Most graduate students beginning their work at the University of Arizona haven’t already established their credentials and credibility as a scholar, researcher, or artist. Not Khaled Jarrar. With internationally acclaimed art projects stretching back a decade, Jarrar is already an established, lauded, and highly visible artist.
Postdoctoral scholars are critical to the university’s mission, but often our community is unaware of their valuable roles. They’re neither students nor faculty, not here long enough to set down deep roots, and isolated within their labs among a multiplicity of designations and titles. This lack of attention is coming to an end with the formation of two organizations dedicated to serving the group: Postdoctoral Affairs (PA) and the University of Arizona Postdoctoral Association (UAPA).
Interdisciplinarity in action, while not always easy, is an exciting opportunity for individuals in different fields to conjoin their best assets and create projects that broaden and amplify their strengths in order to address sprawling, tangled problems that are bigger than can be fully addressed by any one discipline. One such project is Green Streets in South Tucson, a collaboration among members of both the University of Arizona and wider Tucson community.
Graduate students don’t need a study to tell them they’re under a lot of stress, though several recent studies have focused on precisely that. While the pressures are multitudinous and may at time seem overwhelming, there are a number of campus resources and tools to help graduate students manage and overcome stress. Foremost among these is Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS), which offers psychological counseling and psychiatric services to help students cope with personal problems so that they can successfully achieve their educational goals.
Just over two years old, The Graduate Center forges connections across campus and in the community to enrich graduate education beyond the traditional classroom and research experience. The mission of the Graduate Center is to support the next generation of researchers, academic professionals, and leaders by building opportunities for professional development and mentoring as well as fostering interdisciplinary research, innovative collaboration, networking, and engagement with diverse communities. Read on to learn about the Center’s partners, activities, and growth.
The Graduate Center’s Interdisciplinary Collaborations Lecture Series begins Friday, January 27, 4:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Student Union Kachina Lounge (all lectures to take place Fridays at the same time and place). Professor Ellen McMahon and Eric Magrane will present Creating Intersections Across Communities: Institute of the Environment’s Arts, Environment and Humanities Network. Throughout the series, attendees will share the experience and insights of participants in four initiatives that bring together diverse perspectives from the sciences, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and communities around the globe. In addition to discussing their innovative projects and synergies, experts will address best practices for creating, building, and maintaining collaborative initiatives.
Graduate Center writer Terry Pitt-Brooke converses with campus leaders and experts about the advantages of diversity and inclusiveness. From the Graduate Diversity Programs Director, Donna Treloar, the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Jesús Treviño, and many others, he learns why the university’s rich array of world views and ways of understanding benefit all the communities with which it intersects.
First enrolled as a pre-med neuroscience student, University Fellow Mel Ferrara changed to Women and Gender Studies in their sophomore year and has blazed a new path of research and advocacy while remaining connected with their scientific roots. Mel was recently awarded a prestigious Point Scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments. In our feature interview, Mel talks with Terry Pitt-Brooke about their story, their research interests, and their plans for the future.