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The following articles are from the Graduate Center quarterly newsletter, which assembles articles featuring resources, student and alumni profiles, and opportunities in the community and for collaboration. Stay connected and sign up to receive the newsletter four times per academic year.

Meet Dr. Shawn Nordell, Associate Director of Graduate Career Services

Submitted on November 14, 2021

(Written by Luke Wink-Moran, Photo credit: Dr. Shawn Nordell)

The Graduate Center is happy to welcome Dr. Shawn Nordell to our team as the new Associate Director of Graduate Career Services and Assistant Professor of Practice. Dr. Nordell has a bachelor’s degree in animal health science, a master’s in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of New Mexico.

“In The Cart”: Coping With End-of-Semester Stress

Submitted on November 14, 2021

(Written by Luke Wink-Moran. Photo Credit: energepic.com)

“En Charette” is a French phrase coined by architecture students at the École de Beaux-Arts. It means “in the cart” and refers to the stress of putting finishing touches on architecture projects as the cart to collect them rolled past students’ work stations. As the final few weeks of the semester roll towards us—packed with deadlines, exams, and end-of-semester pressuresit’s not unusual for graduate students to feel like we’re “in the cart.”

Persistence Learning

Submitted on November 14, 2021

Written by Luke Wink-Moran. Photo Credit to: Luke Wink-Moran)

The first time most undergraduates try to perform a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR), they fail. Either their pipette procedure was incorrect, or their sample wasn’t sterile, or their technique was wrong. Often, it’s only after multiple attempts and multiple failures that students learn.

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Inspiring Images

Submitted on October 5, 2021

By Luke Wink-Moran

In 1993, Mariel Miranda and her mother moved from Mexico City to a neighborhood in Tijuana—called Las Cumbres—to live with her father in a small one-story house surrounded by olive trees. 

Your Career Path

Submitted on October 5, 2021

By Luke Wink-Moran

Photo Credit: ©adrian_ilie825 - stock.adobe.com

“People think career counseling is just about getting a job” said Ivette Merced, one of the Graduate Center’s career advisors. “But it’s so much more than that.”

Learning to Teach

Submitted on October 5, 2021

By Luke Wink-Moran

Photo Credit: ©Monkey Business - stock.adobe.com

Imagine standing in front of a classroom for the first time—chalk, whiteboard marker, or 300-megawatt laser pointer in hand—as the students settle into their seats, flip open their notebooks, and look up, ready to learn.

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