Forest can be converted into new environmentally friendly super material

https://youtu.be/O8tz3KL76UY

The hope of researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Chalmers University of Technology, at the Wallenberg Wood Science Center, is to develop new materials and technologies. Replacing oil with wood in the manufacture of plastics and creating stronger, non-flammable materials are some of the goals. Nanocellulose, which is extracted from wood fiber, has several attractive properties. It is as strong as Kevlar, has a low weight and is entirely renewable.

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Garden Job Opportunity with McMenamins’s in Bothell, WA

Requisition Number : Anderson School 16-0537

Post Date 5/16/2016

Title: Gardens Assistant (Full Time—40 hrs/week)

Bothell, WA

Description of the Position: This primary responsibility of this entry level position is to work under the close supervision of the Gardens Manager to ensure the effective maintenance and appearance of all garden areas of the Anderson School.

Please apply online: http://www.mcmenamins.com/2061-anderson-school-employment For more information, please contact the Gardens Manager: rizr@mcmenamins.com

Anderson School Gardens Assistant posting.pdf

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UW Design Help Desk

The Design Help Desk is a tutoring service that offers free visual advice/help to students, faculty, and staff who are working on presentations, posters, figures or any other visual materials. The service was co-founded by the Division of Design and the UW College of Engineering, and is staffed by students from the UW Division of Design in the UW School of Art, Art History and Design.

The Design Help Desk is open this Summer quarter (Summer 2016) by appointment.

For more information on the Design Help Desk, view the attached flyer:

DesignHelpFlyer_28Jun.pdf

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Environmental Education Internship Opportunity with the Federal Government

 

Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (Seattle Office) has a digital eInternship Teaching Environmental Education (ECOLEARN) Lesson Plans at elementary schools. As an eIntern, you would get to teach exciting, already prepared environmental education lesson plans at local elementary schools. We are testing the lesson plans, expanding our outreach and making necessary revisions to the materials as a prelude to sharing them on a national stage. Lesson topics include: Animals, Air, Water, Ecosystems, Energy, Waste, Food, and Climate. The specific internship description can be found at http://vsfs.state.gov/projects/view/448.. To apply, read on.

Information on applying for the Digital Internship:

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 900 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and recruitment possibilities.

Applications for the 2016-17 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 26 on USAJOBS.gov. Real work is waiting for students with more than 30 federal agencies including NASA, the Smithsonian, the State Department, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at http://vsfs.state.gov/! To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript. The specific project description and project is at http://vsfs.state.gov/projects/view/448.

eInterns play an important role in moving the government forward. There’s something for everyone: design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development , and more!

eInterns spend ten hours a week from September through May. Although this is unpaid, volunteer work, eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes get course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in at least one university level course in the U.S. or abroad.

Learn more at our website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

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Autumn Course: American Indians in Cinema

Space is available in one of the department’s most popular courses, offered this autumn quarter:

AIS 360: American Indians in Cinema

  • TuTh 10:30 – 12:20
  • VLPA/I&S/DIV
  • Instructor: Jonathan Tomhave

This class will critically examine how American Indians have been presented in various media productions by both native and non-native media producers. It is open to all UW students and has no prerequisites.

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Summer B-term: Space Available in ENGL 242 E

Space is currently available in ENGL 242 E for B-term. It is a 5-credit “W” course:

Reading Prose Fiction: Short Fiction and Our Global Cultural Mosaic

In this course students read short fiction from a host of cultures, analyze what they teach them about fiction writing, the cultures short stories shape, and even write short fictions of their own. Last summer a range of majors established that while the stories of great writers shape us, we also all have stories to tell.

Registration information is below:

ENGL 242, section E, meets MTWTh 12:00 – 2:10

SLN: 11315 (register through MyUW)

Many international students find short fiction particularly appealing. A flyer with more information is attached.
Feel free to contact the professor, Norman Wacker (nwacker@uw.edu) with any questions.
ENGL 242 E.pdf

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College of Education: Open Courses for Autumn!

EDC&I 474 MULTI-ETHNIC STUDIES (13835, A, 3 cr)

  • T 2:00-4:20, MLR 112
  • BANKS, JAMES A
  • Designed to help preservice and in-service teachers identify content and materials and devise methods for implementing ethnic studies programs and for incorporating ethnic content into regular K-12 social studies, language arts, and humanities curricula. Special attention is given to teaching about American Indians, Mexican Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, and white ethnic groups. RESTRICTED TO SENIOR STANDING OR ABOVE. COURSE MEETS EDTEP MIT PREREQUISITE

EDUC 210 CURRENT ISSUES EDUC INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION (23061, A, 5 cr)

  • MW 2:00-4:20 MLR 212
  • IVES, CHARLES
  • What is the purpose of education? Who or what is educated? How are students educated? Is there a metaphysics (i.e. position on the nature of reality) in play informing any of the above items? Is there an ethics (i.e. position on the nature of the good life) in play informing any of the above items? We will address these issues via the works of influential figures in the philosophy of education such as Plato, Rousseau, Dewey, and Freire. On a more general level, our goal in this course is to become novice philosophers.

