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Becca Price publishes annotations to biology education research

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IAS faculty member Becca Price and her colleague Clark Coffman (Iowa State) have published another set of annotations that introduce scholars to biology education research. The original paper (by Sana et al.) tests the effect of presenting learning objectives to students before they begin to study new material. The annotations ...

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Cultural Studies prepare diversity officers

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Graduates of the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS) program lead cultural change — a skill more organizations are seeking after witnessing widespread protests against racial injustice. Many employers are now looking for diversity officers to lead that change, and hiring for such positions increased more than 90% since 2019, LinkedIn reported.

“What’s strong about the Cultural Studies preparation is that it understands this is long term social and cultural change — changing the way people work and do things,” Bartha said. “The curriculum of the Cultural Studies program thinks about the dynamics of organizational change as well as community accountability and helps people know that ground.”

Along with the position of diversity officer, MACS graduates carry out similar work as artists, educators and activists.

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David Goldstein awarded Fulbright to teach in Japan

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IAS faculty member David Goldstein is headed to Japan. Goldstein received one of eight Fulbright awards given to U.S. scholars to teach U.S. studies in Japan for the 2021-22 academic year. He will teach four American studies courses in fall semester and ...

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Learning about lakes prompts public action

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Why study a lake? Information lends important insights into ecological and human health. Students in IAS faculty member Avery Shinneman’s course on inland waters partnered with King County and Lake Advocates to make changes in the world — despite having to do the work remotely. Supported by a grant from WaterWorks, the students were able to create educational tools designed to inform the public on what they can do and what they should refrain from doing to help improve water quality.

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Ching-In Chen’s “Asking for Blue” inspires new single by Claire Michelle

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IAS faculty member Ching-In Chen’s hybrid work, “Asking for Blue,” inspired a new single by singer-songwriter Claire Michelle as part of the Bushwick Book Club Seattle, which matches musicians with writers. Chen and Michelle’s work was featured as part of this ongoing collaborative series, in which Bushwick Book Club Seattle musicians create original music inspired by the writers’ work published in the 2020 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. You can listen to “Asking for Blue” and ...

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