IAS News

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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Alums Partner with UW Bothell Faculty on Grad and Undergrad Community-Engaged Learning

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IAS alums Mike Irons ('13, Policy Studies) and Nora Karena ('14, Cultural Studies) have been recognized for their facilitation of community-based and applied learning opportunities for UW Bothell graduate and undergraduate students respectively.  Irons, who is Snohomish Superior Court Juvenile Court Program Manager, has engaged Policy Studies students as interns in various programs...

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Amaranth Borsuk and Shauna Carlisle Win Worthington Distinguished Scholar Awards

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IAS faculty members Amaranth Borsuk and Shauna Carlisle received Worthington Distinguished Scholar awards for 2016-17.  Borsuk will use the funding to support her completion of her book manuscript, The Book (under contract with MIT Press).  Carlisle will devote her time to a study of African and Afro-Caribbean chronic health.

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Policy Studies Alumni Share their Career Paths with Students

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Four Policy Studies alumni recently met with current Policy Studies students to share their career trajectories and lessons learned along the way. Collectively, they highlighted the value and relevance of  their education, which built skills in research and analysis, program administration, critical thinking, advocacy, and collaboration.  Alumni included: Mariah Crystal (’10),  Jefferson Ketchel (’08), Vy Nguyen (’12), and Josh Thompson (’11).

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IAS Faculty Members Present at the UW Teaching and Learning Symposium

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Three IAS faculty members presented at 2016 Teaching and Learning SymposiumUrsula Valdez  presented “Assessing Group Dynamics and Efficiency of Collaborative Assignments” in collaboration with Jeff Jensen from STEM, and “From Cascades to Andes: A Collaborative Online International Learning Experience”. ...

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