EDUC 280 INTRO TO ECO Introduction to Education, Communities, and Organizations: Re-envisioning Education (22952, A, 2 cr)

  • T 3:30-4:50 JHN 075
  • GLASS HASTINGS, CASSADY
  • Introduction to the disciplinary fields of human development, learning theory, equity studies, and community engagement.

EDUC 299 ELS COLLOQUIUM (13986, A, 1 cr)

  • Th 10:30-11:20 SMI 205
  • DAVIS, CAROL
  • Open to all undergrads

EDUC 305 PUB SCHL DEMOCRACY (13988, A, 5 cr)

  • MW 830-1050 MLR 212
  • YOSHIDA, LA’AKEA
  • Explores issues and questions pertaining to public schools in a democratic society through directed readings, dialogue, individual and group projects designed to engage students with a series of crucial issues in public schools.

EDUC 310 CURRENT ISSUES (13989, A, 5 cr)

  • TTh 11:30-1:50 KNE 210
  • STARSKY, JACOB B.
  • COURSE TITLE: EDUCATION AND THE 2016 ELECTION EXPLORING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE SCHOOLHOUSE

EDUC 370 LRN ACROSS SETTINGS (14009, A, 5 cr)

  • MW 2:30-3:50 THO 101
  • TAYLOR, KATHERINE
  • Examines learning of disciplinary knowledge and practices, with attention to relations between the kinds of learning that happen within and across settings (outside of schools).

ECFS 419 FAM&COM INFLNC CH Family and Community Influences on the Young Child 22956 A 5 MW 430-550P SMI 211 JEGATHEESAN,BRINDA I.
Develops an understanding of families of young children from different socio-cultural backgrounds, child socialization and development in family and community contexts (immigrant, refugee, indigenous, special-needs and vulnerable children), parenting across cultures, family processes, family systems theories, socio-cultural theories, and family-child collaborative partnerships using family and community strengths and resources.

EDPSY 404 ADL DEVELOPMENT – Adolescent Development (13885, A, 5 cr)

  • MW 8:30-10:50 MLR 104
  • NEWMAN, JODI
  • Students use readings, discussion, and interview data to understand adolescent development. Discusses multiple domains of development, as well as the contextually situated nature of adolescence. Highlights implications for educators, policy makers, and others who serve the needs of adolescents throughout the course.

EDSPE 414 INTRO TO EC SPEC ED Intro to Early Childhood Special Education (13909, A, 3 cr)

  • W 4:30-6:50P SMI 304
  • GAUVREAU, ARIANE
  • Provides students with a comprehensive overview of major aspects of the field of early childhood special education. Theoretical foundations and program development and implementation are presented in an approach that integrates theory, research, and practice.

EDSPE 422 (Dis)ability, Education, and the Arts (13911, A, 5 cr)

  • To be arranged (on-line course) * *
  • PECK, CHARLES A
  • Cultural perspectives on disability and education, as interpreted through arts-based inquiry.

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Timber Strike Team Seasonal Positions for Fall

The Region One Timber Strike Team will be filling multiple temporary (seasonal) positions for the upcoming fall of 2016.  Openings will be available at the GS-4, GS-5, and GS-6 levels and are for positions with a maximum six-month tour of duty (not to exceed 1,039 hours). The starting dates of the positions are anticipated to be around September 18th, 2016.

How to Apply:

Vacancy announcements will be open in USA Jobs on July 19, 2016 and will close on July 25, 2016. All applications must be submitted through the USA Jobs Website.  Vacancy announcement numbers for the positions being hired will be provided to those that respond to this outreach. If you have questions about a certain position, contact the individuals listed below.  If you are having difficulty applying for jobs through the USAJOBS website, you may also contact the Albuquerque Service Center-Human Capital Management at 1-877-372-7248, option 2, for assistance.

 

For more information on open positions, see the attached document:

Outreach TST Fall 16.docx

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Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair

Attached is a flyer about next week’s “Diversity Employment Day Career Fair,” produced by City Career Fair & held at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA.

