2019 Articles

Looking Past the Puppy Dog Eyes

Submitted on November 11, 2019
University Fellow Gitanjali Gnanadesikan can explain the positive hormonal impact of staring into your dog’s eyes (simply put, it increases the release of the “love hormone,” oxytocin). She can also break down the implications of the fact that this eye-contact oxytocin boost doesn’t occur with wolves raised by humans. What’s even more fascinating are the questions to which she’s still seeking an explanation.

Intersections as Inspiration

Submitted on November 11, 2019
It’s a tired stereotype of graduate school and academia as a whole that scholars tend to isolate themselves in their own sphere, rarely connecting with individuals outside their immediate field -- much less the public! Here on campus, though, we’re not only breaking down boundaries between disciplines, but connecting and mixing them with galvanizing results.

A University Fellow’s Take on Pedagogy, Policy and Crisis Prevention

Submitted on September 18, 2019
Dylan Barton’s passion for youth and school psychology is an irresistible force. He has worked with children in community centers, the penal system, and schools; he is immersed in educational policy at both the K-12 and university level. Barton’s driving goal: provide support to prevent crises for youths.

Refugee Education: Classroom, Campus, and Community

Submitted on September 18, 2019
After working in Japan, New York, and Egypt, Julie Kasper came home to Tucson with a passion for teaching English language. Her work in schools and the community focuses on refugee students and families, and includes a new project to aid young adult refugees working toward their GED certificate. This project is also an opportunity for graduate students to get involved in refugee education, regardless of their field.

Writing: the Epicenter of Graduate Student Success

Submitted on April 29, 2019
Most graduate students probably recognize Shelley Hawthorne Smith’s name from her invaluable emails on funding opportunities and resources from the Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement. What you may not know is that Hawthorne Smith recently joined the team working in the Graduate Center, and that she has a number of exciting projects in the works!

Have a better answer next time someone asks, “So what’s your plan after the degree?”

Submitted on April 22, 2019
Graduate students are expected to do it all: coursework, research, writing, teaching, professional development, and more. At times, it can feel overwhelming, particularly if all this work feels like it’s pulling the graduate student in competing directions. Enter the Individual Development Plan!