IAS News

Dan Jacoby discusses the Janus decision’s implications for labor unions

Dan Jacoby

IAS faculty member Dan Jacoby wrote a commentary for The Herald on the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which put an end to public agency unions requiring non-union member to pay “agency fees” toward collective bargaining expenses. Jacoby argues that the Janus decision will weaker unions and put workers at risk.  “…this ruling will push public policy further down the discredited path of private contracting agencies. Private contractors do bargain the terms of employment, but ...

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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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New veterans center coming to UW Bothell

Ben Studley

Chancellor Wolf Yeigh announced that a new veterans resource center will open on campus in fall 2018.  A task force of students, faculty, staff and alumni recommended creation of a center to enhance veterans’ educational experience, and MA in Policy Studies student and IAS alum Ben Studley (’16), was critical to the process. Studley is a Navy veteran and ...

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Megan Dunn advocates for pesticide alternatives and district elections

Megan Dunn

Megan Dunn (’13, Policy Studies) is Program Director for Healthier People and Communities with Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides where she leads efforts to advocate and educate for pesticide alternatives within Washington schools, public spaces, and low income housing.  For example, Dunn has worked with Northshore School District to adopt an Integrated Pest Management policy that protects children, staff, and families from exposure to pesticides by stopping harmful pesticide approaches and advancing ecologically sound alternatives. Dunn has enjoyed partnering with UW Bothell Grounds Supervisor, Tyson Kemper, on this initiative. ...

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Debbie Hopkins connects Our Coast Community Film Series to UW Bothell

Debbie Hopkins

As a member of the Snohomish County Marine Resource Committee (MRC), alum Debbie Hopkins (’17) brought the Our Coast Community Film Series to UW Bothell.  The film series is the MRC’s annual outreach initiative, aimed at educating the community about local and global marine ecosystems. Hopkins saw UW Bothell as an ideal site for connecting both students and community members to contemporary issues. The final UW Bothell showing occurs on  Sunday, April 22, with Chasing Coral, a film revealing climate change’s ...

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