For more information, see the attached flyer below:
SE Candidate Flyer2016.pdf

If you have questions, contact: katherine@citycareerfair.com, 562-863-9042

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URP is Hiring! Undergraduate Student Assistant Position – Apply by July 25

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) promotes and facilitates opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research with faculty, provides a public forum for students to present their work, and offers advising and other resources.

URP is currently seeking an undergraduate student assistant to work 15 hours per week, preferably starting at the beginning of September and continuing through the academic year of 2016-17. Compensation is $13.00/hour. This position is Work-Study eligible.

General Duties/Description:

  • Provide web, database, and other technology support for the Undergraduate Research
  • Program including routine URP website updates.
  • Assist in daily operations including email management, the development, production, and distribution of URP publication materials, social media communications, office organization, and program outreach.
  • Perform a variety of support functions for URP programs and events, including the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Support the coordination of our Undergraduate Research Leaders program, a volunteer cohort of undergraduate researchers who inspire undergrads to get involved in research.
  • Occasional front desk reception support for the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity.

Benefits:

  • Valuable experience for students who want to gain professional work experience and/or learn about student services in higher education.
  • Interesting/relevant work environment for students who are already involved or interested in undergraduate research.
  • Work with friendly staff in a supportive, team-oriented environment.

Requirements:

  • Work well both as a member of a small team and independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Creative problem solving skills, ability to balance a variety of duties, and attention to detail.
  • Experience with PC applications, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, web-page updates and maintenance.
  • High comfort level with computer technology and software programs, including interest in learning new web-page design and other technical skills.

Additional Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with basic HTML and/or WordPress.
  • Familiarity with using social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Blog, Tagboard)
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Familiarity with basic Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and/or InDesign.

How to Apply: Priority deadline for consideration is Monday, July 25

Please fill out the online application that includes a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and two references available at: https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/426

To learn more about the Undergraduate Research Program, visit: uw.edu/undergradresearch

A flyer for the position with additional information is available below:
URP_Student_Support_Staff16_Final.pdf

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Job Outreaches from the US Forest Service Northern Region

Physical Scientist GS-12/13 in Missoula, Montana https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com?id=3315251871604464B521E432A1AA8F4E
Fire Ecologist GS-11 in Billings or Bozeman, Montana https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com?id=78CC878F3F4D43C395312F050D61E286
Technical Services Staff Officer GS-13 in Kamiah, Idaho https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com?id=04FBEE3B5CC442B581E6FBEA36977C74

Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire Engine Module) GS-6/7 in Dickinson or Watford City, ND – closes July 20th  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443510800/
Civil Engineer GS-7/9 – 3 positions in Superior, Kalispell, & Missoula, MT – closes July 15th https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443734100/
Biological Science Technician GS-4 in White Sulphur Springs, MT – temporary/summer positions, closes July 15th  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/443877000/
Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation) GS-5 in Helena, MT – 2 temporary/summer positions, closes July 13th  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/444016300/

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Agricultural Coordinator Position Available!

The Methow Conservancy seeks a hard-working, innovative team player passionate about agriculture to join their staff.  The Agricultural Coordinator, a new, 20-hour per week, year-round position for the organization, will be responsible for building community understanding and support for local agriculture in the Methow Valley and will serve as a connector between the organization and the local farmer, rancher, and orchardist communities with a goal of launching new projects that help agricultural lands stay in production. The Agricultural Coordinator will spend time in the field listening to and learning from agriculturalists about their needs and will spend time in the office in Winthrop working on agricultural-related educational and outreach projects.

A full job description is available at: http://www.methowconservancy.org/ag_coordinator.html

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Autumn 2016 Course: ABA Treatment for Autism

SPHSC 449 B Special Studies in Speech Pathology and Audiology (4 cr) Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Treatment for Autism

  • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-4:20 pm
  • Eagleson Hall 001
  • Instructor: Ashley Penney, M.Ed., BCBA, Director of ABA Services, UW Autism Center

Description:

This course offers introductory preparation to students interested in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Behavior Technician (BT). BTs implement Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals with Autism. There are many agencies in the greater Seattle area who offer ABA therapy services to individuals with autism and they are often looking for trained BTs.

