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Cristina Cortez awarded Mineral School artist residency

Cristina Cortez

Recent alum Cristina Cortez (’18, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics) has been awarded a Mineral School artist residency. Mineral School nurtures literary, performing, and visual artists to generate new work and present that work to the public. Cortez is part of the fourth cohort of residents, who will spend two weeks this summer living and working at the Mineral School, a transformed 1947 school building located in a small lake town at the foot of Mt. Rainier. 

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Melissa Watkinson researches the social and cultural dimensions of ocean acidification

Melissa Watkinson

IAS alum Melissa Watkinson is a social scientist with Washington Sea Grant where she supports the social science efforts on the Olympic Coast Ocean Acidification Vulnerability study. Washington Sea Grant, the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean have teamed with federal and tribal partners to study the social and ecological vulnerabilities of ocean acidification in the Olympic Coast. They hope their work will help policy makers and tribal communities develop evidence-based strategies for anticipating and responding to the effects of ocean acidification. “Harvesting ...

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IAS celebrates student, alumni and community award recipients

Circle of Recognition Honorees

On May 22, the IAS Circle of Recognition event celebrated the extraordinary achievements and contributions of our students, alumni, and community partners within the academic year. Honors included: The Husky 100, Husky Green Award, Washington Campus Compact Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award, UW Bothell Founders Fellows Scholarship Award, Create the Change Award, IAS Hall of Alumni Excellence, and IAS Outstanding Community Partner.

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Alumni share career stories and advice with students

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IAS alumni are supporting students by sharing their career stories and lessons learned along the way.  Through the IAS Mentor Chats program, alumni visit classes to discuss how they’ve utilized their degrees, navigated job searches, and found success.  IAS is grateful for their service of our alumni mentors, who provide an important perspective on the value of interdisciplinary education.  Learn about a few of our recent mentors

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Amir Noir Soulkin challenges dominant narratives on perfection

Amir Noir Soulkin

Alum Amir Noir Soulkin (’17, Cultural Studies) published an article, “Let’s change how we define perfect,” on the Rainier Valley Corps’ (RVC) Change-Makers Blog. Soulkin discusses Western ideas of perfection and the limitations they place on marginalized communities.  Calling for a new paradigm, he writes, “When you really think about it, the human being is an incredible feat in biomechanical construction that blends mind, body and spirit. Human beings are constantly evolving. Through the mastery of the mind, human beings discover ...

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