Tips from the NCFDD Monday Motivator: February 2022 edition


Read on for tips from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)--an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community--about strategies to help you achieve balance in your life. Membership in the NCFDD (free for UCSB students!) provides several forms of professional support to help combat common problems academics face. Read on to learn more!

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UCSB Reads book giveaway on Feb 1

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The UCSB Library is going to have a book giveaway on Feb 1, handing out free copies of this year's UCSB Reads book, "Exhalation: Stories" by Ted Chiang. Read on for more info about how to get your free copy of this collection of nine sci-fi short stories!

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GCLR graduate student roundtable

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The Second Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) Graduate Student Roundtable will be held on February 28 from 11am to 12:15pm. The theme is translation and translation theory and all graduate students in the Humanities are encouraged to apply. Submit your abstract by Monday, February 7. Read on to learn more!

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Check out the On Becoming Educated podcast

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Check out the On Becoming Educated podcast by UCSB graduate alumnae, Pa Vue! The goal of the podcast is to shed light on the process of pursuing a Ph.D. and make it accessible and possible for anyone, particularly first generation students. The podcast covers Pa's journey through graduate school, from the application process to balancing a busy schedule to collecting data for a thesis or dissertation. Read on to learn more!

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Free mental health seminars for graduate students

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Join the Mental Health Peers for a free, four-part series focused on graduate student mental health. Seminars will take place on Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm every two weeks in Winter quarter, starting January 25. Attend all four seminars or choose those that best fit your schedule. Read on for more details!

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Ninth annual Art of Science competition

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The Art of Science initiative invites current UCSB undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to tell the story of their research through the aesthetic. The competition is open until February 25, 2022. Click to learn more!

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Call for nominations: GSA teaching and service awards

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Each year the Graduate Student Association (GSA) grants awards for Excellence in Teaching by graduate student TA's, as well as awards for service to the graduate student community. These are the GSA Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA) and the Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award. The calls for nominations are now open and will end on February 28, 2022. You may nominate yourself! Read on to learn more about the awards.

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Graduate student group film discussion: Noh Macbeth

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The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center's research focus group, What is a Shakespeare: Shakespeare and Global Media, will be hosting a discussion of the film Noh Macbeth, a Japanese adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth from 2006 (available for free via the MIT Global Shakespeare Archive). Join them via Zoom this Thursday, December 9th from 4-5pm PST. All are welcome!

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Introducing Mental Health Peer Damaris Garcia Valerio

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Graduate student Damaris Garcia Valerio joined Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) this quarter as their new Graduate Mental Health Peer. She is working with the Mental Health Peer Program to assist graduate students on issues related to mental health and wellness. Read on to find out more about Damaris and the Mental Health Peer Program at UCSB.

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Join the GSA for Friendsgiving Lunch

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All graduate students are invited to the Graduate Student Association Friendsgiving Lunch! Grab a Kyle's Kitchen sandwich, a piece of pumpkin pie, and meet your fellow grad students on Thursday, November 18, from 1pm - 3pm at the GSA Lounge! The event is first come, first serve and grab and go only. Make sure to wear your mask and maintain social distancing guidelines. Vegan and gluten free options will be available upon request.

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"Let's Talk" CAPS consultations


Join UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services for a mental health consultation program called Let's Talk. The Let's Talk program provides one-on-one 20-minute informal consultations with CAPS staff. Consultations are a helpful way to talk to someone at CAPS without committing to ongoing therapy or treatment. Read on for more info about this helpful service.

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Register for the UC GIS Week conference

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The University of California GIS Week (Nov 16-18) is an opportunity for you to learn and engage with experts and mapping projects across the UC system and beyond! Ask questions during the thematic mapping panels, engage with GIS industry professionals, interact with poster presenters, and connect during social events. Events will be hosted virtually through Zoom. Read on to learn more and to register!

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International Education Week at UCSB (Nov. 15-19)

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This year, on the occasion of International Education Week (Nov. 15-19), OISS is teaming up with various UCSB departments to host an array of cultural and educational events throughout the week, open to all members of the campus community.

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GSA lounge is now open!

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The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is happy to announce that the GSA lounge has reopened! Drop by Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. Masks must be worn at all times and students should bring their own mugs for tea and coffee.

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