This course provides content training in Autism, behavioral management principles, strategies to manage challenging behaviors, professional responsibilities and other tasks related to work as a BT. The course also meets the 40 hour training requirement set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Also see the attached course flyer at the link below:
SPHSC449_New Autism ABA Therapy Course_Aut16.pdf

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Fall Course: Gender, Gender Identity & Sexuality

Soc W 558 – Gender, Gender Identity & Sexuality

  • SLN: 20873
    Offered Autumn 2016, Saturdays, 9:00-3:50pm
    DATES: OCT 1, OCT 22, NOV 19, DEC 3

Through an anti-oppression lens, this course focuses on social work practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, intersexed and queer communities. Emphasis in the course is placed on the self-awareness of one’s own cultural, social, and political context/identities within which such practice occurs, as well as an examination of the diversity and heterogeneity within these communities. Students will enhance micro and macro practice skills regarding identity development, coming-out, and working with LGBTTSIQ youth, elders and families, queer social movements and policy organizing. The course will examine the role of multiple social identities as well as multicultural and multigenerational life span development. The course will deepen the knowledge and skills necessary for self-aware, affirming, empowering, and effective practice furthering movements for collective liberation.

The class is open to all graduate students. Interested undergrads can submit a waitlist request at: http://socialwork.uw.edu/students/registration-information

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Scholarship Database Improvement Project – Please Share Your Input!

For many years now, the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards has maintained a database of internal UW, local, national, and
international scholarships available to undergraduate students/alumni and searchable by a limited set of basic filters. Over time, search terms, priorities and preferences have evolved, and they are now in a good position to make some needed updates to the system. To that end, we are hoping that UW students, staff, faculty and community members will offer feedback to improve this tool!

Please complete their short survey (approx. 10-15 minutes) to give your input! And please feel free to share widely with students and others who may be interested in offering feedback. If you haven’t used the database at all, or recently, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it at http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search. A UW NetID is required for access to the database, but not for access to the survey. Please complete the survey by July 15 if possible!

Important caveats: The scholarship search tool is just one of many that UW students can be using to search for scholarships, and there is likely no way to build everyone’s perfect search tool, but they will do their best to incorporate the feedback given, as appropriate and feasible. The scholarship database is mainly targeted at undergraduate students and Bachelor’s alumni. Graduate and professional students have access to excellent funding search tools and resources provided by the Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards and the UW Libraries’ Graduate Funding Information Service.

The survey also includes space to share favorite additional scholarship search tools and additional scholarships that should be considered as additions to the database.

Thank you for your input and support!

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Outreach for Interdisciplinary Fisheries Biologist/Hydrologist at Kettle Falls, WA

The Planning Shop on the West Zone of the Colville National Forest is seeking a permanent Interdisciplinary Fisheries Biologist/Hydrologist to join their team.

This notice has been posted in the Outreach Database. Applicants must qualify for either the GS-0482 Fisheries Biologist or the GS-1315 Hydrologist series.

More details on the position are available at the link below:

Outreach-Interdicipinary-FishHydro.docx

Forest Service

Colville National Forest Three Rivers Ranger District

255 West 11th Ave.
Kettle Falls, WA 99141
www.fs.fed.us
Caring for the land and serving people

 

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Special Summer Workshop for International Students Thursday July 21, 2016

Special Summer Quarter Workshop for International Students Thursday July 21, 2016

You have heard how important it is to know your strengths and skills, both for career exploration and job search, and know that employers are eager for you to write and talk clearly about how you are a good match for a position and organization. Yet, students are often at a loss and confused about to how to express these strengths and skills, both in writing and talking to potential employers. The Career Center is holding a special one-day workshop, Identifying and Talking About Your Strengths, customized for international students to help you clearly identify your unique strengths and skills, as well how to conduct a strengths-based career exploration & job search process, write a strengths-based resume and conduct a strengths-based interview. This workshop is limited to 20 students maximum, so register as soon as possible to secure your spot. Additional details are below:

http://uwcareerswebforms.com/identifyingstrengthsws/

Workshop: Identifying and Talking About your Strengths for International Students (derived from the Dependable Strengths Articulation Process)

  • Date: Thursday July 21, 2016
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Location: MGH 258
  • Facilitator: Katie Hearn Zang, Dependable Strength Master Trainer and Career Counselor working with International Students
  • Cost: $30 (includes materials and lunch)

please contact Katie Hearn Zang at khz@uw.edu with any questions.

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2016 UWAA MAP Scholarship

The University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) awards scholarships to deserving University of Washington students who need financial assistance to assist with their progress toward a degree at the UW. Funding for these scholarships comes from contribution from UW alumni and friends as well as proceeds from the Bridging the Gap Breakfast held annually on Homecoming Saturday.

