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Kelle Grace Gaddis publishes "My Myths" and thrives as a writer

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MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics alum Kelle Grace Gaddis (’14) is thriving as a writer.  Her first book My Myths, a poetry collection, was published by Yellow Chair Press in October 2016.  Gaddis was also published by ...

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IAS students tie for first in the Undergraduate Research category at the Washington State Lake Protection Association

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Three IAS students collaborating on a project with faculty member Rob Turner presented a research poster at the 29th annual conference of the Washington State Lake Protection Association on October 6. The poster - Investigating the Ability of Mushroom Mycelium to Reduce Fecal Coliform Bacteria Contamination in Surface Water – tied for first in the Undergraduate Research category, earning the students a $50 cash prize.

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Jamie Strusz helps companies and individuals build better software at GitHub

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Jamie Strusz ('11, Culture, Literature & the Arts) is an Engineer on the Services team at GitHub. She helps companies and individuals build better software, teaches classes, and gives talks on all things Git, GitHub, and software engineering.

While at UWB, Jamie focused on art history, which helped her land a job at Google as an art historian...

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Margaret Chiavetta publishes her first book and discusses why kids need more fictional characters with special needs

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Margaret Chiavetta (MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics ’14) has published her first book, The Alchemist’s Theorem: Sir Duffy’s Promise, which is the first book in a planned five-part series. The series features a middle grade hero who registers on the autism spectrum.  Recently ParentMap.com conducted an interview with Chiavetta to find out why kids need more fictional characters with special needs. In the interview Chiavetta says:

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David Doyle becomes City of Seattle’s new Open Data Program Manager

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Last week Master of Arts in Policy Studies alum David Doyle (’15) began a new venture as City of Seattle’s Open Data Program Manager.  His primary focus is continuing the implementation of Seattle’s open data policy, which involves coordinating efforts across all City departments to accelerate the publishing of high value datasets into http://data.seattle.gov. In February 2016, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an Executive Order directing all City data to be "open by preference," meaning City departments should make their data accessible to the public after screening for privacy, security, and quality considerations.

A Microsoft employee for 18 years, David credits the Policy Studies program as key in his transition to public service.  Describing his trajectory, David writes:

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