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Sigma Xi's 'Science Shots': Call for Applications

Are you a scientist? Do you want to gain more experience presenting your research to a nonscientific audience while developing your public speaking skills? Do you like to have fun in a low-stakes, supportive environment? If you answered yes to all of the above, consider applying to be a presenter at Sigma Xi’s Science Shots event. Interested applicants should send a 3-5 minute video explanation of their research to by Friday, 1/21, at 5PM. Read the full article for more information on Science Shots and how to apply. 



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Resolve to Create Better New Year's Resolutions for 2022

Happy 2022, Bearcats! A new year means a new chance to reinvent ourselves. And while almost all of us have new habits we'd like to form, it’s difficult to stick to resolutions in the long term. By choosing, constructing, and sticking to goals in a more thoughtful and intentional way, you can set yourself up for success in the new year. Read the full article here to learn some of what behavioral research and psychology has to say about New Year’s resolutions. 

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Winter Holiday Events in Cincinnati

Winter is fast approaching, and luckily Cincinnati has plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holidays in style. Whether you want to stroll through Christmas light displays, pick up some gifts, or catch a show, Cincinnati has got you covered. Read the full article here for a list of events this season.

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Student Spotlight: Abby Kelly

Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship winner Abby Kelly discusses her research on ancient Pleistocene-era bison survival during periods of environmental change. She also describes the realities of being a scientist and a student, from fieldwork to science communication to dealing with the stress and challenges of a PhD. Check out the full article here.

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Put the 'Give' Back in Thanksgiving: Food Justice in Cincinnati 

Food insecurity is a big issue nationally, in Cincinnati, and within UC itself. Sadly, according to the Freestore foodbank, almost 1 in 7 Cincinnatians are food insecure. There is evidence that this figure may be even higher among college students, both undergraduate and graduate. Luckily, there are lots of organizations across Cincinnati engaging in food distribution, food rescue, and advocacy work. For more information about available resources or how to get involved and give back as a volunteer or donor, check out the full article here.

A Space for Virtual Togetherness: The Graduate Student Peer Support Group

Doctoral students Gibin Raju and Stephanie Merrilees launched their peer support group last spring via Zoom. In doing so, they have created a space where any UC Graduate student can show up and confidentially share their concerns, whatever those thoughts might be, to an empathetic and attentive audience. Learn more about the group and how to get involved directly from its co-facilitators.

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Student Spotlight: Yalie Kamara Discusses Poetry and Identity

Yalie Kamara, a PhD candidate in UC’s Creative Writing department, explains her doctoral dissertation, which explores a range of topics including identity, language, migration, family, and womanhood. Her three-part creation includes a full-length poetry collection, a critical analysis of poets who have influenced her own work, and an ethnographic exploration of Sierra Leonean clothing style. Read the full article about Yalie's work here

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Fall Fun in Greater Cincinnati

You’re starting to notice that familiar crisp chill in the air as you stroll across campus, and with a jolt you realize that it’s actually fall. In fact, you’ve been so caught up in classes, papers, and midterms that the season is already half over. You haven’t even gotten the chance to consume anything remotely pumpkin-spiced! It’s almost Halloween, and you need to take some time to celebrate this ever-so-sweet and spooky season. Luckily, Greater Cincinnati is packed with a range of unique fall events for both the brave and the faint-of-heart.

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