One of MAP’s missions is to promote the UW and the UWAA. It supports the recruitment of diverse students, faculty and staff and encourages appropriate mentoring activities.
Qualifications for MAP Scholarships:

  • Continuing UW student in good standing (@ UW-Seattle, UW-Bothell or UW-Tacoma)
  • Full-time student at the University of Washington, undergraduate or graduate/professional 
  • Minimum one quarter at the UW 
  • Financial aid need as determined by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid

Further information and application details are provided at the link below:

2016 UWAA MAP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT.pdf

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Opportunity for Funded Year-Long Internship in Asia through Luce Scholars Program

Students and alumni are encouraged to apply for the Luce Scholars Program! The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year, specifically targeting young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

Additional details about the UW application and nomination process are available at
http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search/search-results.html?page_stub=luce.

See below for program details and eligibility requirements:

Luce Scholars Program

Rising seniors, alumni, graduate and professional students at UW are encouraged to apply for the Luce Scholars Program(http://www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx). This is a great opportunity for those with little or no prior experience in, or education about, Asian countries to add this valuable perspective to their future career interests!

UW is able to nominate 3 students per year to compete nationally for the opportunity to spend 12 months in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

During the current application cycle for the 2017-18 program, applicants must be American citizens who, by July 1, 2017, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Applicants should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for
professional accomplishment. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. (Eligibility criteria are set by the Henry Luce Foundation; additional details are provided in the Program Summary below.)

Campus application deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

UW application and information at: http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search/search-results.html?page_stub=luce Luce Scholars Program Advisers at UW:
For graduate students or alumni – Michelle Drapek, mdrapek@uw.edu, G-1 Communications
For undergraduate students or alumni – Robin Chang, robinc@uw.edu, 171 Mary Gates Hall

Program Summary:

The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies, including but hardly limited to medicine and public health, the arts, law, science, environmental studies, international development, and journalism.

Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended. Past placements have included an architect’s atelier in Tokyo; a public health program in Banda Aceh; a Gobi regional initiative in Ulaanbaatar; a dance theatre in Kuala Lumpur; an agricultural and environmental center in Hanoi; a human rights commission in Seoul; a pediatric hospital in Bangkok; a TV network in Beijing; a national museum in Siem Reap; an international arbitration centre in Singapore; and English-language newspapers, local governmental agencies and NGOs in diverse fields throughout East and Southeast Asia.

Professional placements are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her individual interest, background, qualifications, and experience. Each Scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a Scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.

UW’s recent Luce Scholars:

2015 UW graduate Varsha Govindaraju was selected for the 2015-16 grant and spent the last year in Cambodia as a Luce Scholar. Read the UAA article about Varsha at http://www.washington.edu/uaa/2015/03/18/robinson-center-student-varsha-govindaraju-selected-for-prestigious-luce-scholarship/.

2013 UW graduate Genevieve Gebhart was selected in 2013 and spent 2013-14 in Laos as a Luce Scholar. Read the UAA article and Q&A with Gennie at http://www.washington.edu/uaa/2013/03/15/honors-student-genevieve-gebhart-selected-for-luce-scholarship/.

2010 UW graduate Jesse Burk-Rafel was selected as a Luce Scholar in 2010 and spent 2010-2011 in Mongolia under the program. Read the UW News article about Jesse at http://www.washington.edu/news/2010/03/04/bioengineering-student-first-uw-undergraduate-awarded-prestigious-luce-scholarship-since-1977/

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Summer 2016 B-Term: Short Fiction and Our Cultural Mosaic

ENGL 242: Short Fiction and Our Cultural Mosaic

In this English course, offered for the second time this summer, students read short fiction pieces from a host of cultures, analyze what they teach about fiction writing, the shape of the particular short stories, and even write short fiction stories of their own. Last
summer a range of majors established that while the stories of great writers shape them, they also all have stories to tell.

Objectives:

The primary objective of this course is to establish an interactive classroom community to look hard at the way we read stories and their impact on the lives of readers, writers and their societies.

Students will exchange in conversation and in writing experiences of stories that have shaped the short story, an art form dating back to ancient times, yet as pervasive and influential in the lives and times of its readers over many centuries as cinema, animation, computer games and social media are in current times.

Overview:

Particularly since the 19th century, stories from many societies and times have, through print and translation, had far reaching distribution within and across world cultures. The short story, and short story collections of tales going back to ancient times, offer windows on culture, sensibility and personal conduct. Along the way the craft of organizing and reflecting on human experience through fiction surged in influence, as print media, popular literacy, the magazine and book trades created mass and global readerships.  The short story, serialized stories and novels began to be freely available, inexpensive and popular. In the process, they became mirrors which readers held up to themselves and their own times, even as they engaged the times and places of others.

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