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Connecting People, Ideas, and Resources

Submitted on January 27, 2017
graphic: people of all colors working around a table

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.

Intersections of Diversity and Excellence

Submitted on January 23, 2017
working at the board in a diverse classroom

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.

Blazing their own path

Submitted on January 17, 2017
Mel Ferrara

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.

Survive and Thrive by Building Your Writing Skills

Submitted on November 14, 2016
Picture of UA student writing on a piece of paper

From grant proposals and everyday emails, to papers for class or publication, to your dissertation or first monograph, good writing skills are a “must have” for every graduate student. Effective communication is key to success both in and outside academe. Whether your projected career is in industry, business, government, education, the nonprofit sector, or virtually any other branch of the labor force, employers attach a premium to strong writing skills. The University of Arizona offers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars a cornucopia of resources for improving your writing. Here are just a few.

Managing Debt and Budgeting for Success

Submitted on November 14, 2016

“One day a new runner showed up for our Friday dawn run.  He was a medical specialist entering the retirement phase of his career.  When he found out I was a financial advisor, he said that he had little understanding or patience for finance, but over his career, he’d made sure that each month he spent a little less than he had put in his bank account.  I told him that he’d taught himself the most fundamental advice a financial advisor can give:  spend less than you earn.”

University Fellows Donation Drive Builds Communities

Submitted on October 31, 2016
Picture of University Fellows participants at Workship event. From left to right: Edna Osuna (Finance), Juli Kim (Hispanic Linguistics), José Luis Ruiz Duarte (Systems and Industrial Engineering), Sarah Price (Psychology), Kristy Gilman (Nutritional Sciences), Tanya Jeffries (Computer Science), Junmo Ahn (Mining and Geological Engineering), Matthew Klass (Physiological Sciences), and Katie Chenard (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Not pictured: Josh Uhlorn (Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences)

For many native Tucsonans, out of state visitors, and students, winter is a welcome change from the intense heat of summer. But for those who do not have the luxury of shelter, Tucson’s winter temperature swings of 30 degrees or more and near freezing nighttime lows are difficult and dangerous. This Fall, the University Fellows Program partnered with WORKship, a nonprofit organization with 16 years of experience serving Tucson’s homeless, to make preparing for winter a little easier and to raise awareness of the challenges facing some members of our community.

Off Like a Rocket!

Submitted on October 20, 2016
OSIRIS-REx launch, Sarah Sutton, Sarah and her sister Cathy with Saturn V rocket

University Fellow Sarah Sutton was recently in Florida to witness the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu.  The images she creates from the data the probe will be sending back when it reaches its destination will help mission planners choose the best site to bring the probe within “arm’s reach” of the asteroid, to allow it to collect a sample that will be brought back to Earth.  She talks with Terry Pitt-Brooke about how an artist ended up in Planetary Science, the power of math, mentoring, collaboration and much more.

Catching up with MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Brackette Williams

Submitted on April 22, 2015

The Graduate Center recently caught up with the University of Arizona's Brackette Williams, MacArthur Fellow Class of 1997, to find out more about her upcoming talk "Sleeping-Death Protocol in Search of Classificatory Life" this April 30, 2015, at 5:30pm in the UA Cesar Chavez Building, Room 111, as part of the MacArthur Fellows Speaker Series. Dr. Williams is a cultural anthropologist who studies cultural identity and social relationships as they relate to criminal justice, race, and class. She is the author of several books including Stains on My Name, War in My Veins: Guyana and the Politics of Cultural Struggle and Classifying to Kill. She is also the recipient of the Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations in 2008 to study the impact of solitary confinement on the ability of individuals to re-enter society, family, and community.

Catching up with MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Gary Nabhan

Submitted on March 8, 2015
Portrait of Dr. Gary Nabhan, MacArthur Fellow class of 1990

The Graduate Center caught up with the UA Southwest Center's Research Social Scientist, Dr. Gary Nabhan, MacArthur Fellow Class of 1990, to find out more about his upcoming talk "Seeds, Sown by Hand: Conservation You Can Taste" on March 12, 2015, at 5:30pm in the UA Chavez Building, Room 111 as part of the MacArthur Fellows Speaker Series. Dr. Nabhan is a leading scientist in the fields of ethnobotany, agroecology, cultural geography, and is well known for his work with Native Seeds SEARCH and is Senior Contributing Editor for Edible Baja Arizona.

Catching up with MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Olivier Guyon

Submitted on February 20, 2015
Portrait of Dr. Olivier Guyon, UA professor and MacArthur Fellow Class of 2012

The Graduate Center caught up with UA faculty member Dr. Olivier Guyon, MacArthur Fellow Class of 2012, to find out a little more about his upcoming talk on February 26, 2015, at 5:30pm in the UA Chavez Building, Room 111 as part of the MacArthur Fellows Speaker Series. Dr. Guyon is a leading scientist in the fields of astronomy and optical sciences, pushing innovation in instrumentation and citizen science.