September 16, 2010
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences - Graduate Programs
In This Issue
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Student and Faculty News
Professional Development
Quick Links
Announcements and Upcoming Events
New Student Orientation Scheduled
Orientation for the incoming Cultural Studies and Policy Studies cohorts will be held on Tuesday, September 28 from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Cultural Studies in room UW1-202, Policy Studies in room UW1-220. New students should plan to attend this important event. See you there!

Welcome Brittany, Lukia, and Ryan in their new roles...

Please help welcome our 2010 IAS Graduate Staff Assistant (GSA), Brittany Allyn ( Brittany is a second year Policy Studies student and will be responsible for a variety of activities that contribute to the successful operation of the IAS graduate programs, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies and Master of Arts in Policy Studies. The GSA works closely with the IAS Graduate Office staff and occasionally with UWB faculty and current students. Students will be receiving emails with program information from Brittany throughout the academic year.


Both programs have a Graduate Student Liaison (GSL) who facilitates communication among current students and program faculty and staff, assists with the shaping of program events, and participates in program and committee meetings, as appropriate.


The GSLs for 2010-2011:

MACS Graduate Student Liaison, Ryan Sackman,

MAPS Graduate Student Liaison, Lukia Macaffrey,


Students to Present at Conference
Three Cultural Studies students will present their research at the Eleventh Annual Imagining America Conference, Thursday, September 23 - Saturday, September 25, 2010, Seattle. Imagining America is a consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship and practice in the arts, humanities, and design.
Amanda Martin's topic is "Engaging the Arts and Humanities for Public Health," Debbie Brown will discuss "The Convergence Zones of Research and Activism in Public Scholarship," and Holly Winters will present "Feminism, Activism, and Activist Research in the Americas." Please visit Imagining America for more conference information.
Research Colloquium Begins on Tuesday, October 5

Join us for a monthly showcase of research-in-progress by Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences faculty members. The campus-community and the general public are invited to interact with faculty in conversations about their research, gain a sense of how research practices shift as they move across disciplines and sectors, and think critically and creatively about the implications of different forms of research design. Please visit the web for detailed information.

Student, Alumni, and Faculty News
Cultural Studies 

Intercultural Workshop, Portland, OR
Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
has begun a new job at Microsoft doing workforce-planning analysis on a People Insight team. Paul describes his work as being a "wonderfully challenging experience" where he is learning a great deal. He adds that he is looking forward to autumn quarter at UWB and getting back to his work in the Cultural Studies program. Paul's busy summer also included a GRE prep course in Seattle and an Intercultural Workshop on the campus of Reed College in Portland, OR.
Angelica Macklin (2010) spent the summer in South Africa co-teaching an intensive study abroad media project on impacts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Professors Ron Krabill and Georgia Roberts. Angelica helped organize the production of nine short videos made by 22 students from the University of Washington and nine video journalists from Cape Town. Several of these shorts aired in July on Cape Town Community Television's weekly show "My World Cup."  To read more about the project and view the videos, visit:
Angelica Macklin (right) prepares for an interview for the video, "The Flag"
Angelica Macklin (right) preparing for an interview for the video The Flag.
Policy Studies
Mary Jonasen (2010) has accepted a position with Housing Hope, a nonprofit organization in Snohomish County. This organization was established in 1987 and works with homeless families and individuals by providing low income housing, helping people to achieve self-sufficiency. 
Mary was hired as an enterprise developer doing market analysis and research, program evaluation, and program management. Mary shared that "This opportunity was a direct result of my MAPS internship, which Lisa Olason helped me find! I am very excited to be part of this initiative. Our first success, Property Works, was just featured in the August edition of the Snohomish County Business Journal."
Congratulations, Mary and thanks to Lisa for her work with our student internship program.

Maia Curran was hired this summer as a New Media Client Relations Manager for a political technology firm, Revolution Messaging, in Washington D.C. Revolution Messaging (RM) is a young start-up that uses new media tools such as mobile messaging, website development, and app building combined with political strategizing to help progressive-left candidates and organizations promote their messages. Maia managed the new media tools for two Senate campaigns, one labor union, one non-profit, and contributed to pieces of other client related projects with the RM team as a whole. She said one of the most fun and satisfying campaigns she worked on involved a client who wanted to promote a message fighting back against anti-immigration reform efforts.


More great news - Maia and her husband Josh are expecting their first child, a baby boy due Oct. 2nd. Best wishes from all of us.


Mariah Ortiz

(2010) recently returned from Kenya, where she interned at the Kenya Human Rights Commission and studied Swahili language and human rights coursework. The program, "Health, Human Rights and Social Transformation in the Greater Horn of Africa" was an UW program taught by Professor of Law Joel Ngugi. Fifteen students participated in a hands-on human rights project in Loitokitok Village in southern Kenya. The project studied the local Masaai people and researched possibilities for renovating a girl's dorm and boarding school which had fallen into disrepair. The dorm is used for "rescue cases," young women who are escaping early or forced marriages or are victims of various human rights abuses. Ultimately, in addition to possible dorm renovation, the student group recommended a more comprehensive "Teaching Learning Center" for the village, which would include a library, health centre and computer lab.  Should the local community decide that this is a beneficial course of action, the student group has agreed to stay in contact with Loitokitok and to help fundraise so that the vision of the center can be realized.

