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Ursula Valdez and Greg Tuke's COIL course “The Great Rivers” profiled by Stevens Initiative

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IAS faculty fember Ursula Valdez and COIL collaborator Greg Tuke’s COIL course on “The Great Rivers” has been profiled in “Exploring Environmental Sustainability: Promising practices in virtual exchange,” as one of the three examples for virtual exchange programs that connect young people in different countries to develop solutions to environmental issues. Valdez and Tuke ...

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Ursula Valdez wins 2020 Husky Green Award

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IAS faculty member Ursula Valdez is one of the 2020 Husky Green award winners. The selection committee highlighted the incorporation of conservation and sustainability into Valdez's classes and activities. "She actively encourages students and other researchers to document avian diversity and natural history in urban spaces and educates them on how to restore these habitats. She also ...

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IAS faculty members granted IDISCO awards in the fall 2019 funding round

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Raissa DeSmett received a community-based partnership seed grant to support her project Decolonizing Collections: Experiments in Care. DeSmett will work with students preparing the Southeast Asia collections to be accessed by community members as part of a new multi-campus Research Family. One of the questions she is pursuing with her students is: How can we help unlock the social, cultural, political, and aesthetic potential of ...

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Valdez and Groom lead exploration seminar in Peru

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IAS faculty members Ursula Valdez and Martha Groom co-taught an Exploration Seminar "From Andes to Amazon: Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability in Peru."  The 26-day study abroad program allowed 15 students to learn in person about species and ecosystems in tropical rainforest and the Andean mountains, and about traditional uses of resources and local conservation challenges.  The location was also ...

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IAS faculty members share insights into online international collaborations

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Several IAS faculty members shared insights regarding online, international collaborations at the International Virtual Exchange Conference in Tacoma in late October. Ron Krabill led a workshop that addressed the ethics of virtual exchanges and study abroad programs, respectively. He also facilitated a panel discussion coordinate by Min Tang, together with Salwa Al-Noori (School of STEM) and Mo West (School of Nursing and Health Sciences), regarding UW Bothell’s cohort-based learning community on ...

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