IAS News

IAS launches Sandra Martin Roberts Memorial Scholarship

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The Sandra Martin Roberts Memorial Scholarship is the first scholarship that is specifically designated for students enrolled in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS). A generous donor created the award in memory and recognition of her sister Sandra Martin Roberts.

Sandra was a joyful, wise, strong, generous person who did not have the opportunity to attend college earlier in her life, despite her aptitude and passion for learning. She grew up in poverty and found herself making many sacrifices to help her family survive, including giving up a full scholarship to college. She went on to ...

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Rebecca Price: Important Learning Gains from Genetic Drift and Bottlenecked Ferrets

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IAS faculty member Becca Price wrote a guest blog for the SimBio website that talks to biology teachers about the challenges of teaching an evolutionary process called genetic drift. Drawing on a series of recently published studies, she shows that an easy-to-complete, fun, two-hour computer lab developed by SimBio called “The Genetic Drift and Bottlenecked Ferrets” does an excellent job of teaching genetic drift.  She argues that ...

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Matt Libby shares his career experiences at Boeing with students

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Matt Libby ('14, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior) is the 787 Flightline Operations Chief of Staff at Boeing, a top-level adviser who provides executive support to the Everett Delivery Center Director and Superintendent of the 787 Program & Paint Operations.  In this role, Matt manages multiple projects that drive efficiency within the production system and increase customer satisfaction.  Prior to Boeing, Matt worked in retail management, general contracting, and cabinet manufacturing.

Matt spent several years in the workforce...

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Alka Kurian publishes "Solidarity Through Dissidence: Violence and Community in Indian Cinema”

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IAS faculty member Alka Kurian published a chapter, "Solidarity Through Dissidence: Violence and Community in Indian Cinema,” in Dissident Friendships: Imperialism, Feminism and Transnational Solidarity, edited by Elora Chowdhury and L. Philipose (University of Illinois Press, 2016). Kurian’s chapter examines cinematic portrayal of dissident friendships, in particular among women, located across differences of class, caste, faith, and ideological positions, expressed particularly during moments of extreme crisis. Kurian investigates ...

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Lauren Berliner presents research on crowdfunding for health crisis

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IAS faculty member Lauren Berliner presented her collaborative research with Nursing and Health Studies faculty member Nora Kenworthy on crowdfunding for health crisis as part of a panel called “Exploring Concepts of Care and Vulnerability: Co-design of Community-based Narrative Intervention for Wellness“ at the CoLED Conference "Ethnography and Design: Mutual Provocations” in San Diego.  Her talk focused on ...

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