News from School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Category: Policy Studies

Jin-Kyu Jung publishes “Teaching creative geovisualization”

IAS faculty member Jin-Kyu Jung has published a paper, “Teaching creative geovisualization: Imagining the creative in/of GIS” in The Canadian Geographer. This paper situates creative geovisualization at the intersection of geography, arts, and digital humanities with a particular emphasis on visualization and mapping that preserves, represents, and generates more authentic, contextual, and nuanced meanings of ...

October 27, 2020

Margaret Redsteer cited regarding the Navajo Nation’s battle with climate change

IAS faculty member Margaret Redsteer was cited in a Reuters news story on drought and climate change “We Don’t Give up Really Easily: Navajo Ranchers Battle Climate Change.” Redsteer explains how drought is magnified by the long-term changes to water availability on the Navajo Nation, leaving its people increasingly vulnerable.

October 9, 2020

Jin-Kyu Jung coauthors “Community geography: Toward a disciplinary framework”

IAS faculty member Jin-Kyu Jung has published a coauthored article, “Community geography: Toward a disciplinary framework” in Progress in Human Geography. This collaborative paper introduces and defines community geography as a growing subfield in geography that provides a framework for engaged scholarship as ...

October 7, 2020

Abigail Echo-Hawk fights for the inclusion of Indigenous people in COVID-19 data

IAS alum Abigail Echo-Hawk has been working for years with Indigenous people, mostly in cities, across the United States to collect data about their communities. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a disproportionate toll on many Indigenous communities, Echo-Hawk’s work takes on more urgency. Science magazine recently featured Echo-Hawk’s ...

September 28, 2020

Melissa Watkinson receives Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Forward Award

Local environmental justice leader and IAS alum Melissa Watkinson has been selected to receive a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Forward Award. Watkinson is a social scientist with Washington Sea Grant where she supports the social science efforts on the Olympic Coast Ocean Acidification Vulnerability study, a community-based participatory project with WA’s coastal treaty tribes. She is also the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ...

September 11, 2020

Jeff Ketchel: How an environmental health career MAPS out

Jeff Ketchel says his Master of Arts in Policy Studies (’08) gave him skills needed to head health districts and now serve as executive director of the Washington State Public Health Association. As a public health leader, Ketchel is grateful for his interdisciplinary training, which helps him view public health at the intersection of science and human behavior.

August 19, 2020

Melanie Malone wins two UW research grants

IAS faculty member Melanie Malone won two UW research grants this month. The first grant, an Urban@UW Research Spark grant, was awarded to Melanie and other UW Seattle and Tacoma faculty and a Duwamish Tribal member. The grant is intended to support a co-created adaptive citizen science network that will ...

August 13, 2020

Melanie Malone receives grant for homeless STEM learning project

IAS faculty member Melanie Malone and research colleagues from universities across the U.S. were awarded a National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) grant. The project, entitled "RESTING SAFE: Collaborative Informal STEM Learning Between Researchers and Homeless Communities", is centered on mitigating homeless ...

August 7, 2020

Jefferson Ketchel: Healthcare and Insurers, we need to talk…signed Public Health

A career public health professional, Jefferson Ketchel graduated from the M.A. in Policy Studies in 2008 and went on to serve as administrator for Grant County Health District and later, Snohomish Health District. Now, as the executive director for Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA), Ketchel finds himself in the midst of a global pandemic and broken health system that is ill-coordinated, inefficiently allocated, and overall ...

July 27, 2020