year, we're giving away more than $15,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $5,000. Find out how you can get involved!

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


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The newly completed work on the UC Santa Barbara Library is more than just a renovation of its outdated buildings.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