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Kuang Sheng
Kuang Sheng was named as one of 2017’s Husky 100, a group of one hundred UW students from all three campuses. Students are nominated by faculty and staff for the honor, based on the stated criterion of ‘making the most of their time at the UW.’  Throughout his four years here, Kuang truly has made the most of his educational experience. His activities and accomplishments include: volunteerism at a local food pantry, a study abroad in... Read more
From left to right:  Jonathan Engelbert, Kory VanDyke, Travis Axe, Skye Naslund, Rebecca Stubbs, Olivia Hollenhorst
The University of Washington START Center was recently contracted by Radiant (formerly the Open Imagery Network), a new geospatial platform that is funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Five Geography students, three graduates and two undergraduates, supported the meeting as rapporteurs and captured the detailed discussion during four separate breakout sessions over the course of  two days. Participating geographers were... Read more
Congratulations to Nina Mesihovic, undergraduate Geography major and departmental honors student, who was recently awarded a Merit Scholarship from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMAD) for her excellence in academics and beyond, as well as a Mary Gates Research Scholarship through the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity. Nina, an immigrant from Bosnia, spent a month last summer in Tahiti, studying the effects and complicated nature of the tourist-based economy in the... Read more
Magnuson Park
On February 24th, students from Professor Christine Biermann’s GEOG 370 class participated in ecological restoration work at Magnuson Park with Earth Corps, a Seattle area ecological restoration non-profit. Just a short drive north of campus, Magnuson Park has been at the forefront of Seattle’s wetland ecosystem. However, invasive species and human interference have made restoration work at the park necessary in order to preserve the ecosystem. The hours of work put in by the students has had a... Read more
Saida Grundy
A History of Anti-Black Violence Tells Us Attacks On Black Academics Are Not Ending (I Know Because It Happened to Me) Dr. Saida Grundy Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Boston University Abstract: The recent return of the American Far Right to the political center and the concurrent normalization of White nationalism has left many in mainstream America wondering how our country arrived at this moment. Many leftist and centrists Whites have even assumed that this... Read more
Simpson Center
The Geography Department’s own Julian Barr and Lauren Drakopulos have each been awarded the Simpson Center's Mellon Summer Fellowship for Public Projects in the Humanities. The fellowship will allow Lauren to continue working with Washington Sea Grant, an agency she has been partnering with through her work in the Public Scholarship program. Lauren is excited to explore digital storytelling through maps, and plans to use the fellowship to think critically about the role of maps, and science... Read more
Amy Horton
Public Storytelling for a Caring EconomyAmy HortonPhD candidate in the School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London Abstract: Across much of the global north, a crisis of care is intensifying, with ageing populations, low-paid workforces and geographically uneven financing. While in some places, organising has achieved improvements for care workers and clients, these have often proved ephemeral, and consensus on the importance of collective care provision remains elusive. In this... Read more
Tiffany Grobelski
Democracy by Energy Transition: The Politics of Administrative Legal Contact Zones in Poland Dr. Tiffany Grobelski  Recent Graduate of UW Geography Abstract: Governmental accountability to the public is as weighty and urgent a topic as ever. In this talk, I make two main arguments. First, I make the case that administrative law is an important site of inquiry for social scientists, including geographers interested in theorizing about state power and socio-legal scholars interested in law’s role... Read more
Adam Romero
Manufacturing Petrotoxicty (1903-1945) Dr. Adam Romero, Geographer and Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell Abstract: In the early 1920s, the California Spray Chemical Company introduced highly refined white oil sprays into the California agricultural market. By the early 1930s, oil sprays had become the weapon of choice for combatting unwanted pests in fruit orchards across the US west, and by the late 1930s, oil sprays had become the critical... Read more
Tara Cookson
Does giving cash really alleviate poverty? Dr. Tara Patricia Cookson, Gates Cambridge Scholar This seminar challenges dominant understandings of poverty and exclusion by analyzing the hidden costs of one of the most widely implemented poverty alleviation tools, the conditional cash transfer (CCT). In over 50 countries across the globe, states use cash payments to incentivize poor people’s use of basic services and promote inclusive development. Behavioral economists and policymakers argue that... Read more