Mariah adds, "The experience in Kenya was a positive one on many levels, and gave me the opportunity to apply the skills and theory learned in the MAPS and the International Development Certificate programs. I definitely recommend participating in such a program, and would love to speak with anyone interested in hearing more!"

Kristin Hallgren (2004), a Research Analyst with Mathematica Policy Research served as the lead author of two briefs prepared by Mathematica Policy Research for Thrive by Five, WA and the Gates Foundation. The first brief describes Mathematica's findings from an implementation study of home-based early learning services in two Washington State communities, White Center and East Yakima. The second brief describes findings from a pilot of an observation instrument designed to measure of the quality of home visiting services.
Professional Development

Berk & Associates, Financial/Policy Analyst, Seattle

Open until filled


City of Bellevue, ARCH Housing Planner (Part-Time)

Closes: Sept 27


City of Shoreline, Communications Specialist

Closes: Sept 24


Communities in Schools Seattle, Program Manager, Seattle


Open until filled


ERM, Senior Environmental Compliance Consultant/Project Manager, Bellevue

Open until filled


Henry Art Gallery, Deputy Director of External Relations, Seattle

Closes: Sept 30


King County Public Health, Project/Program Manager II-Violence and Injury Prevention, Seattle

Closes: Sept 28


Stand for Children, Washington Communications Director, Seattle

Closes: Oct 2


Tacoma Housing Authority, Planning & Policy Analyst

Closes: Sept 24


The Council of State Governments, Policy Analyst & Public Affairs Manager, Seattle

Closes: Oct 26


UW Jackson School of International Studies, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations

10-month appointment

Closes: Oct 24


UW Undergraduate Research Program, Center for Experiential Learning, Graduate Staff Assistant

Available for Autumn 2010 through Spring 2011, with the possible continuation during Summer 2011

Closes: Sept 28


Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus, Policy Analyst/Outreach Coordinator, Olympia

Closes: Sept 24

Internships and Fellowships 

Cascade Land Conservancy, Stewardship Engagement Intern, Seattle

Part-time, Volunteer

Closes: Sept 24


MEDC, Public Policy & Research Intern, Seattle

Open until filled


Seattle CityClub, Communications-Events Intern, Seattle

Open until filled


The Borgen Project, Political Intern, Seattle

Closes: Oct 5


U.S. Department of State, 2011 Summer Student Internship Program

Closes: Nov 1

Career and Community Events 

Jobtini: Multicultural Employment Fair (ColorsNWCareers)

Tues, Sept 21, 5:30-8:00pm
Spitfire Restaurant, 2219 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98121

Free!  Register here

Communicating & Collaborating with Your Research Advisor

Thurs, Sept 23, 1-2:30pm

UW Seattle, Bagley 154

In this interactive presentation we will explore some of the communication and collaboration challenges graduate students and postdocs face with their advisors.  Co-sponsored by The Graduate School and The UW Career Center


Finding Work Overseas

Wed, Oct 6, 4:300in

UW Seattle, Smith 120

This event is geared towards those who are interested in working in another country on a short-term or long-term basis but who are not sure how to find graduate-level opportunities abroad. Panelists will discuss resources and tips for securing employment - inside and outside academia - in other countries. Panelists will also describe how to find US-based employment with an international flavor.  No registration required.


Career Fair Success Workshop

Mon, Oct 11, 40in

UW Seattle, Mary Gates Hall 134

A workshop to help know what to expect at career fairs. Topics include: how to plan a strategy for most effective and efficient use of time at a fair; the introduction - making the first impression a good one; statistics on number of interviews and jobs offered at career fairs; follow-up after the fair.

Getting Hired with a Graduate Degree: Tips from Employers
Tues, Oct 19, 4-5:30pm
UW Seattle, Kane 210

Feeling uncertain about what you want to do next or unclear about how to get there? Taking some time to explore the myriad employment options open to individuals with graduate degrees, and to learn strategies for making yourself competitive for those options, might help ease your mind.  You're invited to come listen to employer representatives discuss tips for landing interesting positions in large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and universities.
Professional Development and Funding Opportunties
Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Information Session
Thursday September 30, 5:30 - 6:30pm,
UW Bothell, UW1-103

The PMF program is a special, paid, 2-year fellowship program in the federal government, which is exclusively for students finishing a graduate program between September 1, 2010, and August 31, 2011.  No registration required.
New Energy Leaders Project Americans for Energy Leadership - one of the nation's foremost energy policy think tanks and advocacy groups led by young people - is seeking applicants for the New Energy Leaders Project, an initiative to empower young thought leaders and help define the next national energy and economic agenda.
Deadline: Oct 1
Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship Info Session
Wed, Nov 3, 12-1pm
UW Seattle, Parrington 308

Education Pioneers recruit diverse, high-caliber graduate students to catalyze change in urban education. The Graduate School Fellowship Program is a full-time, paid, ten-week summer program during which talented graduate students work with schools, districts, nonprofits, and other education-focused organizations to leverage their skills and knowledge to complete a mission-critical consulting project.  
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Small Grants Program: Grand Challenges Exploration
The Gates Foundation is soliciting proposals for the next generation of sanitation technology.  The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization - colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.  The guidelines for the sanitation challenge can be found here.
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